So far, I have typed up 103 pages of "A Valiant Effort." It's just more host family drama on Kosrae, so I'll save it for the book. Suffice it to say that passive-aggressive behavior is extremely irritating.
At the same time, I am glad that I have been to the School of Hard Knocks. I had a sheltered life growing up and was a bit of a social recluse, so I didn't experience a lot of negative things until I went away to college and graduated. Now I am more street smart, and part of it is because of my crash course in the Pacific. Not to mention that it inspired me to train in martial arts again.
I wish that I knew Krav Maga before I went overseas. When it came to unarmed combat, karate was more than enough. That being said, I'm a strong and athletic young man, so most people aren't dumb enough to attack me unarmed. When I was staring down the barrel of that gun, I froze because I had never prepared for that situation. My life didn't flash before my eyes or anything. I only had one thought: "Ah, crap. Now I'm going to die!"
Now that I know Krav Maga, I'm more prepared. Obviously, the key thing is to avoid a situation like that in the first place. However, if I have no other choice, I know exactly what to do.