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Scary situations.

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by marc37, Jun 22, 2005.

  1. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    good question - I guess not more than anybody misses being young. I miss some of the rushes, the feeling of being invincible, of being rock hard and getting the respect that tough youth brings. I remember riding on top of a speeding armored personal carrier through enemy territory, or walking into a bar and pulling my own bottle of vodka out and ordering an orange juice and knowing that the barman and the bouncer weren't going to give me any bother about making my own screw drivers.

    Willian Styron wrote a short story/essay once, that was part of a bigger book, I believe, about how having been a marine he could look back with mild envy but without real jelousy at fit young men - part of it is that, I know I was a hard young man once, and now I am a fat old man, and I can live with that.

    would I go back? and/or give up the life I now have? not for a minute.
     
  2. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    (globetrotter @ June 22 2005,05:30) hmmmmm...... Â let me see, let me see..... I have been shelled by syrians and lebanese, nothing quite like having 155 mm shells hitting your position... I have been shot at a few times.... I have had somebody charge at me with an ax..... had stones thrown at me from the rooftop of buildings..... been close enough to either see or hear a dozen or so suicide bombs.... been in a house fire..... detaned by Macedonian cops..... I would say that the ones that really stick in my mind were when I was scared for my wife and son's well being - Â when my wife's place of work was hit by a bomb and a half dozen people were killed, but she happened not to be in the cafeteria when the bomb went off.
    Globe: Â Sounds like you and I have a lot in common, i.e. young men off in search of adventure, found in some cases more than we'd bargained for, and now just want to grow fat, old and happy with the old lady and the kids.
    exactly. actualy we have even more in common - children about the same age, spanish speaking wives, and, if I remember correctly, a fondness for bourbon and cigars.
     
  3. arrogant

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    dude you 're hardcore
     
  4. gorgekko

    gorgekko Senior member

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    I've been shot at twice but the scariest moment was during a brawl I was a participant in when a biker reached into his coat for a handgun. He didn't shoot but that was scary.

    The time I ran in front of a train -- and missed getting hit by inches -- was scary...not to mention stupid.
     
  5. Horace

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    Mine are much more boring (and tame) -- and I didn't have time to be scared, like when I was nearly scrunched up between a double decker bus in London and a wall. Looking back, I would've been finished or at least had my legs crushed, but I guess I didn't have time to panic.

    As for fights, I'm not at all a badass, but I'm usually much more scared of hurting someone else than I am of hurting myself because I'm not sure I could heed certain limits if I'm going to get my ass kicked.
     
  6. hopkins_student

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    Seeing my name on marc37's "who would you like to meet" list.... [​IMG]
     
  8. mkk

    mkk Senior member

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    I'm going to have to reflect on my 23 years to think of anything. I too feel a bit sheltered.
     
  9. mkk

    mkk Senior member

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    Hope you don't mind my asking, but - how old are you now, and are you now a father? [​IMG]
     
  10. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Every Canadian kid seems to do this. I wasn't scared because I was well out of harm's way when the train passed, but looking back, I wonder if we all grow up just plain stupid in small town Ontario?

    As for brawls, I was pretty scared during my first one. After the first, it's less fear and more adrenaline. I think that gorgekko and others can relate, though his brawls seem much more serious than the ones I've been involved in (i.e. no one ever pulled a weapon out).

    And yes, Ken Shamrock is a tough dude, so I'm glad that confrontation with his sparring partner didn't get physical, because even before knowing that he was Ken Shamrock's sparring partner, the guy looked like a guy who fought a lot, fought well, and could break me in half alarmingly easily.
     
  11. Dakota rube

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    4:00 a.m. sometime in the winter of 1975, at a party: a former boyfriend of my roommate's flame all of a sudden materialized. Honestly, no one can remember the guy coming into the apartment. He was very hostile. My roommate discretely exited the scene. The next thing I knew the guy was behind me with a chef's knife at my throat demanding to know where my roomie had disappeared to. There were two dozen or so people watching, none of whom made a move for about what seemed like a half hour (although it was probably but a minute or two). He told the assembled drunks and druggies that he was going to slit my throat unless "Frank" was produced, pronto. When another fellow finally made a move to break up the situation, the dude grabbed me harder and dragged me across the room. I honestly thought I was living the last few moments of my life. I was so surprised by the whole thing that I offered no resistance, which seems like a very wimpish reaction as I look back on it. Within a few more minutes, the guy finally was talked into some level of sanity and released me and dropped the knife. I heard later that this dude ended up ending his life by slitting his own throat a couple of months after this episode.
     
  12. globetrotter

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    wow, that is serious stuff
     
  13. Dakota rube

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    This coming from a guy who responds thusly: ...shelled by syrians and lebanese...shot at a few times... somebody charge at me with an ax..... had stones thrown at me from the rooftop of buildings..... been close enough to either see or hear a dozen or so suicide bombs.... been in a house fire..... detaned by Macedonian cops... [​IMG]
     
  14. globetrotter

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    [​IMG] yeah, well, aside from a few of those, I had chosen to put myself in harms way and was armed and prepared to deal. a knife at the throat by somebody who then went on to kill himself a few months later (showing that he wasn't stable) is pretty serious.
     
  15. Tokyo Slim

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    I'm an old 25 this year, and no, I'm not a father. She decided against having a baby.
     
  16. gorgekko

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    That's certainly the best answer I could come up with...that or we all have a death wish. I must admit it was the first and only time I ever did that. You gain a new appreciation for life when the front of a train traveling at high speed is beside your head.
    More stupidity. I and the group I hung around with enjoyed the physical stuff. Teenage boys and young men are so silly. That night we made the mistake of easily winning against some rough characters when one of them decided to even the odds (it was 3 on 3 -- he made it 4 on 3 [​IMG] ). Needless to say we performed an orderly retreat and counted ourselves lucky. Those days are behind me...I am a man of peace and love these days. Well, mostly I guess.
     
  17. johnapril

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    Everyone look to the left. Satan.
     
  18. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Karl Rove is not Satan.  Only Satan is Satan.  And even he may not be.

    Can't we all just get a grip?  Keep things in perspective?  When did it become impossible to disagree with someone, even dislike someone, maybe even despise someone, yet nonetheless refrain from comparing them to the Prince of Darkness?

    This sort of obsessive hatred was bad when the right did it to Clinton, and it's bad when the left does it to Bush.  Bad for the people involved and bad for the country.  Bad, bad, bad.  Stop.  Chill.  It's okay.  They'll all be gone in 3 1/2 years, and the country will still be here.  Or, if it's not, it won't be Rove's fault.  Try to remember that there are real people in the world who want to kill Americans -- both Democrats and Republicans -- and who want to destroy the country no matter which party is in power.  From a certain distance, to certain people, we all look the same.
     
  19. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    I am having the best laugh of my day...
     
  20. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If you're trying to parody obsessive, irrational hatred, then I will chuckle with you. Mildly.
     

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