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funny how a fight [Aug. 8th, 2006|12:28 pm]
Roy Janik
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There are only two people I consider my enemies.

And now on reflection one I rather like, and the other is just a pompous ass who's done no real harm.

I've never been in a fist fight... though once there was a chance.

It was in the changing room at gym class, in 7th grade, where all great fist fights start.

I had an invitation to a party that I was reading. It was rudely yanked out of my hands by the biggest, meanest, dumbest redneck/cowboy/KiKKer you could imagine- Terry. I yanked it back from him instantly and walked over to my locker. He followed me, full of wrath and fury.

And then he punched me. hard. In the face. He may have said something.

"Oh, you're a big man, Terry."

PUNCH. It didn't hurt.

"I'm real impressed."

PUNCH.

"Are you satisfied?"

PUNCH.

All in all, he punched me five times, with full hay-bailing strength, and then gave up in frustration and walked away.

And then right on cue, this little weasel of a kid, this Steve Buscemi in gym shorts, this Peter Lorre in sneakers, sidles up to me. In my memories, he's sniveling and hunched, but that can't be true, can it? He says something to the effect of "Wow, Roy, you shouldn't of done that. Terry's pissed. He's going to kill you. I mean, standing up for yourself is good and all, but he's going to kill you."

He never did. Cuz he couldn't get a rise out of me.

I don't know why I didn't fight. I don't know why I never fought. I don't know why I try to placate and smooth over any situations that are rough. I don't know why when there's conflict between two people I adore, I worry about it more than they do.

I just don't fight. I don't have it in me.

BUT.
GOD.
DAMN.

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[User Picture]From: arthursimone
2006-08-08 05:48 pm (UTC)
I will break you
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[User Picture]From: kbadr
2006-08-08 05:55 pm (UTC)
I got picked on when I was in middle school. I never fought back because of some weird concern about getting in trouble at school. I still have one specific instance from 7th grade burned into my memory, and I still wish I'd just fought back, even if it meant getting my ass handed to me. The damage caused by not standing up for myself far out-weighs the damage that would have been caused by getting suspended for a day or two.

Standing up for yourself and not taking any guff is very, very important.

This concludes today's lesson.
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[User Picture]From: clashandburn
2006-08-08 06:06 pm (UTC)
You probably scared the shit out of the bully by neither fighting back nor crying. Very Clint Eastwood!
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[User Picture]From: marcusgerarde
2006-08-08 06:42 pm (UTC)
My normal reaction, when being picked on, was to play dumb, like I didn't get their jabs.

"Nice sneakers, poor kid."

"What do you mean?"

"Your sneakers, they're really nice."

"What?"

In highschool, the basketball team tried to jump us at the 7-11 several times. We were just after some post ultimate frizbee slurpees, but because we were with some "punk rock art fags" we had a big red target painted on us.

We always managed to weasel away, mostly because we were always grossly outnumbered. But one time, we had just stolen a bunch of martial arts weapons from this kid--nunchucks, sai, throwing stars and some other crazy shit. We pulled them all out of our car and they backed down... not that we knew how to use them or anything...
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[User Picture]From: moregankira
2006-08-08 06:53 pm (UTC)
Huh. I've never heard this story before... I think I know which Terry you refer too... he was such an ass. But, you know I just think it shows that you are much more secure in yourself, than he... and more mature in handling such situations. I think you're my newest hero.

PS Misty was wondering if you got her gift?
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[User Picture]From: g0_0n
2006-08-08 08:50 pm (UTC)

baffled

what would lead you to hating someone you like? Some childhood rivalry?
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[User Picture]From: bellatrixamici
2006-08-08 09:51 pm (UTC)
There other ways of fighting/revenge besides using your fists...

Don't worry though, I got your back, I'll take down your enemies with stealth and jumping skillz.

I personally have a hard time slapping people who deserve it. I can think of so many instances when someone was just asking for it, but I couldn't bring myself to raise my hand.
But hot damn, I will KILL YOU in a cat fight.
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2006-08-09 05:29 pm (UTC)
"There other ways of fighting/revenge besides using your fists..."

Mind lasers!
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From: wettoad
2006-08-08 11:41 pm (UTC)
which one am i?
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2006-08-09 12:10 am (UTC)
heh. You're the one I rather like.
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[User Picture]From: cailin23
2006-08-09 12:32 am (UTC)
i feel like i know the pompous ass. true?
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[User Picture]From: vyvyanbasterd
2006-08-09 03:16 am (UTC)
enh it's prolly me
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[User Picture]From: cha_chee
2006-08-09 04:13 am (UTC)

OK, then I'm confused.

If todd's the one he likes, and you're the pompus ass, who the hell am I? Am I just forgotten about, so now you don't even hate me? That's even more depressing than being hated.

P.S. Roy, I'm impressed with your "iron face" technique, but we'll see if it's any match for my iron balls feet.
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2006-08-09 05:28 pm (UTC)

Re: OK, then I'm confused.

You're just a loveable scamp.
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2006-08-09 05:27 pm (UTC)
Nope, but Colleen does know the pompous ass.
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[User Picture]From: vyvyanbasterd
2006-08-09 06:13 pm (UTC)
does he pick rags?
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[User Picture]From: nconstruct
2006-08-09 04:10 am (UTC)
Well if it helps any the older I grow the less I can tolerate physical violence. Yes I still have urges but being the better man means that socially using emotional destress has longer scars for those that slight me.

Yeah, I'm still petty like that at times but recent events have left me hurt.
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[User Picture]From: york99
2006-08-13 10:21 pm (UTC)
I smell an Austin Fight Club.

I've never been in a fight either, except with this girl in 7th grade. I wish I finished her off. She deserved it. Don't mess with my sister.
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