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I have this irrational fear at drive up ATMs. I fear that someone will run up or pop out from behind a column with a machete and cut off my arm when it's between my car and the ATM. I know it's totally ridiculous, but I really do keep my eyes peeled for some psycho with a mission.

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I have regular fears, like "falling", snakes, and some sicko harming the kids.

But weird irrational fears... I guess the one I have is river pirates. We live at the end of a long dead-end road, one way in, one way out. So the odds of random crime or home invasion is pretty remote because there is no alternate way out. But we live right on the banks of the Tennessee River, and I'm convinced that in my lifetime, criminals will start coming via boats rather than cars.

They'll just silently pull up in the backyard, pillage/plunder, and simply disappear into the darkness, like redneck ninjas.
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That sounds like a great premise for a movie! "Tennessee Booty" Though that could also be a porn more.

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I think I've always had the irrational fear that I was going to die young, or die early. I'm almost 37 now, so I don't even know if I'd qualify if I died tomorrow, but I always had this view since I was a kid.
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Yeah, I have this lingering feeling (I wouldn't really call it a fear, since I have a pretty strong faith) that I won't have a long life, or that I could simply kick it any day. I'm 42 now and I remember having it back in my early 30's so, meh, I'm good so far. But if I suddenly stop dropping by, you'll know I've moved on to a better place...

I do know though that statistically, being a big/tall guy means a shorter life, so maybe that's part of it. I also have some unlucky genetics I imagine, based upon early departures and diseases on both sides of my parents' families. So that's led to a lifestyle/philosophy that prefers a shorter, more enjoyable, see/do-everything-I-can-while-I-can life over a longer, "hey, I'm too old to do anything, but I'm still ticking" life.

My wife, however, wants me to live forever. I don't have the heart to tell her she's almost guaranteed to outlive me significantly. While all my grandparents passed long ago, she has a great grandmother still alive at almost 110 years old. I've also got a 5 year head start on her, so she could easily outlast me by 40+ years, if the world doesn't end by then.

Other than that, I have a fear of heights, not from aircraft, mind you (like I think I could probably skydive with the proper motivation), pretty much just falling off structures/geography. So naturally I just force myself to pretty much go to the tallest structures wherever I go (face/conquer your fears and all that, I suppose). I'm talking stuff like the Tokyo, Sydney and Seoul Towers and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (currently the tallest building in the world). Go figure...

Oh, and then there's windmills... Yeah, I get a weird uneasiness when I get up close to one of those huge modern ones. I can't tell if it's like reverse fear of heights/massive moving mechanical parts or if they just remind me of alien invasion ships or some such...
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Your guys fears don't sound irrational at all. They remind me of this..





I get your heights thing, Dan. But I wasn't always like that. As I get older, I get more uneasy near high edges. I get queasy, and not just in real life. At the top of high buildings in GTA I find myself feeling woozy. I saw a show the other day and the guy was working on the tippy top of an antenna at the top a super tall building in Japan with the camera angled down. OMG I got so light headed. Haha.

It only applies to edges, though. I can fly around with a jet pack all day in GTA and feel nothing. So weird.




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I get your heights thing, Dan. But I wasn't always like that. As I get older, I get more uneasy near high edges. I get queasy, and not just in real life. At the top of high buildings in GTA I find myself feeling woozy. I saw a show the other day and the guy was working on the tippy top of an antenna at the top a super tall building in Japan with the camera angled down. OMG I got so light headed. Haha.

It only applies to edges, though. I can fly around with a jet pack all day in GTA and feel nothing. So weird.
Right?! I'm right there with you two. I'm not afraid of being up high, but I don't like feeling a building sway, and I don't like the edges either. I remember the first time I played Half-Life in '98, having to shimmy across cliff ledges with the wind howling... I got nervous just playing the game.

Same with watching TV and people go near the edges. It's only gotten worse, as I now imagine my kids falling off the grand canyon or a skyscraper balcony. But I have no problem flying. It's not heights per se, so that's why my original post says "falling"... as I have those dreams where I fall off stuff and I wake up in a panic.

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You're guys fears don't sound irrational at all.
So you think I really should be worried about river pirates?!

I listen to a podcast about comics (ifanboy), and one of the hosts has an irrational fear of rebar, specifically being crushed by a truckload of it. It became a running-joke on the show, and every time I pass a semi full of steel, I get a good chuckle.
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Rebar... awesome! I laugh uncontrollably when I see somebody being chased by a clown they are terrified by. I could watch that all day long, assuming my heart didn't give out from all the laughter...
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I'm not afraid of clowns, but I f#%ing hate them. Creepy little sonsofbitches.
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Another couple of super irrational fears I have are kinda inspired by movies.

