I was robbed at threat of violence yesterday for the first time,naturally my first inclination was to write about it:
I've lived here for 2 years and never had an incident like that. It'smade me realize that the most basic thing, before weapons orself-defense training, is pulling your head out of the cloud ofdistractions and being aware of your surroundings. I was walking onthe dark side of Juan B. Justo, near the train tracks, that was myfirst mistake. Nobody walks on that side because it's an easy scalpfor a thief. I crossed over on the last block before the subwaybecause the traffic gave the opportunity, thinking it was an efficientway to minimize my travel time, quite the Yankee mentality.
You've talked a lot about being aware and projecting a "don't fuckwith me attitude" instead of a "clueless tourist" or "helpless victim"vibe, but if you do find yourself accosted by armed thieves, what'syour call? In this case these kids just had a puny knife, the otherkid had his hands in his pockets as a bluff, could have had a piece,probably didn't. I figured I could probably handle it and I'mphysically about as framed as both of them put together, but I've gotfamily to take care of, didn't think it was worth the risk.
Where do you draw the line on discretion?
Where to draw the line? Its not easy, and you'll have to forever live (or die) with the choice you mkae in that split second. At least for me, a few bucks, even my car key, its not worth the corpse to explain, now when my family is invovled or when I see that it could end up in a situation I could regret the rest of my life (forced inside your home, kidnaped , etc) that's where I draw the line.