Thank You, Debaters!

Just wanted to say thanks to those who took the time to send me post-armed-robbery good wishes, especially Bob in Denver, who suggested I take a spa day. The thought was a nice one, but I decided it could prove difficult without a wallet. As it happens, though, I feel fine. A colleague suggested my post-traumatic stress -- or whatever it's called -- just hasn't set in yet. I don't think so. I truly feel it was not a big deal.

It's really all about perspective, right? So a guy threatened me with a knife and took my bag, which contained mostly stuff that was useful to me and no one else -- like my glasses. (Hopefully someone who's a big fan of Bollywood music will buy my iPod.) It was an expensive loss for me personally, but a miniscule loss in real terms, particularly as compared to what so many people have suffered over the last few years, from hurricanes, earthquakes and the tsunami to terrorist bombings and war.

I did learn a valuable lesson, which I gladly share with you but which you (unlike myself) probably already knew: Before attempting to struggle free from the robber's grip, assume the guy's armed. You can bet he is. (Lucky for me, even though I tried to escape, I was not stabbed in the process.) It would be nice, of course, if these things didn't happen, and in an ideal world, they wouldn't. But they do. So it goes.

By Emily Messner |  October 31, 2005; 5:13 AM ET  | Category:  Misc.
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Posted by: Bob in Denver | November 1, 2005 03:02 AM

Dear Emily,
I hope you can overcome your bad experience.

Take care.

Yours truly,

Posted by: Che | November 1, 2005 11:57 AM

Very sorry 'bout yer loss and threats to life and limb, but whadja expect in a place where the Prez stole the biggest thing of all, the Presidency. Doesn't set a very good example fer all them low-lifes out thar. Or does it? Hmm...

Posted by: John Anderson | November 8, 2005 06:14 PM

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