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Old 08-09-2012, 06:06 PM   #31
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I definitely think your awareness depends on where you were raised and where you live. I was raised in Dolton, IL which is on the south side of Chicago. I now live about five minutes from Gary, IN. I know I have to watch people and pay attention. Where I teach the police are there only to deal with the spoiled kids that have nothing to do other than vandalize and act silly. The kids there do not know what the real world is like because they don't really leave their little area.

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Old 08-10-2012, 01:00 AM   #32
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Im always watchn my 6 amd everything inbetween. However last night while swimming with my daughter in our apt pool, I started thinking about ok what if a few thugs show up and want trouble, what if some junkie gets in the complex or lives here and starts acting crazy, what if a natural disaster started happening right now. Then I told myself I can only do so much. Be aware, be alert, watch your back, enjoy your life... Yes it can be hard but we have to do it. Think im not guna fly after 9/11??? Hell yea im flying and im watching whos on board. Not goin to movies anymore cause of that bastard?? Hell yea we are and were going packing NO MATTER WHAT....

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Old 08-10-2012, 02:45 AM   #33
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My friends all say that I go through life with blinders on. I do tend to focus on one thing and become oblivious to everything else, but I also tend to notice things that matter. I might not see the forest for the trees, but I can tell you everything you ever wanted to know and then some about that one tree that just ain't right.

The point of all that: be aware of your personal tendencies. Then figure out how that fits in with SA.

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Old 08-10-2012, 03:30 AM   #34
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Not much for situational awareness, more so an aggravating story.

Was at a casinos hotel in Detroit last year. Our room was on the 14th floor. Checkout was by 11am to get your deposit back. Walked to one of the 4 elevators around 10:50am. Every single one that opened was full. Literally 6-8 elevators in a row were full from the people above us.

I decided to try the stairs. Two floors down my girlfriend decided the walk was long and she was going to squeeze into an elevator. I said ok I'll see you at the bottom and continued on my way.

I hit the fourth floor and the entire stairwell was gated off and padlocked. Seriously? So I went back up to the fifth floor. The door led to a workout room!!

I walked through the "gym" and the only door led right back to more elevators. This time I decided to use my head and caught an elevator going up. Rode it all the way to the top and then all the way back down, stopping at every single floor...

I suppose I could have paid more attention to find a different exit but I don't expect to look more of an exit than an elevator or staircase in a major casino hotel.

In a real emergency I would have been far more stressed and much less likely to keep a clear head.

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Old 08-10-2012, 03:42 AM   #35
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Think im not guna fly after 9/11??? Hell yea im flying and im watching whos on board. Not goin to movies anymore cause of that bastard?? Hell yea we are and were going packing NO MATTER WHAT....
Funny you mention flying - I flew back to NY after 9/11 when they resumed flights. On my flight were about 25-30 passengers max ... about 10 of them Muslim men. These were the most fearful looking men I had ever come across in my life! Each one to a man kept their eyes on their toes and barely muttered a single word the entire flight I slept like a baby on that flight

I will go out of my way to keep from flying ... not because I fear another 9/11 style attack ... I refuse to submit myself to the TSA and thier Gestapo tactics

As for enjoying life ... absolutely! Bad shit happens to good people every day, so why bother worrying about it and living in fear? If that is the fate before me, so be it
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I hit the fourth floor and the entire stairwell was gated off and padlocked. Seriously?
That is illegal and you should of reported it to the Bldg Dept and the Fire Dept
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That is illegal and you should of reported it to the Bldg Dept and the Fire Dept
That's true, I didn't think of that. I am going there again in two weeks. I'll take another look and see what it's like
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C'mon folks, over 800 views and not too many folks have much to add? Let us know what you do/know/practice to keep yourself out of harms way

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Pretty much always watch whats going on. Specially in my normal day to day activities. Going to my same grocery store, always survey the parking lot when I get out. I walk with a purpose, not cocky, but assertive. Chest out somewhat amd shoulders back, good posture. I dnt look like some lost guy jusy carrying about. I know where im going and what i need, and if anyone else is paying attention they can see that. Ive noticed people come up to me before. Either to ask directions, spare change, or whatever. No one has ever surprised me, i saw them coming a mile away. Head on a swivel
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S.a. is what I learned the most from ccw class. I grew up in a rural low crime area outside a small town and never had to think that way. Several months after my wife and I had the class, we were sitting at a red light in a double lane with about 20 cars. She's driving, and I see something move in the mirror. Some guy is going car to car asking for money. She never saw him, even after I asked her about him. Eeek! I've since trained her the hard/easy way by scaring her lol, the point is she is way better.

I've been places where there are police present, and I'm scanning the crowd. When they notice me doing this (a good thing), I don't know if they think I'm an off duty cop, or a nervous addict, or what. If we meet eyes I just nod, they usually watch someone else then.

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