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Posted: April 29 2017 at 8:35am | IP Logged Quote M700



Spent yesterday in Seattle, doing some self-defense training for a corporate client. I have to admit that I'm really not much of a fan of big cities. Too danged many people crammed into too small an area for my liking. But, they're not all bad. Enjoyed seeing all the different cultures, catching little snippets of conversation as I walked along, or while I was having a cuppa coffee on the corner.

The folks in our cities live an entirely different life than I live in a small, rural city/town. And radically different from those who live out in the country, on a ranch, farm, or just up in the hills. No wonder they have different views on things.

I happened to be in an area populated mostly by tech-type people. They bus to work. Live in apartments. Work in cubicles. I was impressed that most of them do have cars and do use them for weekend trips out of the city. Talking to them, I did find that much of my knowledge of things, and some of my attitudes, seemed rather dated. But they liked my message of being able to protect themselves and we did some good training.

It was hard to not feel: old, big, perhaps a bit outdated... I tell ya, those city fellows? Most of them look weak as kittens. Some are big, but dang, I didn't see many who looked very fit. Somebody is doing something right with the ladies though. Yoga? Bicycling? Whatever they're doing, it's working.

Enjoyed the good coffee, and also enjoyed one heck of a nice snack before hitting the road. I hadn't had charred octopus in a long, long time. It was even better than I remembered.

I'm not a fan of life in the big cities, but I can adapt. I've done it before and I enjoyed my short trip. Carried very discretely, instead of the usual big ol' .45 on my belt, covered by a vest. Nobody even noticed that I had the little compact 9mm tucked away, but it was there if necessary.

It was a real nice visit to the city, followed by a relaxing drive back home, over the Cascade Mountains, back to where I belong.

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Posted: April 29 2017 at 9:47am | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Seattle was a pretty place, last time I was there. I remember it being a pricey visit too. Still, I wouldn't mind seeing it again some day.

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Posted: April 29 2017 at 10:46am | IP Logged Quote JD45

Good post. I work in a small city everyday but live near the country and was raised in it.

You would not believe how many liberals, democrats, and socialists that would like to own guns and shoot. If you talk to people personally its way different than what the media tells us.

We may not agree on many issues and politics, but when it comes to freedom and owning guns, the TV and media lies to people. The two sides are closer than you think.
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After living in a very small town 20 years, wife and I moved even further out, can't see a neighbor and I can shoot a 7mm mag off my front porch if I want.

I teach high school ROTC and am now in a small GI town after doing it at a public high school in a bigger city away from the military. The difference in the level of fortitude and general resilience of those two demographics of kids is pretty dramatic and reaffirms what I've always known; living in a city makes you dependent and weak. Cities poison your soul. I try hard to stay out of them as much as I can anymore.   

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richhodg66 wrote:
living in a city makes you dependent and weak. Cities poison your soul. I try hard to stay out of them as much as I can anymore.


Well, that just about states my feelings as well. Cities, especially large cities have always been interesting places for me to visit, but I quickly felt the desire to escape the congestion. I grew up about 8 miles outside of a small rural town on a 240 acre farm. I do not enjoy the concrete world and crowded streets.

Tests indicate that rats in a cage become more aggressive towards each other as the crowding increases. I think there has to be something to it (crowding and congestion) that changes the way people think and certainly changes their actions.

Dr. Michael Savage has always insisted that Liberalism is a mental disorder. He could very well be correct. I fear that it will get much worse as our earth continues to grow in population.

Edited by Ham Gunner on April 29 2017 at 12:38pm


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Posted: April 29 2017 at 8:31pm | IP Logged Quote Buffalogun

I grew up 10 miles from the nearest town. Today, I live a little closer but still in the county. I don't like asphalt, concrete and glass.

I've never liked being around "the herd". Never been really comfortable around movie theaters, concerts and the like.

Tallahassee is a small city and I don't like going there. I've driven in Dallas, Philadelphia, and DC and didn't like any of it.

I'm a country boy!


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