Monday, September 20, 2010

Stranger Danger


No, seriously.  If I don't know you, and I see you at the mall or at the coffee shop, or in class... I immediately do NOT like you.  I'm sorry, but it's true.  

Mama Can't Be Wrong was kind of a paranoid Mama.  Nothing wrong with that, I say.  But she was.  And her fears definitely were passed along to me.  

Some irrational... Some rational.  Do you remember her "Bridge" story?  I'm totally afraid of bridges (and tunnels) and I think it's because of that!  She was also convinced that someone was always trying to kidnap us when we were little.  We actually had a "Safe Word" where, if for example, someone else were to pick us up from school and it was a random change of plans that we didn't know about, we were supposed to ask for the Safe Word, first.  

She once read a book about the Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping.  I think that's where all of this came from.

So anyway, after reading DSS' post about Stranger Danger I felt like I must weigh in on this one. 

I'm sure there are plenty of nice strangers out there.  And maybe I, too, watch too much Criminal Minds.  But whatever, I love those guys.  Agent Spencer Reid... Marry me, please!! Matthew Gray Gubler can be Mr. Can't Be Wrong anyday.  How did I forget him for my Freebie List!!! But who gets bumped?  Can I have six? But I want to MARRY him, not just have him on my Freebie List! Anywayyyyy.... 

Ladies, get yourself some Pepper Spray.  Stat Immediately.  Right now.  Click these links/images... there are so many options available.   And many of them are pink.

Which, when it comes down to it, we all know that pink is super important (as Eloise said... "Think Pink, a better way of life").  Of course.  But if I'm going to carry something like Pepper Spray, it MUST be pink.  (Except for my current one is black, but that will soon be fixed!!).  

SABRE Compact Pepper Spray with Pink Key Case - Supports National Breast Cancer FoundationSABRE Compact Pepper Spray with Quick Release Key Ring (Pink)SABRE Pepper Spray with Key Ring (Pink Camo)Mace Brand Hot Pink Personal Defense Spray-Personal ModelMace Brand Hot Pink Mace Pepper Defence Spray- Pocket ModelSabre Self Defense Red Pepper Spray - PinkPink Strap Jogging Style Pepper Spray - 1/2 Oz.Mini Pepper Spray Key Chain Ring Self Defense NewPerfume Red Hot Pepper Spray - 1/2 oz - PinkMace&trade Pepper Gun - PinkPepper Spray Lipstick - Perfume with silver Heart on the side, Pink, Gold or SilverStreetwise Perfume Pepper Spray - Heart

I know it sounds crazy... but seriously, how often have you been walking in a parking garage, out for a run, or driving through a sketch neighborhood and just prayed that there was a police officer around?  I'm not saying we should all be carrying hand guns (although the Mace Gun is a great option)... But I do think that women should take precautions to ensure they are not in vulnerable situations.  

I'm almost off of my Soap Box.  One more thing...

The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From ViolenceRead this book: The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence.  I've read it.  Little Miss Dirty Martini has read it.  It's sitting on my bookshelf right now.  

It is a great book, written by Gavin de Becker about various situations and survival skills that assist in these situations. reviewer Joan Price writes; "Each hour, 75 women are raped in the United States, and every few seconds, a woman is beaten. Each day, 400 Americans suffer shooting injuries, and another 1,100 face criminals armed with guns. Author Gavin de Becker says victims of violent behavior usually feel a sense of fear before any threat or violence takes place. They may distrust the fear, or it may impel them to some action that saves their lives. A leading expert on predicting violent behavior, de Becker believes we can all learn to recognize these signals of the "universal code of violence," and use them as tools to help us survive. The book teaches how to identify the warning signals of a potential attacker and recommends strategies for dealing with the problem before it becomes life threatening." 

Am I paranoid?  Maybe.  But I do believe that as a woman it is my responsibility to know how to protect myself!

And now on to the happy happy part of today's post... Only 95 days 'til Christmas!! Don't forget to enter my Christmas Giveaway!It is a fabulous partnership with Kelsey of Poofy Cheeks Boutique.

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Little Miss SFP said...

I'm absolutely getting the pink mace gun. Amazing!!!

living well said...

I'm 110% with you on this one! My friends call me SARAHnoid. But I had a super paranoid mom too that I've inherited that trait from. Also, my bf has "forbid" me from watching Criminal Minds because I can never sleep anytime I watch it. It's sooo good though even if it is kinda scary!

flip flops and pearls said...

I have the very frist pink mace:)

I am really liking the GUN, bwahahaha!!
Too fun!

DSS said...

And here I absolutely love strangers. I love to meet new people, and to smile at them, and to be kind to them. Because maybe they've had a really bad day. You know? And my smile could change that right around for them.

However, it could also get me killed. I figured this out last week :(

Thank you for doing this post, and mostly for introducing me to the Mace Pepper Gun. For reals. I'm ordering it now. I've always wanted a gun. At least I know that if someone gets this one away from me I'll only have a swollen face and sore eyes as a result. And I found a holster. For $27. Baller.

P.S. Clearly we are going to have to throw down over Dr. Reid. Did you know he used to model for Tommy H? Swoon.

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