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Friday, March 30, 2007

LOST jumped the shark, Court, Guin's scare, Furniture, More

WTF is up with LOST? If you're not watching it, skip to the next paragraph. If you are, you know what I'm talking about. The producers kept saying Paolo and Nikki were going to be "very important" to the LOST storyline. So WTF was this week's episode? It had nothing to do with anything and I sincerely feel they jumped the shark big time. And the show was getting so much better since it came back from hiatus. Next week's episode HAS got to be better or I'm going to be ticked off. Again.

I can't go into my court appearance this week, as it is going to be appealed. Let's just say the evidence showed that the defendant was responsible. But because of the confusing wording the judge told the jury and a very confused question from the jury foreman, we lost. The jury had no clue. So it will be appealed. It also didn't help that the defendant's lawyer was very familiar with the courthouse and everyone there. I felt we didn't get a just and fair trial. Blech.

It was very stressful - three long days. When I got up to testify, Chris' death came up and I started to cry, but made myself stop. The defendant's lawyer was not nice to me. I know they're not supposed to be, but he kept trying to get me to say something that wasn't true and I got pissed off. When I sat down, my lawyer wrote me a note and slid it to me:

"You look angry. STOP IT!!"

I actually laughed. Then relaxed.

I have been really good about everything lately. But for some reason last night, when I walked by the fridge and looked at the photo I have of Chris' dad on it, I burst into tears. It's a photo of him in October, before he got really bad and was still able to move around, laugh and smile. It's a nice photo of him. I miss him. He always called me "sweetheart."

Got up this morning, excited that my new couch and chair are coming this afternoon! I noticed Guin pulling at her fur on her left hip. I chided her and went to look and it appeared that a wad of gum was stuck in her fur. Oy. So I grabbed a facecloth. Scrub, scrub, scrub. Didn't work. Got some tweezers and gently tugged. She didn't make a noise, but nothing happened. It looked like pink gum. I finally got some scissors and snipped it off. All of a sudden there's blood. Uh-oh! I panicked and called the vet's office and they got us in within an hour.

Got there, with the pieces I'd snipped in a plastic sandwich bag. I was worried, thinking the worst - cancer. Dr. Ross came in and told me to relax. It was a "skin tag." A what? Basically a wart. He shaved off the hair around where I'd cut and he told me I'd done a great job. Geez, maybe I should be a vet assistant. He then checked Guin's ear, cleaned one out (it's infected yet again) and clipped her nails. I call her my little hypochondriac now. I then brought Bandit in to have his nails done. He was not happy. Bandit, I mean.

On the way home, Bandit grumbled and howled in the back seat. He was ticked off. When I was talking with V2, he was doing this and she was laughing. We went through the drive thru at the bank and Debbie, the teller at the window, laughed at him as well. He got an extra biscuit. Debbie wished Guin an early Happy Birthday (it's tomorrow - she'll be 14) and gave her an extra biscuit, too.

Got home and moved the sleeper I've been using in the living room away from the wall to vacuum and get ready for the new stuff. I also installed a new DVD player I got for the living room and moved the old one into the bedroom. I'd been using a portable one, but this 5-DVD changer is great. The new one is also a 5-DVD changer, but it was a steal at $100 at Best Buy and is HD-compatible. I know I'll be upgrading the living room TV sometime this year to HD, as well as the cable TV. As I was hooking up the DVD player in the bedroom, I could hear Chris telling me, "Good job, honey!"

I miss him.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

WHOA's 2006 Cyberstalking Statistics Now Available

Finally! You can view them on our site.

Enjoy and pass the word along!

Jayne A. Hitchcock
President, WHOA
Working to Halt Online Abuse

Monday, March 26, 2007

Montel Williams Needs You!

This is last minute - they are taping the show this Wednesday. They do pay all expenses (airfare, hotel, etc).

We are looking for compelling stories of people who were failed by
the system, either from a scam, fraud, identity theft, false
imprisonment, etc. We are hoping to find a story where there has
been some sort of resolution. If anyone is interested, they can
contact Erin at 1-800-987-5446 x317 - or directly at 212-830-0317.

