Good in a Crisis — 40 Comments

  1. Somewhat of a similar situation in NY with a co-worker but a woman who looked like she was itching to take my friends purse – I however turned completely around & really studied her face, features & clothing – they don’t like to be identified – she turned around & left going back where she came from

    • That event brought out my inner superhero. I’m brave about things I shouldn’t be brave about, and scared about things that shouldn’t scare me (like spiders, or other people’s approval…).

  2. Whew – scary. Reminds me of my time in New York; especially when I first got there. I didn’t have pepper spray – I had a “ninja device”. No kidding, that’s what it was called. I could poke an assailant’s eyes out or stab ’em in the temple. That is…if I didn’t faint from the idea of poking their eyes out.
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  3. I caught a sentence fragment! “Now these two men, who had remained a few meters behind us for the last twenty blocks.” FINALLY! You are human. (Even if I knew what you were trying to say). Good. I’m a teacher and I make mistakes all the time in my blog and in the classroom. I once said, “I have this blogger friend who has perfect grammar.” I’ll still say it.

    As to the story. Good stuff. Reminds me of a scene from an Ian McEwen story (In Between the Sheets?), where a tourist couple are lost in an Italian city. Only the set-up is better like you did with two women, as the vulnerability is more real. Of course I’m referring to your anecdote like it is a fiction story. That in itself is the compliment–you make real life sound like great fiction.
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  4. I remember when we were in Nice we were told to not bring our passports (which was our only form of ID) and not much cash since the crime rate is so high, especially among tourists. Glad it turned out OK for you!
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  5. To have the freedom to enjoy life sometimes mean you must prepare for those who will seek to subvert your fun. Good for you and your sister that no harm was intended by the mysterious ones following.

  6. I had one bad experience too many and wont leave home without a canister of mace on my keyring… I turned the gun in though… nicely written Natalie!

  7. I was just like you — traveling, throwing caution to the wind, putting myself in compromising situations because I was “from New York.”

    I have to say, though, that once while visiting my sister in Florence while she was studying there, a purse-snatcher jumped out and grabbed my bag (which had my passport and everything in it) and I HELD ON TO IT as he tried to flee, out of instinct I suppose. Don’t F with the Moo Cow. 😉
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  8. I would have totally been a spaz in that situation! And look at you go with the pepper spray!! I always tell myself I should purchase one, and then decide it’s too bulky for my keys. I mean, who needs safety when it’s not convenient? 😉
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