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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 07:39 PM
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I got to file a police report tonight.
I was in the food court in Grand Central Station grabbing something to eat on my way home. A guy in a suit, obviously drunk, ran into me and knocked me over.

I posted earlier that I'm in a hell of a lot of pain today because of the weather, so I'm not walking very well or very quickly. He hit me solidly with his briefcase, and whatever was in it, it was heavy. I was standing next to a table (thankfully) or I would have been all over the floor.

He yelled at me that to get out of his way and demanded to know what my problem was. I answered, "I'm sober and you're drunk. That's the problem asshole." He responded, "That's Right!" And then apparently realized the he just admitted being drunk and got mad.

I stepped over to a sorbet counter (Ciao Bello, great stuff) and he followed me, so I asked the person behind the counter to call security. He stalked away.

While I'm standing there ordering a sorbet, he came back, walked up behind me, and said I better stay out of his way or he would shove my crutches up my ass. The counter people at that point were coming around the counter, so this guy ran away.

There is a police station in Grand Central Station. I filed a report, and they were looking for this guy when I left.

FYI: White guy in his mid fifties. About 5'6" (2 inches shorter than me). Thinning hair but not bald, blond. Beige suit. Leather briefcase, like this one but darker leather. (I have no idea what this style is called.)



So that's my fun for today. How was your afternoon? x(
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 07:43 PM
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1. Sorry he's such an asshole!
:hug: :hug:


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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:01 PM
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10. I'm home safe, so at this point it's just an interesting story.
:)

Thankfully no harm done. :hug:
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:15 PM
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26. That's the most important thing; that you're safe
The rest is just commentary.

:toast:
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:22 PM
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29. Exactly. At the end of the day
nobody was hurt, and my ego will survive. :)
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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 07:44 PM
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2. Holy shit. What the fuck is the matter with people?
Sorry Thom, it has not been your week, has it? Hope things get better. :hug:

And I hope the police catch that asshole.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:02 PM
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12. Unfortunately, there's no way they'll catch anyone in Grand Central
unless they accidentally stumble upon something while it happens. There are just too many people there during rush hour. And on a Friday night, Rush hour is 4pm until 8pm. :(

Ah well. Life goes on. I am sure this guy is this pleasant to other people too, so I'll bet he's well loved. :P
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 07:46 PM
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3. Probably on his way back to Westchester.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:04 PM
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14. Almost certainly. He headed towards the gates for the trains
Edited on Fri Dec-14-07 08:04 PM by ThomCat
So he either lives up north of the city or in Connecticut.

I feel sorry for the people who had to share a train with him. :(
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1gobluedem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 07:46 PM
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4. How horrible
I'm glad the sorbet people were coming out to help you but this is so not what you need at all. I've been reading your posts about your pain and I wish I could do something to stop it.

You did the right thing. I hope they catch the jerk.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:06 PM
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15. Slow guy on crutches = target.
:(

If you walk with me in public you'll see that every now and then someone will deliberately clip me and keep going instead just passing me. I think some people think you really do get 10 points for hitting the cripple.
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Darth_Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 07:49 PM
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5. When it rains, it pours........
:(
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:07 PM
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16. Yes, that's definitely true.
And I wonder if there's a correlation. I have bad days because of the weather, so I'm in pain and walking slower. Maybe people are in bad moods because of the weather, so they're more likely to do this kind of shit.
:shrug:
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seemunkee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 07:52 PM
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6. Major suckage
What the fuck is wrong with some people?
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Darth_Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 07:55 PM
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7. some are drunks with no concern for others........
seriously........I'm tired of them. Nobody should have to go file a police report because they just stopped for ice cream(or sorbet) and got hassled.
And no, don't care about their hard-luck stories.

:mad:


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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:07 PM
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17. A combination of alcohol and testosterone poisoning.
:(
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seemunkee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:11 PM
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21. and a complete lack of compassion
Hope he feels like shit when he sobers up
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:15 PM
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25. That would be nice, but a charming guy like him...
Somehow I doubt that he has much compassion even when he's sober.
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Flaxbee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 10:37 PM
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61. lol - exactly!
Edited on Fri Dec-14-07 10:39 PM by Flaxbee
Not funny at all what you went through, it truly stuns me how horrible some people can be. :hug: I'm just glad you're not seriously hurt; I hope you don't get bruised from him hitting you with his briefcase. This time of year can bring out the best in people, but also the worst.

