Believe it or not wolves do wear sheep clothing. There is a documented case of an abduction and rape in Chattanooga a few years ago. It happened in a very nice shopping area. The female victim was distracted/lured by another female who was working in conjunction with a dude.
If you use a blatantly incorrect interpretation of the saying that would be true.Quote:
Originally Posted by oakchas
Just so you understand, the most commonly believed interpretation of that quote is to turn the other cheek. There are other passages that refer to defending oneself.
It's the choosing an action based upon the risk to reward ratio. Some people are stupid and go to midnight showings of movies with their little kids. In the end, we all must make our own choices and live with those choices.
Now I didn't think this was the case. Just posing the question wondering how many wouldn't think about the bad intensions of some. Sometimes discussions help keep us aware
The fellow who has no situational awareness is a target. So is the drunk. A fellow who looks you in the eye, answers your question, and turns it into a good joke (which doubles as a "I'm broke now" admission), is less of a target. Had you quit with the "had a great time and won big" you would have been tipping the scales more towards risky behavior. But the whole of the situation you present does not lean that way in my opinion.
Of course, the closest I have to any experience in this is having taught high school in the bad part of town for 13 years - there, good repartee seemed to be respected. I don't know if that works in dark casino parking lots. But yours WAS a good line.
I do everything I can to ensure the future employment of the casino staff.
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So my question to all of you is, do you think the sheep would brag about their winnings and probably get robbed?
I was a kid, fishing with my dad - Stringer full of something (walleyes if I recall). Another boat down the shore a bit. Leaving the spot with our limit, we passed that other boat -- "How'd you do?" they asked. My dad started saying "Eh, could've done better..." while I was picking up the stringer and said "Great!!!"
That was the first time I remember that "one eyebrow up" look from my dad. And of course, that boat was on that spot - OUR spot - like a bear to honey.
"I know you're excited about it, but sometimes it's better for some things to be left unsaid." Something like that. "Eh, could've been better" wasn't a "lie" (for lack of a better term). It was simply a different way to answer. I got it -- And it transfers to so many scenarios in life that take me right back to that fishing spot.
One specific situation that fits the thread -- I was up in northern WI at a casino. On a motorcycle trip -- Didn't really want to "gamble" -- I called it "Making a donation to the rich cultural heritage of the Ojibwe people" -- But my bro-in-law and I rode out and I put a $10 in a slot machine and gave him the same to hit another machine.
It wasn't just a few spins later that I "hit the jackpot" -- Not the "retirement" jackpot, but the "this is just about enough to pay for this whole trip" jackpot. I very QUIETLY sent him to the window to find out what the tax reporting limit was. He came back and said "$1200" -- I was literally at around $1225 in the machine. It probably took a half hour more to burn it down to $1199, but we did. Cashed out and as unexcited-looking as possible walked out into the parking lot where (of course) someone said "How'd you do in there?"
I thought of my dad and said "Eh, could've been better."
I think you make excellent points. I think there is a simular way of thinking concerning terrorist. If we stop enjoying our freedoms or start giving up our freedoms to be safe from them then in effect they have beaten us.
It's a balancing act between being to paranoid and just paranoid enough. Personally I am always getting after my wife because she always insist on talking to strangers when we are out in public. She never gives out harmfull information or such, but she sets herself up to interviewed in my opinion. I have harped onit a little. Maybe what I need to do is find an article about how criminals "interview" someone and let her read it.
To answer your question about whether you should say you've won a ton of cash, I say never tell anybody you won big. Why put temptation out there where it doesn't need to be. Carrying or not, if you say you're broke, then there isn't a reason to be sheep.
I am guessing this was at the Lumiere? If so.... I have been told to use the valet there and that people have been robbed walking to there cars in the lot. Personally... I like ameristar. Now if they would allow legally liscenced carry in the casinos like they do in Vegas... I'd spend more time than i do there currently.