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Reasonable Fear & Hot & Spicy Chicken Sandwiches

September 13, 2011

Driving through a rural part of our county, I pulled in at a roadside park to take some photos. As I was exiting my Prius, a red car with two passengers (male & female) pulled in, rather quickly it seemed to me. Not wanting to miss the photo opportunity I had driven the distance for, I continued to move away from my car, ignoring the other people.

After taking my photos I turned to make my way back to where I had parked, noting that the other car was pulled in right next to my car, but backed into the parking space & the car was still running though both occupants were now out, one at a information sign, the other just walking around.

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I stopped. For a brief moment I was afraid. Was I going to be a random victim of crime? Being so far away from my usual errand route, it would take a while for anyone to find my body. I didn’t tell anyone where I was going when I left home. Were stupidity & stubbornness prerequisites for crime victims?

I did not have my cell phone with me – leaving it at home was an accident but I had not been concerned about it until now. I did not have my 38-Special on me or even with me – I have gotten out of the habit of carrying it. Yes, I have a Carry Permit, though I have not been to the firing range lately.

But the fear was gone in a flash, replaced by a much stronger emotion – anger. Anger at myself for not having my phone, for not having my gun, for being as skittish as a young colt. Anger at these intruders ruining my quiet time in the country with my camera.

Must have a plan… What if… She was closest to me & my car. What if… Plan made, divide & conquer. Gee, I’m glad I have been faithfully exercising, especially the Sprint 8 on the recumbent bike. Hope they just leave me alone. Hope they’re not armed. Time to move. I set my jaw, mouth in a frown with eyebrows knit together, head up, back straight, walking purposefully right to my car. The vibe I was sending – you do not want to mess with this woman!

Door unlocked, I’m in, door locked, engine on, gone. Tense situation resolved.

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Note to self – Don’t go out into the boonies without your cell phone! Duh! Check into martial arts training to improve self confidence as you learn self-defense. Get to the firing range for some target practice. Keep up the exercises for general fitness & the sprint training.

Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Hot & Spicy Chicken Sandwiches


  • Coconut Oil or Organic Shortening
  • 1/3 cup Red Hot Sauce (like Frank’s Original Red Hot Pepper Sauce or Tabasco)
  • 2/3 cup Water
  • 1 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Sea Salt
  • 4 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 4 boneless, skinless Chicken Breast Fillets
  • 4 Hamburger Buns (I use Nature’s Own)
  • 8 teaspoons Homemade Mayonnaise or Whole Grain Mustard
  • 4 Lettuce Leaves
  • 4 Tomato Slices


  1. Preheat oil in a deep fryer or a Dutch oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the pepper sauce and water in a small bowl.
  3. Combine the flour, salt & spices in another shallow bowl.
  4. Pound each of the chicken pieces with a mallet until about 3/8-inch
  5. Trim each breast fillet if necessary to help it fit on the bun.
  6. Working with one fillet at a time, coat each piece with the flour, then
    dredge it in the diluted pepper sauce.
  7. Coat the chicken once again in the flour mixture & set it aside until the rest of the chicken is breaded.
  8. Fry the chicken fillets for 8-12 minutes or until they are light brown
    & crispy.
  9. Remove the chicken to a rack or to paper towels to drain.
  10. As chicken is frying, prepare each sandwich by grilling the face of the
    hamburger buns on a hot skillet over medium heat.
  11. Spread about 2 teaspoons of mayonnaise/mustard on the face of each of the inverted top buns.
  12. Place a tomato slice onto the mayonnaise, then stack a leaf of lettuce on
    top of the tomato.
  13. On each of the bottom buns, stack one piece of chicken.
  14. Flip the top half of each sandwich onto the bottom half & serve hot.

Makes 4 sandwiches.

One Comment
  1. Clint Leroy Eastwood permalink
    September 13, 2011 6:58 pm

    You have the permit, you know your weapon well, you have the training to make the best decision for yourself in times of need, …. so, I’m ready to go to the range to practice anytime you are. The weapon should become as an important part of your travel attire as your underwear, and the phone, while a comfort for after the fact, means nothing as much as being prepared to defend yourself, … and enjoy a giggle when it all only turns out as a friendly, ” good morning to you”.

    Proper & daily preparation is the most important part of living the ” I refuse to be a Victim” commitment.The more of us who take this stand properly, we will reduce the wanton ‘sitting ducks” attitude of the criminals. May you never have to use your skills, …. but always be prepared should you have to. You mean to much to us to lose you.

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