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This happened because my habits are all screwed up by moving, but I should have known better.


Had a very vivid dream the other night that just screamed 'don't take it next time you go out.' This morning I forgot to grab it and locked the bedroom door behind me (didn't want to wake up the Mrs. to get it, and figured that after the dream it was indicative), I'd just grab one when I got to work anyway. That's the last time I pay attention to that sort of thing!


I got on the road and was almost to work when my truck loses power and practically stops cold on the interstate. Got to the shoulder safely and, after some phone calls, realized I was facing a 1-2 mile walk in the dark to a service station. I was in a low-end commerical and residential area next to a MAJOR interstate corridor, prime for criminal activity...and I left it at home.


I maintained a high level of SA, and didn't run into any immediate threats...fortunately the bg's are usually asleep by 0530 from their evening activities, and everyone else just wants to get to work.


I did get my gas (turns out I used waaay more gas moving than I realized, and I failed to believe my broken gas sensor that it was actually empty) and got to work safely...but I think this was a not-so-subtle hint to avoid doing that again. As it probably won't work out so well.


Lesson: if you keep something with you all the time, everytime you don't you'll need it. I've always found this to be true...a knife, a light, a gun, a phone, etc. If you leave it, you will need it (or at least wish you had it), even you rarely actually use it.

I should have known better, and now I do.
 

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Glad you got out of there safely. "Better to have a gun and not need it....."

Let it be a lesson to all of us.
 

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I've worked out a system that prevents me from ever leaving home without mine.
I simply get dressed from the bottom up, socks first, then underwear, pants, belt, holster, gun, then bra and shirt. Bra and shirt never ever go on until the gun is in the holster. If I go out the door without my firearm, I'm pretty sure I(or someone else) would notice pretty quick.:redface:
 

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What did you mean by " I'll grab one at work"?
 

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Could it be he meant "bombing Pearl Harbor", AKA "delivering a load of logs"?:rofl:
 

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scary reminder glad it all worked out ok.
 

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Left it at home, once, and guess what...

I got on the road and was almost to work when my truck loses power and practically stops cold on the interstate ... next to a MAJOR interstate corridor, prime for criminal activity.
The gods were watching, and reminding you. Thank you for reminding everyone here.

A person NEVER knows what is going to transpire. On any given day, any number of elements in the array of things we do can go just slightly wrong, leaving us in a less-than-savory situation.

One of the last times I went without (both defensive sidearm and cell phone) was years ago during a short trip that ended up taking me through some riskier neighborhoods near the Los Angeles Int'l Airport (California). Within ~3mi of the airport, it's not the best of neighborhoods, for those who know the area. (Mixed-bag, light-industrial slum that borders a business district with hundreds of folks who each seem to be a lookout for the local thuggery-buggery crowd.) Suffice to say that having car troubles in that area can be highly toxic to one's ability to survive the day. Had no phone and no defensive tools. A handful of highly-attentive thugs were watching me drive by, and it was probably painfully obvious that I was out of my element. (Think Warriors meets Deliverance.) Had problems arose that required my stopping, I'd have become the main course of an ugly dish, that morning, trussed and served, still steaming no doubt ... I vowed: never again. It's just not worth it.
 

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I think the real mistake you made was running out of gas. Fix the gas gauge. Put a gas can in the bed of your truck...

I also think it interesting that your first thoughts went to your missing firearm. I would have been more concerned with being hit by a look-e-loo driver while on the shoulder or while walking.

Many of us are guilty of being dependent on a firearm... it is one of the most rarely used tools in the kit.

cheers...:bier:
 

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What did you mean by " I'll grab one at work"?
I meant I'd pick up a gun when I got to work...which is why I didn't put it on while dressing as rugergirl suggested (I do when I'm not going to work), because it would have to come back off to put the other on. Usually its secured in the console from when I leave home until I get back there.

Also, while I do recognize the link to the "my faith is not in glock" thread, its really not the first thing that came to mind. Its the last thing I thought of before I got out of the truck to walk to the gas station. It just became ironic and poingent when I later thought about why I didn't have it with me.
 