Chipmunk sighting! Online dating; politicians suck

The other day we had 60+ degree weather. I looked out on the deck and there was Sweetie! I was so excited to see one of the chipmunks! This means that Spring is definitely around the corner. I hope Chippy and Julian are okay and will be popping out soon.

I had to fly to Springfield, Illinois last week to testify for the online dating bill there. It was written so that online dating web sites would put a disclosure on their "front" page whether or not they do background screenings (not background "checks" - the difference is that the latter is extensive, with fingerprints, SSNs, etc). If they don't do screenings, then they would put links to web sites that do them and leave it up to the person viewing their site as to whether they want to join or not.

That was it.

It should have passed.

But it didn't.

Because politicians suck.

I really, really hate testifying for bills sometime.

The representative who sponsored this bill was clueless. I met him the first night I arrived, when I had to "schmooze" with him and other politicos. He wanted to add Myspace protection to the bill. I told him it was a completely different issue. Myspace would be kid/teen related. Online dating was adult related. He didn't get it. I told him if he included that language in the bill, it would not only kill it, but I would not testify. He finally told me he wouldn't do it.

The next day was spent going to politico offices to get their vote (the Judiciary Committee). Some weren't in, but we had a lunch meeting with the Attorney General, State Police rep and the reps from and The AG and State Police were cool as long as two paragraphs would be removed. We didn't have a problem with that ("we" meaning the representative who sponsored it, the lobbyist who was putting everything together and a rep from, who do background screenings as well as putting safer online dating tips on their site). Of course, the reps from and were against any kind of disclosure, which I personally find ludicrous. They're worried about the almighty dollar - they would probably lose potential members who wouldn't want to join a dating site that stated they didn't do screenings. Tough bananas.

So on Thursday morning went to the session to have the bill heard. We were about 10th or so. Everything else passed, most Internet-safety related, so I thought it would be a shoo-in.

Our bill came up and I went with the rep to sit at the table. I was the only expert testifying. The rep came out of the gate spouting about criminal background checks. Not the working "background screening" as in the bill. Oy. It was worse from there. I tried several times to interject and get it back on disclosures on the web sites, but his voice began to rise, his face got red and he was on his own little merry go round.

One committee member, who will remain nameless, spouted off that adults should know better and they get what they get online. When I began to answer her, she told me, "You will NOT respond," told the chairman she gave a no vote and stomped out. She was an angry black woman. Jeez.

We got one yes vote.

I was so pissed off, I didn't even say goodbye to the rep, grabbed my things and left. Terra, from and Ted, the lobbyist came after me and we went back to Ted's office. I was so mad it wasn't funny. They brought me all the way there to get this bill passed and because the stupid rep didn't even appear to read his own damned bill, it failed.

I told them both that if the bill gets rewritten and resubmitted, the only way I'd come back was if there was a different sponsor who knew what the hell he/she was doing. I really hate politicians and dealing with them. Period.

Terra and I had to fly out and good thing we went to the airport early. Springfield is a tiny town, although bigger than where I live. The airport has three regional airlines. Two had canceled all flights. United, our airline, had not, but all had been delayed due to thunderstorms and high winds from the night before that had backed everything up.

So we had a sub, talked and finally flew to O'Hare. Once there, both our connecting flights were way delayed, so we met halfway (she was on American, I was on United) and had some drinks at one of the bars and some appetizers.

I finally got home around 10:30 pm, kissed my mom and the dogs and went to bed.

The next morning I had to take mom to Concord to meet my sister for lunch, but the electrician stopped in at 7 am to give me a quote for some things I needed done in the house. Had lunch at a Japanese restaurant, headed home, bought something for downstairs at BJs, then met Rob, my construction guy (who is a hottie, LOL) at the house. He went back to BJs to help me bring my new portable sink home to put downstairs, then he went to work on my new office.

V2 came over for dinner and stayed the night on Saturday and yesterday I went shopping for printer ink and toner and some new jeans. My clothes are getting big on me, which is good. I have lost a good amount of weight and hope to keep it off.

