but why were you walking alone after the bars closed?
The bar I worked at was attached to a hotel. Their valet lot was 2 blocks up the street. It wasn't very late - only about 3am (an hour after close) but the valets had left already. Usually there would've been more foot traffic but it was a very cold night. It was a route I'd walked hundreds of times before with no issue. I'm usually pretty aware of what's going on around me but this guy just came charging out an alley between 2 buildings. I'm far more cautious now than I was then.
FWIW - I've always carried knives... a habit I picked up bartending in the French Quarter.
The one I had on me that night was an Al Mar folder they don't make anymore... Image: http://thumbs4.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mNPPZcJ4XySQ33z7k-vZvAQ.jpg
Nowadays I usually carry 2 - One on each side in case I can't reach one of them.
This post was edited on 11/18 at 8:59 pm