An armbar GOOD MORNING!!! to you all! Yup, slept on my arm wrong last night so it had me dreaming that I was being arm barred. Now, my elbow hurts…stupid Jitsu!
Think About it Thursday Ed-vise today. Cause it’s THURSDAY! Time to THINK!
So, yesterday I talked about our guy that smoked out and shot up the subway in Brooklyn.
Pictures taken from security cameras show him entering the subway station. He is wearing a bright orange vest, what appears as a mask, and a hard hat. In addition, he is pulling a suitcase along with him.
That suitcase at that time, carried two smoke cannisters, several high capacity magazines fully loaded, a hatchet, and a gun. It is heavy. I know because all that stuff weighs a lot.
It is a Tuesday morning. The time being around 8am or 815am when he boards the train.
Do you think you would have noticed anything wrong or suspicious with this picture?
A guy dressed as a construction or maintenance worker pulling a suitcase.
Probably not. Especially if the curiosity of cat videos and text messages was consuming your thinking. Which is what one victim claims he was doing when he sat next to the shooter. That victim says he entered the train, was on his phone with headphones in and not paying attention. He sat down next to the shooter. Noticed the shooter wearing an MTA vest and wearing a mask. Then, he saw the black smoke and all hell broke loose.
Day in and day out, that victim probably did his daily thing of getting on the train and sitting down. Probably the same seat. Same train. Same event. His routine established he no longer has a need to look around. Which, over time, numbs our “Gift of Fear” as coined by Gavin De Becker.
Our primitive instinct of being alert in a crowd or when alone. Taking the time to look around at what is going on. Who is doing what. Where are things at. Reading the room. Feeling the tension.
Social media is great. I get a lot of ideas from it. Social media is also a burden. It focuses us onto things that numb our senses and distract us from the real world outside. The interaction of humans in the “wild.” In case you did not notice, there are a bunch of attacks going on in places you wouldn’t think. Every major city is dealing with them. I’m out west so I pay attention to the west coast stuff.
In all the videos I see, every single victim is not paying attention. Every. Single. One. Many are looking at their cell phones.
I encourage you, that when you are walking in the “wild” to PAY ATTENTION. It is a beautiful world with lots of things to see. It is also a world with perils and pitfalls for the in-attentive.
I’m just saying
That’s it for today. Take care of yourselves. Check in on each other and remember a mushroom is the friendliest of food because it is a…FUN-GI!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA