As I have taken martial arts classes for almost a decade at a relatively successful school, I can say of many members of the community in many different walks of life, “She punched me in the nose” or “I choked him.” The Kubota dealer on the radio? Even over seventy, he was tough in a fight. The new principal of the rural school district back east? If she wouldn’t get me, her husband would kill me.
Which is why many of my conversations are kind of short. Well, one of the reasons.