My pesticide-free vegetable garden is the first thing neighbors remember about me because I vend my produce at the farmers’ market on weekends. On week days, I take requests.
I do not mind the workout. One of my neighbors is always wanting shallots or needing good zucchini for dinner with the mother-in-law. When I traipse around extending the remainders of my platter, I carry self defense devices to protect myself walking.
In my bag, there are a few surprising items. I carry a hidden camera embedded in sunglasses. I set it to record before knocking on any door unannounced. I carry a book diversion safe, a real book with space carved out in the center for concealing money.
A personal alarm with flashlight or a safety light is ideal to protect myself walking when it is late. For rabid dogs, I have a canine repeller, or some other pepper spray in case I have none at the time.
Mistaking a robber for a hobo turned into the worst threat I have encountered as yet. I could have sworn I overheard him asking for alms so I came to give all my romaine’s away.
I could not have been more thankful I protect myself walking using self defense devices. He extracted a knife, insisting upon my valuables, but I countered with a cell phone stun gun. I shot him on the upper arm.
The knife fell down on the ground and I saw that my stunning tool had incapacitated the aggressor. I am glad I do not lug too much weight around or I never would have escaped while he tried to regain his bearings.
I am not surprised that others ask how I protect myself walking, but I get dumbfounded when they ask about my walking. It is just one more reason I find promoting greens to be timely and called for.
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