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So much to say, but so little time...

Last night, my aunt and uncle (who live here in Peru) and my aunt Fanny (who lives a town away from me in the US) nearly got robbed by four men and a woman who all were brandishing large handguns.  They were at a Chinese restaurant not far from our apartment in Miraflores, eating and minding their own business... and then two guys who were eating there stand up and brandish some pistols, while three other people barge in the front and take out the male security guard.  Luckily, they got nothing from my family... because my uncle stalled them for a few moments (they were at the farthest table from the front), and then the lights were cut as the building's alarm was set off.

They ducked under their table as the robbers took off, but no police ever showed up or anything.  That pissed me off a lot, but not as much as the thought of anyone hurting my family.  It makes me so mad...!!!  They were just minding their own business... and I'm glad they came to visit my sister and I at the apartment last night to talk about it.  I just wish they hadn't been subjected to those assholes.  We made them some tea and coffee, calmed them down, and let them talk.  My aunt Daysi kept rearranging plates and stuff... I felt so bad...

Peru really is a beautiful place, at least in a number of areas I've visited... but there is also a lot of poverty here, which is blindingly apparent in certain districts of Lima... such as Huaycan, where every house is a shack... and most roofs require large rocks as weights to keep the ceilings in place.  People will sell you nearly anything, anywhere... while you're waiting for a stop light, leaving your hotel, or even crossing the street.  I also noticed people making a move to rob me as I was getting off the airplane, but that was as bad as it got.  Our friend Sally even was given 5 Soles that were counterfeit, as change at a marketplace.

I've got to wrap this up now, but I want to thank all of you who wished me well on this trip first.  I noticed that a few people removed me as a friend, so I'll have to ask them about that when I get home when I have more time.  Thanks to those of you who have been patient with me... I'll add your new LiveJournal accounts to my friends list when I return to my apartment in the US, and try to catch up with you all.  Thanks to the new people who added me during my trip, as well... you are very kind, all of you.  Stay cool, my friends... and I look forward to partying with many of you at the Metreon or something in a couple of weeks!

- Chris (cK1)

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feliciahime
Aug. 3rd, 2003 01:11 pm (UTC)
Wow.. you captured the life there very well... I'm glad to have had you on my friends list... I hope everything else goes well for your family...
missychan
Aug. 3rd, 2003 01:18 pm (UTC)
Scary, I'm glad your family is ok. I think anyone would be pretty pissed if they had to deal with that sort of situation. Just try and enjoy the rest your vist there.
nikari
Aug. 3rd, 2003 01:38 pm (UTC)
Sorrrrry to just barge off topic of the post, but I was looking at your user icons, and your RL picture is really familiar, but I can't remember where I've seen you!

Here is a picture of me, see if you recognize me. @_@

(... wow my hair is a mess!)
tidus
Aug. 6th, 2003 08:02 pm (UTC)
What up, dude?
Though I'm not sure if we've met or not, I already know of you through your very positive reputation.  Besides that, you look really familiar... perhaps we met either at Yaoi-Con 2002, or Anime Expo this year?  I'm sure I've seen you around... though I don't think it was while playing DDR, but I could be wrong.  At any rate, you seem like a really cool guy... and if you want to be friends on LiveJournal, it would be my pleasure to add you as a friend.

In the meanwhile, I'll see what I can do about getting some newer pictures up for you to see... perhaps they'll ring a bell.  By the way, did you ever make it to Bemani By the Bay (B3)...?  Come to think of it, that might have been the place we saw eachother... ugh, I wish I could remember!  We'll figure it out eventually.  *shakes your hand*  Stay cool, bro.  If you can make it to Yaoi-Con this year, I'll be on staff there... so perhaps we can talk then.  :)

