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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Things that stick in my craw

There are just some things that bug the living daylights out of me. If you're offended by what I write, find another blog to read.

I drive a BMW. It's an older one - almost 10 years old now, but I take good care of it, so it looks new. Don't play games with me on the highway. I hate it when other drivers get on my ass, I pull over to let them pass, then they pass, get in front of me and slow way down, forcing me to pass them in the left lane. And the game continues. I usually end up getting in the far right lane and slowing way down to let these numbnuts get far ahead of me. And don't drive next to me in your little Prius or Mini Cooper or other car that is no match for my Beemer and gun it. I could drive circles around you if I wanted to. But I won't, because I like having a drivers license. Obviously, you do not.

Don't tell me I should smile. I hate it if I'm having a bad day, I'm tired or some numbnuts has tried to drive me off the road and a complete stranger on the sidewalk or in a store says something to the effect of, "You should smile!" If I wanted to smile, I would. Leave me alone.

Kenny Chesney - Could someone please goose him in the butt so he shows some emotion in his singing? Every song sounds the same to me. Monotone in different pitches. He puts me to sleep.

LOST - The TV Series - Unanswered questions that they'd better answer: 1) In the first season there's a horrendous sound and trees topple over. And a "monster" tosses the pilot of Oceanic 815 around. So where is this monster? It can't be the smoke monster, because that sound doesn't happen when SM attacks (just that weird chittering noise); 2) Rousseau's back story is supposed to be told this season. I'm upset it wasn't told while her character was still alive. Everyone had a backstory when their character was still alive, even pathetic Paolo and Nikki; 3) How come no one went through the overhead compartments of the front part of the plane to scavenge things? 4) Why haven't they gone back to the caves. . .at all, even for water?

One of the baggers at my local grocery store is way too inquisitive. I think she may not be "all there," if you get my drift. We were having some friends over, so I bought six bottles of wine. She loudly says, "You having a party or something? That's an awful lot of wine." I was totally embarrassed. Another day I had coupons for $1.00 of three different brands of coffee. So I bought them and she says, "You must like coffee. Do you drink all three at once?" I replied that I had coupons and wanted to try each one to see if I like them. She just couldn't get it through her head that I was able to have different kinds of coffee. I try to avoid the register where she is when I go shopping now.

Customers at the post office who make snide comments to the employees about how "we" pay their salary. Um, hello? The US Postal Service is NOT a government run organization. It is and has always been private. It does have to follow government rules regarding postage, shipping, etc. But "we" do NOT pay anyone's salary at the post office. Get it straight. Oh, and another thing, if a postal employee politely tries to help you because *you* made a mistake and you go off on them and I'm behind you, I AM going to speak up and tell you you're a dumbass. I hate stupid people.

eBay bidders - Listen up, folks. I clearly put in BIG red letters at the top of my listings that I *will* combine shipping if you bid on more than one item. Read the description before emailing me asking me if I combine shipping. Don't ask me what the reserve is. More than likely, you can't afford it. Either bid on it and see if you make the reserve or don't bid. And if the item is local pickup only, then dammit, IT'S LOCAL PICKUP ONLY.

Stop sending me emails that claim you won the lottery or some Nigerian has a lot of money outside the USA and needs your help and expect me to track it down. I don't do that. The police don't do that. It's SPAM, numbnuts. Unless you fall for their scam, just delete the email, report it to or report it through And if you do pay them money and get scammed, then you're a dumbass.

