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    Have been thinking if I should share this , Trying to tell this page in my life the shortest way posible and convey the fear for our lives we felt. Lets leave politics aside. This is my story and what I experienced.

    It is Nov 1989. There is a civil war in El Salvador. The guerrilla , the FMLN decides to launch a mayor offensive into the city of San Salvador. Before the fighting would be generally outside the capital in small towns. I do not remember how long that particular event lasted. Maybe 15-20 days fighting in the suburbs of SS. During all that time there are curfews, nobody outside from 6 pm to 6 am. Eerie silence , and then as night approached you would see planes throw hundreds of lights coming down like in small parachutes ( they have a name , it escapes me ). They are to illuminate the coffee plantations besides the suburb where I live and where the guerrillas are supposed to be hiding. Slowly coming down and moving with the breeze. A sight to see and enjoy if you did not know the reason for them.

    We are sleeping in a mattress on the floor in a room between our bedroom and bathrooms and closets. No windows. After a week my parents tell me to please go home to Ecuador and I decided to take my little kids ( 3 and 1 years old )!there , but return to be with my husband.

    The day I return I tell my husband the safest place in the house is a small storage room in the kitchen with 4 concrete walls and and iron door beneath the second floor. That night we start hearing the fighting very very near... we start exchanging phone calls with our neighbors. All of a sudden there is a huge explosion in our property , we hang the phone and run to the first floor. Going down the stairs there are huge windows and we see some men trying to look inside the house. It is dark ( no electricity ) and they do not see us. We run to the kitchen and my husband , a couple worked for us and Fiona our german shepherd go inside this small storage room ( maybe 6 ft x 8 ft ) as we hear the window ( huge ) break.

    We hear men walking around , talking , in what felt like days. Imagen being scoped there with a dog and praying that dog does not bark. This happened around 12 at night. So we continue to hear fighting and the phone rings almost all night long. Around 5:30- 6 am we realized there is silence and we see light coming through the door. We decide to make a run for it. So we open the door and ran like crazy to the front door of the property which is like 50 feet away. As we open the door we see our neighbors with soldiers planning a rescue. Our neighbors knew something had happened to us.

    We found that the big explosion we heard was the guerrillas that where in the coffee plantation that boarded our property making an opening in the wall so they can enter our property and fight with the soldiers which were outside in the streets and then escape to the forest that same way.

    We closed the opening , order a new window and stayed there until before christmas when we went to see my parents and kid. Life had to continue.

    Peace accords were signed in Chapultepec, Mexico in 1992.

    Edit: spelling mistakes as always.
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    I must say, Rosemary, you have been through some incredible stuff. Real nightmare scenarios. I hope your life is no longer the danger zone it once was. Please stay safe from now on.

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    Quote Posted by ulli (here)
    I must say, Rosemary, you have been through some incredible stuff. Real nightmare scenarios. I hope your life is no longer the danger zone it once was. Please stay safe from now on.
    Ulli. Thank you. Can I say it is a little boring now. ? Sometimes I think I could use some excitement.
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    Quote Posted by Rosemarie (here)
    Quote Posted by ulli (here)
    I must say, Rosemary, you have been through some incredible stuff. Real nightmare scenarios. I hope your life is no longer the danger zone it once was. Please stay safe from now on.
    Ulli. Thank you. Can I say it is a little boring now. ? Sometimes I think I could use some excitement.
    I know what you mean, I also find that boredom is the other side of the coin of life.
    Adrenalin rush is addictive, or maybe the addiction is more to do with the relief one feels when danger has passed.
    When you feel that you now have an excuse to celebrate.
    It can’t have been easy sharing that terrifying experience.

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    Rosemarie/ Im in awe of your story ! in light of it, perhaps I should remove my squirrel encounter... lol

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    To tell you the truth I think with some hindsight I can say your squirrel incident was maybe more dangerous than mine. The guerrillas did not harm anybody they encounter in the other houses they enter. They just wanted a safer place from where to fight the soldiers. At that moment we did not know it off course.
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    Rosemarie/ Im in awe of your story ! in light of it, perhaps I should remove my squirrel encounter... lol
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    And another. This is a rock climbing story, but it's a little hard to explain.

    When climbing, the lead climber heads up, with their safety rope below them, not above. They periodically install anchors in cracks in the rock, when they can.

    The anchors are removable metal wedges in rock cracks, attached to a karabiner (metal snaplink). The rope runs freely through the snaplink. If the lead climber falls, the idea is that their partner holds the rope, and it'll come tight against the snaplink and hold the fall like a pulley from above.

    So if one's 10 feet above the highest anchor, the lead climber will fall twice that distance — 20 ft. As one climbs higher, one needs to put in more anchors (if one can!) — or else the potential fall becomes long and dangerous.

    It's critical that each new anchor is wedged immovably in place. The idea is that they can be removed from above, but will just wedge themselves even more firmly with a downward pull.



