I was not paying attention

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    I was not paying attention

    The other morning I was sitting in my truck drinking my morning coffee.
    I was mid sip when someone knocked on my window.
    I knew this person, but I guess my guard was down.and I was not paying attention.
    Its funny a lot of times when I am out with my wife, I am always looking around, try to sit in the back in the corner.
    And she will ask what is wrong? And I reply just keeping my eyes open.
    But this morning I let my guard down. And I felt foolish.

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    You can't be in condition yellow at all times, I mean folks that claim to be are just paranoid in my book. There are going to be times that we let our guard down and drift into the white zone, perfectly natural. There are plenty of times when I am in the white, as long as the greater majority of the time you are in yellow, and that you are armed and have trained to react is the most important. Glad all is OK.
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    You have some relaxed time. Hope you didn't spill your coffee.

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    just one of those things you get used to a certain thing, say whereever you were parked and you slip to white...

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    I'm often not alert before my coffee too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtbiker View Post
    I'm often not alert before my coffee too.
    My solution:

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCHornet View Post
    You can't be in condition yellow at all times, I mean folks that claim to be are just paranoid in my book.
    Always Orange is paranoid. Always Yellow is aware.

    Strive to stay out of White in public.
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    Doesn't matter the color 180+ degrees of sight goes unseen.

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    The most important question here is where did you spill your coffee?
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    You should be more vigilant with your coffee. After all someone might want it.
    Seriously, it is impossible to always be in cond. yellow.
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    Dont worry about it. It happens to the best of us, just think of it as a lesson learned.
    "Just blame Sixto"

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    Happens to everyone. I kind of chuckle when people say that they would "nerver be in [that] situation to begin with" because everyone is that way at some point, every day. Just yesterday I noticed that I was snow white while unloading the groceries from my car in my driveway.

    It's easy to be yellow when you are walking to your car late at night in a dark parking lot. You should be. But there are probably 20 other times you were white the rest of the week and just didn't have someone break into your space.

    Good luck and may we all be orange when the time is right!

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    I have in recent times been much more aware of ''task fixation'' - a subject brought up by southnarc on another board.

    It is amazing how many things we do which could be categorized as such and during those often short spells we are potentially out of the awareness loop somewhat. Only remedy for me having sorta alerted myself to this, is changing the way I do things so that peripheral vision is well switched on and time has to be given to scans.

    It is hard to maintain constant yellow but I do now firmly believe that task fixation times are when we may be at the most vulnerable.

    An analogy to this could be - think of your computer's functions which are these days still serial in nature - if one process wants in when another is working then interrupts have to come into play to allow sharing of processing. Same I think with task fixation - we have to learn the means of ''processor time sharing'' so as to still manage multi-tasking as an approach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShackleMeNot View Post
    Always Orange is paranoid. Always Yellow is aware.

    Strive to stay out of White in public.

    +1. Great post.

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    It is a lot easier for a person you know to surprise you then a stranger. You may notice them and dismiss them from your mind because you trust them, allowing them to surprise you. That is one of the reasons it is easier to be hurt by someone you know and trust then by a stranger.

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