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    So I went to grab a bite to eat with a friend last night. We went to In-N-Out on Rural and the 202 in Tempe. We order food grab our cup, fill up and he sits down at the "bar". (Stools with a counter top). I proceed to walk to the other side of the store, and sat right by the entrance with my back to the wall. He gets up and walks over and sits down, and asks " Why did you walk to the other side of the store?". I told him I do not like people behind me if I can avoid it, and want to be as close to the exit as possible. He looked at me with a confused look, and I further explained if a SHTF situation pops up, we are closer to the exit. And we can also watch everyone entering the store. He goes " a little paranoid don't you think? Do you think like this everywhere you go?" I replied, " Paranoid, no. Prepared yes. And the only time I am not thinking this is when I am sleeping. And even at that my mind is racing in a dream"

    P.S. I was OC'ing also, so I am definately not going to sit on a stool and allow people to walk behind me.

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    I never sit with my back to a door. I try to site where I can see all the entrances and where nobody can get behind me, and if there's more than me on one side of a table I prefer to sit at the left end (being that I'm left handed).
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    Not paranoid at all. Very common attitude among folks here.
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    Me: "You're not very good at it"
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    As long as I can remember, it has been second-nature for me to position myself in any public place in such a way as to give me the maximum degrees of view and freedom of movement. In most layouts this results me being seated towards one of the corners of the room generally facing outward toward the room itself. If I'm in lines I generally stand parallel to the line and perpendicular to the others in the line. I never really actively thought about these things very much as most of it is just instinct and common sense for those in condition yellow.



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    protector84 wrote:
    As long as I can remember, it has been second-nature for me to position myself in any public place in such a way as to give me the maximum degrees of view and freedom of movement. In most layouts this results me being seated towards one of the corners of the room generally facing outward toward the room itself. If I'm in lines I generally stand parallel to the line and perpendicular to the others in the line. I never really actively thought about these things very much as most of it is just instinct and common sense for those in condition yellow.

    +1. I usually CC but ESPECIALLY when I OC I do not want someone to be behind me if my movement is in any way restricted. I guess it does come across as paranoid to someone who doesn't think that way, but I can't say I blame them. It's like how math doesn't make sense until you learn how it works...
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    Same here... always facing the doorways with my back 'secure'.

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    I've never been to an OC dinner, but they must look like The Last Supper with everyone sitting on one side of the table watching the door.


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    JesseL wrote:
    I've never been to an OC dinner, but they must look like The Last Supper with everyone sitting on one side of the table watching the door.

    :celebrate:celebrate:celebrateLMAO! :celebrate:celebrate:celebrate

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    JesseL wrote:
    I've never been to an OC dinner, but they must look like The Last Supper with everyone sitting on one side of the table watching the door.

    That's cute...

    So why not attend our next OC dinner in Glendale on February 20. It's at Chinese Buffet, 2386 N. Alma School rd.

    See first hand if you're correct on the seating.

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    I do this even when I have no tools on my person.

    Scratch that, ESPECIALLY when I have no tools on my person.
    "The fourth man's dark, accusing song had scratched our comfort hard and long..."
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    GWbiker wrote:
    JesseL wrote:
    I've never been to an OC dinner, but they must look like The Last Supper with everyone sitting on one side of the table watching the door.

    That's cute...

    So why not attend our next OC dinner in Glendale on February 20. It's at Chinese Buffet, 2386 N. Alma School rd.

    See first hand if you're correct on the seating.
    It would seem to me that under those circumstances, you wouldn't have to sweat it. With the place being full of guns and all... It would be the only place you wouldn't have to be that 'paranoid.'

    In fact, I think that'll be my point to make... When I finally get to attend one, I'll be completely unarmed, sit with my back to the door, and allow myself the luxury of "Condition White" for the first time if nearly 20 years...
    "The fourth man's dark, accusing song had scratched our comfort hard and long..."
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    I've even got my wife trained for this. She knows that I will ignore her seating choice if it is not tactically smart. So she picks tactically.

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    If I ever open some kind of sit-down business, it will be laid out so that no-one has to keep their back to the entrance, customers or employees.



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    PavePusher wrote:
    If I ever open some kind of sit-down business, it will be laid out so that no-one has to keep their back to the entrance, customers or employees.

    So the employees will serve the customers from behind their backs? :what:

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    N6ATF wrote:
    PavePusher wrote:
    If I ever open some kind of sit-down business, it will be laid out so that no-one has to keep their back to the entrance, customers or employees.

    So the employees will serve the customers from behind their backs? :what:
    ROFL I can see it now. All the outside walls has one big bench the tables have a few breaks in them top allow seating and thekitchen is a squarein the middle with glass proof windows. The servers going in and out the North, West, East, South, doors. The wash rooms have one way glass so as you sit on the throne you can see who comes in and out. I think I saw that on TV once.

    The theme of the restaurant would be The Last Supper.:P
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    Packer fan wrote:
    N6ATF wrote:
    PavePusher wrote:
    If I ever open some kind of sit-down business, it will be laid out so that no-one has to keep their back to the entrance, customers or employees.

    So the employees will serve the customers from behind their backs? :what:
    ROFL I can see it now. All the outside walls has one big bench the tables have a few breaks in them top allow seating and thekitchen is a squarein the middle with glass proof windows. The servers going in and out the North, West, East, South, doors. The wash rooms have one way glass so as you sit on the throne you can see who comes in and out. I think I saw that on TV once.

    The theme of the restaurant would be The Last Supper.:P
    I'm going to build a restaurant inside a Klein Bottle which will be inside a tesseract. You can only enter via the fifth dimension, through a door in the back of a dis-used wardrobe, after calling ahead for reservations from an obsolete British phone box that only appears on random street-cornors on the 32nd day of January.

    :P:celebrate



    O.K., I may have worded my first post a little akwardly, but you get the point...Gosh, you guys are picky!

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    Dahwg wrote:
    I've even got my wife trained for this. She knows that I will ignore her seating choice if it is not tactically smart. So she picks tactically.
    I know, you sit so you can face the door and your wife with her back to the door. That way when the BG walks in and starts shooting you can use her as a shield. :P

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    I do this for the most part. I usually try to sit in a place where my gun isn't visible.

    Like, if going to a restaurant, I'll sit on the side of the booth that makes my holster face the wall.

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