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Fight, 911.... [May. 17th, 2007|05:18 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick

I live in a pretty nice, quiet, safe neighborhood. So it was a bit unexpected today to crest the hill right before my house and land right in the middle of a pretty awesome fight currently in progress...

One guy with a stick, the other with a glass bottle.

Both with bloodied faces.

I park my motorcycle and go to dismount when I notice one guy has flocked to my side for protection, and the other guy is on the other side of my motorcycle, me stuck in the middle still on my motorcycle while they yell "Punto!" and such across from me, holding their respective stick & glass bottle up, ready to strike.

I quickly turn the motorcycle back on and pull away (into the middle of the street) and dismount, just as the one guy throws a glass bottle and it explodes all around us, and into my driveway. One guy's yelling for me to call 911. My cellphone doesn't work in my house, so I stand out in the street, in the middle of this all, and try to hear the phone (it's really windy out... hard to hear).

911 sucks & takes forever ("All operators are currently busy.... Todos los operadors estan occupado...") etc, etc.

Finally I give one person the address and they transfer me. More delays & busy operator messages. I give up and hang up, since it looks like the fight is over and the men are walking away. But then the little guy runs up to the other and hits him in the back of the head or something and the fight resumes in earnest.

I was starting to feel guilty for hanging up on 911 but then police start arriving, and the angry man with the glass bottles (it turns out there were several, since I can now see them exploded up & down the street in several locations...) is fighting back, this time with the police. (the guy who'd asked me to call 911 is sitting on the ground recovering, letting the police take care of crazy man who they're trying to get into the back seat...)

It took awhile to clean up all the glass so I could move the motorcycle into the garage, but at least I could watch the increasing number of police deal with the situation.

Good times.

[User Picture]From: chris
2007-05-18 12:36 am (UTC)
the way people have been acting lately I think there must be sunspots, cause I'm convinced everyone has lost their mind.
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2007-05-18 12:49 am (UTC)

What I learned while taking a CPR class.

Land Line 911 goes to local PD dispatch.
Cell phone 911 goes to an outsource service connected with CHP (i think its in modesto) who transfers you to the local PD dispatch depending on where you are.
Moral of the story: Calling 911 on a cell phone in a 'right now' emergency about as useful as filtering piss from the ocean.
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[User Picture]From: robflynn
2007-05-18 01:07 am (UTC)

Re: What I learned while taking a CPR class.

Interesting to know. I had never really thought about that before.
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[User Picture]From: jahiel
2007-05-18 01:29 am (UTC)

Re: What I learned while taking a CPR class.

Also, landlines (with phones that can operate with only the power from the telco) will work in a power outage, while other phones may not.

We use VOIP and cell phones for most stuff, but we keep a landline at home for 911 and for the front door buzzer.

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[User Picture]From: nemo
2007-05-18 01:15 am (UTC)
Two things:

Stumbling upon that while riding is probably the best case scenario. If it comes to it you could just headbutt one or both of them.

Landlines are also better for 911 calls as it is much easier for the operator to send aid to your location.
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[User Picture]From: jahiel
2007-05-18 01:32 am (UTC)
Holy shit, dude...

Here's to a relaxing vacation - sounds like you could use it.

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[User Picture]From: erik
2007-05-18 01:36 am (UTC)
You'd probably know better than I would since you actually took Spanish, but isn't the term "puto" and not "punto?" I think it means fucker. A classmate from Peru often says "puto madre!" which I think is "motherfucker".
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-05-18 01:42 am (UTC)
I never studied Spanish swearing.
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[User Picture]From: graceadieu
2007-05-18 03:17 am (UTC)


Glad you didn't get hurt, or your house either. If these guys are going to rumble, I'd suggest they rumble in front of their own houses.
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[User Picture]From: feignedapathy
2007-05-18 02:33 am (UTC)
isn't puta pretty directly translated as bitch?
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[User Picture]From: kehoea
2007-05-18 04:07 pm (UTC)
‘Puto’ is diminuitive and masculine, like ‘muppet’ or something. ‘Hijo de puta’ is much more insulting, at least in Spain.

‘De puta madre!’ is an energetic exclamation of approval, in Spain.

Ah; the RAE say ‘puto’ also means ‘fag’. ‘De puta madre’ hasn’t made it in there yet.
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[User Picture]From: byron
2007-05-18 01:54 am (UTC)
Yet another reason why I carry a gun. Because I'm not going to get hurt getting caught between two idiots like that.

Glad you were not hurt dude.
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[User Picture]From: codetoad
2007-05-18 01:57 am (UTC)
Put this number into your cell phone: 415-553-8090

That's the SFPD emergency number.
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[User Picture]From: nick
2007-05-18 05:39 am (UTC)
...in earnest, I always liked that expression.
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[User Picture]From: forgers
2007-05-18 05:45 am (UTC)

one effin' bottle

and mother Russia will not be a democracy anymore! You see how that bottle could've affected the 2008 presidential election in Russia? Perhaps Putin should send a KGB detail to watch over you man... If you see guys on Harleys tailing you, don't be surprised :)...
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[User Picture]From: dpb
2007-05-18 05:51 am (UTC)
And you didn't take any pictures?!
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-05-18 06:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, I had my camera phone.. not sure why I didn't... too shocked maybe.
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[User Picture]From: copemate
2007-05-18 06:38 am (UTC)
you've done right, Brad. why should we take snapshots of the guys who are not worth it?
actually, in Russia the police are more violent than the bullies(
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-05-18 06:58 am (UTC)

I couldn't live in the city of San Francisco

I'm from Los Angeles and lived in some higher crime neighborhoods. I've had some pretty scary incidents at times, used to being on guard a bit, etc. I can deal with a fairly high degree of violence and trouble -- but god damn does SF make me nervous ever time I stay in the city. It's disgusting and dangerous.

You've had repeated car break-ins and now this. It's only a matter of time before something scarier happens. IMHO.

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From: evan
2007-05-18 07:19 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: beckyzoole
2007-05-18 07:32 am (UTC)
Gah, it happens even in the nicest, quietest neighborhoods. Sounds like glass bottle guy had really lost it by the time the police came. The other guy would have had a much worse time of it, if you hadn't come home when you did and called 911.
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[User Picture]From: ciphergoth
2007-05-18 09:24 am (UTC)
Holy crap, the emergency services put you on hold? Is that normal in the US?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-05-18 05:17 pm (UTC)
No clue. I don't call it often enough to know.

But it doesn't surprise me.
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[User Picture]From: jahiel
2007-05-18 10:43 pm (UTC)
Yep, it's pretty normal, unfortunately.

Something similar happened to my cousin-in-law a couple of weeks ago. Her dad hit his head in the backyard of her house, and when she called 911 on her cell phone she was put on hold for at least 5 minutes. By the time they took her call, her husband had already run next door, dialed 911 from the neighbors' landline, reached emergency services, completed the call, and come back.


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[User Picture]From: boggyb
2007-05-18 09:52 am (UTC)
"All operators are currently busy.... Todos los operadors estan occupado..."

That is definetely not something you want to hear when dialling 911 (or local equivalent). Glad to hear you're ok though.
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[User Picture]From: scosol
2007-05-18 06:55 pm (UTC)
good times indeed.
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[User Picture]From: anilnaik
2007-05-19 09:54 am (UTC)
I love a good street fight. Too bad you couldn't have some chai while watching it....
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