I suppose most newer cars with remote control door locks also have what is referred to as a "panic button". On my car key is an attached remote control that I can lock and unlock the vehicle as well as open the trunk. Additionally, there is a little red button that when pushed, activates the horn and exterior lights in a flashing sequence designed to wake up everybody around and hopefully scare off a would be attacker.
Now I've never pushed the panic button in panic, but I have used it around the farm a couple times to let Margie know that while she is out in the "back 40", the phone has rang and it's for her. Works great for that!
What I don't like is when the darn horn and lights go off in the parking lot of a store I'm in while I'm fumbling for something in my pocket. Seems the panic button gets pushed all together too often by accident. Of course trying to push the button a second time to turn off the panic sequence while it's in my pocket so as to avoid the embarrassment of having everyone around me know that I'm the idiot and it's my car making all the noise in the parking lot, is impossible for me.
If you come from a city, I suppose you might actually think a panic button on your key is a good idea. With high crime rates and concern for personal safety that city dwellers live with, under the right circumstances a panic button makes sense... providing you remember you have it to push.
So far, the panic button on my car keys is good for signaling my wife, and has proven to be a pain in the butt on the far more frequent accidental activations of the feature.
So what's my point?
It's now been two years to the day since we agreed to buy the farm(stead). If you've been following along since the beginning of The City Slickers, you know that we love it here, and why we chose to move to Nebraska in the first place. One thing is certain, I'm glad we live in a place that we can forget we have a panic button except when we need a suitable signaling device, or become embarrassed by it's accidental activation.