Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Nothing, Just Something That Happened

This morning I was in Union Station, going into the Metro, and I heard loud voices. A man in a brown jacket was yelling at another man, who kept saying, "Get away from me! Get away from me!" The guy in the jacket took a swing at him, and I went over to tell the station manager he had a problem on his hands.

I turned around just in time to see the guy in the brown jacket knock the other guy down. He jumped up again immediately, rubbing his jaw, still saying "Get away from me! Get away from me!"

Somebody, apparently trying to help, said "Here come the police! The cops are coming!" I think they hoped to frighten the guy in the jacket away, because ... there weren't any cops. He kept swinging at the other guy, who ducked and jumped back and managed not to get hit again. Then I think it sank in that the police might be coming, so the guy in the jacket threw up his hands and shouted, "He put his hands on me!"

Another man standing right there said, "No, he didn't." So the guy in the jacket started toward the door. He saw me watching, and took a step in my direction. He said, "You better believe in Jesus this year, nigga, or I'm gonna kill you."

Then he took off for the door, and left the building.

I guess that was just his way of wishing me a Happy New Year.

21 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So the guy in the jacket started toward the door. He saw me watching, and took a step in my direction. He said, "You better believe in Jesus this year, nigga, or I'm gonna kill you.""

Oh yeah, Jim, I see stuff like that happen all the time. This morning, I was sitting in traffic when a fat guy with a bazooka walked right up to my car and said "You better vote for gay marriage or I'll blow your head off!"

January 02, 2007 1:48 PM  
Blogger andrear said...

Yes, anon, we know you see and hear things like this all the time. This sort of thing is treatable though.

January 02, 2007 7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim, after reading this account of your commute, I have one question:

Did you drop acid during the 70s?

January 02, 2007 9:08 PM  
Anonymous David S. Fishback said...

Sadly, there are disturbed people in the world and some of them, like the man in the jacket described by Jim, can be physically dangerous to others. If this man actually goes to church, I am sure his pastor would condone neither his actions nor his comments.

It is also sad that you find it impossible to accept at face value Jim's description of the incident. I have gotten to know Jim over the last two years and have found him to be one of the most straightforward people I have ever met. Your response to this posting must say a lot about you, whoever you are.

January 03, 2007 6:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And why did he find this incident relevant to share with internet users worldwide, David?

January 03, 2007 9:24 AM  
Blogger JimK said...

Anon, I might remind you, this is a "blog," short for "web log," an informal, frequently-updated website for personal expression. I consider the literature of the blog to fall somewhere between a newspaper column and a personal letter, or perhaps a diary entry. It's not a literary form with a strict definition, and as the author I can make it whatever I feel like making it.

I have written about my family, my travels, random thoughts that occur to me during the day -- you can question whether a topic or comment is appropriate, but when you get down to it, it doesn't matter what you think.

This particular event happened in the Metro station yesterday, and I thought it was worth mentioning. I don't need to justify it or explain my motives. Those who have eyes, let them see.

I admit it isn't the most earth-shattering post I've ever written, but somehow it hadn't occurred to me that somebody would be so paranoid that they'd accuse me of lying about it. If I was going to make something up, I would have at least put a little twist in the plot, some local color, maybe a love interest.

JimK

January 03, 2007 9:47 AM  
Anonymous PTA said...

Why do you come here to share your comments with "internet users worldwide" day after day? To glom off of this blog's popularity with your unsound, repeated attempts to spread your message of hate for non-heterosexuals.

If you want a blog that contains information that only you select, start your own. You could try the CRC blog since you seem more in agreement with their views but I see why you don't -- it's deader than Saddam.

January 03, 2007 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I don't need to justify it or explain my motives."

I don't remember asking you to, Jim. You've spent the last week or so making bigoted and stereotyped comments against Christians so when you come up with an unlikely story about someone walking up to you randomly in a train station and threatening you with violence if you don't believe in Jesus "this year" and then directing a racial epithet at you, I thought you made it up. Still do.

January 03, 2007 11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If you want a blog that contains information that only you select, start your own."

By the same token, if Jim doesn't want any comments to his blog, he can set up that type of blog.

The blog is set up to record reaction comments. I made one.

January 03, 2007 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree.

You got that knee-jerk reaction thing down cold.

January 03, 2007 12:49 PM  
Blogger Randi Schimnosky said...

Anonymous, you're despicable. I've read this blog for several months now and I find no reason do disbelieve Jim, but plenty of reason to disbelieve you. He has integrity, you have none. He works for equality and fairness, you work against it.

January 03, 2007 2:01 PM  
Blogger JimK said...

And ... can anybody think of a reason that I would make this up?

JimK

January 03, 2007 2:10 PM  
Blogger Dana Beyer, M.D. said...

I would also like to point out that I haven't seen any sterotyped, bigoted reactions against Christians from Jim or anyone else on this blog. Certain types of Christians, maybe, but a very small percentage whose only goal in life seems to be interfering in the lives of others. The critical issue here is their actions, not their religion, because as it has pointed out many times here it is fundamentalism and the behavior it engenders in some that is the problem, not the religion itself.

January 03, 2007 2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It could be bigotry. Bigotry is irrational.

What's your theory?

January 03, 2007 4:22 PM  
Blogger Dana Beyer, M.D. said...

What are you talking about? To what are you referring?

January 03, 2007 11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was answering Jim's question, Dana.

January 03, 2007 11:36 PM  
Blogger digger said...

Anonymous,

Jim is a kind, gentle, and eminently honest man. You should not doubt his veracity.

I still kind of think you make yourself up, by being just against everything everyone says.

BTW, do you think that people who identify as lgbt can be saved (in the religious sense). I.e., can gays have a relationship with God?

rrjr

January 04, 2007 12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Jim is a kind, gentle, and eminently honest man. You should not doubt his veracity."

He might be alright under some circumstances but he seems crazed by hatred for religion, especially Christianity. A lot of times, people like that feel threatened by religious ideas. They may be closet believers on the run, like Jonah. Who knows?

"I still kind of think you make yourself up, by being just against everything everyone says."

Robert, you know that gay advocates aren't everybody. There are a couple of periodic contributors here I frequently agree with. And I'm way into the Superintendent's decision to leave out the misleading stuff from the professional associations in the proposed curriculum.

"BTW, do you think that people who identify as lgbt can be saved (in the religious sense). I.e., can gays have a relationship with God?"

Absolutely. I'm surprised you'd ask.

January 04, 2007 11:10 PM  
Blogger digger said...

Anonymous answered:

""BTW, do you think that people who identify as lgbt can be saved (in the religious sense). I.e., can gays have a relationship with God?"

Absolutely. I'm surprised you'd ask."

I'm very pleased to hear that.

rrjr

January 05, 2007 8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"No, he didn't." So the guy in the jacket started toward the door. He saw me watching, and took a step in my direction. He said, "You better believe in Jesus this year, nigga, or I'm gonna kill you."

does anyone who has met JimK think he could be mistaken for Black? what BS!

January 15, 2007 3:09 AM  
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August 13, 2007 3:38 PM  

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