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Old 10-11-2011, 09:57 PM   #21
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DW would not be pleased, so that is right out.
I'm still trying to figure out if we're discussing felines or female humans...
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Yep. One of the many reasons I dislike going shopping with DW is the perverse pleasure she gets from calling me on my cell phone in the dept store so she can ask, "Are you in women's underwear?"
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The same as when someone asks me, "Are you still beating your wife?"
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The same as when someone asks me, "Are you still beating your wife?"
Is it her underwear.... oh, never mind....
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Interesting conversation in light of my most recent podcast listen from the grand folks at Freakonomics, called Where did all the hitch-hikers go?
It identifies well with this concept of stranger danger and how even though the number of people harmed by being hitchhikers or picking up hitchhikers was few, it was magnified by the fear we have of strangers.
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:38 AM   #27
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I said something to one of the kids and he responded back... a couple of the others made a few remarks... then one of them said loudly to the others "STANGER DANGER"... I was a bit surprised at this and some responded to it by not talking... I told the others that I guess he was right and stopped talking to them.... QUOTE]

But that's the sad part. You felt the need to stop talking to them. Don't you find that a bit sad?

A bit, but I was enjoying the quiet prior to them coming so I really wanted them to go....
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Exactly how geezer guys feel when they're cutting through the department store at the mega-mall looking for the door where they came in from the parking lot and suddenly find themselves walking though the lingerie department........
I saunter through the lingerie department all the time, it is kind of a habit.........
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We have a geocache near our home and I visit it occasionally when I'm out walking. I was surprised to find a picture of that cache on the website with an old guy standing naked in front of it. Of course his privates were blurred, but I guess he makes a habit of taking nude pictures at caches in the area. Kind of creepy, but we're out in the middle of nowhere and I'd be lying if I said DW and I have never shed our clothes when wandering around the hills.
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We have a geocache near our home and I visit it occasionally when I'm out walking. I was surprised to find a picture of that cache on the website with an old guy standing naked in front of it. Of course his privates were blurred, but I guess he makes a habit of taking nude pictures at caches in the area. Kind of creepy, but we're out in the middle of nowhere and I'd be lying if I said DW and I have never shed our clothes when wandering around the hills.

So those stories about Sasquatch are true?
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Of course his privates were blurred,
I don't know what kind of mosquitoes you're growing out there, but that sounds very painful...
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I saunter through the lingerie department all the time, it is kind of a habit.........
Me too, especially at Nordstrom where both the sales people and the shoppers tend to be young, well dressed and pretty. Anyway, don't you guys buy lingerie for your sweeties?

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I saunter through the lingerie department all the time, it is kind of a habit.........
I love watching people walk by the local Victoria's Secret..

Of course, they probably enjoy watching me too..
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Interesting conversation in light of my most recent podcast listen from the grand folks at Freakonomics, called Where did all the hitch-hikers go?
It identifies well with this concept of stranger danger and how even though the number of people harmed by being hitchhikers or picking up hitchhikers was few, it was magnified by the fear we have of strangers.
My fear is less of strangers as it is what other people will think of me as a "stranger" in certain situations.

It's to the point where I absolutely, categorically, **refuse** to be alone with children without adult witnesses present -- and to the point where if a "strange" child starts getting close to me, I turn around and distance myself as much as I can. Last thing I need is for someone to call the police on me because I got "too close" to someone else's kid.
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My fear is less of strangers as it is what other people will think of me as a "stranger" in certain situations.

It's to the point where I absolutely, categorically, **refuse** to be alone with children without adult witnesses present -- and to the point where if a "strange" child starts getting close to me, I turn around and distance myself as much as I can. Last thing I need is for someone to call the police on me because I got "too close" to someone else's kid.
I understand exactly - which is one of the reasons I hightailed it out of there.

OTOH, kids needs to learn social skills and dealing with strangers is one of them. I'm getting pretty sick of hiring young people who are, at best, socially inept and, at worst, non-communicative to the point of catatonia.

All stats tell us that crime rates are down. So why do more and more of us feel like criminals for just doing stuff that comes naturally - like talking to a child.
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I understand exactly - which is one of the reasons I hightailed it out of there.

OTOH, kids needs to learn social skills and dealing with strangers is one of them. I'm getting pretty sick of hiring young people who are, at best, socially inept and, at worst, non-communicative to the point of catatonia.

All stats tell us that crime rates are down. So why do more and more of us feel like criminals for just doing stuff that comes naturally - like talking to a child.
I will give you a story that was a bit strange....

This was years ago, but still...

I was visiting my sister and we went to the park with her two kids, age 5 and 8... after being there for awhile we decided it was time to leave... my sister went up to the playground and yelled... 'LETS GO' to her kids... we started to walk....

About 300 yards later we turned around to see a 3 or 4yo boy walking as fast as he could to keep up with us.... we stopped and looked at each other to figure out what to do.... since I did not have kids, my sister said 'I have to take him back because he will get lost if we just send him back'... so, she took the boy's hand and walked him back and found his mother who had no idea he was missing...

I can see how someone who is shifty can talk a kid into doing something they would not want to do...
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In a serious vein, there are some weirdos out there and some can be dangerous! I never ran into any but I am worried sometimes when alone in an isolated area.

Not too long ago I found myself in a very unusual situation and was having a very nice talk with a young girl, she was maybe 5 or 6. It struck me after a few minutes that this could be a dangerous situation for me. It's just her and me, what if she accused me of trying to harm her? What if an adult came and viewed this as something not on the up and up?

It's a shame to think this way but you can be putting yourself into a dangerous situation without realizing it. I ended the conversation at that point. All I need is some irate parent to call the cops and accuse me of something and then it's my word against theirs, I don't need that. I don't have any record of violence or criminal behavior but just the same I see this as a potentially dangerous situation.
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All stats tell us that crime rates are down. So why do more and more of us feel like criminals for just doing stuff that comes naturally - like talking to a child.
Because it's on TV.

I am a volunteer cache reviewer for Geocaching.com. As far as I know, there has never been a case of anyone being assaulted as a direct consequence of searching for a cache. People occasionally fall off cliffs, have car crashes driving to/from a cache, get questioned by law enforcement, etc, and I presume that occasionally someone gets mugged by chance - although a decent cache will not be placed in a bad part of town - but as someone pointed out above, placing a cache to stalk people is a very inefficient exercise.

Oh, and if anyone knows a better hobby than geocaching for younger retirees, I'd love to hear about it.
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Because it's on TV.
I agree: media coverage has a lot of impact on how people perceive situations.
Even though crime rates are fairly stable or going down and there has neither been an unsolved murder case in my area for many years nor many murder cases by random strangers at all the general understanding is that the risk of being murdered is much higher these days than ever before.

I am a member of a social organization servas.org where you can visit other members and sleep in their home. We have been visitors and hosts for several years and never had an unpleasant event. When talking about the organization to others, a lot of people are shocked that I would let strangers stay in our house, even though there is a small screening process for travellers.

On the other hand couch surfing and airbnb are new and very popular. This is encouraging.
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