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  •  I've met one too, hitchiking through Chicago in'75 (1+ / 0-)
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    Fifteen years later I read a book on John Wayne Gacey, with photos in the middle. As a read the description of his modus and his vehicle, ya' wanna' talk about hair standing up, I turned to the photos, and there it was, the very distinctive back end of the same pickup I'd last seen pulling away from me at the bottom of an exit ramp after I had firmly declined his offer to go home with him and "have a beer", and that same smiling creepy face. At the time I was not so much frightened as I was just very very certain that I was NOT going home with him, and not just based on general principle but also on a strong feeling that something was very wrong with "support your local clown" bumpersticker guy, one of the very few of the thousands of people who picked me up over a long if not distinguished hitchhiking career whose face and car I still remember.

    Two other times on that same trip (it was a long one) I got into cars that I might not have come out of whole, but did, because I listened to my instincts and proceeded without fear, and a great deal of good luck. It definitely helps to be male and in good physical condition, but one guy had a gun and the other time there were three big Navajo fellows who didn't much like my white ass out in the middle of their res. Ultimately I came away with the distinct impression that it was my lack of a fear based response that played the primary role in diffusing the scripts running in their heads, where the possible victim is supposed to be either terrified or enticed into participating in their internal drama.  And, when I say lack of fear I don't mean courage, which is an active thing, but simply a non-response. Weird, I blame Carlos Castaneda.

    That said, I've also been up close and very personal with a person suffering from hypermania, repeatedly, and I can say for sure that some folks don't give a damn what your reactions or your physical prowess are, you WILL be drawn into their drama merely by proximity.

    IMHO destigmatizing mental illness from the current status as a character fault, demon possession or god's punishment for the bad behavior of the subject's parents, and reacting to it with compassion rather than fear would go a long way toward fixing the problems of not so random violence like the current tragedy. Perhaps not coincidentally, my antennae are pretty sensitive to the chaos vibe. Its probably part of the reason I live out in the woods ;-).

    Just getting a handle on the knobs and dials.... Hey, don't touch that!

    by Old Lefty on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 01:47:04 AM PST

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    •  yikes. i just read about him. I remember this, but (1+ / 0-)
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      not well. boy, you seriously dodged a bullet there.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 02:03:02 AM PST

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