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June 22, 2006

Inside the mind of a lefty

A couple of entries from another weblog:

March 27, 2006:

I asked a neighbour to turn their music down at 4am this morning. The noise from his flat woke me at 2am and I couldn't get back to sleep. I had to be up for work at 5.45am.

...The noise has been getting worse and worse over the past two weeks. Trying to be tolerant, I'd let it slide. He didn't seem phased when I asked him to turn it down (politely) and there were no raised voices or big scene.... The way it was left? I thought everything was fine.

At 7am this morning he was waiting for me to leave my flat to go to work. He hid on the stair-well. He attacked me with a 8" kitchen knife. I got him off me and backed away. I called the police on my mobile. They arrived within minutes...[they] entered his flat and found the knife I described. He was arrested....

During the attack I stayed calm and did what I had to do. Thank God he shouted at me as he attacked me. I didn't see him on the stair-well. My reactions were fast. That probably saved me, according to one of the arresting officers. I'm unhurt. The man is "known to police".

He may get bail tomorrow. I'm not sure I can go back to my flat knowing he's there upstairs....

I'm cycling through anger, fear and 'what-the-fuck?' I feel physically sick.

They say that a liberal is a conservative who hasn't been mugged yet. I suppose that, in some cases, it takes more than a single mugging:

June 22, 2006:

I got a phone call from the police first thing this morning. My old neighbour was sentenced to six months in prison yesterday, with a recommendation that he serves the full term. He was also given 150 hours supervised community service to be completed on his release. My first thought was, "Oh, fuck. What about his wife and kids?"

I need to talk to someone...about this. I feel guilty about him being locked-up. The trauma I felt around the time of his (rather pathetic) knife attack has subsided. I'm still having those daft macho-bullshit thoughts; I should have taken the knife off him and shown him how to use it properly.

Somehow, today, I just can't find the words.

Posted by Jeff at June 22, 2006 03:09 PM


Nice, Jeff. Really nice.

Posted by: jacktheknife at June 24, 2006 08:34 AM

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