Rob and Eric (the latter was Chris' friend) worked downstairs most of the day. Rob will be back today. I have to go to court (can't talk about it just yet) and he promised to let the dogs out while I was there. He's a sweetheart.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

New TV Talk Show Wants You!

TV Pilot Looking for Guests:
Have you been the victim of an internet crime, but when you went to prosecute the person, you learned the laws don’t consider it a crime? Have you been the victim of internet defamation where someone posted photos or personal and/or false information about you without your consent? Are you involved in a dispute with someone and you’d like to settle the matter on a TV court show, instead of paying legal fees and attorney fees? Or, do you have a story that’s not listed that you’d like to share? If so, please email Stacy at (please write an email detailing the situation, and include your name and contact phone numbers)

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Watch me on TV or the web tomorrow and Monday

Watch me on NHPTV this weekend - check your cable listings for the correct channel (although on most it's Channel 11), It's supposed to also be available on their web site.

NH Talks: Internet Safety
Airs Sunday, March 18 at 9:30 a.m. and Monday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m.

New Hampshire is among the states with the highest number of households with computers and most of those households have access to the Internet. What are the dangers and how do we keep our children safe online? We explore the issue with our guests: NH Attorney General Kelly Ayotte; Det. James McLaughlin from the Keene Police Department; and Jayne Hitchcock, author and President of WHOA- Working to Halt Online Abuse.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Norwell, MA; Online Dating; CNN; More

Sunday afternoon the dogs and I headed to Norwell, MA, which turned out to be a two hour drive due to traffic. The library is very nice and in a beautiful wooded area, which was good, since I had to leave Bandit and Guin in the car.

Lugged my books inside, met fellow authors, Margaret Press and Paul E. Doyle. She wrote a book about a murder that took place in Salem, MA, her hometown, A Scream On The Water and he wrote about his undercover experiences as a DEA Agent in Hot Shots and Heavy Hits. His book may be made into a TV series.

I got signed books from both and gave them signed copies of mine. Such a deal!

We had a good crowd, about 30-40 people. Margaret started off by introducing all of us, then we each talked about how we got into writing and what motivated us to write our latest books. Then it was Q&A time. Two hours went by very quickly!

I sold 10 books, which was great and the library bought one as well and paid us each $100 for coming down. I was surprised at that. Most libraries don't pay. They also had me take some of the desserts home with me.

Bandit and Guin were very good, so on the way home I drove through Burger King and got them cheeseburgers for dinner. They were happy. Trust me.

Monday ran around doing errands, then went over to V2s for her brother's birthday party. It was just four of us, but was fun and relaxing. Went home to watch "24" - it's getting better and better!

Yesterday made phone calls to get the last of Chris' guitars repaired. Talked with a guy in California who gave me the number of someone here in Maine. Still no calls on the Jeep. I'm not desperate to sell it, but it would be nice to sell it. I hate having to alternate between the two vehicles.

Today talked with the music store in Wells, Maine and they can repair both guitars, plus will take the studio equipment Chris had to sell for me in their store or on consignment, as well as the guitars. So more is leaving the house and I can breathe a little easier.

No more grief sponsor. She feels I am more than okay and dealing with everything in a healthy way. As long as I don't let negative influences back in my life, I should be fine. That was a relief.

Today I meet with my lawyer to finalize my own will. It's a little daunting and a realization that you can die anytime when you put together info for a will. Wow.

Next week I fly to Springfield, Illinois to testify for some online dating legislation. I talked about this and Myspace and other things for CNN Radio the other day. As soon as I get the link for that interview, I'll post it.

Tonight is LOST, so don't call me.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Net Crimes Newsletter - March 12, 2007

Net Crimes Newsletter
March 12, 2007

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Hope you don't live in Texas

House bill makes disclosure of Social Security numbers OK
Despite an opinion to the contrary issued last month by Texas Attorney
General Greg Abbott, the Texas House of Representatives Monday
approved a bill that would allow county officials to release Social
Security numbers under the Texas Public Information Act.

