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    Apr 2003
    New England

    Tim Larkin post on danger, a good one

    Even though the world views us as a very
    violent nation we ourselves have the illusion that staying in our
    neighborhoods gives us a safety zone that allows us to be rude to
    each other.

    By assuming we are dealing with other members of society that
    cow-tow to threats of invoking the legal system on any perceived
    slight some people in the US are emboldened to push their verbal
    and non-verbal aggression to the max with little fear of facing a
    physical beating.

    It is funny when you see this US approach backfire in
    international waters!

    A friend recently told me of a caustic uncle who traveled to
    Corsica for a vacation. He checked into his hotel and strolled
    over to the scenic marketplace to buy some fruits and nuts for
    his stay. His 30-year-old daughter (who was living there) was
    with him and warned him to not cross the street until the traffic
    light was green.

    He ignored her and promptly stepped onto the street and was
    nearly run over by a nicely dressed man in an Audi A6. The uncle
    ran up to the car that was now stopped at the light and started
    screaming at the man with expletives flying. He then kicked the
    passenger door and waved at him with 'one finger' (this 'uncle'
    by the way is a 62 year old, distinguished looking attorney from

    The response from the driver? He calmly got out of his car,
    walked up to the now emboldened uncle (who continued to spew
    invectives as the man approached) and without warning hauled off
    and smashed the uncle above his upper lip with a hammer fist
    (pinky side of the fist) instantly flooring the uncle and popping
    out 5 of his upper teeth. The man then calmly walked back to his
    Audi and drove away. By the way this was done in front of a

    The police took the report but chastised the now toothless old
    man saying that in Corsica we don't speak to each other that way
    unless we expect to fight. His daughter knew that no effort would
    be made to find the man in the Audi.

    The uncle probably had responded to slights in his safe little
    enclave in Connecticut like that numerous times throughout his
    cantankerous life. Maybe his new dental work will be a reminder
    to be more civil. He was lucky he just lost some teeth.

    So now I sit here at the Madrid Airport at a café across from 2
    US soldiers. How do I know they are US soldiers? No, they aren't
    in uniform, nor are they dressed like Americans. If it weren't
    for the fact that they both are sitting in broad daylight looking
    at their US Army Service records, no one else would know they
    were US servicemen either. But every passerby has taken notice of
    the manila folders these two soldiers are poring over aimlessly.

    I have had to bite my tongue not to chastise these young kids.
    You'd think with the bombings and threats in Madrid over the past
    year they'd be a bit more security conscious. I mean they could
    easily blend in with their civilian dress. But they just don't
    think anything could ever happen to them. It's always the other
    poor sap.

    Well, these are just 2 examples I wanted to share with you of
    people needlessly exposing themselves to potential violence. In
    one incident, violence occurred. The other -- so far, so good.
    When traveling it's a good deal easier to see lapses in judgment
    regarding personal security.

    Ask yourself what risks have you taken in the last 30 days in
    your little world. Leave your doors unlocked? Take a risky short
    cut? Use an ATM after dark? Think a bit on that one...

    Correct these and you'll go a long way to never having to use the
    methods and principles I teach about "Surviving The Most Critical
    5 Seconds Of Your Life".

  2. #2

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    Apr 2003
    New England
    I posted the Larkin story because it also reminds me of stuff Marc McYoung has said about people wandering across cultural lines, and not realizing that some other people will unleash a physical beating in response to a nasty verbal attack. Plus as a lawyer I can just see the uncle behaving in this way.

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    Colin's Avatar
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    Apr 2004
    Tasmania, Australia
    Man, I'd love to have seen that beatdown :)

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    Dec 2010
    I know plenty of places right here in the u.s. that the uncle in that story would have been shot in the face for **** like that.


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