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From the Editor's keyboard
By Lynda Duffy
Musings, thoughts and ideas from Lynda Duffy, editor of Williams/Grand Canyon News.
Friday, April 10, 2009

Panic buttons no longer cause panic

 Lynda Duffy
Former Editor

Sometimes as I trudge through the day, random thoughts come to me at random times for no apparent reason. I call it the "what ifs." What ifs are useless because they are just that - what ifs. What ifs haven't happened and are usually not likely to happen. Still, I continue to entertain what ifs.

My latest what if involved the keyless entry remote from my truck. The other day I was thinking about how many times I've lost my truck - no, actually forgot where I parked - in parking lots. When this happens, I hit the red panic button, which sets off the truck's alarm, making it easy for me to find. I know that I'm not the only one that does this. Thus, comes the latest what if.

Many years ago when vehicles became equipped with keyless remotes and alarm systems, if an alarm sounded, folks would actually look around to determine which vehicle was sounding and why. Alarms and keyless entry remotes are commonplace these days. Everybody has these. A vehicle alarm that is activated no longer alarms anyone. Folks usually don't even look up. We have become so desensitized that we no longer even hear the alarms.

So, what if I am attempting to run away from someone or something, hit my panic button to summon help and no one even looks? What if I couldn't get out of harm's way because no one noticed? What if, what if and what if? I could go on and on until I work myself into a frenzied state.

I'm thankful that my what ifs are not always frightening. If they were, I would drive myself nuts. Hopefully, my next what if will be silly and not scary. I can never have too much silly.

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