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(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found on the web and were
not written or endorsed by WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)

Extortionists, swindlers, ID thieves haunt Web, HPD vet says - 03/12/07
Since his retirement Feb. 28 from the Honolulu Police Department,
Chris Duque has kept busy talking to community groups and schools
about the hazards of computers in general and the Internet in particular.

Hacker attacks getting more targeted and subtle, says report - 03/12/07
Corporate IT managers should re-double efforts to guard against
targeted attacks, which will increase in scope and subtlety this year,
according to security experts.

Scam alert as robbers target your identity - 03/12/07,22049,21362164-5001024,00.html
THE promise of a holiday of a lifetime that turned out more like a
Stephen King novel, or software which promised to back a winner every
time but really turned the buyer into a loser.

Web also crime haven, FBI agent says - 03/12/07\
The Internet, while providing people the opportunity to get more
information faster than ever, has opened a new world to criminals and
terrorists. It's used for everything from child pornography to
terrorist recruitment and training, said Aaron Craven, an FBI agent
who specializes in cyber crimes.

IT snooping raises questions - 03/11/07
Most large companies rely on in-house technology departments to
monitor office phones and e-mail. Employees generally accept the
practice as necessary to protect business from rogue colleagues and
outside threats.

Woman Who Stalked Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt Allowed Online - 03/09/07
A woman who pleaded guilty in 2003 to stalking actress Jennifer Love
Hewitt will be allowed to use her computer again -- but only under a
librarian's supervision.

Audit: Some Md. employees view racy Web sites at work - 03/09/07
Two state agencies plan Internet training for employees after an audit
showed some workers routinely look at racy Web sites during working hours.

Cyber-stalker targets woman via cell phone - 03/09/07
There is a new twist to cyber-stalking. A young woman says a stranger
used an ingenious ploy to get her cell phone number. The young woman
fears anyone could fall into this trap.

Misuse of data has broad implications for organisations - 03/09/07
As computer systems become integral to the way businesses operate, the
increasing amount of information — particularly personal information —
that is stored electronically means the scope for misuse of both
systems and information has increased greatly.

Security Pros Lax At Protecting Their Own Computers - 03/09/07\
Who has the most secure telecommuting and home computer setups?
Security professionals would seem like a safe bet.

Cybercrime fear limiting e-trade - 03/08/07\
UAE internet users' fear of online threats is stopping them from
conducting transactions online, according to a study conducted by
security vendor Symantec.

Lawmakers Want MySpace, Social Web to Verify Age - 03/08/07\
Connecticut 's Attorney General is leading a group that wants to place
restrictions on social networking websites. Richard Blumenthal, along
with Democratic and Republican leaders of the General Law Committee
introduced a bill on Wednesday to do just that. Their legislation
calls for social networking websites like MySpace, Xanga and others to
verify users' ages, obtain parental consent to post profiles of
minors, and allow parents access to their children's pages. The issues
will put before a public hearing on Thursday.

Web opens up new avenues for harassment - 03/08/07
Harassment sounds like something that's loud and overt, but it doesn't
have to be.
Particularly in office environments, abuses of power such as
intimidation and sexual misconduct can easily be muffled behind closed
doors. Technology takes harassment a step further because, although it
increases our ability to communicate, it also makes it easier to hide.
That's where the problems start.

Court victory for man who took on spammers - 03/08/07;jsessionid=HAW153NU33HDDQFIQMGCFF4AVC\
A man who won damages of £750 after he was sent a single unsolicited
email urged other people yesterday to "take the spammers to court".

Harsh Words Die Hard on the Web - 03/07/07\
She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, has published in top legal journals and
completed internships at leading institutions in her field. So when
the Yale law student interviewed with 16 firms for a job this summer,
she was concerned that she had only four call-backs. She was stunned
when she had zero offers.

The stalking trend - 03/07/07\
Cyber-stalking has become a problem in colleges throughout the nation,
and some campuses are beginning to take measures to prevent it.

