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SA thoughts?

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Tonight I changed out a starter in an SUV that I wanted to put on the on-base for sale lot. My daughter and got it running and decided to leave base to run it through the automatic car wash. Since I was on base I was not CC and wasn't when I left the base for the wash. The car wash was one that the roll up door opens you drive in and the door shuts in front of you and behind you. The car in front of me started to drive out going super slow driving under the blow dryers and I was driving in super slow going by the side sprayers. A large Dodge pulled in fast and close behind me. This is when my SA kicked in and I found myself thinking I'm blocked front and back, have my young daughter with me, no sidearm and in a not so nice area! I stopped moving forward to ensure that if I need to push the car in front of me I would have enough room to get a good run at it. Needless to say; everything was normal but I my hands were trembling as if I had just dropped the buck of a lifetime. Just thought this could be some food for thought.
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goldshellback makes a great point...did your sa just kick in when the vehicle closed on you or were there tells that may have been available before you were even in the situation...

we see so many stories here that start with someone "in" a situation and not a lot of insight on what lead up to the situation...

great point by jimtem...in the car wash situation i really wouldnt consider it unusual for a vehicle to come up fast and then sit directly behind me...its a cafeteria sort of business situation and people usually dont think about how fast they are approaching...they just do it...ditto on the point that maybe you are just looking a little too hard for something bad...you began trembling...

understandable...everyday we are placed in situations that make us all easy targets for someone who wants to do harm...but most of the time the situations we are in are harmless....we are just looking for the problem so it isnt so hard to find...no different than a customer who is expecting a bad experience at a business and creating one for themselves...

we have to find a happy medium or damn ourselves to a life full of worry instead of caution and preparedness...watching and preparing is one thing..when a great deal of worry accompanies that we need to reevaluate our sa and reactions....

thanks for sharing...these are great situations and for some who might never think twice about them it opens different possiblities...
 
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