“The service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth. It is obvious that man is himself a traveler; that the purpose of the world is not ‘to have and to hold’ but ‘to give and to serve’. There can be no other meaning.”
The other night I bundled up for a 20 degree walk with my dog. I had on my snow pants, boots, ski mask, gloves, and headlamp. Poop bags in pocket, of course. It was around 7:30 at night. Pitch black out there this time of year. I love walking Ringo on dark freezing cold nights. The Spring Creek Trail is completely deserted. I put him on his retractable leash when I know that there won’t be much traffic on the trail. He knows its his time to run around and be a little bit crazy. I find the cool air and clear sky so refreshing, especially if I’m dressed warmly and have a good flashlight to avoid stepping on dog poop, as well as to SEE Ringo’s poop well enough to pick it up.
I’m a pretty trusting person. Never assuming someone is going to capture and hurt me out there. I’m not the type to carry gun, though it would be nice to know how to use one if for some reason I needed to… but the point is, I don’t own one, or plan to carry one. The most I carry with me is pepper spray, but I worry I might accidentally shoot it at my self or my dog. What good would that do if I was blinded while in a bind with a bad person?
I was feeling rather secure with my headlamp on. I don’t have great night vision, and like to be visible to night cyclists. While on my walk that night, my mind on the benefits of my flashlight, I went a step further in my thinking… I thought, for someone like me, a flashlight is a mighty good weapon to carry out there on the lonely trail. I’m pretty quick on my feet, but in the dark, someone could snatch and/or trick me so easily! If someone came upon me, out of no where, with intention to hurt, if I could just blind them with my light for a moment, that would give me enough time to think of a way out. I could size the person up, see where his strengths and weaknesses are, and at the very least, kick him hard while his eyes move away from my light as he gathers himself for his next move. He’s not expected to be blinded by me! Then, I thought, I should have a headlamp as well as a real flashlight. Extra brightness, with something to hit him with if needed!
Like I said, I’m pretty trusting, but I’m not naive enough to think someone would never try to hurt me. I know that there are messed up people out there. One should always be prepared for danger. On the other hand, I do believe that someone who looks weak, slumped over etc, is more likely to be a victim of a crime. When walking at night alone, don’t! Make sure you have #1: a dog that likes to bark viciously at strangers, #2: at least one flashlight, maybe two, #3: Confidence. Walk tall and proud. Be ready for anything, but try to relax and enjoy your walk.
Hope this was helpful to any fellow weaponless, night walkers! Thanks for listening.
(I am sorry if you are receiving this twice. The first one was published by mistake. If you read the first one you would have seen that it was unfinished. This post is the one I meant to send out. Please read on! Thanks!)
Slow Food First Coast is hosting a Time For LunchPOTLUCK to send a message to congress that real food for school lunches is a necessity to make our children healthy.
Slow Food First Coast, the local chapter of Slow Food USA.
Slow Food First Coast is planning an Eat-In, or a public potluck, to draw attention to the need for Congress to pass a better Child Nutrition Act that brings real food to schools. Our Eat-In is part of a National Day of Action when thousands of people across the country will share a meal to demonstrate our commitment to getting real food in school lunches.
Florida Agricultural Museum
7900 Old Kings Road
Palm Coast, Florida
Labor Day, September 7, 2009 12-2pm
In a time of escalatiing obesity and diabetes epidemics, our schools are serving children precisely the fast food and junk food that endangers their health. This year, Congress can give schools the resources to serve REAL FOOD by:
Increasing school lunch reimbursements by $1/child/day in this year’s Child Nutrition Act. Providing real food at school is a down payment on health care reform.
Protect against food that threatens children’s health.
Teach children healthy habits that will last through life.
Join parents, teachers, farmers, and legislators in sending a message to Congress that getting real food in schools is a national priority and it needs to happen NOW!
I hope to see you at the Pot Luck! If you can’t make it, the least you can do is go on to the slow food website and sign the petition. If you’d like to go a step farther, write your congressman and tell him you want better food in schools for the health and education of our children.
If you have any questions regarding what to write in the letter or if you just want more information, you can contact me at: email@example.com
Thanks for your support!
By Joanna Dembek|2020-11-16T16:21:56-07:00October 1st, 2012|Health|Comments Off on Real Food in Schools