December 26th, 2006 11:20 AM
Ever get spooked?
So I was at a gas station yesterday (Xmas day). It was about 21:30 and place was more or less empty. It was well lit but the second I paid (at the pump) and started filling up I just got this weird feeling that raised the hair on the back of my neck. I couldn't identify anything that would have been the cause of that but I did end up untucking my shirt so that I could have a better access to my IWB holster. I finished filling up and even though I scanned the area multiple times I could not figure out what spooked me....
When I got home I cracked open a beer and chuckled about it but I still can't shake that feeling that something was wrong... am I just getting paranoid? Anyone else had a feeling like that that they can't explain? I've been carrying for about 2 months now and its the first time that something like this happened to me.
December 26th, 2006 11:35 AM
I don't think you were being paranoid. God gave you those instincts for a reason: self-preservation. Listen to them.
One of my buddies has a saying for situations like that: "That's about a zillion years of evolution trying to tell you look out".
Ignore intuition at your (great) peril.
December 26th, 2006 11:42 AM
I've had those moments before. I usually chalk it up to me just being jumpy, but I still try to gtfo as soon as I reasonably can.
December 26th, 2006 11:46 AM
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December 26th, 2006 11:52 AM
Ditto times about ten thousand!!!
Originally Posted by randytulsa2
December 26th, 2006 11:56 AM
Indeed - what I also call the ''Spidey sense" - is something not to ignore. Sometimes it may come on for little or no reason but best always to heed it.
Of course - could all be down to a bit of gas following yesterday's chilli - still best heeded nonetheless!
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December 26th, 2006 11:56 AM
If it helps, you're not alone.
I have a lake lot in BFE with a travel trailer on it. Nearest neighbor is several hundred yards away, and there aren't too many of them. The distance between us is covered with trees.
So a couple of weeks ago I'm spending some time up there with my two dogs. About 10 pm I step out of the trailer to get some ice from the cooler for another .. ahem.. cocktail. I turn toward my neighbors place and I see a scene from Jason or Nightmare on Elm Street....
The fog is thick enough to cut with a knife and my neighbors porch light is just enough to backlight the trees and fog between us. Now here I am inside a chain link enclosure with a .45 strapped to my backside and two dogs that will alert at the drop of a hat... and the hair on the back of my neck was standing straight up!
Like you, I chuckled at myself when I got back inside.
December 26th, 2006 12:08 PM
It happens to all of us I imagine. better to be spooked , than unaware.
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December 26th, 2006 12:16 PM
soon or later we all have times like this. the smarter ones in the group will have a gun on them. others will have their gun in the car or back home.
An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
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December 26th, 2006 12:29 PM
Forgot to wear the tin foil hat again, didn't you?
Actually, always go with those feelings, most of the time it's safer to be cautious!
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December 26th, 2006 12:32 PM
Always listen to that feeling. If you're wrong, so what, if you'r right you just might live!
Oh, and listen to your wife as well. One afternoon while offshore in our sailboat with a mild forecast while headed south to the Keys, my wife says "Drop the sails, NOW".
Why, it's hazy but the winds are only 5 knots and forecast is good. But we were motoring anyways so, keep the wife happy. Just got the sails down and out of the haze came a horizon to horizon squall line from hell. Opening gust was close to 100 mph and nearly knocked us down. Was followed by a long miserable stormy night. If I'd delayed another 5 minutes it'd of been life threatening instead of uncomfortable. So I listen to my wife as well!
Oh, NOAA claimed we had 10 to 15 knots all night. Yeah, right....
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December 26th, 2006 01:09 PM
ok... so I'm not nuts... well ok, maybe I am but not crazy nuts :)
Thanks guys. Ignoring the "spidey sense" at ones peril is a good point. I just felt like an idiot at the gas station untucking my shirt. Now that I know I'm not alone I guess I won't be calling a shrink :)
December 26th, 2006 01:33 PM
Maybe there was something or someone there, and your situational awareness and the actions you took (untucking your shirt and looking around) made them re-think their plan...
You did the right thing. If you pulled out the gun and started shooting at stuff, then you may have to be looked at...
December 26th, 2006 01:45 PM
Originally Posted by randytulsa2
Now bolting into the bathroom to hide would be paranoid (to say nothing of being revolting, as we all know what those puppies are like). But elevating to condition Yellow+ or Orange based on a feeling and being in a position of risk (alone, dark, occupied doing something with eyes down on the activity) is certainly warranted and easy to accomplish. If nothing happens, you're safe; if something does, you're better able to react. Win-win. Anything else potentially puts you behind the curve.
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December 26th, 2006 01:52 PM
That Yellowish-Orange Feeling...
keeps you out of the 'White' area...it's all good!
Stay alert...stay safe!
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