They're still out there!

  1. There are still terrorists running around in the USA...I don't mean to sound like I am paranoid, but I probably am!!! What makes you think that the guy pumping your gas isn't one of them??? In NJ, it seems that most gas stations are owned and operated by terroristic looking people. I usually get my gas in PA (and I like pumping my own) But I'll never forget one night I stopped in NJ where they pump it for you and this man who scared me half to death stood with his arms folded and staring at me for a minute or so...Then he asks me, "Where do you work?" I said in a hospital. Then he asks me, "How much do you make???" I said enough to get by. For 5 dollars this guy wants to know my work history and financial background! THEN a month before this tragic event, this gas station was closed for two weeks! It's never closed and is opened 24/7... hmmmm.....Then the day of the bombing I stopped on my way home to buy a pack of cigarettes and the man in the store (another store) throws the cigarettes across the counter at me. I paid and practically ran out of there before this guy shot me or something...hmmmm...I know one thing, I now get everything I need before I leave the state of Pennsylvania.(I live right over the border in PA and work in NJ) You just don't know who you're dealing with...Tell me I'm not getting paranoid please??? It's just scarey to me that's all. I hope...
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  3. by   nurs4kids
    Yeah, nightowl, they're still here and we're sending our military to the other side of the world. Makes alot of sense, eh? <sigh>
  4. by   Tiara
    It is scary, but you have to be careful in jumping to conclusions. There are Indian gas station workers who have actually posted signs attesting to their being Indian so they are not mistaken for terrorists. There are muslim women who are afraid to leave the house and take their children to school.
  5. by   Nursz-R-Awsm
    night owl,
    The one asking all the questions...well that is just way too creepy.

    I don't know what to say about the one tossing the cigs, except it makes me think of how some people have probably treated them after all of this. Mosques have been defaced and Muslims living in fear who just want a better life here. Some living in the US are very ashamed and cannot look customers in the eye. I don't think all are bad, but be careful.
  6. by   JennieBSN
    You're not alone in feeling a little shaken and paranoid. Every time a plane flies overhead I want to run for cover. Even though I know in my heart and mind that I'm PROBABLY being ridiculous, it's still a gut reaction kind of thing.

    We've all probably got a touch of PTSD with this thing.

    You're not a freak, and you're not paranoid either. Just scared like the rest of us. Here's a tip....I wear a cross pendant at all times around my neck. It's small. Whenever I'm scared or nervous, I just grab it and rub it and say a small prayer under my breath. It makes me feel better. I don't know what religion you are, but in times like this it always helps to lean on your faith.

    Hang in there....take slow deep breaths...and remember we're all in this together.
  7. by   cmggriff
    To all of you who are frightened a little parnoid, I want to say "Good for you". Nothing wrong with being scared. I made it a point to be afraid while in the Gulf. 24/7 I was watching where I stepped, all the cars and trucks on the road with me, all the buildings in the towns, all the people on the street, all the aircraft in the sky. If I smelled a strange odor I put on my gas mask. If I heard an unusual sound I ducked or ran for cover or pulled my weapon.
    Fear can be a good thing as long you don't allow it paralyze you. Be afraid, be suspicious. Assume you are not safe. You aren't. Good luck, Gary
  8. by   night owl
    Hey gary,

    Where do I purchase those gas masks??? I need four of them. Oh, and do they make them for cats? I'll need two of those and one for a cockatiel bird... Good luck??? Thank you because I'll need it putting it on the cats and the bird! Strange odors? Most of the time it's just my husband with you know, those manly things they do...BUT I still would rather be safe than sorry!

    In all seriousness, I'm more aware of my surroundings now, especially at work...I work at a goverment LTC facility. We can't even get on the grounds unless the police check our IDs at the front gate. BUT, they aren't allowed to carry any guns due to the type of patients we have. They do I think have knight sticks...I feel REAL safe working there...

    I almost ducked and ran for cover two days ago when 10 military helicopters flew over my house...They were so loud I wasn't quite sure what the h*ll was going on. I don't buy my gas in NJ anymore nor my cigarettes. Pull my weapon if I think I need to? Well, I don't own one... I just put my PF Flyers to the test!

    Have a nice day
  9. by   donmurray
    Welcome to the real world! You do adapt, over time. No need for individuals to check under the car before driving, unless you know some very nasty people, but it's more about awareness. Large population centres are more at risk than sleepy country villages, Transport interchanges, especially airports, are high risk. Don't leave your bags unattended, (They may be blown up, if they're not stolen first!) likewise your car, in sensitive areas. Report any unattended bags, or suspicious behaviour.
    I am sure there are parts of town that you prefer to avoid, but where , if you do go, you are switched on to your surroundings. It is a bit like that. I attended the ANA conference in 1994 in San Antonio, spent a lot of time wondering if the person I was with may be carrying a gun, because we just don't. We Brits, male or female, happily took cabs alone, to the horror of our hosts. It comes down to risk assessment, and nurses know about that, right?

    May your God go with you.
  10. by   Mijourney
    Frightening isn't it. Sometimes the little towns are where terroist thugs/hate mongers hide out or live.

    Prayer has become nearly constant for me now. I think some of the people I know have some PTSS by the fact that many things cause them to be hypersensitive. What a mess! Can the people of the USA see our way through and carry on? You bet we can. As pointed out in this and other posts, the strength does not lie in individuals, but in a nation of proud, wise, and courageous people. United we stand!

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