Difference Between Today and 30/40 yrs Ago
In 1970 or thereabouts I was coming out of my apt building in the city and I was holding a trash bag. The neighborhood was sort of nice but a halfway house was just set up across the street from our building and naturally it attracted not only unsavory occupants but unsavory visitors. On my way to my car with this garbage bag, to go target shooting with the 30-30 inside it, a carload of young thugs was parked in front of the halfway house, engine off, and one of them said HEY to me, so I walked over and said hi fellas, what's going on? and he asked me where the new halfway house is, and I said well, by coincidence you are right in front of it! And they made few remarks and one of them said oh I thought it was the dirty house you just came out of. And I shook my head and said no no no, that was the house i brought THIS out of, and I pulled out the Winchester stock first, just so they could see the stock part only, and that ended the nonsense then and there. Boston Police would have laughed at them had they complained about me brandishing a firearm etc back then. But today I would probably be subjected to all kinds of foolishness about what I did. The difference in the overall mentality between yesteryear and the times in which we live, is unbelievably appalling. Common sense is uncommon, things are the opposite of what they should be, numbers-wise there are more nitwits than ever on the streets, no one is really and truly safe, and the criminals today are not satisfied with getting money, etc, they want to hurt people also. But the scenario I described with the Winchester, done today? I would at the very least be admonished by police to please not do that anymore. Never mind the punks who asked for me to do it. Oh well, getting older, I guess :) And maybe wiser, but who knows.