When I recently went to the Jewelry Show with my daughter, I was surprised at how much stuff they had! I wasn't looking for jewelry, and had gone with my daughter for the quality time together. However, this place had all sorts of stuff and I wound up buying a few things for the boat.
Most of the items that I bought are a surprise for Ken, so I can't tell you what they are just yet. However, one thing that I bought isn't a secret to Ken. When I saw it, I had to call him and get his opinion. It was a stun gun! I never thought about owning one of these. However, when I came across the guy giving a demonstration ... my mind started spinning. "Protect yourself and possibly your life ... for only $45"! Our lives are worth $45 aren't they?
Would a stun gun be useful when cruising? We don't have a gun, and don't plan on getting one since most countries don't allow them anyway. Safety is a concern in any walk of life, and we need something on Nirvana for our protection. Would this be the answer?
In the past, I've heard about wasp spray and other options. I think the wasp spray idea is great, and we'll be having a can on board. However, don't we need a back-up plan?
After Ken said he didn't oppose to the idea, I bought the stun gun! As I was making the purchase, I couldn't help but second-guess my actions. Is this safe? Will it really help if we're in a seriously dangerous situation?
I hope we'll never need to use this thing, but for $45 I felt it was worth having on Nirvana. The gun can hold a charge for up to 5 months, and it has a wrist band that disables the gun if removed from the device. In other words, if one of us had a good grip on the gun with it wrapped around our wrist ... it won't work if the um, loser, pulls it out of our hand. He (or she) wouldn't be able to turn it around and use it on us. I liked this added security feature, since in order to use the gun we'd have to be close to the offender.
Before purchasing this little security device, we'd never heard about stun guns on a boat. We wonder what the laws are concerning these devices. Like guns, are they confiscated when entering a country? Are they not considered guns and therefore allowed?
We'd love to hear your thoughts about this. Do you know the laws about these zappers? Do you own one, or know anybody that does? Let us know what you know!
Hasta luego ... until then. Mid-Life Cruising!