Disturbing events you've been witness to?


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Trad climber
Sunnyvale, CA
Mar 12, 2012 - 06:31pm PT
Oh man, I hate it when people air out their personal issues in public.
About 3 years ago at the planet granite in Sunnyvale, I was top roping with my husband and became the target of this lady who was completely coming off her rocker.

We had been climbing for a few hours and the gym was pretty quiet. You know how you end up looking around at the people around you while you're belaying? Well I had noticed this man and woman couple, probably in their 40s, seemed to be really pissed at each other, but were still climbing together. I didn't stare or anything, was just aware of their strange interactions and didn't think much of it.

When we finished top roping, I was sitting on the step out to the rear bouldering area, watching my husband try a problem. And I noticed that no one else was in the area except this couple and it seemed like something strange was going down. The man was sitting about 25 feet away from the woman, looking like he was going to cry. Once again, I don't think too much of it.

The couple gets up and leaves and as the lady walks by me she stoops down and mutters something and then keeps walking. At first I wasn't sure if I had heard right. I go tell my husband that I think the strange lady just said something to me. And then we go to leave, cause we were on our way out anyway.

Just as we step back into the gym, the lady quickly walks right up to me and starts SCREAMING in my face. All sorts of weird sh*t. Like "how dare you think you can do that to my husband", "you think you can go make EYES at him without me noticing", "who do you think you are, do you think you're special, you next generation-ers think you HAVE IT ALL", "you're the ones causing the bubble crash and the market collapse", "how dare you just take it all away, you can't have it." Like, complete nonsensical things. Total flipping out screaming with terms like Facebook and online and social media and "kids these days" all thrown in. And I'm just standing there staring at her trying to figure out what the f- is going on. My husband starts telling her to back off but this lady is like a gnat, just completely in my face. So I make my way to the front desk, having to scream over the lady, explaining how I didn't know her and could they get her to stop (I guess call the cops if she had kept at it?). Then she screamed "ALL I'm SAYING IS THAT ONE OF US HERE IS A LIAR, AND ITS NOT ME", repeated this a few times, then left.

We thought it was over, then about 5 minutes later, the lady came BACK into the gym and walks straight up to me and says "I've come to apologize. I would really like to apologize. I realized its not you, but everything is because of this f-ing son of a b*tch right here." And then starts SCREAMING at my husband. Same nonsensical things. We go back to the front desk (lady still following us and screaming) and luckily the lady takes off pretty quickly.

The front desk people said they recognized her but hadn't really talked to her. I was a little jumpy at the gym for a while after that. Still avoid making eye contact with anyone. Wow there are some crazy people out there. And it sucks when you end up in their path.

Sport climber
Mar 12, 2012 - 06:37pm PT
Wow Top Step... That sucks...

Trad climber
Lone Pine
Mar 12, 2012 - 06:45pm PT
I once saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's. His hair was perfect.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Mar 12, 2012 - 06:46pm PT
Don't know what I would do but if like similar enough situations I'd fret over what I SHOULD HAVE DONE for years afterward. So don't do THAT.

Cheers bro

Mar 12, 2012 - 06:52pm PT
Having a neighbour at our door, obviously in huge pain, with a towel around wrapped around his hand, asking for my mom to come.
Turns out he had just cut off half his thumb with a buzzsaw.

I think I was in first grade then. Pretty vivid memories.
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Mar 12, 2012 - 06:56pm PT
I saw Chez naked once.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 12, 2012 - 07:05pm PT
Wasn't that Timothy Leary, Russ?
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Mar 12, 2012 - 07:06pm PT
hahahaha! Him too! (true story!)

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Mar 12, 2012 - 07:11pm PT
Seeing Jerry Brown in his underwear(tighty whitties), I still have nightmares over that one. At Linda Ronstadt's house in Malibu.

Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Mar 12, 2012 - 07:14pm PT
Imagine Brown and Ronstadt's reactions if they'd seen you in your tighty whities.
Tan Slacks

Joshua Tree
Mar 12, 2012 - 07:38pm PT
Credit: Tan Slacks

Child abuse!!
ME Climb

Behind the Orange Curtain
Mar 12, 2012 - 07:39pm PT
Working graveyards one night my partner and I hear a loud crash about a 1/2 mile away. We go on scene in under a minute. Car had crashed into a telephone pole and a tree at over 100 mph. The car is engulfed in flames from the b pillar (the post right behind the front passengers) back. Driver is unconscious and is burning alive. We are unable to get within 30' of the car because of the heat coming off of it. 5 cops standing around trying to spray fire extinguishers at the car with no luck.