Don't post photos of yourself wearing sexy lingerie, clothing or yourself nude. Or smoking/taking drugs. Or, if you're underage, drinking booze. You can and will be caught and those photos can and will be used against you. Don't post on forums things you wouldn't say to someone's face, even if it supposedly a private forum, chat room, or IM session. Don't post in your blog private things going on in your life unless you're really sure you want the whole frelling world to read it. You may lose your job, a scholarship, a potential job, potential grad school, potential significant other, or if you're in the middle of a divorce or custody battle, you could lose your court case. The Internet is INTERNATIONAL. Which means anyone online, anywhere in the world, of any age, race, or gender can see what you put up online. Even if you mark it private and only your "friends" can view it, do you really know all those people on your "friends" list? Even if you do, what if you have a fight or something happens and you're no longer friends? Uh-oh. That's right. Bye-bye photos and things you posted. And hello to humiliation.

Those new XBox commercials where the back of the person's head is basically cut off and there is a live scene going on inside of the other half. Is it just me or is that totally frelling creepy?

Monday, November 24, 2008

WHOA Newsletter - November 24, 2008

WHO@ Newsletter

November 24, 2008

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Gobble, gobble!
It's a strike, a spare. It's turkey bowling;_ylt=AvbZeh_KqDLz_ES9cI21iNIsQE4F

Set up the pins, clear the lanes and try not to roll a gutter bird.

Cincinnati is warming up for Thanksgiving with its traditional Turkey Bowl, an annual outdoor event using frozen turkeys in place of bowling balls.

Contestants will try to knock down 10 pins Tuesday by sliding rock-hard birds down a lane on the holiday season ice skating rink on downtown's landmark Fountain Square.

The person with the highest score after three rounds wins $100 cash and "WKRP in Cincinnati" DVDs including the series' famous "Turkeys Away" episode.

That's the one about a station promotion in which live giveaway turkeys are dropped out of a helicopter to their deaths ­ because the station manager thought turkeys could fly.

The frozen birds used in Turkey Bowl are discarded store turkeys not intended for anyone's table.

The event is sponsored by Jack Rouse Associates, a local company that designs theme park and museum attractions.

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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)

Cops Eye Web Site's Role In Streaming Video Suicide - 11/24/08
Police in Florida are investigating the role of Web site moderators and discussion board members in a live streaming video of a teen's suicide last week.

Juror axed for verdict poll on net- 11/24/08
A JUROR was kicked off a trial after using Facebook to ask pals if they thought the defendants were guilty.

Hands-off hackers: Crooks opt for surgical strikes - 11/24/08
Internet criminals have been getting more "professional" for years, trying to run their businesses like Big Business to get better and more profitable at selling stolen data online. Now the bad guys of the cyber-underworld are exhibiting other unexpected traits: remarkable patience and restraint in stalking their victims.

Woman's life stolen online - 11/24/08
DEATH threats have been made against a woman whose life was hijacked on a fake MySpace page.
The page, on the social networking site, included photos of the woman, personal information, the type of car she drove and explicit messages.

Net 'police' find suspect activity - 11/24/08
NEARLY one-third of internet moderators, who police the content of internet chatrooms and social networking sites, have reported a suspected case of online child abuse, a study has found.

Gmail exploit may allow attackers to forward e-mail - 11/23/08
A Gmail security vulnerability may allow an attacker to set up filters on users' e-mail accounts without their knowledge, according to a proof of concept posted Sunday at the blog Geek Condition.

Couple sues McDonald's over nude photos on Web: Husband left phone with wife's naked pictures at restaurant - 11/22/08
A Bella Vista couple found out the hard way that when a wife sends nude pictures of herself to her husband's cell phone, these pictures can end up on the Internet.

E-mail threat-maker charged - 11/22/08
A Hamilton man was accused in federal court Friday of being a serial threat maker who claimed he would kill President Bush and blow up landmarks from Denver to Cincinnati. Frederick Purvis, 42, faces up to 10 years in prison if he is convicted of making the threats, most of which were sent via e-mail during the past week to the FBI and media outlets.

Phony Hartford Soldier Charged With Larceny - 11/21/08
Police arrested an 18-year-old man who was posing as a U.S. Army sergeant while attempting to cash a check for $40,000 at a bank on South Main Street Thursday afternoon.
Orlando Ramos-Cabrera, of Hartford, was wearing a uniform he bought online, police said. He had also just purchased a 2008 Dodge Charger from a dealership in East Hartford with a phony check.

