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Old 01-30-13, 11:32 AM   #1
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Clyde alive! Happy to be so and my cycling fitness helped.

So my week has been..er...bad. I have been working hard to get in shape to combat my diabetes and felt like I haven't made much progress.

Now I'm an international news story. I got carjacked at gunpoint the other night in Orlando- and the guys couldn't drive a stick and left the car. Its been all over Fox TV and radio, other local stations, etc. News blurbs have been reported as far away as...England..at this point.

Why am I happy? First..to just be alive! But for my cycling fitness..you see, after this happened, I ran a number of blocks to get help from a place where I knew there was 24 hour security. I wasn't even slightly winded. To be clear...I hate running and don't do it if at all possible. Without the support here, I would have probably been so out of shape that I gave myself a heart attack during this event. Never thought I'd be happy to run any distance at all.....
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Old 01-30-13, 11:42 AM   #2
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Sorry you got carjacked, but that's awesome that you felt so great afterward!
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What year is yours? I have a 2000 and .... yippee, it's a stick!

I'm glad you're OK.

I have to challenge your assertion that "they have everything going for them" because they clearly have a deficit in judgement.
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Old 01-30-13, 03:49 PM   #4
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What year is yours? I have a 2000 and .... yippee, it's a stick!

I'm glad you're OK.

I have to challenge your assertion that "they have everything going for them" because they clearly have a deficit in judgement.
It's a 2002....figure they are young, healthy and still young enough to have a chance to NOT screw up the rest of their lives. They might pay the price for this, but maybe nobody ever told them they could do better before....
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Oh man, that had to be frightening. Glad you are fine. And can run!
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Glad you're OK. Quite an adventure!

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Holy crap! I heard the story on the radio. Very happy to hear you are okay, and that your recent increase in fitness played a role (instead of a roll).
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I am happy that things turned out as good as they did for you. How did it happen and do you have any advice that might keep it from happening again?
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I am happy that things turned out as good as they did for you. How did it happen and do you have any advice that might keep it from happening again?
Pulled into a well lit, but empty parking lot a block from my wife's work to text her I was nearby to pick her up. Got rushed by two with a gun already drawn. Couldnt get the Corvette started in time to get away, and it sits so low there was no chance to start a fight getting out. Story has gone viral around the world because they couldn't drive a standard transmission and ran off, leaving the car.

Had scanned the area before pulling into it and saw nobody. Have been puzzling over where they came from in the first place. I will not be parking (without doing so to go shopping in a nearby building) in ANY parking lots at night, anywhere after this.
The advice to prevent it from happening is enrolling in class for a CCW and getting something to carry at all times. You have more options once able to meet deadly force with deadly force.
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Or you could be dead.

I think you handled it perfect.
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Pulled into a well lit, but empty parking lot a block from my wife's work to text her I was nearby to pick her up. Got rushed by two with a gun already drawn. Couldnt get the Corvette started in time to get away, and it sits so low there was no chance to start a fight getting out. Story has gone viral around the world because they couldn't drive a standard transmission and ran off, leaving the car.

Had scanned the area before pulling into it and saw nobody. Have been puzzling over where they came from in the first place. I will not be parking (without doing so to go shopping in a nearby building) in ANY parking lots at night, anywhere after this.
The advice to prevent it from happening is enrolling in class for a CCW and getting something to carry at all times. You have more options once able to meet deadly force with deadly force.
I am glad you made it out of that situation alright....and with your 'vette. I fully agree with you CCW advice and they are really easy to obtain in Florida (unless it has changed, Florida accepts a wide variety of training courses from an NRA basic to military training). However, getting a CCW and firearm without the right mindset ("are you capable of taking a human life?" is one of the most important questions to ask) can be worse than being unarmed. And don't just get a permit and firearm, get adequate training on a regular basis.

Sorry for the hijack but my cop senses kicked in.
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I am glad you made it out of that situation alright....and with your 'vette. I fully agree with you CCW advice and they are really easy to obtain in Florida (unless it has changed, Florida accepts a wide variety of training courses from an NRA basic to military training). However, getting a CCW and firearm without the right mindset ("are you capable of taking a human life?" is one of the most important questions to ask) can be worse than being unarmed. And don't just get a permit and firearm, get adequate training on a regular basis.

Sorry for the hijack but my cop senses kicked in.
Great advice and welcomed from your LE background, and to be more clear: I have been shooting since I was about 4 years old. Spent countless hours with my Daisy and Crosman BB gun friends and my grandfather got me into shotguns and rifles. A number of years ago, I introduced my wife to shooting, and she enjoys it a great deal also. Weve had a lot of fun going to the range together. I haven't shot in about 2 years, because they closed the local range we went to, and we moved from California to Florida.

As for taking a life, neither of us would have issue with that, given we are protecting our own or family. I had put thought into before, realizing from 20 plus years of fencing that a second's hesitation could increase the chances of your own death.Life, money, time and everything else had gotten in the way of getting our CCW already (our old California neighborhood had become over-run by gangbangers...). I have been robbed 4 times now over the years. I wasn't even in bad locations for most of them, and each time the level of violence has increased. Yesterday, the clerk at the store had a brief conversation while I was buying a couple of yearly gun buying guides to start the search for a suitable device to carry. He was a young man, but planned to get his CCW also. He asked me why I wanted one now and my immediate answer came out as, "I got carjacked at gunpoint Sunday night. Never again. Next time they end up dead, not me." I'm not looking for a fight, but something certainly has gone "CLICK" in my mindset.

Another thought- given my recent return to my beloved cycling and all the hard work I have been putting in to get healthy and extend my life...I was enraged at somebody trying to take it from me....! What's the line...? "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!".
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Great firearms background. I hope you know that wasn't so much aimed, pardon the pun, at you but advice in general. Carrying twenty-four/seven, as I have for over forty-five years now, becomes a lifestyle where even my wardrobe choices are based around it. And because it is my strongest desire to avoid ever again having to harm another, I try to avoid those places, times, and events where the possibility is greater. And that ties us back into cycling because most cycling attire doesn't lend itself to concealed firearms.
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I hate it when stories never have a follow-up, so here is one now. The Orlando Police Department have made an arrest in the carjacking! They have actually got the gunman, the one I am more annoyed at out of the two involved.

http://www.wesh.com/news/central-flo...?absolute=true
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Hey, thanks for the follow up and what a dumb POS that guy is. I guess it's true - they only catch the dumb criminals.

I hope he enjoyed his Big Mac - on you!
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Not the brightest bulb. Nice that they tracked him down using the phone's GPS.
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