The phrase "testosterone poisoning" always cracks me up, though. My mother and aunt would use it to describe some guy who'd just squealed his tires and sped down the street, or did any number of things. Reminds me of the two of them making each other laugh.


edited for clarity ;-)
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 07:58 PM
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8. That is horrible!
:grr:

I'm so sorry.

:hug:
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:09 PM
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18. After the fact it becomes an adventure.
:)

It'll be one of many interesting stories I'll have to tell.

:hug:
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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:00 PM
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9. Sorry to hear you had to do this
I had to file a police report once, because someone stole the city-provided trashcans we've ll been given. But this is inexcuseable.

Glad to hear you're okay. :hug:

As for my afternoon, well, my dog is still missing.

dg
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:10 PM
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20. Wow. I'm very sorry.
:(

I hope your dog is found or comes home soon. I'll be thinking good thoughts. :hug:
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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:04 PM
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54. thanks thom
:hug:
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DarkTirade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:01 PM
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11. I'd say that guy is goddamn lucky...
because I know PLENTY of people who would have hospitalized him for harassing somebody like that... let alone somebody on crutches.

Not me though. I've got more restraint.

I wouldn't have done any permanent damage that would require hospitalization. :evilgrin: Just lots of pain followed by unconsciousness.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:12 PM
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23. I think one of the kids behind that counter was considering that.
:7

If you ever make it to NYC I'll walk around with you. You scare off the crazy drunk people and I'll show you some great stuff in NYC.
:)
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DarkTirade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:29 PM
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30. Sounds like a deal. :P
And I promise I won't scar them for life... physically. :evilgrin:
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Pale Blue Dot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:03 PM
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13. Republican for sure.
I promise that if you'd like to kick him in the balls and I witness it, I will not report it.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:13 PM
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24. With my arthritis, it would hurt me more than him.
I'd settle for knowing that he passed out on the train and missed his stop. :P
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:09 PM
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19. What an f-ing asshole!
You poor thing; you could have been really hurt (more so than you are already hurting).

I'd like to gob smack that asshole from one end of Grand Central to the other and back again. :grr:

I'm so sorry that happened to you. :hug:

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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:19 PM
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27. He could have, very easily.
Much as I hate to admit it, I'm kind of fragile now. A determined 5 year old could easily kick my ass. And that exact thought crossed my mind when he threatened me. All he would need to do is grab my crutches and pull and I'd be toast. :(

But he was all piss and bluff, thankfully.

:hug:
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:55 PM
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45. I am so sorry.
If I was in charge of things, people would treat you like a prince - but not in a creepy feudal way, maybe they could all be princes too, so there was some equality.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:26 PM
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58. OMG! What an evil socialist thougth!
:P

:hug:
It would be very nice if people could find a way to be nicely equal. :)
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:11 PM
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22. What a prick!
I'd have laid his sorry ass on the floor! I have no patience for these asswipes. Sorry you had to deal with the s.o.b.!
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:21 PM
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28. I don't know if I wish
you were there (or someone like you) or if I'm glad you weren't.

I hate to be vindictive. But at the same time, some justice would have been nice. :)
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Maestro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:32 PM
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31. I have just gotten to a point in my life where
if people treat others like shit, especially me or my family, I am tired of doing the mature, adult thing. I probably wouldn't have decked the guy, but I bet I would have tried to detain the bastard for security. The fact that he came back is what really cheeses me off.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:32 PM
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33. That's the part that scared the hell out of me.
And that's why I filed the police report. :(
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SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:32 PM
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32. That Fucker!
needs his obnoxious ass kicked

:eyes:


:hug: glad you're okay, what a prickster Thom, geez.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:34 PM
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34. Or maybe he's not a fucker at all.
If he's drinking that much that early then I bet that's how he's spending his weekend. I'll be vindictive enough to hope he's not getting any anytime soon. :P

:hug:
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:35 PM
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35. At least you called him by his proper name.
What a drunken coward.

