Spot on Dave. Of course no sane human being would draw a weapon on someone stealing a saxophone, but I'd bet they'd stop in their tracks if they simply saw that deterrent. That was my simple point.JL: We call it "situational awareness" and you are spot-on. We all should be able to leave our cars and homes unlocked because, after all, it is against the law to steal things and no one has a right to our stuff. But of course, that is not how it works in real life.
There is the theory about "hardening the target" which has always been preached by local crime-control specialists. Whaler's chaining his bari to a large object is an example of that. While that wouldn't prevent a dedicated criminal from breaking the chain, it would surely stop an opportunist from seeing the horn, then quickly deciding to take it. That was the whole issue behind this thread.
Guns are not a deterrent. We can't just shoot someone for what is now probably a petty theft in California and a low-grade felony elsewhere (and I wont get into what constitutes petty vs. grand theft) committed behind our backs (or even in our presence) . . . even though some of us would probably want to do that when it involves our precious saxophone. Guns can't be used unless there is an immediate threat of great bodily injury. I think we all know that. DAVE
Big girls jumping on the stage and standing behind me almost did that. One of them put her fat clammy arm around me trying to hug me.Yeah, I've had some close calls. Had to jump out of the way a few times. And I did watch a fellow sax player right next to me get his horn pushed into his teeth. Luckily he only suffered a cut lip and the horn was ok, but it could have turned out much worse.
I was also (extremely) lucky to grow up in Berkeley/Oakland (lived in both cities & of course they are basically merged into one). But the need for vigilance or awareness is not limited to any one city or location. Over the years, like a lot us, I did a fair amount of traveling and I can tell you there are much more dangerous places than the Bay Area! But, as someone pointed out about thieves earlier in this thread, all it takes is one. And it's really not a matter of being paranoid. Awareness (the term I prefer) is a good thing overall, which can enrich your life as well as help prevent you being victimized.Incessant vigilance was the price of living in an exciting, beautiful, forward-looking, creatively & culturally stimulating city.
+1. Yeah, that was my point also, Dave. FWIW, I've never carried or felt any need for a gun*, but I wasn't in your line of work!There is a lot to be said about not acting or looking like a victim. Of course, when one is not paying attention or is distracted, it becomes easier for a thief to make off with your stuff.
... and whatever is in the case.I saw Kenny Garrett here in Denver last week, and he walked on-stage with his sax on, carrying his case. He set the case down next to the piano and played. Later in the set they went off-stage for one of those pauses that encourage applause, and he kept his sax on and grabbed his case when he went off. He brought it back when he returned for the encore. As soon as the set was done, he put the sax in the case and walked out the front door of the club with it. His approach to security extends to the case as well as the sax!
Yeah, 'loaded for bear.' That was back in the '80s-early '90s and I haven't had the need to arm myself with a gun since, thankfully. I carried a 30-06 bolt action rifle because in the bear-shooting class they had us take, I found I could get off several shots using the bolt, and 'kill' the cardboard bear attacking me while it was being pulled forward on a clothesline! Whether or not it would have worked in a real situation, I don't know and luckily never had to find out. (Of course the survivalist guy teaching the course told us what we really needed was a fully automatic assault weapon, but the USGS was wise enough not to issue those to us.)So... you asserted your right to arm for bears.