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Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Central Washington
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Not while riding my bike, but I did a few weeks ago while walking at night and I have once or twice while driving. I was attending a local LGBT convention and there was a report of an attack on what some drunk college students thought was a gay student downtown. I didn't think anything about it because I'm heterosexual, but there were big warnings at the conference the next day even though nothing like this has ever happened here for as long as anyone can remember. I was walking the night after the attack and felt uneasy.
I also get an uneasy feeling while I'm riding and I think something bad is going to happen. It's not really paranoia but at least 4 out of 5 times the driver does exactly what I think they will, and if I would have failed to react I would have been harmed or killed.
I generally listen to my intiution when I get that uneasy feeling and either get the heck out of there or go to a public space for a few minutes until the feeling passes. Paranoid, maybe, but I'd rather be paranoid and safe rather than not listen to that gut feeling and end up hurt in some way.