here's my gripe…


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>trick or treat!

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>always be aware of your surroundings

>i think i may have avoided being mugged a little while ago. or worse.

i’d had a rather shit day from about afternoon on. i think a combination of being stressed over hubby and the kids being less than cooperative kind of pushed me over the edge. then the loaf of bread i tried to make just came out all wrong. hubby suggested that i go out to the store after the kids went to bed so i could get out of the house for a little while. and of course that worked out really well because g decided that he wasn’t tired and i had one hell of a time getting him to bed. that meant that i didn’t get out of the house until 3 am.

now, i’ve never been one to be put off going out that late on my own. i’ve done so for years without any problem. i try to always be aware of my surroundings and to walk with a confident air because i’ve heard that helps deter attackers. so, no biggie. i went through the store, got the things i needed and headed out to the parking lot.

as i was going through the door, i noticed a man standing at the bulletin board near the exit. he seemed to be intently studying something, but it seemed weird. i put my thumb on the panic button on my keyring, just in case. i scanned the parking lot and noticed an elderly man putting his groceries in his trunk. he was only a few spaces away from me. i put my stuff in the trunk and locked my vehicle as i walked a couple of spaces away to the cart corral. i’d put my thumb back on the panic button. just in case.

as i was walking back to my car, i saw a man in a hooded sweatshirt. the hood was up and and tied so tight that i could truthfully not see any of his face. at all. i couldn’t even tell you what colour his eyes were. he also had his hands in his pockets. he started to walk on the other side of my car and i decided that instead of trying to get in to my car, i’d walk back towards the store. that’s when he came back around and asked me if i had change for a dollar. i pushed the panic button on my keyring and yelled, “NO!” and started walking towards the store faster. i turned around to see him walking quickly away towards the other side of the parking lot. i quickly walked back to my car, got in and locked the doors and drove home.

when i got home i called the store and let them know that someone was out there and that i was pretty sure that he was trying to mug someone. i think the guy that answered the phone might have been the same guy that was stocking the flour in the baking aisle that i talked to briefly. i started crying as i told him what happened and how i wanted to warn them that the guy might still be out there. i would hate to see a headline tomorrow saying someone got mugged there in the store parking lot. he promised to go out and check the lot and call the police.

i think i was damn lucky tonight. my instincts kicked in before i was even really aware of any danger. and i listened to those instincts. always be aware of what is going on around you when you are out alone. if you have a panic button on your keyring, don’t be afraid to use it. and women especially, don’t talk yourself out of being wary. to me, having your face completely covered is a sign that you’re up to no good and you don’t want to be identified. but as in the picture above, they may not always be dressed that way. it might just look like an average person. they might ask for change or the time or directions. they’re hoping that you’ll be nice enough to stop and help them. they’re counting on it.

i worry that this sort of thing may be a bigger concern for all of us in the following months. maybe years. with the economy the way it is, more and more people are going to feel desperate enough to commit crime. we need to stay vigilant and protect ourselves.

be careful and stay safe.


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always be aware of your surroundings

i think i may have avoided being mugged a little while ago. or worse.

i’d had a rather shit day from about afternoon on. i think a combination of being stressed over hubby and the kids being less than cooperative kind of pushed me over the edge. then the loaf of bread i tried to make just came out all wrong. hubby suggested that i go out to the store after the kids went to bed so i could get out of the house for a little while. and of course that worked out really well because g decided that he wasn’t tired and i had one hell of a time getting him to bed. that meant that i didn’t get out of the house until 3 am.

now, i’ve never been one to be put off going out that late on my own. i’ve done so for years without any problem. i try to always be aware of my surroundings and to walk with a confident air because i’ve heard that helps deter attackers. so, no biggie. i went through the store, got the things i needed and headed out to the parking lot.

as i was going through the door, i noticed a man standing at the bulletin board near the exit. he seemed to be intently studying something, but it seemed weird. i put my thumb on the panic button on my keyring, just in case. i scanned the parking lot and noticed an elderly man putting his groceries in his trunk. he was only a few spaces away from me. i put my stuff in the trunk and locked my vehicle as i walked a couple of spaces away to the cart corral. i’d put my thumb back on the panic button. just in case.

as i was walking back to my car, i saw a man in a hooded sweatshirt. the hood was up and and tied so tight that i could truthfully not see any of his face. at all. i couldn’t even tell you what colour his eyes were. he also had his hands in his pockets. he started to walk on the other side of my car and i decided that instead of trying to get in to my car, i’d walk back towards the store. that’s when he came back around and asked me if i had change for a dollar. i pushed the panic button on my keyring and yelled, “NO!” and started walking towards the store faster. i turned around to see him walking quickly away towards the other side of the parking lot. i quickly walked back to my car, got in and locked the doors and drove home.

when i got home i called the store and let them know that someone was out there and that i was pretty sure that he was trying to mug someone. i think the guy that answered the phone might have been the same guy that was stocking the flour in the baking aisle that i talked to briefly. i started crying as i told him what happened and how i wanted to warn them that the guy might still be out there. i would hate to see a headline tomorrow saying someone got mugged there in the store parking lot. he promised to go out and check the lot and call the police.

i think i was damn lucky tonight. my instincts kicked in before i was even really aware of any danger. and i listened to those instincts. always be aware of what is going on around you when you are out alone. if you have a panic button on your keyring, don’t be afraid to use it. and women especially, don’t talk yourself out of being wary. to me, having your face completely covered is a sign that you’re up to no good and you don’t want to be identified. but as in the picture above, they may not always be dressed that way. it might just look like an average person. they might ask for change or the time or directions. they’re hoping that you’ll be nice enough to stop and help them. they’re counting on it.

i worry that this sort of thing may be a bigger concern for all of us in the following months. maybe years. with the economy the way it is, more and more people are going to feel desperate enough to commit crime. we need to stay vigilant and protect ourselves.

be careful and stay safe.


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>well, finally!

>i think i finally managed it. i finally baked some bread that actually looks like it might have turned out properly!

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of course i’m afraid to slice it and see what it looks like inside. i think maybe i will revel in the outer appearance of success for a while. 🙂


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well, finally!

i think i finally managed it. i finally baked some bread that actually looks like it might have turned out properly!

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of course i’m afraid to slice it and see what it looks like inside. i think maybe i will revel in the outer appearance of success for a while. 🙂


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>update on the outrage

>i’m very happy to report that i received an email today from pepsi representative. here is the email below:

Dear Kerry,

Thanks for taking the time to contact us.

I want to assure you that there’s absolutely no truth to the posting you may have seen on the internet. After investigating this matter further, we learned that an advertising agency developed this print ad on “speculation” and it inadvertently made its way to the internet.

Please know that we would never use this type of imagery to sell our products. We are not using this image now, nor do we have any plans to use it in the future.

Thanks again for taking the time to bring this to our attention. We’re sincerely sorry that this has upset you and we’re grateful to have had the opportunity to set the record straight.


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update on the outrage

i’m very happy to report that i received an email today from pepsi representative. here is the email below:

Dear Kerry,

Thanks for taking the time to contact us.

I want to assure you that there’s absolutely no truth to the posting you may have seen on the internet. After investigating this matter further, we learned that an advertising agency developed this print ad on “speculation” and it inadvertently made its way to the internet.

Please know that we would never use this type of imagery to sell our products. We are not using this image now, nor do we have any plans to use it in the future.

Thanks again for taking the time to bring this to our attention. We’re sincerely sorry that this has upset you and we’re grateful to have had the opportunity to set the record straight.