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    Angry What would you do?

    It's about 10.30 on a Sunday morning at Mirador Sur and you're just sitting down to do some reading (you've done this dozens of times).

    Before you can pull your book out of your pack, someone has a 12" knife to your throat and they take your backpack from between your legs.

    You freeze.

    He leans down to open the front pocket of the backpack and puts the knife to your stomach (it's impossible to get this pocket open with one hand) he backs away and tries the pocket again. Again no luck (less than 10 seconds have passed).

    Now he just wants what's in your pocket (mp3 player, headphones still in your ears actually), you stand up, eyeing the left hand with the knife (you have your sunglasses on still, he can't see where you're looking) you try and get him just a little closer to make your move on the knife (less than 15 seconds).

    He makes his first "bad" decision and touches your bike.

    Time for offense! You ATTACK! He drops the bike and runs.

    You give chase and in no time you're 10 yards behind him and losing quickly (you're wearing bike shoes with cleats, he knows exactly where he's going) and he jumps from a ledge out onto some vines and a tree and descends the 30-35 feet in two bounds. You commit and do the same.

    You just made a huge decision jumping because you left a very nice bike all alone. If you don't catch him before he gets to the other side of the road and into the maze of barrios, the game is over.

    Once you hit the road, he's breaking away and shooting down a barrio.

    You backtrack and get your bike.

    What you've lost is very very important to you:
    1. A grade book that's 6 weeks from being completed - your first teaching position.
    2. Your journal you've been writing in for 4 years.
    3. "Learn Spanish in 3 months" book.
    4. Bike tools, pump, watch, house keys, RD$50, towel, sun protector, and a popped tire-tube (what? you think your bad day waited until now to begin?).

    What would you do next?

    (Keep in mind that April's grades are due on Tuesday!)

    1. Call the police (enter laughtrack).
    2. Go right into the barrio, figuring he's at a colmado getting a celebratory beer?
    3. ?

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    Thumbs down What is there to think about?

    Okay so your pride is hurt.
    Big deal !!!!!!!!!!
    Your alive and in 1 piece.
    Count your blessings, thank the stars above, go home and have a tall stiff drink.

    The Grade Book sucks though. Now you have to start back tracking, and I am sure its more work than any of us realize.

    I am really happy to hear you’re ok!!!

    1992, Edison, NJ
    At work early, 5:30am, in the parking lot, while it's still dark.
    Never heard the guy walk up behind me.
    I was robbed at gunpoint, 38 special in my face.
    My wallet, and a brand new 1992, Jaguar Convertible.

    Handed over with a smile.
    Material things can be replaced.

    My pride healed.

    Again, I am glad to hear you were not hurt physically.
    It sucks, what happened- but in a month or two, it will pass.

    Tim H.
    Last edited by Timex; 05-06-2003 at 06:28 AM.

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    What I would do!

    One of the beauties of the DR is that Justice is cheap. If by now you haven't made friends with some of the local police do so now.
    Now tell your story to your police buddy and let him know you are willing to give a reward to anybody who breaks the jerks legs. If he is a typical "lowlife" then it should be no problem for your police buddy to track him down.

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    Cleef,
    I am really sorry to hear this happened to you. It was gutsy to chase him. Like Tony said, if you could offer a reward in the right environment, maybe you could get your stuff back. I am a teacher too and luckily we have all our grades on the computer. The journal is what is killing me.
    Good luck,
    Mainegirl

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    Default Justice?

    Cleef, I am sorry for what happened to you. There is no price for what you have lost. It is downright frustrating. You were able to walk away from this one. Thank God!

    I don't think you will have any gain as far as finding justice now. Justice in the D.R. has to be done on the spot by you (dangerous), otherwise you will be paying (or robbed again by) the police, victimized again. Not many people, including myself, are prepared for such an event. I surmise you will have a different perspective on your activities in the D.R. I pray it has not dampened your spirit. We just have to be wary of our surroundings and continue on. Regards, PJT

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    Cliff,
    Glad to hear that you're ok. Reading your account really gave me a bad feeling in my stomach. I used to live close to the Mirador del Sur and used to go grade papers or write in my journal or write some of the novel scenes there where everyone jogs & ride bikes (in fact, from your description I can even guess where in the Mirador you were when this happened!), so I can sympathize about the loss of the grade book & journal (both irreplaceable in their own ways -- if you're like I was, you don't have copies of either one). And it concerns me alot that the place I used to consider so safe that I went there all the time with the kids without ever having to feel that I had to look over my shoulders (that's what I left behind in the States, right? Or so I felt), makes me sick to hear. I know the "barrio" below that you describe -- I used to walk through it occassionally to go to the P.O. or some stores I knew on Av. Independencia a few (8-10) blocks into it. Take it from me, your chances of running into that guy are slim, and of him still possessing your pack or it being wherever he ditched it, slimmer still. Tim is right -- be glad you emerged ok, and deal with the inconveniences it caused as best you can. If you want to discuss it, man, you know my e-mail.
    Cuidate Amigo Mio.
    Un abrazo,
    Keith

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    Default that stinks...

    Cliffy,

    Amen. Glad you're ok. As for options....live and learn. Let it go. Whoever advises some sort of revenge is undoubtably someone who has nothing to lose from it. See you at the Beer House.-Scandall

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    By not seeking justice or revenge you are giving that scum permission to do it again. That makes you just as bad as him in my book.
    What ever happened to Honor?

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    Thumbs down Mirador Sur is not safe any more!

    One of our Doctors,an American,lives on Anacaona and "had"been walking there every evening before dark for several years.He was robbed at "knife point" about 3 months ago! Seems they took out a police sub-station that was in the park.These robberies are now common,sadly! You were very foolish to give chase,is your life worth the things you lost?Calling the police? They usually get a "cut" of all robberies in their area!!!!!!!Best news is that you are OK! Cris Colon

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    Angry Settle down Beavis!

    Originally posted by Tony C
    By not seeking justice or revenge you are giving that scum permission to do it again. That makes you just as bad as him in my book.
    What ever happened to Honor?
    Settle down mouth, you haven't heard chapter 2 yet.

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