Re: Book Smart or Street Smart????
posted at 10/19/2011 10:44 AM EDT
Well, I'm book smart if you go by my IQ, degree in math, and career in engineering, but none of that helps me like the street smarts my mom instilled in me growing up in a not so nice area of Tampa, FL when I was ages 10 - 15, a very formative time. Here are some of the lessons I remember her teaching me and carry with me today:
1. If you're lost don't look lost and vulnerable. Walk with purpose even if you ARE lost and are scared to death.
2. Wear reflective or dark sunglasses so people don't know where you're looking. That way, for instance, if you are lost, you can literally keep your head on straight but be constantly looking out for cues as to where you are (if you're lost) or take note of the stranger on the corner without making an obvious deal about it. The glasses make avoiding eye contact, an invitation to engagement, simple.
3. If your eyes are visible, look "through" people, not at them.
4. Always check the back seat before getting in the front seat.
5. Unlock your door to the car no sooner than you have to (if you have a remote thingy).
6. Never be thoroughly distracted. For instance, do not walk with earphones on or while reading a book, checking email, etc.
7. If arriving in daylight and planning to leave in the dark, come up with a safe exit plan before you need to leave. (what that is depends on hour, place, etc.)
8. If a stranger approaches the car, only let the window down enough for sound to travel between you, no exceptions.
9. Start your day of travels with enough gas to not be in danger of running out at any time. Stranded bad. Stranded at night, worse. In the same vain, check air in tires, and keep up with regular car maintenance.
10. Don't trust anyone you don't know by putting yourself in a compromising, safety wise, situation. Ever.
So, I'd say my IQ has nothing to do with this list and is fairly useless in regard to staying safe. You don't have to be a genius to think ahead and play it smart...street smart, that is. :)