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09 April 2009 @ 10:14 pm
adventures in train travel  

Dad had an adventure on the train yesterday, and got to be a Hero as well as Rescued By Heroes.

There was a drunk of about thirty years of age on board, and he sat next to a young woman who, it later proved, was a freshman in college. He was bothering her, so Dad got up and asked the girl if she’d like to talk to him. And she moved next to him, across the aisle.

And then the drunk smacked Dad on the top of the head.

Dad jumped up and the drunk staggered up, and another guy, a youngish one, got between them and talked the guy down, and apparently sat down by him and kept him from misbehaving, more or less, for fifteen minutes or so. Then the drunk finished his liquor bottle and threw it in the vicinity of Dad and the girl, though he was too drunk to hit anyone.

He got up and staggered down the aisle, and slapped another older man on the head. So the younger guy got up again, and another younger guy, who Dad says wasn’t too big but was very well set up, got on the other side of the drunk, so he was between them. Well Set Up Guy put the drunk in an armlock and the two of them forced him to sit down, and they wouldn’t let him up.

WSUG asked the drunk where he was going and he said to Mullingar, so he said all right, and they kept him in his seat, and the drunk said, “You’re breakin’ my arm.”

WSUG said, “No, I’m not, but I will if you like.” (which is wonderful if you imagine it in a good broad Irish accent)

So when they got to Mullingar, WSUG strong-armed him off the train, where they were met by security, who someone had apparently called ahead for, because there were four railroad guys there, and they surrounded the drunk. He tried to go to the other end of the carriage where the doors were open, but the woman running the snack cart blocked the door with the cart so he couldn’t get on. The railroad guys grabbed him and he took a swing at one of them.

One of them punched him. He fell down, but not out, and then two gardai came. Dad says they were the two biggest gardai he’s ever seen. :) (They got to see all this because they were waiting for the train coming the other direction to pass, so they were waiting at the station.) So the gardai took the drunk away, and several people told Dad what a Hero he was for getting the girl away from the drunk. Oh, and Dad asked the Well Set Up Guy where he’d gotten his training, and WSUG said, “I used to be a bouncer.”

So! That was Dad’s most recent adventure. o.o

(Ted, upon hearing all of this, said, “Tom gets to have all the fun,” and Dad said he thought about what Ted would’ve done and figures Ted would’ve used just enough force to make the guy wish he’d never lived. :))

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: impressedimpressed with my daddy
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on April 9th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Oh well done, both your Dad and WSUG.

(I was somewhat bemused to find that Nephew, Niece and Niece's squeeze are all licensed bouncers. While Nephew is tall enough and buff enough, it's not as though Niece looks like she works out. I suspect it's mostly done on personality in her case: she's the pretty face that is the velvet glove around the iron fist of someone large and male.)
madmiss on April 9th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
I believe that is a man (or three) that deserve a round of applause, a pat on the back, and perhaps a drink in the local... And a cake
jen: gp. dragon queen.marshmallow on April 9th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
Aww! Hooray for your dad and those other kind strangers. What could have just been a completely nasty affair for that girl probably wound up reaffirming her faith in humanity. That's just so awesome. :) Cheers!
Dinidamedini on April 9th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
Oh swoon! I would adore living in a place where strangers do things like that.
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irishkateirishkate on April 9th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
Ted's right - your dad has all the fun.

good for him. Hugs to him tonight.
S. L. Grayshadowhwk on April 10th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
Your dad is so cool. So is WSUG.
T.M. Thomastmthomas on April 10th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
I'm impressed with your dad too. That's some real bravery to step into a situation to help someone.
Alana Joli Abbottalanajoli on April 10th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
Go Dad! Hurrah for gentlemanly heroism.
martyn44martyn44 on April 10th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
That's not fun. I hope I would have intervened too, but I fear I might have been rather more abrasive and less effective that your Dad, WSUG and t'other guy. Kudos to all of them.
cedunkleycedunkley on April 10th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
Pretty awesome outcome all around.

When I was younger I studied Aikido under some very prominent teachers. Back then Terry Dobson was already sort of an Urban Legend even though he had been dead barely a year when we started training amongst his compatriots.

He wrote a very short story about an incident he went through on a train in Japan dealing with a drunkard, which quickly became well known amongst aikidoists.

Here's a link to it:


Karinacreamnsugar on April 10th, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
That is a great story.
kitmizkit on April 10th, 2009 07:08 am (UTC)
What an *awesome* story.
(Anonymous) on April 10th, 2009 08:02 am (UTC)
Talking was Hero #1's approach, but there were too many people and too many distractions for the drunk on my train. Hero #2's technique was, unfortunately, needed.
Karina: Bitecreamnsugar on April 10th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
Wow! Your Dad rocks! Kudos to him for being non-confrontational about helping out an innocent and double chocolate fudge points to the two guys that helped.
wyvernfriendwyvernfriend on April 10th, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
Impressive on all the hero counts!
Big Ferretbigferret on April 10th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
Go Dad!

Adventures on the train are something else. I had one from Nottingham to Cardiff that I will never forget.
Shannachieshannachie on April 10th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
What an adeventure. The one year I lived in Ireland there was no shortage of drunks but usually they stayed polite or passed out with a ceratin hibernian style.