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Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 1845
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 76.251.239.230
Posted on Friday, February 05, 2010 - 02:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,584792,00.html

Must be the lager louts that are the problem.

Real ale enthusiasts tend to be less prone to fighting, I would think
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 11239
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.141.103.148
Posted on Friday, February 05, 2010 - 06:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I might actually approve of such a thing (unbreakable pint glasses). I can tell a story that goes all the way back to 1976 when I was living in Boston. With a couple of friends I attended the annual South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade, an famous--and equally infamous--institution that goes back well over 100 years. Like most cities, Boston has a law against consuming alcohol on public streets, but it is selectively enforced, especially at an event such as this one. So we were hardly the only people with a 12-pack as we stood on the sidewalk and watched the parade.

Immediately afterward people spilled into the still-closed street. A group of about four local residents (identified by their jackets) in their early 20s had clearly been celebrating since early in the day. One of them spied the 12-pack and cried out (in my best imitation of a South Boston accent), "Hey! Give us a beer," which I duly ignored. Again he made the same request. I turned away and began crossing the street. I then heard "Hey, !" upon which I turned my head. The next thing I knew I was on the ground, with something wet on my face and shards of glass all around me. It happened so quickly I had virtually no time to think. He had unleashed a bottle from a distance of about a dozen feet.

In less than a minute, Boston's finest were there. But did they help me to my feet, summon medical assistance, or apprehend the local who had thrown the bottle? NOT! Instead they wanted my identification and asked what I had said to provoke him. Bleeding profusely from a two-inch gash on my lower lip, I sputtered that I had done nothing, all the while unintentionally spattering blood on a cop's uniform.

Fortunately one of my friends had done a tour in Vietnam as an Army medic. He quickly ran to a nearby tavern and asked for a bar rag and some ice, which he applied to the wound. After about five minutes and the loss of about a pint of blood, the bleeding stopped. They drove me to the nearest ER, where an intern (a recent graduate of Harvard Medical School) cleaned the area with hydrogen peroxide, removed a couple of minute glass fragments and deftly placed 7 stitches (all with no anesthesia) in my lip. I hope he has had a very successful career as a surgeon, as today the scar is barely noticeable.
 

Paul Edwards
Senior Member
Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 1846
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 76.252.30.109
Posted on Saturday, February 06, 2010 - 12:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

OUCH!!
 

Paul Hayslett
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Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 2403
Registered: 02-2002
Posted From: 71.234.45.166
Posted on Saturday, February 06, 2010 - 02:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill! What were you thinking? Annoying the townies in Boston is VERY bad form. You are lucky that the cops let you off so easy!

Before William Bratton could clean up the crime in Boston, he had to change the police department. Getting rid of the attitude that "townies are always right" was a big part of it.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 11243
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.141.103.148
Posted on Saturday, February 06, 2010 - 04:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You're right, Paul. Having lived in Detroit, Chicago and L.A. before moving to Boston, it took me a long time to get used to the fact that the punks hanging around street corners were white rather than black or Hispanic.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 11244
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.141.103.148
Posted on Saturday, February 06, 2010 - 05:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

This is the photo that was pinned over my desk at the time:

South Boston
 

Paul Edwards
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Username: Pedwards

Post Number: 1847
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 76.252.30.109
Posted on Saturday, February 06, 2010 - 07:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hmmm, you look a little like this guy:

Chong

Separated at birth, maybe??