Florida teen kills self in front of live webcam - 11/21/08
A Florida teenager committed suicide by drug overdose in front of a webcam streaming live video to the Internet and some viewers may have egged him on, authorities said on Friday.

eHarmony Dispute Heads to Mediation - 11/21/08
A California judge has ordered a class-action discrimination case against online dating site eHarmony into mediation, attorneys for both sides confirmed Friday.

Man charged with cyber stalking - 11/21/08
Police in Perth have charged a man and a woman with numerous sex offences including cyber stalking. Police say they received a complaint from a woman last month that she was being stalked on the internet and being sent naked pictures of herself in the shower.

Certification credited with boosting online confidence - 11/20/08
Extended certificate validation for Web sites has boosted online confidence in 2008, according to a statement released Thursday by the Authentication and Online Trust Alliance (AOTA).

Hit-and-run locker room theft ring busted, say feds - 11/20/08
Authorities have broken up a gang gym thieves they say was responsible for using stolen credit cards to buy computers and other electronic equipment which was then sold for millions of dollars on eBay, according to federal charges.

Man gets death for cyberstalking, killing his girlfriend and friend - 11/19/08,0,5826019.story
A judge today gave the death penalty to a 22-year-old Oviedo man to who cyberstalked his girlfriend after she dumped him then tracked her down and killed her and a friend.

How a camera can 'steal' your keys - 11/19/08
Hide those keys. A quick camera phone picture could unlock your doors.
Scientists in California have developed a software algorithm that automatically creates a physical key based solely on a picture of one, regardless of angle or distance.

Internet chiefs target fake discount vouchers - 11/18/08
Legitimate vouchers, circulated via email, give customers special offers and discounts at retailer's websites and are becoming more popular. Internet searches using the keyword "vouchers" have increased 12-fold in three years.

German MP injuncts Wikipedia over Stasi claims - 11/17/08
A far-left German politician has been forced to withdraw an injunction against online encyclopedia Wikipedia after it revealed details of his Stasi past.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Volunteer Researcher needed

I'm looking for someone who is not only a good researcher, but good with their English communications, verbally and written for my organization, WHOA. The position is Online Services List Maintainer, which would entail emailing/calling ISPs, blog services, cell phone providers, etc to get their correct contact info for WHOA and law enforcement.

This information will be provided by the volunteer to our webmaster who will add it to the list on our site. I cannot provide the URL, as it is password-protected and will be available only to the person who ultimately gets the position.

You must be 18 years of age and be able to call numbers that are in the USA. You must NOT have an active case with WHOA.

If you are interested, email me for an application.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

School - 1957 VS 2007

Glad it wasn't 2007 when I went to school how about you?

SCHOOL -- 1957 vs. 2007


Jack goes quail hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot

with shotgun in gun rack.


- Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car

and gets his shotgun to show Jack.


- School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to

jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for

traumatized students and teachers.


Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.


- Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.

2007 - Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark.

Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.


Jeffrey won't be still in class, disrupts other students.


- Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by the Principal.

Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2007 - Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested

for ADD. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a



Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a

whipping with his belt.


Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to

college, and becomes a successful businessman.


Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to

foster care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells Billy's sister

that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison.

Billy's mom has affair with psychologist.


Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.


Mark shares aspirin with Principal out on the smoking dock.


Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations.

Car searched for drugs and weapons.


Pedro fails high school English.


Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.


Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear

nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for

graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state

school system and Pedro's English teacher. English banned from core

curriculum. Pedro g iven diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for

a living because he cannot speak English.


Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them

in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed.


Ants die.


BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with

domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from

home, computers confiscated, Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list

and is never allowed to fly again.


Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is

found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.


In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.


Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job.

