A Combat Teddy Bear is Born
by Michael Bama Katt
Editor’s Note: This is a short follow up to Bama’s excellent article: “Barroom Psy-Ops Turn Enemies Into Allies by “Hiding All the Strings” published earlier this month. If you haven’t yet read it, I highly recommend it as this brief piece explains the graphic used in that article.
I was doing some work in a storage space above the bar at a little redneck rat cage dive where I was Head of Security something like 30 years ago. The manager came in the bar with a new girl she was training. She was showing her the behind the bar set up, where everything lived, where the backup liquor was, etc. They didn’t know I was like 8′ directly above them.
She starts telling her how to alert Security she needs us, and the response levels I set up; “a guy who had one too many is wobbly on his feet”, “couple guys are arguing and it’s escalating”, ”a guy leaned forward and I saw he has three handguns in his jacket”, and such like that. The new girl asks her what’s up with that little spooky dude who was on the door last night? “Bama?” KD says, “Aw Bama’s a teddy bear. He’s a COMBAT teddy bear, but he’s a teddy bear”.
I want that on my headstone.
Bama has been a rodeo cowboy, a professional stuntman, and, for 38 years and counting, a bouncer at various biker bars and redneck rat cage juke joints through the Deep South. He makes cool stuff as Crimson Tied Paragear, using knots his Army Ranger Scoutmaster taught him at Boy Scout summer camp deep in the Okinawan boonies back in 1972.
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