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    Resident optimist OldRightHander's Avatar
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    "You're making us nervous."

    I've been hanging out in Vegas since Thursday night, waiting for Monday when I'll probably get a load out, and today I decided to go over to Hoover Dam. After quite a bit of walking and picture taking, I was ready to go and get some lunch. I noticed on the map that there was a park with a picnic area in Boulder City, so I stopped at a grocery there and got some meat and charcoal. I went over to the park and found a picnic table with a grill and set about cooking my food for the upcoming week. After cooking and sitting there to eat my lunch, it was getting quite warm out and I elected to go back to my van and sit in the AC for a while. I was pretty relaxed, looking out at the mountains and listening to XM, basically just chilling out, and I decided that I would just stay there for the rest of the day instead of going back to the truck stop right away.

    That's when things got interesting. This park was quite busy today. There is one of those splash areas where kids can run around with water being sprayed on them from various fountains and it seemed like everyone but me was there with kids. I noticed one particular woman walk by my van at least three or four times and finally she walked over by my window. I put my window down and she looked at me and said, "You're making us nervous." I asked how and she said, "We're protective of our kids, and you've been sitting here for a while. It's making people nervous." I told her that I'm stuck here until Monday and I'm getting tired of sitting in truck stops and she just kept coming back and saying that I was making people nervous.

    Help me out here folks. Is a man sitting in a commercial vehicle in a public park somehow a threat to children? Do predators sit in vans in the middle of the day in parks trying to figure out how to get at the kids, while all the parents are present? Would it have been any different if I had been in a car? The way I see it, I have every right to be in a public park, even if I want to sit in my vehicle and listen to the radio, and I have every right not to be disturbed by overly suspicious morons.

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    Re: "You're making us nervous."

    I've seen enough TV to understand why the lady was nervous (It's always a guy in a commercial van).

    However, once she saw your face...well you had no choice but to kill her.
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    Re: "You're making us nervous."

    Welcome to the wonderful world of "security moms." We were so much better off when cable news channels didn't provide breathless 24x7 coverage of every child abduction in the US.

    I don't know how it is in Nevada, but if you were here in Texas, the mom might be packing a sidearm in her purse, so you probably shouldn't ignore her.
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    Re: "You're making us nervous."

    Nothing personal, ORH, but I would have probably been a little leary myself. It's just the world we live in.
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    Re: "You're making us nervous."

    I understand what she's saying. As oneupper pointed out, it's always a dude in a van. I would be a bit suspicous of somebody by themselves in a park with a bunch of kids.

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    Re: "You're making us nervous."

    If the people I knew were in their commercial vans hanging out near a bunch of kids, yeah, I'd be nervous too.
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    Re: "You're making us nervous."

    "Don't go there,"
    I heard her say.
    "You can't stomach what you're gonna see."
    It's down there by the waters edge,
    Wasted and bloated and waiting for someone else.

    Funny how,
    These things come about.
    When you're tied to the teeth and mouth,
    The sound of fury,
    A shot of pain.
    There was no real reason,
    No gain.

    I can't go down to the water's edge,
    I didn't do it,
    I saw who did.
    Don't go down to the waters edge,
    They did it once and they can do it again.

    It ain't no secret to me,
    How she got there down by the stream.
    Cause I'd seen her a minute before,
    The van pulled up and opened the door. (oh my love)

    I can't say a single word,
    About what I saw of her.
    Cause her killers,
    They got their friends,
    In familiar places,
    I tell you man!

    I can't go down to the water's edge,
    I didn't do it,
    I saw who did.
    Don't go down to the waters edge,
    They did it once and they can do it again.

    This ain't no ... game.
    And I'm feeling so ashamed,
    Cause I didn't do anything.
    No I didn't do anything,
    -to stop,
    -to stop,
    -to stop,
    -to stop,
    This from,
    HAPPENING.
    I did not do,
    ANYTHING!

    Don't go down to the waters edge you said to me,
    I didn't do it but,
    I saw who did you see.
    Don't go down to the waters edge,
    They did it once and they can do it again.

    I swear,
    I swear,
    I swear,
    I swear,
    I didn't do a thing,
    I should have done something
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    Re: "You're making us nervous."

    I think you have every right and, these days, folks are often wary of folks just hanging around. It's a sad testament to our world and I'm not sure how to work around it.

    Some years ago, when my kids were still young, my wife and I went down to some ballfields near our house and played some whiffle ball with our kids. The whole time we were playing on the field, a guy in a car just sat there and stared ahead. We noticed it, but continued what we were doing and then headed home when we'd finished up.

    The next morning we saw in the paper that a guy had been murdered in the park the day we were there. Police were asking for any info from the public, so I called and asked to talk to the detective handling the case. I told him what we'd seen, couldn't really describe the guy since he was parked in the shade, but did describe the car. When I told him the time we were there, he commented that the car fit the description of the victim's car, but it put him in the park earlier than they suspected. I never did hear what became of the case, but it was interesting to give some info in a case like that.

    I know that's unrelated to your situation. It's something that you'll probably run into from time to time.
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    Re: "You're making us nervous."

    You should have just told her you didn't have any gummi bears.

    I can see why she would be a bit apprehensive, but to actually come up to you is out of line and not very smart. It's a public park for one, so you have every right to use it's space legally. Second, if I think someone is possibly up to no good, the last thing I'm going to do is approach them.
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    Re: "You're making us nervous."

    I would have said, "Well, call a police officer, maam."

    Push the issue. You have every right on earth to do what you were doing.

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    Re: "You're making us nervous."

    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer View Post
    I would have said, "Well, call a police officer, maam."

    Push the issue. You have every right on earth to do what you were doing.
    Not a bad idea. Either she would have been embarassed and left or the police officer would have taken a field card with your info and everything would have been ok.
    It's absolutely pathetic that people can't have an opinion from actually watching games and supplementing that with stats. If you voice an opinion that doesn't fit into a black/white box you will get completely misrepresented and basically called a tobacco chewing traditionalist...
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    Re: "You're making us nervous."

    Quote Originally Posted by Team Clark View Post
    Not a bad idea. Either she would have been embarassed and left or the police officer would have taken a field card with your info and everything would have been ok.

    Or he could have gone all Barney Fife on him because he resembles one of the wanted posters they have back at the station or because he thought he may have been what that woman thought he was. Everybody's so skittish these days so involving a cop may not have the benefits you would think it has.
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    Re: "You're making us nervous."

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    Or he could have gone all Barney Fife on him because he resembles one of the wanted posters they have back at the station or because he thought he may have been what that woman thought he was. Everybody's so skittish these days so involving a cop may not have the benefits you would think it has.
    Exactly my earlier point. Is it even worth the hassle?

    Pick your battles. To me, as outlandish as this woman was, its not worth the battle.

    Government knows enough about me, gets enough of money in various taxes, fees, and/or fines each year. I deal with government enough for my tastes as it is. No need to get authorites from out of my home state involved.
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    Re: "You're making us nervous."

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    Or he could have gone all Barney Fife on him because he resembles one of the wanted posters they have back at the station or because he thought he may have been what that woman thought he was. Everybody's so skittish these days so involving a cop may not have the benefits you would think it has.
    Quite possible. Especially if the "Park Police" were called. I'm glad that ORH stood his ground.
    It's absolutely pathetic that people can't have an opinion from actually watching games and supplementing that with stats. If you voice an opinion that doesn't fit into a black/white box you will get completely misrepresented and basically called a tobacco chewing traditionalist...
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    Re: "You're making us nervous."

    I'd have told her not to worry, none of her kids has the "look" I'm searching for.


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