One is super creepy. I won't step directly on the drain in the shower for fear of tarantula legs/fangs slowly curling up through the grid. *shudders* I am always on alert, seriously.

I also have a fear that while in the shower our house will get broken into but I won't be able to hear it until the intruder is in the bathroom and I am totally defenseless. I consider what I would use as a last ditch weapon. Heavy, pointy edged glass scale? Toilet tank lid? Pull rug they are standing on?

The other is when I'm closing the opaque curtains for the night. I fear that a Jason Vorhees/Michael Myers type will be standing right on the other side of the window and slowly step into the light and shove a machete though my gut as I reach up to close the curtains. I don't even look down until I have a grip on the curtains and am actively sliding them closed. I always think that that would be a great prank to pull on others but who knows how the heck long you'd have to wait for them to close up at night.

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So you think I really should be worried about river pirates?!
I mean, if it's literally pirates () that you are concerned about, yeah that's a little bit never gonna happen. But genuinely being concerned about being burgled isn't irrational at all, at least not to me. I mean, maaaybe the method is odd, but it actually sounds extremely plausible.

And why didn't you correct my typo when you quoted my dumb a$$?!
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seriously Werewolf jumping off your roof & killing you while you take out the garbage is not irrational. It did teach me to take out the garbage during daytime.

What you really need to fear are people who can't have any kind of conversation without inserting (current president's name here) reguardless of topic.
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I mean, if it's literally pirates () that you are concerned about, yeah that's a little bit never gonna happen. But genuinely being concerned about being burgled isn't irrational at all, at least not to me. I mean, maaaybe the method is odd, but it actually sounds extremely plausible.

And why didn't you correct my typo when you quoted my dumb a$$?!
Well, I don't expect them to have eye patches and peg legs... but pirates in the sense that they use boats to travel while robbing people.

It doesn't happen, and that's why it seems silly and "irrational" to me, because it's so absurd. However, if I was a thief, that's how I would do it. Silently in, silently out, and if you got discovered, it's not like they could easily chase you.

I guess it comes down to the fact that if you're so poor/strung out that you're resorting to burgling, you likely don't have easy access to a luxury item like a boat. Plus, they're more work to maintain, hide, and load stuff into and out of.

Or if you want to be , there's always the old stereotype that certain minorities are afraid of open water / can't swim. That was probably true a hundred years ago for socio-economic reasons, i.e. lack of opportunity to boat / learn to swim, but I can't imagine that's even remotely true these days. In my area, crime's pretty low, but statistically I'm more likely to be robbed by a redneck on meth than any other group anyway.

But piracy was a real thing 150 years ago when the river was the primary mode of transport before cars/planes/railroads. Hell, Disney made a movie, Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1956), clearly foreshadowing my irrational fears. And when society breaks down, it'll happen again, as silly as it sounds. I am certain that my death as an old man will be in a shootout with river pirates.
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...I am certain that my death as an old man will be in a shootout with river pirates.
Ya know, that actually sounds like an awesome way to go.
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You know, now I kind of want to go into the River Piracy business. That DOES sound like a solid plan.

I mean it's not like you need to buy a boat, STEAL the boat. You're a PIRATE ! I imagine Police helicopters are probably your biggest enemy, so you need to plan a way to deal with them (i.e. overhead cover, shoot out the spot lights, SAM, etc). Police Boats are likely not going to be responding first.

I imagine it would be especially easy if the target/sucker/river front dweller/nacho had a dock, you can just pull up and they're basically asking to be robbed. If you wanted to be clever and do it during the day you could dress up the boat and people like some sort of service company.

Provided you hollow out enough space in the holds, you could fit all kinds of stuff in a boat, heck, you could even take the wives and kids hostage for ransom! Hold them below deck.. OR use them as human shields as you make for open water!

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You know, now I kind of want to go into the River Piracy business. That DOES sound like a solid plan.

I mean it's not like you need to buy a boat, STEAL the boat. You're a PIRATE ! I imagine Police helicopters are probably your biggest enemy, so you need to plan a way to deal with them (i.e. overhead cover, shoot out the spot lights, SAM, etc). Police Boats are likely not going to be responding first.

I imagine it would be especially easy if the target/sucker/river front dweller/nacho had a dock, you can just pull up and they're basically asking to be robbed. If you wanted to be clever and do it during the day you could dress up the boat and people like some sort of service company.

