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Subj: Re: Most anxious/apprehensive you have been?
Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 at 09:08:56 am EST (Viewed 85 times)
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Exams? Disciplinary?

For me, it was Nuclear Biological Chemical defence - chemical appreciation exercises.

This was back in 1999. Corporals were always in a mood with the standard we were in ( I was sporty and smart, but no street-smarts at all), so we used to do respirator drills with riot control gas, but 4 times as concentrated as it was supposed to be and then do exercises in the hut (it was the same size as a garden shed or a large lift/elevator).

The morning would be a night mare, either drill or PT, where inevitable someone would balls up and then they would state how many (illegally) tablets they would put in.

It got to a head eventually. One lad freaked out in the chamber and then the Corporal tried to take it out on all of us, he tried to get me in a head lock, so I punched him in the gut, ripped his mask off in the chamber and then ran away.

I was convinced I would get charged, but looking back it would probably be too much explaining to do if it went in front of the Squadron Leader.

I've had more worse things happen which could have affected me more, such as being sat in Brize Norton waiting to fly out to Bosnia or Iraq (both times alone, as I had to back up other units as an individual augumentee, which meant I met them in theatre).



Well, I have social anxiety, and have had more panic attacks than I can count. But they're generally for really boring, stupid, shameful crap. "OMG! Random woman on the street just asked me a questi... can't breathe! F--!! *gasp gasp*" (yeah that has happened more than once)

But I'm totally chill in a classroom of 20-40 kids. Go figure.

Anyway... I'll go with another traffic incident.

About 20 years ago, I was driving on I90 from Syracuse to Buffalo. Wife and I had picked up a friend's car (an early 80s Mustang, so it was maybe 15 years old) from some service station, and it was in poor condition. It had broken down, and the mechanic had basically just got it running enough to move. She couldn't drive a stick, so I was in the Mustang. The weather conditions were poor, as well: a slight drizzle and the roads were quite slick.

Suddenly, traffic stops. Brake pedal to the floor and... nothing! Complete brake failure. I'm going to plow into MY WIFE and DAUGHTER in front of me going about 65. No! I swerve into the grassy median.

I was unable to control the car enough to keep myself on the median. So, now I'm going about 40 into oncoming traffic going about 65. Quick mental calculations (yeah, I was doing this in my head): that's like the equivalent of 105mph into brick wall.

My only choice was to accelerate across the oncoming traffic into the ditch on the other side. Yay! I made it without hitting anything (major, at least-- I did bump one of the trees lining the highway, but by then I was only going about 5mph).

Adrenaline had me so messed up, I couldn't walk for about 15 minutes after crawling out of the car. No social anxiety though! I had no problem whatsoever chatting it up with the dozen or so people that stopped to check on me.


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