She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of



This should hit every e-mail to show how stupid we have become!

And if we do not wake up and take our country back - WE will not have

a country , nor a society to grow old in or for our children to grow

up in

Monday, November 17, 2008

WHOA Newsletter - November 17, 2008

WHO@ Newsletter

November 17, 2008

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .What a bunch of croc

Man arrives at bar with pet alligator; cops called;_ylt=AkIhWhexdivkL_jWWhHQolssQE4F
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Heard the one about the guy who walked into a bar with an alligator?

At Johnny's Saloon in Orange County, it was more than a joke early Saturday when a man arrived with his 3-foot pet gator on a leash.

By the time police and animal control officers arrived at Johnny's, the gator was in the man's vehicle in the parking lot. Officers followed him home, where another alligator was found, animal control spokesman Ryan Drabek said.

Both alligators were impounded and were being held Wednesday pending an investigation by the Department of Fish and Game, Drabek said.

Alligators are not native to California and it is illegal to keep them as pets.

A woman who answered the telephone at Johnny's Wednesday night declined to comment.

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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)

Warning on internet 'miracle medicines' - 11/17/08
PATIENTS should not place "false hope" in promises made by untested internet miracle cures, medical experts warned.

Saving our children - 11/17/08
The state of Florida is finally standing up to bullies.
The new anti-bullying law, called the Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up For All Students Act, requires all school districts to implement policies addressing the issue by Dec. 1.

Dead youth's web memorial abused - 11/17/08
A memorial website to a Derby teenager who was shot dead has been taken down because of of abusive messages.

The creep who has invaded our e-mail - 11/16/08
If you recently got e-mail with death threats or obscene insults that, according to the sender address, came from Sarasota Police Chief Peter Abbott, you are far from alone.

Trial for hospice nurse delayed to February - 11/15/08
Esther Lee Evans was suffering from diabetes and breathing problems before she died in a north Mississippi hospice in 2006, and her family had no reason to think her death was anything but natural.

Former teacher who offered girl, 15, £200 for sex on Bebo is jailed after pupil tricks him into revealing his identity - 11/15/08
A former PE teacher traced a 15-year-old pupil on an online networking site and offered her £200 to have sex with him.

Cyber harassment jury to be told of Megan Meier's suicide - 11/14/08
The jury deciding the cyber-harassment case against Lori Drew will be told at next week's trial that the target of her Internet messages killed herself, a judge in Los Angeles ruled Friday.

Protecting personal info crucial, says local expert - 11/14/08
The Internet is becoming a metaphorical dark alley, filled with dangers that might lead to the growing problem of cyber crime.
Ken Orford, owner and operator of Quinte Technical Services, says he hasn’t run into much crime but has seen his share of the Trojan virus that can leak personal information. Orford removes Trojan viruses from computers and creates firewalls for wireless networks. The Trojan virus can infect a computer from something as simple as an email attachment.

JuicyCampus: ‘It’s like an electronic bathroom graffiti wall’ - 11/14/08
Students are giving the word “slander” a whole new meaning on the Web site
The site allows students to post anonymously about their college classmates and anything else “bugging” them about school. Dean of Students Anthony Campbell is anything but thrilled about the use of the site by Rider students.

Phishers in Federal Reserve double bluff - 11/14/08
Reports are emerging of a new phishing scam which appears to originate from the Federal Reserve and purports to contain information on how to protect systems about a new spam email threat.

Man charged in e-mail threats - 11/14/08
A 19-year-old Mississippi man is facing federal charges after allegedly sending threatening e-mails with racial overtones to students at several universities, including Nicholls State University and LSU, according to an arrest affidavit.

Stalking his status updates? - 11/14/08
Once upon a time, two people fell in love. It rocked.
They both changed their Facebook status to "In a Relationship" and posted pictures on their blogs of them kissing, laughing and frolicking. Then things went sour and they broke up.