Provided you hollow out enough space in the holds, you could fit all kinds of stuff in a boat, heck, you could even take the wives and kids hostage for ransom! Hold them below deck.. OR use them as human shields as you make for open water!

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They could steal a boat, but it won't be from me!

I have neither a dock, nor a boat... I have no desire to own a boat, as everyone that does can only complain about it. They're an expensive toy that requires constant maintenance, prep, and seasonal winterizing/dewinterizing. Ugh. Plus my wife isn't a big fan of water. We like living on the river, as the views are spectacular, and it's better than a fence in the backyard (i.e no neighbors). But as far as luxury items go, a boat is a solid pass.

My parents live a few hundred yards away, and they have a dock, but it's down a steep hill from their house, not very conducive to stealing anything that isn't small or easy to carry.

The other thing is, living in rural TN, everyone owns guns, plural. Even the little old ladies have concealed carry permits. Thievery as a career around here is a fast-pass to the morgue. But that doesn't mean that there won't come a day when the dumbest & poorest amongst us give it a try.

Police helicopters?! The police can't spell helicopter, much less have access to one. We're more likely to get help from the fish and game officers that check fishing licenses and life preservers every holiday weekend. No, despite being adjacent to civilization, the river is basically a strip of the old west on water --- way less oversight, much harsher penalties.
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I mean it's not like you need to buy a boat, STEAL the boat. You're a PIRATE !


Not to mention that it's way harder to trace a stolen boat back to the pirate thief.
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I'd imagine some coastal stationed police have boats, what you'd also need along with a boat is SCUBA gear! Thhink about it, unless they too are equipped, all you have to do is abandon ship with your gear and you are out of sight! Would FLIR or infrared be a problem if you are under water though? That might be a draw-back. Cool/cold water would help illiminate your heat signature, but I don't know to what degree.

It might also be a good idea if you are familiar with the water you are in, and that it not be muddy/murky....you ain't going anywhere in that.
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Sh!T now FRED & I have to steal a boat, dock onto Nacho's parents house & leave a 1:18th sign in his backyard just because
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You did read the part where we shoot first and ask questions later, right?! Unlike pansy states, it doesn't take much to constitute self-defense in TN.

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You did read the part where we shoot first and ask questions later, right?! Unlike pansy states, it doesn't take much to constitute self-defense in TN.

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nacho isn't a cop. He doesn't have to worry about "protests" if he kills a threat.
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I'm not sure if this common or not. Might be completely rational. But I have this "things are going too good" fear. Sort of like driving down the expressway and you see an accident on the opposite side starting to turn traffic into a parking lot. A couple miles down the road people are still driving, whistling happily, clueless to the misery awaiting them.

That's how I feel about life. I'm 100% certain that my stand still traffic jam is coming. When? *shrugs* I actually thought of this one a week or so ago, but nacho's traffic jam reminded me. I find this worry creeping into happy moments. I'm looking at my wife, smiling or laughing, just enjoying herself. She doesn't know I'm watching her, but seeing her happy makes me smile. Then that "oh sh!t" cloud rolls in. Or we're kayaking down the river with my dad and I start wondering, well, you know.

Things have just been so pleasant (aside from the speed bumps) for so long that I fear something terrible is coming. Maybe something personal, maybe something greater like the collapse of the dollar. I don't know. Just this terrible feeling of dread.
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Wow, Eddie. Sometimes I swear you and I have the same personality (except for that many kids vs. no kids thing). I totally get that "too many good things premonition." I guess it comes down to a belief in the balance of nature, especially when I see how truly blessed we all are in the US and how blessed some of us are above the average even for here.

I have turned that ominous premonition into a positive however. I say a prayer of gratitude, thanking God every time I get that feeling. Having been to many places and seeing people that are way less fortunate, I feel like I have first hand knowledge of just how blessed we all are to have been born/live here, and how blessed my own family and I have been. I refuse to take that for granted, and am disgusted by people who do.
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Ya know, I don't thank God enough for the blessings. I'll try and keep that practice in mind when "doom" is looming. Also make an effort to at least try to not take some of the things that I know I'm taking for granted, for granted. Maybe not try so hard to shun the children that are in my life.

Maybe I just need to go back to being blissfully unaware what's happening in the world around me. Maybe that's playing a part? Though I feel like things once learned cannot be forgotten, even if I look away.


As for the similarities between, well, all of us really. I think we're all K's.
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