A novel use for retention training.


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Japle
September 21, 2010, 04:21 PM
A week ago, my wife and I had just come out of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy and were walking north into the Piazza della Signoria. Florence is notorious for pickpockets and I was constantly aware of my surroundings.

I was glancing toward my right at a large statue when I saw a hand appear at my right side, just above my belt, right where I always carry a Glock 19 when Im at home. I grabbed it in the standard retention move, twisted and turned to find myself holding a mime in a wrist lock.

I never cared for mimes.

Apparently, this guy was playing for the crowd and had intended to tickle me, and maybe my wife, under the short ribs. Instead of getting a laugh, he was down on one knee and in pain. Imagine my sympathy.

I eased off a bit on the pressure and, with my left hand, shook my index finger slowly in his face. The crowd laughed and cheered. I smiled at him, let him go and made a shoo gesture with both hands. He backed up a couple of steps and gave me a deep bow.

Then I had to spend the next few minutes explaining to my wife why Id assaulted a mime.

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Carl Levitian
September 21, 2010, 04:30 PM
You didn't break his wrist?

Too bad.

I really hate mimes!

-eaux-
September 21, 2010, 04:58 PM
Too funny!
Good reflexes and a great story!

mondocomputerman
September 21, 2010, 05:10 PM
That's pretty funny! Good job being alert.

ColdDeadHand
September 21, 2010, 06:43 PM
Nice job. I'll have to try that one.

Quick on your feet and quick witted.

gdesloge
September 21, 2010, 06:54 PM
Not off topic, I hope, but one of the tactics used for purse-snatching in Italy is to have 2 fellows on a scooter riding down the street and the passenger will seize a pedestrian's purse by the strap as the scooter zips past the sidewalk.

In crowds, I generally move my wallet to my front pocket.

gd

Japle
September 21, 2010, 07:09 PM
I carried a wallet in my back pocket for the 2 weeks we were in Italy - Venice, Florence and Rome. The wallet contained a flyer for a Macy's credit card and a photo of a man making a rude gesture.
Nobody tried to take it. I was dissapointed.

Captcurt
September 21, 2010, 07:37 PM
You know what they say, a mime is a terrible thing to waste.:rolleyes:

stuckinsocal
September 22, 2010, 02:05 AM
Good job. People should expect something like that to happen if they sneak up on another person and surpirse him like that. Yeah, it sucks that he was only trying to mess with you, but he should know better.

Klusterbuck
September 22, 2010, 10:41 AM
But did he break his silence?????

Japle
September 22, 2010, 03:12 PM
But did he break his silence?????
Nope.

We enjoyed Florence. Our hotel was spectacular. That's it on the left. Our room was right above the "O" in Hotel.
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y145/Japle/Italy%202010/IMG_6250.jpg

The view from our room in a light rain one evening.
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y145/Japle/Italy%202010/IMG_6231.jpg

But we really loved Venice. We want to go back tomorrow!
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y145/Japle/Italy%202010/IMG_6011.jpg

JohnBiltz
September 22, 2010, 05:36 PM
Then I had to spend the next few minutes explaining to my wife why I’d assaulted a mime.
You have to explain why you assaulted a mime?

Carter
September 22, 2010, 08:56 PM
You sir are evil...

Just kidding. I got my upper lip and nose hit really hard today practicing retention techniques. An elbow from a 280 pound man with arms as big as my head doesn't feel good. Now I have a black hematoma on my lip the size of a half dollar.



a mime is a terrible thing to waste
Mel Brooks would be proud.

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