I assume it will not particularly matter, until and unless I start wearing
brass knuckles, nunchucks or a switchblade . . .
but I have walked downtown while gathering signatures while also wearing my katana another 5 or more times in the last 3 weeks. I have not kept track of the number; it is probably less than 15 and more than 3.
All spd officers peaceful.
Jokela and Drummond were not present at any other location where I might have encountered them or where I encountered them on August 22 where they made their passionate exhortation discouraging katana-carrying in Seattle. The weather has been colder and it is possible that SPD is sending the bike patrol out less frequently cause it is yukky to be in a shirt and in weather under 60. Of course, SPD commonly wear vests for protection, so, maybe they do not get cold in 55 degree weather. Or, it is possible that I have missed them cause I have not walked over to Westlake park more than once.
One homeless guy a few weeks ago greeted me, asked about the katana and asked for advice about dealing with aggression from other homeless people in Seattle. There is a lot I do not know. I hope I did not tell him anything harmful! Apparently aimless irritated homeless people at times threaten or attack other homeless people.
While walking with the katana last week one day I met a woman who was subjected to an attempted rape and she had studied the basics of kung fu. The evil-doing man placed her in a headlock from behind and the man apparently had trouble getting his weird knife open, thank God. (I don’t know if the guy struggled with his weird knife during the headlock or afterwards.) She escaped his headlock; she helped him fall to the ground and kicked him. Three women previous to her had in fact been raped by this evil-doing guy, who outweighed the several women.
When she saw me with the katana, she wanted to talk to me about martial arts, as some people do.
Just afterwards, three kids (5 to 9 in age, estimated, with mom, while waiting for a bus) asked about and were intrigued with seeing and holding the katana. One of the kids in fact asked for me to take his photo, but for them to be ready with their bus arriving at about that time, we did not do a photo of him with the katana. I think this kid was the first of the ten or so who have held the katana who directly asked, “Please take my photo,” or words to that effect. With him was girl, presumably his sister, who I think is the first girl to have held the katana.
On another day, while walking and gathering signatures, I was at 3rd and Virginia. I was facing the wall of the building while a person was signing a petition sheet. I see blue and red lights in the reflection in my glasses. I turned around after the person was done signing. There are 3 spd vehicles, all with lights flashing, stopped in the street in the bus lane and not in any parking spaces. After 10 to 30 seconds or so, the lights turn off and the vehicles make u-turns and go elsewhere.
SPD patrol vehicles do not normally park in the street, not in a parking space–but presumably it is only they who know why they parked there, for a minute or so, that day. No 6-year-olds had been menacing anyone with dangerous weapons . . . at that location, that day. In actual experience, all the kids have been safe, at least from my limited and fallible point of view. In some martial arts studios, I think they avoid taking the real weapons off of the walls, most of the time.
But, a kid who is 6 or 7 or 8, holding a sword, makes you wonder what instruction the parents might wish to give to their kids about weapons and it probably should come up, given that kids of that age, boys, when they see me with the sword, often ask about it or desire to see it or hold it. They have all succeeded at not endangering me or mom by swinging it, but many of the kids get into bad trouble when they pick up firearms and an adult is not around and are not careful.
On one of the days while walking with a katana and not while gathering signatures, I stopped in with the concierge station of Seattle parks at Westlake park. My purpose was originally to chat about the procedure for a “free speech activity,” but then the guys and I chatted about the katana and martial arts and it turns out that one of the guys, whose badge says asst manager if I recall correctly, had studied Wing chun and then, while working for Seattle parks, he also did basic self-defense training for the other parks concierge people.
This guy made an error and got himself injured while being attacked in park, while working one day for Seattle parks, however. He was in a different park near downtown Seattle and that park, like others, has benches and some people at times sit on the benches for lunch or dinner or conversation or rest.
A irritated man approach a peaceful park patron sitting on a bench. Without known reason or provocation, the irritated man poured water on the peaceful park patron. The park patron then approached the “park concierge person,” to report the bad behavior of the irritated man.
In the process of hearing the report of the pouring water, Luke the wing chun student and Seattle parks employee had turned his back away from the irritated man who originally was a number of feet away. That was a sad mistake.
The irritated man had got on his bicycle and decided to attack and ram him for no known reason other than being a person of partial park authority in the park where he had just poured water on another fellow.
Luke turned and partly reacted but he was caught in a bad position and he was struck from the front by the angry man riding the angry man’s bicycle. He now has some ongoing injury and it is not clear when or if it will get better.
Several days or a week after encountering spd officers Jokela and Drummond, I was walking without the katana and I was at 3rd and Pine. Officer Street was helping with driveway exiting traffic as he sometimes does. I regreeted officer Street who in times past was the outreach officer for the Greenlake area. He has been promoted and he said he is in charge of a squad that works in two different areas in the overnight shifts, both areas being north of the water.
We talked about the story of the kid who showed me his souvenir unfired round from a glock, back in July on Mercer Island.
Officer Street said that, had he been in my situation or the situation of officers on Mercer Island, he would also have desired to speak with the parents of the kid to ensure the storage of the firearm. He also suggested that having an unfired bullet in a backpack might get a kid kicked out of school, which is something I had not even thought off, in the case of the kid with the bullet.