Another picture in my mental notebook of things I have seen that I wish I hadn't. Not to mention the smell.

The Tool too

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Mar 12, 2012 - 07:50pm PT
Stinkeye...You need to join a SOD support group......Survivors of Diamond....Now!

Trad climber
Hodad surfing the galactic plane
Mar 12, 2012 - 07:53pm PT
back when i was eighteen myself and two friends split two big ol' horsecaps of mez three ways. we wound up going to a movie "Illustrated Man". Just before the flick began we were sitting tripping on the ornate faux paux architecture etc., when suddenly this dood about our age is kneeling on the seat in front of us, giggling and laughing while pointing at a guy and gal sitting a few rows down who had been cuddling and kissing. He kept saying "Those are two guys" and would then bust up laughing. It was a weekday and there were very few people in the theatre. The couple he had pointed out was a dude with short hair and a typical gal on a date back then with womens style coat with a big fur collar and her hair was poufed up on top and shoulder length with a big flip/curl on the end.

The kid came back two three times and i didn'thave a clue what he was getting at until suddenly the "chick" stands up and turns around, whipps off the wig and fur thing over his shouders(big burley guy)and yells "I'm gonna kick your ass" and chases the kid up the aisle and evidently out of the theatre.

Pretty trippy...

edit: btw, first and last time i experimented with foriegn chemicals...

Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Mar 12, 2012 - 07:56pm PT
Well, I would have said seeing the plane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, but that was thoroughly debunked here last year. I must have been duped.

Social climber
Mar 12, 2012 - 08:00pm PT
Felt sick yesterday, decided to try to lead Illusion Dweller AGAIN... hiked out to it four times, each time had someone JUST starting except for the final time (5 min hike, other things in area, no biggie...)

Really psyched, trying to stay "in the zone," been trying this route a lot and always pump out at the top... cruising the initial 5.9 finger crack, get to a stance, turn around to take in the view and see a woman at the base nursing.

That was a first.

The Granite State.
Mar 12, 2012 - 08:10pm PT
When my oldest dog was a pup, he and another pup gravely wounded a fawn.

The mom was stomping her feet and making a lot of noise, I was scared shitless.

Since my neighbors would have reported a gunshot, I was forced to use a kitchen knife to put the poor baby deer out of its suffering. I cut its neck and carried it across the river, bawling the whole time.

It still haunts me, but if anyone learned of the attack, my dog (now eight years old and well adjusted) would have been put down.

Then there was this time on Donner when my buddy severed an artery in his wrist with the edge of his ski. I've never seen blood shoot that far...

I realize we're talking apples and oranges, but those are the two things that stick with me.

Trad climber
Hodad surfing the galactic plane
Mar 12, 2012 - 08:16pm PT
I use to live on El Nopal(across from the Magnolia Boulders). One morning i was riding my bike, returning from the store and this F-15/16 goes sailing by just clearing the houses and crashes into the side of the hill about a block away.

About ten years later I was living a few miles away just under the flight path for planes returning to Gillespie Field. Planes would fly over about every fifeteen minutes. Got pretty use to it. One morning I heard this incredible roar, the planes at Gillepie are limited to smaller personal/commercial craft. It sounded like a jet liner was making some sort of emergency landing and I new something tragic was about to happen. It was shaking the houses and sounded like thunder.

I lept up and shot out the front door just in time to see another big navy jet come sailing directly over our house...upside down with the cockpit open and no one in it. The roar was deafening(must have had its afterburners on)and the airport was about 4-5 blocks away on the other side of a freeway and I was certain this beast wasn't going to make it(crash into houses).

As i jumped into my car, I heard a huge explosion and was expecting the worse. It turned out that it did make it to the airfield before crashing, but killed and maimed a few guys on the ground.

Rather "disturbing" event...

Trad climber
Kirkwood, ca
Mar 12, 2012 - 08:21pm PT
Splitter, that's nuts. You've witnessed two plane crashes. Ha!

Big Wall climber
Richmond, CA
Mar 12, 2012 - 08:23pm PT
Well, I did put out a burning drunk guy on my commute home one night...don't see that every day. He'd hit a power pole, his truck detonated, and he was burning while standing next to the hood...odd. So I blasted him with my extinguisher. The fire dept. showed up to put out the truck, emt's treated him, cops cuffed him.

I've seen a lot of male-female dramatics while sailing...almost always anchoring or tying to a dock. I'm not a big fan of abuse, physical or verbal. I would have stepped in, stupid as it would have been.
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