Man pleads not guilty in threat case - 03/06/07
A correctional officer accused of making terrorist threats against
Kern County supervisors, judges, a KERO-TV, Channel 23 employee and
others was charged on Tuesday with 26 felony and misdemeanor counts
including threatening state officials and stalking.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Comedy, house work, media

Friday was spent at NHTI in Concord, NH filming NH Outlook for NH Public Television. I met my mom and let her come with me to see what it's like to do one of these shows. There were two other people on the panel, NH Attorney General Kelly Ayotte and Det. James McLaughlin, who heads up the Internet Crimes Against Children dept at the Keene, NH Police Department. He's in my book. The host was Richard Auger, filling in for host Beth Carroll. It was a rousing discussion and will air Monday, March 18th and repeat on the 19th and will be available on the web site as well. Afterwards, mom and I had lunch, then I headed home to do errands.

My computer's DVD/R needs to be replace, so I'll be using my laptop and Chris' computer a few more days.

Friday night went to V2s to pick her and Sanna up to go to Mahalo's for their first comedy night. We were the first ones in, got a table up front and ordered some apps - a sampler platter. I guess V2 had had a few before we left. Since I was driving, I wasn't drinking anything but diet cokes. V2 proceeded to order much more wine. Not a good sign. Sanna is a reformed alcoholic and was drinking tonic water. She and I chatted while V2 flitted around - she knows everyone, I swear!

The first comic came on. His name is Harold "Tuck" Tucker and I personally thought he was the best comedian all night. I don't remember the name of the second guy. He was awfully raunchy (yes, even for me) and not really funny. The third guy, Jimmy Dunn.

He was pretty good, but he made the mistake of picking out V2 in the crowd and asking her what she does for work. She's a massage therapist, so when he heard that, he asked (jokingly) if she worked for the massage parlor that got busted a few years ago in Kittery, Maine. It was a big story here on the seacoast. He had no clue that V2 is *very* sensitive about that. She's a real massage therapist, not a prostitute and she went off on him.

I understood her anger, but also understood he had no clue she was that sensitive.

By the end, he had to try to talk over loud conversations going on in the back of the room and in the ladies room. I think most people were running into other people they hadn't seen in a long time and were too busy socializing. That's a long, cold Maine winter for ya.

I felt bad for Dunn. Sometimes people can be rude.

Got V2 home safely, dropped Sanna off at her car and went home to wind down. The caffeine in the diet cokes had me wired. So it was chamomile tea for me and some late night shows.

Yesterday one of Chris' friends, Bill, came over to help me go through all of Chris' music equipment and box it up. I'm glad we waited to do this. So was Bill. He is such a sweetheart and I gave him some of Chris' things as a thank you for taking the time. He spent about four hours with me. We then went to Michael Charles Music store in Rochester, where Mark Edgerly and Chuck Dunn, who knew Chris, run the place. They're going to sell all of the music equipment in the store and on eBay for me. That means people can come to the store to try out the amps and other things before buying or bidding, whereas I didn't have the capability of doing that. I also wasn't comfortable about having strangers come to the house like that. It's bad enough waiting for someone to call about the Jeep. No calls yet, by the way.

Oh wait. There *was* one. A so-called non-profit was willing to help me sell the Jeep for $99. Jeez.

I then met Bob, another friend, at Home Depot to look at flooring for the basement. I found a ceramic tile I love for the laundry/garden area and have pretty much decided on eucalyptus wood interlock flooring for my office. I just need the square footage to order what I need. Rob, the guy who is going to be building the office emailed me with a more than reasonable quote for the office. I am very happy. He says he can start next week, mostly at nights and on the weekends and thinks he can get it done in two weeks, as long as all the parts needed are available.

Now I have to call the electrician and plumber - the latter to see if I can put in a toilet downstairs. There is plumbing for it and Chris and I had talked about it, but that was before the horror of being hooked up to town sewer. So now I have to see if I can put a toilet in and have that handy. I also found a garden sink I can hook up to an interior faucet at BJs. It's stainless steel with a marble top and needs no special plumbing. Not bad!

So, it looks like things are coming together.

