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Friday, November 20, 2015

Intimidation by Music

Father and son.
My second son is a large man.
Large.
Six foot eight in his stockinged feet. When he puts boots and a hat on, considerably taller.
And he is a body builder.
He works as a cop in our fair city.
Let me put it this way . . .
No one argues with him.
They just nod politely and do as he asks.
His very first day on the job, he and his partner responded to a knife-wielding incident. When he got out of his car, the 'perp' took one look, dropped the knife and spread-eagled himself on the sidewalk.
Size is important.
But the man inside the uniform is a gentle, loving person.
And tons of fun.
Before he began to serve with the police, he spent eight years with the armed forces, reaching the rank of Sergeant.
And he drove a big truck.
These two points are important.
Moving on . . .
One day, he was on his way home from the army base driving the aforementioned (good word) truck. It was a beautiful, warm day, and his windows were opened wide.
His head was shaved and he had his army kit on.
He looked every inch the soldier he was.
He was 'in the zone'. Listening and moving to his favourite music, blaring from two powerful speakers.
I should mention here that his favourite music probably isn't what people expect to hear from a head-shaved, muscular, giant of a man in army fatigues.
And sunglasses.
In a monster truck.
But pouring from the speakers were The Archies.
And they were singing their hit song, "Sugar, Sugar".
He stopped at a stoplight.
Still grooving.
Then he glanced to his left.
A small pickup was sitting beside him.
With three teenage boys in the seat.
All of whom were staring at him.
Up at him.
Their expressions were . . . interesting.
My son grinned at them and nodded. Still bobbing to the rhythm.
The light changed and he drove on.
But the small truck stayed where it was.
I think he frightened them.
Who says you need a weapon to intimidate?
Sometimes all it takes is the right music.

9 comments:

  1. My guess is that someone that big can listen to whatever he wants. Who's gonna tell him he can't? Not me!

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  2. Big smiles. I hope the teenagers learnt a lesson that day.

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  3. Oh wow I can just imagine it! I'll bet those young boys sat there for quite awhile with their jaws hanging open.

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  4. Big huge man with little boy imitating him...life is good.

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  5. Six foot eight inches?? Boy, that's big! I'm imagining the grocery bill...(*~*)
    Giggling at the 'perp' spreadeagled without being told to.

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  6. A true gentle giant. I love the photo! And now I have that tune in my head, in an endless loop no doubt ...

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  7. Fun photo - and I would have loved to have heard those boys conversation after your son drove away!

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  8. Six foot 8! I would probably come up to his knees haha! I'm sure that you are so proud of him as well you should be.

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