51 thoughts on “Short Thoughts (43)

  1. Cars don‘t explode on impact, either (can you imagine the amount of lethal car accidents otherwise? Cars would have been banned for being too unsafe a mode of transportation long ago if that were true …) The are liberally doused with petrol and then deliberately set to fire to film those scenes. Ah well.

    You‘ve lived an eventful life, though, to be able to comment on a bar brawl with a „minor mobster“ from personal experience! 🙂 — I‘m glad it doesn‘t seem to have had a lasting effect, though. Or at least I hope it didn‘t! It was no doubt extremely painful …

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    1. Yes, exploding cars are extremely rare, Themis.
      I spent most of my teens in a part of London known for various groups of old-school gangster ‘families’. There were many of those small-time gangsters around in pubs back then. Sometimes, you had to be very careful about upsetting them. And it didn’t take much to upset them. 🙂
      Best ishes, Pete.

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  2. I was, and still am, a Bruce Lee fan-girl, but having done ballet as a kid, it was obvious the fight scenes were choreographed. To be honest I watch them because they’re kind of like a ballet. I guess movie makers can’t show ‘real’ fights because they’d be over much too soon. 🙂

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        1. Exactly. It could indeed kill someone. I was once kicked on the side of the head when I was kneeling, and I felt ill for days after. I certainly didn’t stand up to try to fight my attacker. And he was only wearing trainers, not hard shoes.

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                  1. Mmm…I’m aggro enough to wish he’d gone to jail. There have been at least two instances of one-punch killings here in Australia. Lack of pre-meditation may result in a manslaughter verdict, but kicking someone the way you were kicked? Even drunk you’d have to wonder.

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                    1. And he was with his wife and small child when he kicked me. He escaped jail by pleading that he would lose his job, and that would make his family homeless. He worked on the railways, and they kept him on, despite his conviction for assaulting an EMT. A cop I knew told me he was still working.

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                    2. And he was drunk, you say? Man…did no one mention the words ‘domestic violence’? If he could do that to you, a virtual stranger, I find it hard to believe he was/is all sweetness and light at home. 😦

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  3. From my training AND experience? “CPR given’ is always harder, and sometimes does more damage, than it ‘looks’ like, on TV – and rescue breathing? Doesn’t always result in the loved one ‘coming back to life’ before the professionals arrive and remove you from the room – to wait and wonder – will your loved one recover miraculously, as such things play out in fiction/tv/movies? – – Sadly, the few times I did, no such great results from my efforts – sometimes no great results from emergency folks’ efforts either – but the first time I did CPR training (I was 12, allowed to attend the training with my mother, though I wasn’t allowed to test/get card, because back then, I was too young) I was amazed at how much sheer energy it took to ‘do the CPR’ on the training doll – both in pushes and how much breath it took to ensure the ‘chest’ rose – – and then, I realized, “AHHH! Now I understand why the first rule of thumb? Call for help, FIRST, and get them started your way, THEN start – if you don’t? and are far out from help/low/no passerby traffic? You’ll wear out before you are relieved….”

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    1. I was an EMT for 22 years. I had equipment, and did ‘professional resuscitation’. In all that time, I only got two ‘back’, and only one of those survived to have a heart bypass and live a reasonable life after.
      But regarding this post, that was never an issue that night.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. yes, I just read the ‘why’ and the thought came to mind – and aware of your past work life, I shared the ‘thought’, figuring, although I was never ‘boots on the ground EMS responder’ you would understand my small window into how movies/tv don’t seem to portray the overall stats on that front, either, very well –

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  4. Gunshots aren’t as they are portrayed either. And everyone isn’t healed in the ER. Somehow the gun carrying crowd around here is startled every time one of them either dies or is paralyzed.

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    1. I was in a pub, and a fight started. I wasn’t involved with the group fighting, so tried to move away. Someone must have thought I was involved, and hit me across the top of my back with a heavy wooden pub chair. It knocked me onto my face, and the fight carried on around me. When things calmed down, I was helped up by the guy who had hit me! He didn’t recognise me as someone he had hit. 🙂 I had severe bruising across my neck and shoulders for a long time after, and was lucky he didn’t get the back of my head.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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        1. He was twice my age, and twice my size. And he might well have been carrying a gun. He was that kind of guy, Cheryl. Minor gangster. I thanked him for helping me up, and didn’t mention it was him that had hit me. 🙂
          Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. The mystery of movies. 😉 Sometimes – at least since this pandemic – i think we a living in one. But the writers of the book has forgotten the end. Have a beautiful weekend, Pete! Will now find my way through the last postings i missed. Michael

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