When I was 8 yrs old, growing up in Chula Vista, I was sitting on a block wall on our property that faced an alley. A guy about 20 yrs old or so broke a bottle and held it to my throat, demanding money
. I didn't have any, and told him so. After a few tense seconds, he let me go and took off. It seemed like a lot longer.
When I was 12 yrs old, in Key West
, FL, I was jumped in the locker room by 3 "brothers" right when a race
riot started. Missed my jugular by 1/4", according to the doctor who put in 9 stitches. My mom said if I had bled any more in her car she would have killed me at the side of the road. LOL
At around 20 or 21 yrs old, I became obsessed with road racing
and would practice on tight, remote
mountain roads. I was averaging about 1.5 -2x the speed limit. Twice I lost
control and stopped with 1 tire hanging off of a cliff. It took a few seconds to regain my composure...
At 22, I was forced off the fwy at about 65 mph and ended up flipping my VW bug about 5 or 6 times before it finally stopped. All windows were shattered, everything inside the car was scattered all over the road. Everyone who witnessed it was amazed that I got out of that without a scratch, they thought I was dead for sure.
Twice in the Navy
, on my first sub. First time the helmsman miscalculated his angle and speed while diving
to test depth
and the boat, especially the bow compartment exceeded test depth
- by a lot. We heard horrendous noises from the HY-80 pressure hull
and most of us thought the next noise
was going to be an immediate implosion. The Chief of the Watch's hands were white knuckled on the chicken switches (emergency blow) but the Diving
Officer never gave the order. Instead, he increased bell and ordered an up angle and we drove to the surface, a lot slower than anyone liked.
The second time we experienced a short between the DC shore power cables
, which no one even knew we had. All circuit breakers - DC and AC tripped, which also scrammed the nuclear reactor. We were very deep, with no power, no emergency lighting
, all electrical
power was lost. With triple redundant systems, that's theoretically impossible. We used hydraulics and pneumatics to maintain rudder
and planes control and emergency
blew to the surface. We reset the DC breakers, started the diesel
with air and flashed the TGs, while the nukes restarted the reactor, possibly the fastest reactor start in naval history
. We had lost air conditioning
, so everyone was down to their shorts and t-shirts, all crypto was lost. We surfaced and started contacting COMSUBPAC and CINCPACFLT on open HF comms, which raised some eyebrows, that's for sure!! LOL
Within a couple of hours, everything was running, all systems restored, crypto loaded, SitReps transmitted. When we returned to port, a full scale investigation began as to how we shorted the DC shore power cables
and why all of the breakers tripped. Some engineer
calculated how much power was stored in the battery
and told us we were extremely lucky to have survived, since the battery
should have exploded, with the force of a small tactical nuke. We should have all been fish food
. Fortunately it wouldn't have set off the real nukes onboard, which would have been a really interesting "training operations" story for the Navy's PR dept. to spin out. LOL