Today, the dogs and I are headed for Norwell, Mass to speak at the the library there. I can sell my books and it looks like it'll be fun.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

It's Brrrrrry Cold

They say it's going to warm up tomorrow. When you can't wait to feel 30 degree weather, you know it's cold. It's been 2-3 degrees in the morning the last three days, plus the wind chill.


I didn't announce this before, but I have a "grief sponsor" (yeah, weird name). She's been wonderful. It's nice to talk to a third party who is not family or a friend. It's made me put things in perspective and realize that I have gone above and beyond for what I've done for others, but that some people forget that I also lost two loved ones and now it's time for me. Which is why I posted all that "me" stuff recently. She reassured me that I have done nothing wrong, I could not have stopped Chris from doing what he did, no matter what (I even talked to everyone he called that last day, except for the ones he talked to for 22 minutes just before he called me at the airport with his whacked out call. They don't need to be talked to. They know.) And that it's true you find out who people really are when someone you love dies. Most people surprise the hell out of you, while others act just the way you thought they would.

I've been getting things done in the house, the motorcycle is up for sale at Great Bay Motorcycles in North Hampton, NH; the Jeep is in the classifieds in several local papers and online (just type in 2001 jeep in the "enter a keyword" box and spread the word); I have two contractors coming by today to give me a quote on transforming the workshop downstairs into my office; things are flying at the eBay auction; and I'm doing more media interviews.

I also may go to Springfield, Illinois next week to testify for more online dating legislation! The dogs are doing great, my health is good, my family and friends are wonderful and I'm actually able to laugh. In fact, a group of us are going for a "girls night out" tomorrow night to a local place that's having some comedians. I haven't done that in ages.

So my life is coming back together and I am starting to smile again. It feels good.

Monday, March 05, 2007

The radio show last night

If you read my earlier post, you would have seen I wasn't feeling so hot, but I was determined to do the show. Promptly at 10 pm, V-103 radio called me and told me it would be a few while the host, Joyce Littel, did her intro, then would play a couple of "soft jazz" tunes. Okay by me.

So I listen and I'm looking at their web site and going through the on-air personalities and got quite a chuckle out of the whole thing. I was a little nervous and was hoping I wouldn't blow it by saying something stupid.

Joyce came on, talked a bit about online dating, how people lie in their profiles, then introduced a local doctor (I think she was a psychiatrist) in the studio, then introduced me as "A.J. Hitchcock."

Oh, we were off an running, LOL.

The banter was quick and at first, I was hesitant, then I figured, "What the hell?" and went with it. I had them laughing a few times and the people who called in kept saying "that lady" (meaning me) was so right! I was doing good, Mom!

Joyce kept promoting a dating site called and some of the people who called had been there or to or the radio station chat line. Most of the stories were good, a few were funny, such as one guy named Luther who set up a meeting with woman who claimed to be 5'6", 130 pounds, with long dark hair in a ponytail, etc. He said as he drove towards a mailbox where they'd agreed to meet (sounds more like a Cops episode, huh?), he said she was all of 5 feet, overweight and had a little "button" of hair (I'm quoting him here) on the back of her head.

He kept on driving.


Then Joyce asked the doctor and I about "hooking up" for just plain old sex online. The doctor was stymied, but I'd done my research and informed her that if people just changed the dot come on blacksingles to dot net, they'd get what they'd want.

I could hear them frantically typing on the keyboard, then they all burst out in laughter in the studio. It's definitely a site for "hooking up," but if you don't believe me, check it out.

WARNING: It's really a nasty, nasty site. And I don't mean that in a nice, hot way.

I ended up staying on for the full two hours. It was a lot of fun and they want me back on. So now I'm a hit in Atlanta!

There is no podcast or way to hear the show (they don't archive it), so you all should have been there!

Over the weekend

I've been so darned busy, it's not funny. I was cleaning a bit downstairs and then came back up here to move some more things out of my office. I'm waiting for a friend, who's a contractor, to get back to me about converting the workshop into my office. I need to get that done first before I can do anything more upstairs.

I also put a bunch of things on eBay and already some have sold with Buy It Now. It truly amazes me at how much some things go for on eBay and what people buy!

