Friday, May 29, 2009
Talk about ring-side seats...
A bunch of guys ran past the jeepney I was riding... Then the sound of motorcycle and a bunch of guys running after them...|
A few quickly jumped on the jeep parked after us, which was almost full of people. It seemed like a bad move, for not only did a few guys jumped on and cornered them, a few of the passengers got involved and were hit by the fighting men.
When one jumped out of the window, one man outside who was waiting threw a rock at him. The rock was as large, if not larger than my fist... It seemed like a direct hit. The man next to me seemed shocked and lifted his feet in reaction. I was merely watching.
Then one was also cornered by the street corner. Two men were beating him up. One approached, and hit him with a skateboard. There was a loud thudding sound. On-lookers and drivers merely watched. My adrenaline was pumping. If any of them come near me - even though I am inside a jeep - I'll be prepared to defend myself. I knew what Thorkell the Tall (Vinland Saga) felt. It sent adrenaline pumping and felt sort of fun. > > But still, it ain't good.
After the guy was hit again by some wooden object, the men quickly boarded their motorcycles and ran off. The one that was hit stood up and shrugged it off like it was nothing. Yeah, I'll give him a few minutes for his adrenaline to wear off - then he'll feel it.
I seriously don't know what happened. At first I thought it could be a thief or a snatcher. It's common that the mob who catches a thief beat up their catch... But from what I hear from the people, they are guessing it's some kind of gang fight...
I was lucky. I almost rode that jeep that was infiltrated. Honestly, I don't know what I would have done if I was on there. I would certainly have defended myself if they stepped inside my personal space. That would have spelled trouble for me, for these gang-types around here like to take revenge when they are a big group. Sort of a coward's approach if you ask me. One-on-one is a more honorable way to fight...
During the entire ordeal, I was calm, yet prepared. The other passengers were freaking out. The crowd just watched. I sort of understand that it is best to stay out of the line of the punches... plus it's best not to step into something you have no idea what's going on.
Ah, kids these days... I should have brought my camera.