Stepping up to the plate
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Inspired by:
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2007/06/05/graying_duo_keep_passenger_in_check/

Focus: When if ever have you or someone you know stepped up and handled a situation when everyone else was wimping out around you or when have you wimped out when you feel like you should have done something?

(My favorite part of that article was the wife's quote:

"The woman sitting in front of us was very upset and asked me how I could just sit there reading," Katie Hayden said. "Bob's been shot at. He's been stabbed. He's taken knives away. He knows how to handle those situations. I figured he would go up there and step on somebody's neck, and that would be the end of it. I knew how that situation would end. I didn't know how the book would end.")
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Ugh.. don't you hate when people knows there a people but everyone is too chickened out to do anything? For a prime example just last night. My neighbor diagonal to me in the dorms locked himself out of his room after a shower. So he stood the Slamming on his door trying to wake his roommate up. It woke me up and my roommate. I was like wtf... his roommate must sleep like a dead rhino to not hear that. I'm pretty sure it woke everyone else around us up cause my roommate a dead sleeper. When finally I can't take it anymore I went out and asked if he needs to call his roomate. Turns out the guy was only in his boxers slamming the door and was extremely drunk -_-.

Jesus after like 20 minutes of pounding only I came out I mean wtf is that.... I hate it when people knows there is a problem and does nothing. So if theres a robbery, most people will probably look away and pretend not to notice... grrr ticks me off.
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^^ Wow, that was quite the story.

I have an interesting one as well; I'll try to keep it short.

In 2000, my three friends and I were at the corner by Club XL (which is now boarded-up due to Mayor Daley's request on rave bans) waiting for our friend, James, to meet us by the car. It took extremely longer than expected, so we decided to search around the vicinity. We heard screaming and shouting in the back alley of the club and tip-toed quickly to see what the ruckus was all about.

We apparently caught up with James being haggled by 5 Korean guys gripping knives in their hands. I saw him being stabbed repeatedly by 2 of them, and out of the corner of my eye were my friends running away trying to call 911 with their cell phones. A random white guy tried breaking the fight up by holding their arms back and verbally calming them down, but it didn't work.

I "stepped up to the plate" and pulled James away to the side of a dumpster while the 2 Korean guys were being distracted. However, I wasn't so lucky. Another one of the Korean guys spotted me, took his blade, and slit the left corner of my mouth downwards toward my chin. Blood starting spilling everywhere, and all I could think about is if James was alive.

The next thing I knew, police sirens were going off and the Korean guys ran off--leaving their knives behind. James and I were rushed to the hospital; the police officers said a few more stabs, and he would have been done for. I'm not sure if I would have been able to save his life if it wasn't for the help of that other guy. But... I guess getting a mouth full of stitches and a scar for life was worth helping a friend.
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wow ur brave
Posted 6/6/07
"I knew how that situation would end. I didn't know how the book would end."

that made me lol.
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^ i seconded.
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BENFOLD, EDWARD C.

Rank and organization: Hospital Corpsman Third Class, U.S. Navy, attached to a company in the 1st Marine Division. Place and date: Korea, 5 September 1952. Entered service at: Philadelphia, Pa. Born: 15 January 1931, Staten Island, N.Y. Citation: For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving in operations against enemy aggressor forces. When his company was subjected to heavy artillery and mortar barrages, followed by a determined assault during the hours of darkness by an enemy force estimated at battalion strength, HC3c. Benfold resolutely moved from position to position in the face of intense hostile fire, treating the wounded and lending words of encouragement. Leaving the protection of his sheltered position to treat the wounded when the platoon area in which he was working was attacked from both the front and rear, he moved forward to an exposed ridge line where he observed 2 marines in a large crater. As he approached the 2 men to determine their condition, an enemy soldier threw 2 grenades into the crater while 2 other enemy charged the position. Picking up a grenade in each hand, HC3c Benfold leaped out of the crater and hurled himself against the on-rushing hostile soldiers, pushing the grenades against their chests and killing both the attackers. Mortally wounded while carrying out this heroic act, HC3c. Benfold, by his great personal valor and resolute spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of almost certain death, was directly responsible for saving the lives of his 2 comrades. His exceptional courage reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for others.


And that ladies and gentlemen is stepping up to the plate, then picking it up and beating someone over the head with it.
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