January 2014

New Classes Scheduled (finally!)

I've scheduled a Girls Day Out and SDA (conceal carry) class in February and March. While these classes may be more than a month away, they're in such demand they will fill up quickly. GDO is already half full, and once they're full I can't take any more students so don't delay if you're interested. Remember, GDO is a requirement to attend SDA at OPD. See the Classes tab for details.

Cover & Concealment

A couple weeks ago I read an article in a national magazine that put both of these in the same category. The writer, a male, didn't think it was important to distinguish between the two. He discussed a female in the article who "took cover" behind a lamp post...folks, that is not cover! Do you know the difference? Be sure and check out the Articles tab for Cherise's Mom's Corner where you'll learn that even children can tell the difference (it's not that hard!). And be sure to read all the way to the end of that page for a photographic example of the difference by an up & coming expert in the field. Tammy

Being unpredictable really works!

I recently found myself in an unfamiliar city needing to stop for gas late at night. I prefer pay at the pump stations because I can more quickly get my gas and go, but this station didn't have it so I had to go in. I didn't have an NQR as I walked in, but upon entering I did my usual assessment of the scene. The first thing I noticed was there was no clerk at the counter, the second thing I noticed was the very drunk man walking toward the counter holding a 6-pack of beer. Again, having no NQR, I didn't feel a threat but as he staggered toward me he said, "Well hello there, what's your name?" Without thinking I replied, "Marvin." He stopped in his tracks with a puzzled look on his face. "Marvin?" he asked. "Yes," I replied. Still standing there he queried, "How do you spell that?" "M-A-R-V-I-N" I said as I turned on my heel and walked out the door. I looked over my shoulder to see him still standing there trying to figure it out as I got in my car and drove off. I don't think the man had any bad intentions, but no clerk + drunk guy = leave. I don't know why I responded as I did, it was just the first thing that popped into my head. In retrospect I realized it literally caused the man to stop and ponder, giving me an uneventful escape (versus drunk guy running after me and me having to hurt him in one of many different ways). My response was the result of ongoing "if this happened, what would I do" scenarios that I constantly run through my thoughts. Nope, I've never run that scenario, but because I've run so many others it came without hesitation. It really does work! Tammy

Betsy's Update

I thought I’d give you a quick update about the “new job.” As of December 1, I‘m working as a supervisor at Troop R, the Capitol Section of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. So far, it’s been great. It’s just like going home. It’s been nearly ten years since I worked down around the Capitol Complex. I still have many friends that work in the area so it’s been fun getting reacquainted with them. Of course, a lot of security measures have increased in the last few years so I have a few things to learn, but I’m anxious and willing. If you happen to be in the area of the Oklahoma State Capitol, please look me up. I’d love to visit with you!


New job, new car. I call him Tom. (If you've heard me speak at GDO, you know why)

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