As much as we know that Radelle lives like a gypsy and is very carefree and tries anything that seems fun……. she is also a cautious cat. Moreso then I even realised. And as her sister, I know a lot about her. Her street savvy skills are quite alarming actually. That mind never rests.
We are currently in mexico shooting a wedding together. We have never shot a destination wedding together before, because we always take our husbands as our assistant-bag carrier-cheerleader-body guard. After shooting numerous destination weddings this year with our hubbies, we decided a girls trip was in order. We decided to tag team shoot this wedding. We have been having So.Much.Fun!!!
Back to my story…..
we decided to get our tanned butts off of the resort and venture into town. Radelle had a giant bag packed of essentials. I have no idea what all she had in that bag, but I did see backup clothes and underwear. We were in a very upper class tourist area, with fountains and flower gardens and designer stores and Haagen Dazs. After we got our double scoops of ice cream, we walked along the boardwalk just chatting…. when out of blue Radelle says ¨so, if we were to be attacked by a man, you kick the insole, knee the “junk” and poke them hard as you can in the eyes.” She then went on to show me, doing air eye pokes, and kicking air junk. The key to a successful eye poke is making your pointer & middle finger into a peace sign and then tip that peace sign forward to be in ready gouging position. You have to be quick to attack and retract your arm…. apparently it’s all in the elbow (as she showed me).
She told me that her and Adam has rehearsed her skills until she could do them seamlessly. (now that is love). It didn’t end there, she went on to describe how you get away from an attacker who grabs you from behind. She also treated me to little extra tips such as…when kicking the junk, don’t use an outstretched leg as the attacker will grab it and flip you over…..but rather, get close and can him with your knee.
Internet, I just stood there with my jaw hanging open & my $10 ice cream dripping. Who was this person standing beside me doing air kicks and ninja moves? How could I have known her all my life and not known this paranoid and yet totally savvy side of her? It reminded me of our aunty, who growing up lived in a rough part of calgary and was being chased by an attacker. She was running barefoot to get away and ran up to a random house pretending it was hers….but the door was locked and the house was condemed. She decided to pretend she knew karate and kicked her leg up (a risky move says radelle) and by chance, her toe nail cut the attackers lip. The attacker took of running. Perhaps Radelles skills were inevitable as they seem to run in the family……
It gets weirder……
Radelle mentions that as she was on the plane to Mexico she was day dreaming about possible worst case scenarios….and had decided that if we got into a taxi and got a really bad feeling (ie…he wasn’t taking us to our destination) that we would squeeze hands as our jump-out-of-taxi-signal, open our doors, and roll out of the moving taxi. We would then take note of landmarks, run to the nearest residence or business and phone the embassy (she didn’t trust the police….) and use our phone to find out of coordinates. Honestly, I don’t remember the entire story and all the savvy moves we were to make, because Internet, there were SO many. THIS is out of the mind of someone who doesn’t even watch TV! This is out of her own mind!! Quite frankly I am worried about her.
So, if you ever want to stay at a posh resort in a safe place, and head into town for one brief morning to enjoy ice cream………….. be sure to have spare clothes, underwear, ninja moves, phone with gps, embassy phone number and balls of steel.