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Boredom Thread: What SCARES you?

Postby DMcNay » Mon Jul 26, 2004 12:34 pm

So what makes you break out in a sweat at the thought of it?

For me: heights. Standing on the edge of a tall building with no railing in front of me, even if I'm well away from the edge, I'll not be a happy bunny. My mind will be thinking "If someone pushes me I'll be dead".

Related to this, driving over bridges is something I'm developing a phobia for. I drove over the Forth Bridge last week. The wife asked why I'd gone so quiet. I was fighting off a fcuking panic attack, and that ain't good. Every time I drive over a bridge, I think of the drop and what would happen if the bridge collapsed.

Walking over a bridge, nae other. Driving....well, let's just say I'll do it because I have to. But don't speak to me when I'm doing it.

Right, who's next to open up on their biggest fears and phobias?
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Postby Bing Buzby » Mon Jul 26, 2004 12:44 pm

Falling asleep while a passenger in a car. Just keep jolting awake as if I forget to tell my subconscious that I am not doing the driving and it is OK to nod off this time.

Brick it every time.
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Postby skintobalinto » Mon Jul 26, 2004 12:52 pm

Heights also, especially the high sweeping off ramp from the Clydeside Expressway on to the Kingston Bridge. I just think maybe I am going too fast and I can crash through the barrier and end up taking off. gives me the heebeegeebees every time.

PS Dr_Lightning, I walked past Tom Baker the other week, he was strolling up Sauchiehall Street with another guy, he is a big bloke- I think he has had a few pies since the Doctor days. as have we all.
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Postby Sharon » Mon Jul 26, 2004 12:52 pm

I am scared BEING a passenger in someone elses car. It takes such a leap of blind faith to hand over control and responsibility for your safety to someone else.

This is said whilst rubbing my bruised shin after a bump at the weekend. This hasn't aided the fear. I am often seen to be white knucked as i hold on for dear life, or maybe with my eyes closed so I don't see all the dangers.
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Postby DMcNay » Mon Jul 26, 2004 12:55 pm

It doesn't scare me because it doesn't happen too often, but being a passenger I don't like. I find myself putting my foot on a brake that isn't there, and I think we're too near the wall/hard shoulder/side of the bridge.

In fact, don't ask me to be the passenger in a car going over a bridge. I'll freak out.
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Postby DMcNay » Mon Jul 26, 2004 12:56 pm

Sharon wrote:This is said whilst rubbing my bruised shin after a bump at the weekend.


What happened? Everyone okay? Not serious, I hope...
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Postby Sharon » Mon Jul 26, 2004 1:05 pm

Yes everyone was ok, i think my shin was the only injury sustained (and the bump is getting bigger!). Just as well it was the short legged person in the front though, a longer leg would probaly have been snapped.

We slid into the back of another car on Arran on Satuday, 3 miles into a drive around the island. There was only minor damage to both vehicles, but it was scary all the same.
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Postby DMcNay » Mon Jul 26, 2004 1:12 pm

Sharon wrote:Yes everyone was ok, i think my shin was the only injury sustained (and the bump is getting bigger!). Just as well it was the short legged person in the front though, a longer leg would probaly have been snapped.

We slid into the back of another car on Arran on Satuday, 3 miles into a drive around the island. There was only minor damage to both vehicles, but it was scary all the same.


I nearly crashed twice yesterday. 'Nuff said about that.....
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Postby nuttytigger » Mon Jul 26, 2004 1:19 pm

being on a bridge over water thats high up, or on aboat, i have a fear of deep water which is why i've never been able ti learn to swim since i fell into the sea at Ayr when i was three.
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Postby DMcNay » Mon Jul 26, 2004 1:23 pm

nuttytigger wrote:being on a bridge over water thats high up, or on aboat, i have a fear of deep water which is why i've never been able ti learn to swim since i fell into the sea at Ayr when i was three.


Being on a bridge high up over water isn't too scary for me, as I like to think I could survive the drop and then swim. But in a car you'd be effectively already in your coffin....
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Postby Sharon » Mon Jul 26, 2004 1:24 pm

Remember to open your windows so the car fills with water and you can swim oot the window. Thats what they do on telly... i think :?:
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Postby DMcNay » Mon Jul 26, 2004 1:27 pm

Wouldn't save you if you went over the side of the Kingston Bridge, though...

Actually, just typing that made me go cold...
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Postby Sharon » Mon Jul 26, 2004 1:29 pm

I get vertigo too...not as bad as you. But there are moments it gets close to panic attack. Fortunately I have always been able to talk myself back out of it, and have yet to be stuck lying down somewhere high holding on so i dont fall off.

This used to go for being INSIDE tower blocks too.

Its just not right that they sway in the wind. :evil:
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Postby Bing Buzby » Mon Jul 26, 2004 1:32 pm

Remebering the daft things I did when I was wee. Walking along ledges, strolling across an ice covered Hogganfied Loch and a zillion capers on building sites/railways/canals.

Even though I was immortal in those days, gives me the willies thinking about them now.
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Postby DMcNay » Mon Jul 26, 2004 1:35 pm

It's an odd one. Inside a tall building I'm fine. Even looking out the window straight down doesn't bother me too much. But if I was outside it's another matter.

Top of the Wallace Monument I was uncomfortable, even asking my wife not to take my arm, as I had some bizarre idea that if she slipped I would plummet to my death.

Thing is, I know EXACTLY when this started. At some sort of fair at Strathclyde Park years ago, the Paras had a thing where you could put on parachute harness and do a kind of jump thing from a scaffolding tower, all while wired up. "That looks fun" thought the twelve-year old me. So I queued up to take my turn. By the time I got to the top the wind had picked up. I wasn't so confident. And by the time I was harnessed up one thought was in my head.

"I can't do it" said I. I wanted down, and not the quick way either. So they unbuckeld me and I had to go through the embarassment of walking past everyone in the queue. I didn't care. I was petrified.

I'm never doing that again, let me tell you.
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