I have to admit that I like it too. This guy has made a series of Allstate commercials. Not sure if it makes me want to buy Allstate insurance or not, but a few of them are quite entertaining.

She’s been an at home Mom for some time now and she finds this hilarious. Actually I don’t think she has ever dealt with a tantrum from our kids as she would have pulled the car over and handled the situation, but as mothers and fathers I think all of us can relate to the “little one” in the back having a meltdown.

Remember…You don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey Washington
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The title to this post might sound a bit strange, so let me explain. I’ll speak of this person in general terms non gender specific to protect their identity.

I was once talking to someone years ago that went through some serious life issues when they were younger. They told me their personal life was turned upside down and they spent a lot of time trying to repair the mess that they created. One day we were talking and the conversation came around to that little voice that directs us all. You know the voice. It’s the one that tells you right from wrong or which direction you should go when you are confronted with that proverbial fork in the road. It has many names; God, universe, conscience, your spirit, the list can go on and on. Essentially it is the core of your being guiding you through life.

Well this friend, said that the little voice didn’t speak to them anymore. I sort of laughed it off, but I was curious what they really meant. This person had ignored that little voice for so long that it didn’t talk. It seems somewhat laughable, but it gives you something to think about. Can you ignore your conscience for so long that it stops guiding you?

The good part of the story is that when I asked this person that same question a few months ago, they said the voice was speaking again and this person was making sure to listen. Now I’m not speaking of this like GOD is speaking to you in some loud booming voice. This voice, as I call it, can primarily be a feeling that comes to your mind and heart when you need to make a choice.

Personally I have found that if I listen, it never guides me the wrong way. It has saved me lots of trouble in the past and I depend on it to protect me in the future. I believe if you take the time to listen, it will protect you in your life as well. Go for it. Trust it and it may just surprise you.

Remember…You don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey Washington
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Many people don’t think about this beforehand and then find themselves stuck in this very situation. With a little foresight and planning you may just be able to get out from under the problem without any hurt or harm coming to you and yours.

Picture this scenario. I pack up my family and tell them we are going to a festival at the Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. We decide to take a bit of a scenic route and drive our car towards downtown through various neighborhoods on Woodward Ave, which goes from Pontiac to downtown Detroit. Now if you’ve ever been where I’m speaking of, you know that there are parts of this street that have some of the nicest homes and small businesses that don’t make you feel nervous at all. Then there are other parts, “the hood”, where you better watch your back and the persons beside you as well. I use this location as an example, but let’s be real. There are parts of most cities that most of us wouldn’t be caught in if we had a choice.

Now imagine, if while we are driving through the rough part and our car breaks down. Now I know what is probably going through your mind. You may be thinking, I’ll just use my cell phone and call for help or call AAA or something like that. I admit in a pinch that is your best option. And it’s always good to have options. What if I tried all of that and nothing worked. NOTHING. Now I’m stuck with my family in our car, in a neighborhood I know nothing about and I might need to walk to get some help. How are you going to do it. I’ll give you three words: Act As If.

Act as if, walking in this neighborhood, is as normal as the sun coming up in the east in the morning. Act as if, there is nothing to be nervous about and you can get to your destination or find that help you need.

You may want all of you to stay together if you have to leave the car. If that is the case, make a point to blend into the surroundings as best as possible. Look around at the people walking around in the neighborhood. How are their clothes fitting, colors worn, etc. Do all that you can to make yourself and the members of your family look like you belong in that neighborhood. If you are a family group but you don’t see other entire family groups walking around, keep that in mind. You can split up and walk on different sides of the seat or one group ahead of the other to give more space and bring less attention to yourselves. Use your imagination, but by all means don’t forget to, act as if. If you have little kids, make a game of pretend of the experience and have them be little actors.

No matter how difficult the situation may appear, the mental aspect of it can carry you through. If you believe that you can get through it, more than likely that is just how it will happen.

Remember…you don’t have choice to quit.

Jeffrey Washington
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I came across a video for the Super Siphon on a YouTube channel that I subscribe to by a guy that goes by the name “TheRoadWarri0r”. He made a video about refueling in SHTF situations. Initially he made a video with several 5 gallon cans in the back of his Ford Pickup. As he tried to refuel he had problems lifting these massive cans, spilling gas and the regular cluster of problems. Apparently he then found the Super Siphon and tried it out. He remade the videos with it showing the vast improvements. He also comments on the improvement in safety since he can cover his six while the siphon does most of the fuel exchange. Check this video to get a feel for how it works.

Although this is used for fuel in the video and I have used it myself for the same type of thing, it can be used for any liquid. I use one exclusively for fuel and keep the other for any other liquids. I’ve used it and this is an excellent product. Check out our link on the Carousel of my Favorite Things on the lower right menu area. It’s relatively inexpensive and you won’t be disappointed.

Remember…You don’t have permission to quit.

Jeffrey Washington
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Sometime ago, I went to a local grocery store near my home with my wife, Amy. We had a list of things we were getting and we were just walking around the store just like everyone else. I see this all the time and it drives me crazy. Women walking around with a shopping cart and their purse in the little fold out cart section, where kids or babies sit. You know the place, right in front of your hands. Usually their purses are in this basket wide open, with barely a thought to protecting their contents. It always strikes me as strange when a women walks around the store like this and when they see me coming down the aisle going in the opposite direction, they want to get back to their cart real quick and make sure their purse is secure. Why not protect your purse during the entire time you are at the store. Why not carry it on your shoulder, and tucked under your arm. Well I digress. Back to the story.

We come to the section of the store where all the potato salads, gourmet cheeses and the like are located. As my wife is walking around the display case on the other side a woman pulls up in front of me and parks her cart. Her purse is in the front and she walks away by at least six to eight feet. Just as she does this, I see a guy walk up about 3 feet from her cart and begin looking at the bulk cookies or something like that. He catches my eye because he walked up so quickly and he doesn’t have a cart or anything. He glances at the display and at her cart a couple times. I look at the lady and she is oblivious to the possible threat. The guy glances up at me. I figured the only way of thwarting what he may have been thinking of doing is to just stare him down and that is just what I did. I stood right where I was and just watched him. He looked at me, then her purse a couple times more, then he just walked off. Shortly thereafter, the woman comes back to her cart and she walks away as well. I didn’t say anything and I kind of regret it.

I told my wife, what I had seen and she says that I should have told the lady that I am a police officer and what I saw. I think she is right. Later on that day I think of how am I going to advocate for people to protect themselves on this blog, when I can’t do it near home, where I live and around the people that I serve everyday. She gave me something to think about and I plan to approach future situations differently.

I found a couple videos of this type of theft caught on tape. I hope you will look at them and ask yourself, have you permitted yourself to be this same type of victim. This goes back to previous post about, watching your surroundings, keep your head on a swivel. It happened so fast, these women probably didn’t realize anything until they got to the register and saw their purse or wallet were missing.


Most thieves are opportunists. They might not have been planning to steal, but since the opportunity is right there in front of them, they can’t resist. As stated earlier keep your purse under your arm on your shoulder or at least if your are buying a lot of things, put in in the larger part of the cart, where it will be hidden once groceries and other items are placed around it.
 

Remember…you don’t have permission to quit.

 

Jeffrey Washington

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