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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:38 PM
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36. Seriously. You have to wonder about anyone who feels tough enough
to threaten a seriously disabled guy who's struggling to walk on crutches. If that's how high he sets his sights for a fight... :eyes:
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:40 PM
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37. AAAAHHHH. I'm sorry!
That's messed up.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:45 PM
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39. Yes. Especially at the time.
I was scared, but calm about it. That surprised me. I was sure he was going to grab for my crutches, which would have put me in a world of pain very quickly. But I was ready for it so it didn't panic me.

:shrug:

It's weird now, thinking about how much I was thinking when all this happened. I even had time to catalog his features to describe him afterward to the police.
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:44 PM
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38. See, ThomCat if you and I were attached at the hip...
think of the outcome here.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:46 PM
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40. I think he's be walking like me right now.
:P

And I'd be buying you one hell of a dinner while we laugh over drinks. :)
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:52 PM
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43. You think he'd still be mobile?
Well, that's a thought, I guess.

It's a stretch, but possible I suppose.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:54 PM
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44. I was thinking long term, but not immediately.
:P
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hippywife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:47 PM
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41. Glad you're okay, Thom.
Also glad you didn't beat a drunk, probably mentally ill or severely depressed person with your crutches. :P :hug:

You got wheels yet?
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:50 PM
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42. I spoke to the dealer today
and he has all the paperwork he needs from me and my doctor to argue with the insurance company. Now we're just waiting for them to approve payment. :)

But you know insurance companies... There's no telling how long they'll take. :(

I'd love to be able to joke about hitting him with my crutches but I'm not nearly violent enough for that and I know, very honestly, that there's no way I have the strength left to challenge anyone in a fight.
:shrug:
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hippywife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:58 PM
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47. And...
what did you decide to go with for wheels? I hope they don't take too long for your sake.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:03 PM
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52. It'll be a 3 wheeled scooter
with a basket and a headlight on the front. :)

That's all I can choose so far. I won't know what specific model I can choose until I find out what kind of cap the insurance company puts on funding.
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hippywife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:05 PM
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56. I hope it all works out for you.
You'll have to keep me posted on what you get and how you're liking it.
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:56 PM
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46. So sorry the asshole that is found in every crowd crossed paths with you
Had I been there with you, he would have been one very sorry asshole. :grr:

Have had time on crutches several times in my life (one friend even called it my jewelry, I was using them so frequently)
But, I have had the occasional a-hole that was unkind.
Pathetic fellow fell down when one of my crutches "accidentally" got in his way ;)

I had read your earlier post today about the pain you're in right now.

Am glad you are here to rant and receive many :hug: :hug: :hug:
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:00 PM
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49. The lounge is a very awesome place
for exactly that reason. We all occassionally need to rant and get hugs. :hug:

It's unfortunately, but as crowded as NYC is you're guaranteed to have at least one asshole per square block. I've picked up a sort of radar for avoiding them most of the time. :P
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Inchworm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:00 PM
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48. Those are the people who get me put in jail
I'm sorry you had to deal with such an ass. I swear those are the people I climb up their arm and try to break their necks.

My afternoon has been ok. I can't seem to keep up with the "driving song" thread because I love ALL the songs!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

:hug:
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:01 PM
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50. "I climb up their arm and try to break their necks"
I LOVE that imagery. :rofl:

:hi:
Tonight is definitely a good night for good music.
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:03 PM
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51. aww --sheesh. That is an awful thing to do. Drinking is NO excuse
I am sorry it happened ThomCat. :hug:
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:03 PM
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53. No, it's definitely not.
I do hope he sobers up someday though. That's not a way to live a life. :(

:hug:
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:04 PM
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55. I'm so sorry
:(

I have no idea why people feel they have to be so hateful. I hope they find the guy. Be careful, he may spot you again before you have a chance to see him.


:hug:
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:06 PM
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57. I will definitely do my best.
:hug:

I always try to be alert to the way people are moving around me.

And it's unlikely that I'll run into him again given the sheer number of people who go through Grand Central. :)
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THUNDER HANDS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:58 PM
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59. bet you $50 he was a lawyer
that's a lawyer's case if I ever saw one.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 10:15 PM
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60. I got a "Salesman" vibe off of him, but I wouldn't doubt it.
:shrug:

Whatever he does, I'll bet he's not very good at it and not very happy.
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