I forgot about this one, because people don't wear them anymore, at least not here, but I am absolutely terrified of people wearing ski masks!
I know exactly where I developed this fear. When I was in college in Wisconsin, several incidents happened:
*Walking with one of my roommates one night, we were chased by a guy wearing a ski mask. That's all
he was wearing...just
*Walking with the same roommate at night another time, when it was quite warm, we had to run from another
guy in a ski mask!
*Walking with that same roommate, again at night, chased by another
guy in a ski mask!
*Walking with a different friend at night, again the weather didn't warrant it, but, unbelievably, we were chased by, you guessed it, a guy in a ski mask
This is the same reason I absolutely refuse
to walk alone at night. In the few instances where I've been forced to, I'm hyper aware of my surroundings. I come home from work quite late at night, and when I park in my garage, I have to walk several feet to the stairs & up two flights to my door. Before I leave the garage, I check out the garage window first, then open the door and stand there for a few seconds looking and listening. Then I lock the door & practically sprint up to my place. If there's any noise, I break into a run. One night, I nearly had a heart attack when I heard the bushes rustling! I ran up the stairs, and just before I got in, I looked over my shoulder, and I saw a nasty possum climbing the garage ivy! It took quite awhile for me to calm down...I thought for sure there was a person there!
Getting back to the ski masks, one time, at college, I was walking in the hall of one of the buildings, rounded a corner, and came face-to-face with a man in a ski mask....I screamed loud and long! It turned out to be one of my professors coming in to teach class!
I think I scared him more than he scared me, if that's possible!