What exactly goes through some people’s heads?

by sam on 01/17/2005

This afternoon, I was minding my own business, running errands and generally wandering around the ‘hood. When I came out of the Virgin Megastore, the guy who had been standing against the wall with two other guys runs out into the sidewalk just to get my way, keeps his arms outstretched and won’t let me pass. As I bark at him to get out of my way (with a few profanities for good measure), he says "Do you like comedy?". Huh? I didn’t stick around to find out what it was all about, but I’m just wondering, if they were a legitimate group of guys trying to busk through humor, they’ve really got to get a better tactic. Because physically blocking the path of single women walking down the street, is going to get them hurt. Not the women, the guys. Because the immediate "fight" part of the "fight or flight" reaction that I had was to kick the guy in the balls. I didn’t, but if he took one more second to get out of the way it very well could have happened.

I get approached quite a bit on the street, by all sorts of people, and I know it has to do with the fact that I’m apparently completely non-threatening looking. I’d say that 90% of the time, I’m more than happy to help, but it’s somewhat amusing to then watch the reaction when an utterly Bronxian (thanks, mom and dad!) profanity-laced invective comes out of my mouth.

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