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I've never had anyone come up to me or my wife and start yelling obscenities. I go out of my way to avoid places (like bars) where that might be likely to happen. I especially like to avoid places where people are drinking alcohol because it loosens people's inhibitions and some people are mean drunks.

Artie


I avoid places like that too. So it does not happen much. But I seem to be a trouble magnet. Weird things happen to me a lot. Minding my own business and then wammo, weird people do weird things to or around you.

Here are just a few off the top of my head.

The worse incident was at a 'pro-life' chain when the kids were young A bunch of families making a chain across University Street in Denton TX about a mile long showing support of the 'pro-life' movement and the Crisis Pregnancy Center where my wife volunteered. We obeyed all laws and let people walk/drive through when they needed to. It lasted just a few hours but the amount of obscenities directed at us was startling and troubling towards mostly young families. It was very difficult for me to hold back as the cowards shouted and fingered as as they drove off.

I punched a guy in the face once when DW and I were out on a date at a movie theater. We had not been married long. He grabbed my wife and told her he wanted to 'f' her, not knowing she had a rather large husband returning from the snack line. Down and out for the count. I walked up to a worker, explained what happened and we went into the movie.

A guy followed us home one night in his BOT. I drove a Datsun B210 back in the day so I guess the redneck assumed he had an edge on whoever occupied the tiny car. I'm was not really paying much attention until he drives right up behind me after we parked in the driveway and shines his lights on bright. He runs out of the BOT, wearing his cowboy hat and boots, yelling obscenities about how I almost killed him on the road. He was drunk so it was hard to understand him. Probably delusional. He wanted me to step out of the car and fight him. I did. He threw a punch and I ducked. He fell on the ground off balance. I just watched him for a sec as he got up and charged me. Besides being 6'5" and a weight lifter, back then I was an accomplished martial artist that trained regularly and competed in an occasional tournament. I decided not to punch him with my fist because, well frankly, that hurts like hell. So I heel kicked him upside the head. Not as hard as I could...but enough to stop him and get his attention. He laid on the ground a few minutes while I made sure he had no weapons in his truck. I helped him get up, took him to the truck and told him to leave and if I ever saw him again on my property, I would bust his kneecaps off so he'd never walk normal again.

Then there was the time I took my 10 yo son to a Cowboys game. There were about 4 drunk young men a couple of rows behind us spilling popcorn, spraying beer on us and yelling out a generous amount of 'F' words. My buddy, a 6'2 Hispanic with his 10 yo son finally had enough after dealing with it for 30 minutes. We turned around and asked them nicely for the sake of the women and children around them to stop it. They told us to F-off. I lost it and started charging up the steps toward them. A bystander, grabbed me and told me "It's not worth it...my wife has already left to get security." A moment of common sense took over and I chose to listen. Security came and escorted the 4 men out.

decath
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