How To Spot Bad Eggs: Sesame Street Situational Awareness Training
by Steven Cline
The Deadeye Method

Just a bit ago I was fixing a mess of scrambled eggs to be served at the men’s breakfast held every first Saturday of the month at my church. My wife and I have a dozen chickens and we collect the eggs daily. Quickly we end up with a lot of eggs, so we gift some, sell a few, eat a bunch, and use them for events like the men’s breakfast. However, before they should be cooked, they need to be checked to ensure they haven’t gone bad. Do you know how to check for bad eggs? You “float test” them.

To float test eggs, you pour water into a large bowl and then start putting the eggs into the bowl. If they are good eggs, eggs safe to eat, eggs which aren’t a danger to your health, they sink and lay in the bottom of the bowl of water. They behave the way good, safe eggs should behave. I use a large bowl and can place a bunch of eggs in the bowl at the same a time. It is very satisfying to see all the eggs lying flat in the bottom of the bowl, behaving just like they are supposed to be behaving. But, then it happens, one behaves differently. One of the eggs stands up or floats to the top of the water.

An egg that stands up is a safe to eat but it is on its way to becoming a bad egg. An egg that floats is a bad egg. That egg is not behaving like a god egg. It’s like that Sesame Street song: One of these things, is not like the others, one of these things just doesn’t belong. And then it hit me. This is situational awareness and who would’ve thought Sesame Street was tactical.

Human predators put themselves into certain environments when they are hunting other humans. Then they act incongruent with that environment. While everyone else at the gas-station is fueling cars, headed to the toilet, or buying a drink or snack, the predator is not. While everyone in the parking lot is traveling to or from the store(s) usually with packages, the predator is not. One of these things is not like the others. When in those predatory hunting grounds, you need to be looking for bad eggs.

Put the people around you into their environment, then ask your self if they are behaving the way good eggs should or are they telling you they might be bad eggs. The egg that is standing up is like that guy standing over there in the median talking to himself. He could be the guy dressed in gang colors. He might also be the guy walking aggressively, challenging everyone to get in his way. There is a caution to heed in his behaviors, in that environment. Like the bad egg, the bad guy floats to the top and makes himself noteworthy, if you are looking for bad eggs.

The bad egg notices and then focuses on you, he starts moving in your direction or to head you off. He scans for witnesses and maybe communicates to a partner that you are the one they are going to “hit”. He might do a “weapon touch” at his belt line. All of those behaviors, like an egg floating to the top of the bowl, should easily draw your attention and scream, “Bad Egg!”

I’m in for a bad time if I ignore that floating egg and use it for my breakfast. You’re in for a bad time if you ignore that predator angling to intercept you in the Walmart parking lot. So, please, remember how you look for bad eggs; they are the ones acting incorrectly in their environment.