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I believe this is an extension of Murphy's Law... Whatever you will need, you will leave at home...

This past January, I flew back to the city after being home for Christmas. I was jet-lagged, exhausted, needed groceries, at 10 at night. The phone battery was getting low so I left it home charging. Not like I'd need it, right?

When I was in the store, some guy approached me and told me I was cute. At first I was flattered, but declined to give him my number. Then he started following me around the store despite repeated requests to leave me alone. He kept asking me questions like where I lived or if I lived alone or where my family was. I tried to ignore him, and kept asking him to leave but this guy wouldn't take no for an answer. By the time he's following me through the check out my hands are shaking and I know I can't go out to the dark parking lot because I had this distinct image of being shoved into the trunk of my own car... And I remember cursing myself for leaving the stupid phone behind (though at that moment I was very much wishing for a gun too but alas, I was only 20...). Luckily I was able to pull a manager aside and she took me seriously (the check out guy didn't-- hence I was dearly wishing for the phone/a firearm, I thought the store might make me go out there with him), and walked me to my car while calling off site security to deal with it... the guy saw them drive up and started running away... And that was just one very good reason why I wanted to CC!

Same thing though... you never know when you're going to need it so best to not leave home without it... keys, phone, knife, gun... Better safe than sorry! Also, don't go to grocery stores at 10pm if you can help it.
 

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I think the real mistake you made was running out of gas. Fix the gas gauge. Put a gas can in the bed of your truck... :bier:
You're quite right...it honestly never crossed my mind that I was low until after I was on the side of the road. Its so consistent on MPG that I just watch the trip odometer and fill when needed. The reason it ran dry is that I got 12mpg instead of the normal 18mpg, due to carrying extra weight and driving differently while moving. It ran out 140 miles before usual.

Btw, the weapon is for the situation I couldn't avoid, not the sole basis for my strategy. Like my insurance policy.

I appriciate the honest assessment...
 

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I would have been more concerned with being hit by a look-e-loo driver while on the shoulder or while walking.

Many of us are guilty of being dependent on a firearm... it is one of the most rarely used tools in the kit.
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That's one way to think of it.

But then, this is a defensive carry web-site where folks come to discuss the carry of defensive weaponry. It's what's discussed. That alone, though, isn't sufficient to imply each person's story about such things is a prime example of one's first/only/fearful thoughts being of the firearm.

When one gets in a jam in a bad part of town, only the naive won't consider the risk of the situation at all ... and, frankly, that risk involves the question of whether one is armed. Considering that question isn't indicative of being psycho, or dependent on it, or similar implications. It's simply indicative of a thinking person who sees the situation for what it is: far riskier than one planned.


Btw, the weapon is for the situation I couldn't avoid, not the sole basis for my strategy. Like my insurance policy.
As is true, I would bet, for nearly everyone here. :yup:

Good story. Good reminder.
 

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Hate to say this, but your thread title and subsequent story ended up essentially saying "Left it at home, once, and guess what... I didn't need it."

Don't get me wrong; odds were certainly not in your favor that morning, and I will continue to advocate carrying everywhere. I guess I was just mislead by the title to expect a pretty ugly story. Maybe I'm just too accustomed to reading bad news, but I'm very glad to be disappointed in that respect.
 

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Hate to say this, but your thread title and subsequent story ended up essentially saying "Left it at home, once, and guess what... I didn't need it."

Don't get me wrong; odds were certainly not in your favor that morning, and I will continue to advocate carrying everywhere. I guess I was just mislead by the title to expect a pretty ugly story. Maybe I'm just too accustomed to reading bad news, but I'm very glad to be disappointed in that respect.
I completely see that...I did mean it as a let down, but not to be misleading. Though, actually I'm surprised it took all day to get a that response.

Really I meant "I left it at home, once, and guess what...I ended up somewhere I really should have had it."

As opposed to having it in my living room or at borders books, where lethal or otherwise harmful threats are (based on simple threat analysis) less likely.

Glad to disappoint...hopefully I can make that a trend.

Though if anything really bad happens, I will not be posting about it online, unless my lawyer advises such.
 
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