- Chris
Re: What up, dude? - nikari - Aug. 6th, 2003 08:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: What up, dude? - tidus - Aug. 21st, 2003 04:12 am (UTC) - Expand
blacksun
Aug. 3rd, 2003 01:42 pm (UTC)
Dude, that blows. I'm sorry.
technocharm
Aug. 3rd, 2003 02:12 pm (UTC)
Eep....the cops didn't even come?! WTF? Thank god your family was ok.... physically. I know I'd be really shaken up about that....
overthedream
Aug. 3rd, 2003 02:12 pm (UTC)
That's horrible ;_; I couldn't even imagine something like that. It's good to hear that everything turned out okay.. I hope the rest of your vacation is still fun ^^;
lady_kitsune
Aug. 3rd, 2003 02:25 pm (UTC)
That really sucks. I am glad they are ok...Well, Hope you make it back...Miss ya
araiiane
Aug. 3rd, 2003 02:31 pm (UTC)
Eeeeeps!
OO Ohhh maan! I'm really sorry that happened to your family. >_<

When I went to Taiwan a few years back, my mother and I almost got kidnapped by a taxi-cab driver and I later got held at gunpoint and robbed by someone else. No surprise that Taiwan is a place where wealth and poverty intermingle and where the distance between the two is incredible.

It's upsetting to see things like that happen, and I really wish it hadn't happened -- to your family or to anyone -- but I am very glad to know that everyone is okay.

Take extra care of yourself and have a safe trip home!

*hugs*
zerosconcubine
Aug. 3rd, 2003 03:09 pm (UTC)
No worries your still mah buddy X3
OMG! I am so sorry that happend to your AUnt X.x' Is she ok?( I hope she is) God poliece are so unrealiable sometimes.( And they wonder why people have guns of knives in their pokects or purses.) (Don't even get me started on the Ventura County Poliece departmrnt ¬_¬') Im glad you having fun in Peru, and I think about how your doing everyday ^^
Hope you come abck soon XD
blackcracker
Aug. 3rd, 2003 03:18 pm (UTC)
Hey, good to hear that you are o.k. I don't really have the capcity to talk much myself (check my last two posts). See you when you get back home.

Stephan
tidus
Aug. 6th, 2003 08:13 pm (UTC)
*sigh*
I'm so sorry that things have been rough for you lately.  I don't know if you ever drink... but if you do, we should go have a drink together somewhere now that I'm back from Peru.  If you're up for it, reply to let me know or somethin'.  Also... I'm always here for you if you need someone to talk to.  I may not have had the chance to be a true friend to you yet, but I'd like to try to be someday... instead of just being more of an acquaintance to ya.  You just gotta take me up on my offers to hang out.  *nudge*  When you have the time, we'll chill.  Good luck with everything...

- Chris
cheesechick
Aug. 3rd, 2003 03:29 pm (UTC)
The police didn't even show up? Man, that's awful. >_> That would've pissed me off more than anything.

Stuff like this makes me remember why I like America so much.
kawaiiaya
Aug. 3rd, 2003 03:31 pm (UTC)
well that's how life is in other countries.. it's really sad to hear about it from family members ;~; but i'm glad they are O-KAY! yeah? so don't feel too bad try to have some fun in Peru~

when my bf went to the Philipines, just as he got off kids were rushing over to where he was and said "rich boy from America" literally x.x;; it's so sad to see other countries in poverty ;o;

well stay safe and have fun always okay? talk to you later~
aster_one
Aug. 3rd, 2003 03:54 pm (UTC)
Be careful and hopefully have a better time for the rest of your trip ><; Glad your family members are ok physically. Hope they feel better soon. Come back safe ^_^
jeffreyatw
Aug. 3rd, 2003 04:09 pm (UTC)
My parents were having a promenade in Mexico one night and someone came up behind my dad, said he had a gun, and told him to give up his wallet. Fortunately my stepmom came up behind the guy, jumped on him, started pounding his back, and the guy got startled and ran off. Geez.

Glad no one was hurt, though. That sounds pretty drastic and I'm very surprised that no action was taken by the law.

Sorta makes you feel somewhat happy about living in such a secluded, saccharine area... sorta.
gtonizuka
Aug. 3rd, 2003 04:52 pm (UTC)
I didn't remove you from my friend's list,but I do have a new journal. Details stateside.
1)Message me when you get back, it's important. In fact, call my house;you should have the number, and if you don't, hit up Ran, or E-Mail me.

2)I know the feeling;I got jacked at machete point in North Oakland before I moved. People wonder why I'm pro-guns at times;this is why. Just because you try to get rid of all of the guns in the nation, it doesn't mean that the criminals won't get them......at least everyone made it out safe. Get back soon, man.
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