01/27/20 – Go Not Casually

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, January 27, 2020.




I like walking, and low-key social engagements. But I still think I could be friends with Ruddock.


    1. Pete Rogan

      I’m sure. Running targets always catch the eye. Emily’s advice would work. I’ve followed it for years without incident.

      If you’re running, it’s presumed it’s from a deal gone bad, and you have money/drugs/weapons on you that you are not paying close attention to at the moment. A trip, a knock into a streetlamp, a thump on the head, and you’re plucked. Ten seconds is all it takes.

  1. Rikard

    Sometimes you run to keep your intestines as IN-testines, sometimes you run to make someone elses intestines out-testines, and sometimes your intestines run. If I were they, I’d trust the coyote. He knows what’s what.

  2. Pete Rogan

    Okay, hair on back of neck went up again.

    The cabbie’s advice I treat as immediately suspect. Like I told Warpig, a moving target attracts the eye. Running through or into a region of unknown danger is going to make you visible to the muggers, etc., waiting within.

    The only place I know the cabbie’s advice to work is, again, a place like Beirut or Sadr City or Fallujah, where people are sorting out targets for telltale signs of them being On The Wrong Side, and moving quickly may take you out of eyesight before they can sight a weapon. But it didn’t help the Blackwater Security operatives in Fallujah who took a wrong turn and took a carload of lead.

    If you have to run, it’s because danger is imminent (read: tracers incoming, or an RPG smoketrail) and there may be refuge, or something to put between you and the guns in relatively easy reach. But it’s a crapshoot in the best of circumstances.

    Far easier for me to believe the cabbie wants the newcomers to identify themselves positively to the gang members from whom he has already said he gets a percentage of the take. Danger, danger, Emily Taylor!

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