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| p.1 #17 · Cracked Carbon Fiber Tripod -- Return it? |
binary visions wrote:
I got followed by a couple guys in Costa Rica once. Was carrying my Manfrotto monopod. I was pretty resigned to getting mugged, but I slid it open (which makes a satisfying metallic noise), gripped it with both hands, and turned around to face the guys.
They weren't scared, but you could watch them mentally recalculate how much trouble my wallet was going to be, and they turned around and left. Still not sure if I would have swung it at them since that would have embroiled me in a fight in a foreign country.
Funny - last summer when I was in Prague, I sent my wife back with our friends to do some late-night shooting on the Charles Bridge. I lost track of time, and it was well after 1AM when I left to walk back to the hotel. I had gone a few blocks and was on a darker side street when I heard some folks behind me. I pulled my tripod out of the sling and held it head-down like a club as I turned around.
I'm not a small guy, and I'd guess I had a pretty grumpy look on my face. The two guys that had entered the street with me came to sort of a disorganized stop, looked at me for a second and turned around.
It was a still a bit of a hike (we stayed in an apartment facing Tyn Church, for those who are familiar), so I walked the rest of the way back with a pissed look and the tripod held in ready position away from my body. People pretty much stayed out of my way... (which is good - I haven't been in a fight in over 20 years...I probably would have just given the stuff to them anyway. I got lost/stolen/broken insurance before I left the country)