reply to post by prototism
Proto, you can speak for yourself. There are many of us who have more than a few security lights and such.
I just happen to love technology, I hate surprises myself, though I love surprises on the behalf of others, I have been in a shoot-out here and there,
enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a layered defenses, and I just simply love the challenge from both sides of the problem.
You always work the problem backwards. You ask yourself how, if I'm really determined and have several friends to back me up, can I get into this
house? How? How quickly? Short of driving a tank through it, how would I get in? Or what if I just wanted to target someone inside?
What bizarre equipment/tactics could I possibly use? Now what would I likely do if I were stoned or even suicidal?
Because of my reputation, I've been called in to consult when a wealthy homeowner has "problems," and they feel a threat. I do them the same way.
I "attack" their home every way I can think of and with a number of different tools. I can give them plenty of early warning, and even show them a
few steps to take in those initial moments. But I can't fight their fight if the time ever comes. I can only enable them to be the surprisors, not
the surprisees. What they do after that is up to them.
Most people simply don't think about "channeling" their opponents into your carefully prepared killing zone. There are a number of plants that are
absolute nightmares to try to overcome, and, since they are "natural," the intruders rarely think that they were carefully placed and "trained" to
be conducting them right into the prepared kill zone.
For me, it's just an exercise for my mind to stay busy. No victim of circumstance, no pending large scale domestic threat. Just good, clean fun.
If you've ever had much experience in cheek-clinching, pucker-squeeking combat, you already know the post-combat thought processes you go through to
review every aspect of that combat, from every perspective, from every angle, to learn something for the next time.
You know -you don't get any sleep at all that night until you've reviewed every sequence, every move of your opponent(s), worked out every
possibility, every mistake, every good move, and have nailed down every eventuality to learn future lessons from. You replay the event over and over
in your mind scores of times in both real time and slow motion. And only after you've chewed it over in your mind and can glean no more lessons, you
can only now sleep?
When I mentioned the blades made from the leaf springs of cars that would take the legs out from under a potential carjacker, we actually built some
for the hell of it out of a hydraulic ram. Two pivot angles that could be adjusted, and connected with bicycle chain. Sharpened a bit, they would
cut through a five inch pine tree, or three nailed together 2X4's.
Anyone who would have attempted to take that car by hijacking from then on would have been called, "Shorty." We wanted to make the next one out of
some large servos, but never got around to it. The garage door springs would work too, but we were looking for a relatively clean cut.
You don't do this kind of thing out of paranoia, you do it because you can, and you enjoy the process. I'm sure you have a hobby as well.
Like my friend who will spend multiple thousands of dollars, hundreds and hundreds of hours getting an old car perfectly restored, and usually within
a few months, he sells it really cheap, to get another piece of junk to start the process over.
Yeah. Go figure. Either one of us! But we have fun.