Ran around town and down to Kittery wit the dogs on Saturday, errands from hell, ha ha. Went to The Lobster Barn with V2 for dinner and although the food was very good, the people at the bar were, to put it bluntly, a bit low brow. I know that makes me sound like a snob, but I don't care. I love hanging out with people and at the conferences and places I speak at, I hang out with a variety of people, but these folks scared even V2. And she's hard to scare (believe me, she's a new age, love everyone type of person). We laughed when we left and said we're getting old and set in our ways.

Sunday morning I picked her up to go look at an apartment she was thinking of getting. She rents a room in a huge house right now, but wants her own place. The apartment is a one bedroom attached to a ranch house by a breezeway and is actually really cute and has up to date appliances. The wood paneling is kind of 1970s, but $450/month plus utilities (water is included in the rent) is really, really cheap for York. The owner of the house is in his 70s and needs someone mature and with a stable job and did not want to advertise such a low price in the local papers. That's because college kids who want to party would have answered. V2 has her own business and is around my age. She took it!

We went to a local restaurant called Rubys for lunch. I had pulled pork on a bun and it was greasy as hell. I picked at it, then ate most of the pork. The last time I went to Rubys was also with V2 and I had ordered nachos. They were horrible, but the restaurant had gone through some major renovations since then, so I was willing to give them a try.

I should have suggested going elsewhere. I was so sick later in the afternoon, that two cups of tea and a walk with Guin didn't help at all. I had to do the radio interview that night, so I took a nap from 6:30 to 8 pm, then tried to eat something for dinner. My stomach was still upset, felt like vomiting but didn't, I had a glass of milk and some ice cream. That helped. By the time 10 pm rolled around, I was okay to do the interview (which I'll post about later - it was a riot and two hours long).

I had more tea, then went to bed at 12:30 am and slept pretty much through to 7 am this morning. My stomach is still really upset, so more tea and I'll probably go back to bed. I feel lousy.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Online dating radio show - listen to me live tonight!

I'm going to be interviewed tonight on radio station V-103 out of Atlanta, but you can listen to it live and call in.

The show starts at 10 pm tonight and runs to midnight and they plan on having me on for the full two hours.

I'll be talking with radio host Joyce Littel about online dating web sites, expectations and if there is a science to dating online and offline.

Just go to the radio web site at 10 pm and click on the "Listen Live" button on the right top of the page.

I'm not sure what the call-in number is, but I'm sure they'll say it on the air.

Hope you can listen tonight!


Thursday, March 01, 2007


Phone has been acting wacky all day. Caller ID sometimes works. Sometimes the phone rings. Then the Internet started acting wacky. Turns out TimeWarner (my ISP, cable and phone company) was having problems.

Thank goodness I was able to reschedule my interviews for tomorrow.

BTW, all I want to add is The Dresden Files.

Busy busy busy

Peter came and went - a nice surprise to find out he got married in December! I am so happy for him!

I'm off the xanax and my blood pressure is down, probably due to the lack of drama the last two weeks. I am finally taking care of myself and my house, which I should have done before. I was worried too much about others and not worried about me, nor did they seem to be. Now it's "me" time. I am starting on my office, as my new couch and chair are coming this weekend and I need to put the sofa bed back in to use the office as a guest room for now.

Next is starting to sell things on eBay, mostly collectible magazines and books stacked up in my office. It's actually starting to empty out in here, ha ha. After that, I'll work on getting things out of Chris' office so that I can finally move his computer and desk downstairs to use that as a production computer. This will be for copying CDs and DVDs to send out as samples in press kits and to potential speaking engagements.

Then I have to work with my friend who is going to help me redo the workshop downstairs into an office for me and make a real laundry room set off to the side, and possibly add a half bath down there. It's going to be nice when it's finally done.

I'm getting more speaking engagements as well and thank goodness a lot of them are within driving distance, so I can take Bandit and Guin with me. So I'll be traveling quite a bit and fitting in everything else. There just is not enough time in the day.

I still have so much to do and sometimes it's overwhelming, but now that I can concentrate on that, I can take it one day at a time and eventually get the house and myself in order.