    ~~~

    Anyway. I was on a difficult climb in the English Lake District, long ago. I'd installed four anchors, so I felt pretty safe. But then I fell.

    The top 3 anchors all pulled out, which isn't meant to happen. (Never happened before, or since!) I was left suspended on the 4th and last.... upside down with my cheek just gently grazing the rock ledge way below.

    I was full of adrenaline, and was just fine. My poor partner, who'd helplessly watched everything come unzipped, was visibly shaking.

    I never climbed with a helmet. If the final anchor had also failed, I'd have been piledriven head first into the rock below, and certainly wouldn't be here now.

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    Bill / wow, thank the heavens! I think the guy who willingly climbed El Capitan free of all ropes etc ,accomplished the most amazing human feat I have ever seen.
    Few of us will ever know what its like to live on the edge of complete peril every step of our way. And he willingly did this.

    Rosemarie/ in a sense I know what you mean. but the mental anguish you went thru out does my squirrel incident for sure. its what we know that frightens , not what were unaware of.
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    In my 20's I lived in a big city in Europe. One Sat. night I went into a bar and had one drink. As I was leaving I noticed a few people standing on the sidewalk. One person near them seemed out of place somehow. I started to walk and noticed that the guy started to follow me very closely. I moved over as I walked to let him pass, he moved over behind me. I turned to see what he wanted and he stabbed me in the chest with a knife. He raised the knife again. He was holding the knife in a strange way not by the handle to bring it down or up but to stab forward, very hard to block or duck from. I could see rage in his face and fight or flight kicked in. I took off and he followed close behind. When he stopped I crossed the main street I looked down at my white shirt to see it covered in blood.

    I thought I have to drive to the hospital. My car was a street away. Suddenly I felt very weak and was not walking well. I was on a back street with not many people. I asked a passer by to call an ambulance, he just kept walking . Now everything was going black and I was staggering. I grabbed on to a lamp post and slid to the ground. Fortunatly two guys came past and I stammered that I had been stabbed. They put me in the back of their car and took me to the hospital. I never saw those two guys again so I could not thank them.
    I was in the hospital for 5 days. The Doctor said the wound was 2 1/4" inches deep and 2" from my heart.

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    1986, a wine tasting south of the city, got a black cab home with partner (no safety belts then), in the back having a joke, then Blackness.... Our taxi driver, on a dual carriageway at 50mph ignored out-of-order traffic lights, we were T-boned by another cab. Partner shot through window, severe facial injuries and cracked neck, I stayed inside wearing fortunately leather trousers and jacket, in the rotating cab. When the policeman said “are you okay” I said I had broken my neck, it felt so bad.
    500 metres away, Major A&E, saved my life. Hangman’s fracture, c1 cracked, c2 and c3 broken.

    Spent weeks with traction on a rotating bed on lambskins, and then months with halo and full body cast, pleaded to see my son, partner, was initially given 24 hours as I developed pneumonia, but my best friend physio on A&E pumped me out, so here I am, still can't sleep without adjusting my head position, my folks were brilliant, Mum retired early to look after me, my son was really shocked, this has haunted me for years - trying to make it up to them.

    When my folks were in a bad way, I gave up everything for them, to make up, thankfully it was a wonderful decision, as I am back home, unencumbered by an aspergers’ torturer, free, looking up at the sky in our beautiful family garden.

    Here and now!
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    I was 17 at the time this happened. I'd been courting a young lady, and we'd had a disagreement about something trivial, as you do at that age. So I left earlier than usual, around 9.45 pm. The weather was good, no rain, so good for the motorcycle I was riding. It was an Elvis bike. A penny bun for the person who knows what an Elvis bike was, I digress. On my way home, I wasn't riding fast or stupid, as one does at that age.

    Unbeknown to me, in a pub Car Park, a car was being stolen, allegedly by a drunk driver. I don't know how they came to that conclusion they have never, to this day, caught anyone for their crimes against me, some 47yrs ago. I continued home down a wide sweeping right-hand bend closing into a near hairpin. I, could see the cars headlights coming straight at me, on my side of the road. There was nothing I could do to ride my way out of it. The drunk was going so fast, he hit the front of my bike head on, knocked me into the air, I came down through the windscreen of the stolen car, head first, allegedly. They had to cut me out of the car, the drunk had left me for dead. I died in the Ambulance on the way to the hospital, so they told me a week later when I woke up in the hospital. Fractured skull, broken right femur and two broken wrists. Many stitches, cuts and bruises.

    I was in hospital many months, the surgeon, at that time was old school and didn't believe in plating and pinning broken bones. O natural was his buzzword. I didn't complain too much, it was a training hospital and lots of young nurser to talk too and date when I was up and walking again. The young lady I was courting visited me a couple of times and never returned, I've haven't seen her since lol.
    Am I one of many or am I many of one ? interesting .

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