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    I actually think of it as a survival technique. Having been in a company where I was a clerk behind the counter
    of a gas station, I often went through all my options in my head. I figured out what to do in almost any situation. It paid off too, as one night a drunk marine thought he was "all that." Well, I either have to thank my lucky stars, or the preparation I put in to prepare for a confrontation. Not only was I able to handle the situation, but was relieved when a Nam Veteran walked in & made sure this guys buddies kept to themselves.
    You never know when, or with whom something may happen, be prepared for anything!

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    I do all of those things.

    I also think it's important to remember that, like nature, the baddies prey on those they feel are weakest. I always "walk strong", pay attention to my surroundings, and I make eye contact with everyone I encounter.

    I too get accused of looking "up tight" and "pissed off".

    A little story - the other day I left the office and walked to my boss' house for a meeting. It's about a 10 minute walk in Downtown Syracuse. This late teen/early 20s teenager approached me and asked me where the National Grid (the local power company) building was.

    Now it could have been completely innocent and I was happy to help this kid, but in the back of my mind I knew that this building was the most recognizable building in downtown - it's this big Art Nouveau stainless steel thing that looks like something out of a Batman movie.

    At the time, the building was behind me and I made sure that my eyes never left this kid's eyes and I simply pointed over my shoulder and said "it's that big steel building over there".

    Like I said, probably perfectly innocent, but I was also thinking that it would be very easy for him to cold cock me as I turned my head to show him the building.

    You just gotta be aware.
    "A democracy is two wolves and a small lamb voting on what to have for dinner. Freedom under a constitutional republic is a well armed lamb contesting the vote."

    Benjamin Franklin
    (1706 - 1790)

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    I'm a +1 on the ass-hole look. I intentionally don't look like an approchable person when in public. Frequently I notice street solicitors nabbing every single person that walks by will suddenly sulk down and let me pass with out trying to sell me whatever they're hocking.

    I've always sat to the near the back facing everyone that comes by. I watch everything and everyone that twitches and I assume they're all BGs.
    Unapologetic American
    NRA/IDPA/USPSA/GSSF

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    I have been playing the "what if" game for as long as I can remember first tought to me by my father then the Military and Martial arts. I get the you look uptight pissed off reaction from peolple I meet they say when I first saw you their was no way I was going to Talk to you then say once they have meet me I seem much more friendly.
    "Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence ... From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable . . . the very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that is good" (George Washington)

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    Quote Originally Posted by oidsailor View Post
    I have been playing the "what if" game for as long as I can remember first tought to me by my father then the Military and Martial arts. I get the you look uptight pissed off reaction from peolple I meet they say when I first saw you their was no way I was going to Talk to you then say once they have meet me I seem much more friendly.

    I had a now good friend of mine tell me a few years back that when he would see me at a job that we both used to work at that he thought " that guy is not somebody I would want to mess with". Once he got to know me he said I was not what he had thought at all. I guess you can't let the BG's know that you are really a nice guy even if sometimes others get that impression too. MY motto, Walk softly and carry a big stick. I do but I pray I never have to use it.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

  7. Quote Originally Posted by Memphis View Post
    Frequently I notice street solicitors nabbing every single person that walks by will suddenly sulk down and let me pass with out trying to sell me whatever they're hocking.
    My girlfriend will thank me for doing this when passing a peddler in a mall.

    Quote Originally Posted by HK4U
    I have become more aware and watchful of people. Especially when you see something that does not look quite right. Like someone wearing an overcoat in the summer time or just acting funny.
    I work at a small farm supply store during summers, an indavidual came in wearing a winter coat. It was 94 outside. I leaned over to the "new guy" and wispered, "He's wearing a coat." The guy looked at me blankly and responded with yea. After shaking my head I repeated he was wearing a coat and said it's 94 outside. He said "yea that's weird"... Finally (since I couldn't leave where I was at at the time) I instructed him to just go find the manager and tell him a guy was wearing a winter coat and it's 94 degrees. Cluelessly he did as told. the manager and assist. manager jumped up and found the guy, whom was acting odd when they decided to "help" him. needless to say he left soon after they came up to him to see if he needed help, but it was astonishing how clueless the kid was...

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    I'm constantly looking at angles, optimal cover spots, extraction options, etc, as well as open hand strike options when standing around with people. I don't know how many people here have looked into feng shui, but some of the elements include things that come from a biologically instinctive mindset. For example, people are always more comfortable when sitting somewhere if they can clearly see an entrance.

    Something that I've noticed is that many homes and businesses are not designed in a way that consider security as an important issue. A peephole is an inexpensive, highly effective security measure and should automatically be included on all doors - but inexplicably, many homes are built without one, and do not have a facing window that allows for conveniently looking out. A camera is the best thing of course, but these are still rare. Door locks are also often keyed differently, which adds a delay when people get home, need to start their car in a hurry, etc.

    My parents' home was built in a way so that the bedrooms and bathroom are all together, and if coming down the one hall that connects them, you can look out and see both the front door, the back door and cars that are in the driveway, and there's lights on all of the exterior areas (a lightpole and some motion detectors) that don't backlight the observer in the house. This way if someone is outside, you can easily make a decision on what to do.
    Silent Running, by Mike and the Mechanics

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