Revealed: The 'other woman' in Second Life divorce... who's now engaged to the web cheat she's never met - 11/14/08
The new fiancee of Second Life love rat David Pollard, whose marriage crumbled when his wife caught him 'having online sex with her', was unmasked today - and denied the pair had had a cyber-affair.

Facebook pulls Italian neo-Nazi pages encouraging violence against gypsies after outcry - 11/14/08
Facebook have removed several pages from its site used by Italian neo-Nazis to incite violence after European politicians accused the Internet social networking site of allowing a platform to racists.

It's not a pretty picture when scam-baiters take it too far - 11/13/08,25197,24642117-23375,00.html
A NEW generation of guerilla fighters is stalking the planet. These brutal underground warriors are vastly outnumbered by their enemies but still they battle on, armed only with their wits, their supportive websites and their ability to make Nigerians they've never met photograph themselves with "sheep shagger" signs and toilet seats on their heads.

Are Social Networking Sites Discoverable? - 11/13/08
Peggy casually sits at her workstation writing in her "MyFazer" (a fictional name of a social networking site). She is reporting on the backyard party she attended over the weekend. She reminisces about the fun she had bouncing on a trampoline with the entire football team before it collapsed. She ponders: Could her resulting injuries be her "golden ticket" to escape from a mountain of debt? Could she now force her employer, INC, to give her a prime office on the first floor and a front-line parking space?

No duty to monitor employee’s computer - 11/12/08
Merely giving an employee access to a computer doesn’t render the employer liable if he uses it for harassment. In a Nov. 6 opinion, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals held that summary judgment was properly granted to the employer on a victim’s negligent supervision claim.

Sharing Their Demons on the Web - 11/12/08
FOR years they lived in solitary terror of the light beams that caused searing headaches, the technology that took control of their minds and bodies. They feared the stalkers, people whose voices shouted from the walls or screamed in their heads, “We found you” and “We want you dead.”

Internet 'Viagra' is a danger - 11/12/08
MEN who buy Viagra on the internet risk flopping in bed, throwing up ­ or even death, a report says. User Sues; Schoolmates Weren't Really Looking for Him - 11/12/08
When told user Anthony Michaels last Christmas Eve that his former school chums were trying to contact him, he pulled out his wallet and upgraded to the premium membership that would let him contact long-lost fifth-grade dodge-ball buddies and see if his secret crush from high school had looked him up online.

Facebook postings land N.C. teachers in hot water - 11/12/08
A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teacher faces firing for posting derogatory comments about students on Facebook, while four others have been disciplined for posts involving “poor judgment and bad taste,” school district spokeswoman Nora Carr said Tuesday.

Internet sex gang members jailed - 11/12/08
Two brothers who led an internet sex gang which made millions by exploiting trafficked women have been jailed.

Thiefrow gang lifts £1m of duty-free - 11/11/08
A GANG who stole £1million of British Airways duty-free and flogged it on eBay have been smashed by cops.

Online ads using Canadian soldier picture, fake story to sell 'vehicles' - 11/10/08
An internet scam has been using the photo of a Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan to try to sell supposed used vehicles.

Monday, November 10, 2008

WHOA Newsletter - November 10, 2008

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Darwin at work

Ga. man cleaning with blowtorch sets house on fire;_ylt=As8ER21fdsfXz8ZqQ.ZLUD8sQE4F

Would-be cleaners take note: A blowtorch is not a good substitute for a broom. Coweta County authorities said Galen Winchell set fire to his west Georgia home Wednesday as he cleaned cobwebs from exterior eaves with a blowtorch. Winchell noticed the blaze when he saw smoke pouring from the attic.

Coweta Fire Investigator James Gantt says the fire was contained to one part of the house, but the entire home had smoke and water damage.

No one was hurt. No phone number was listed for Winchell.

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SKorea cracks down on malicious Internet use - 11/10/08
South Korean police have rounded up more than 2,000 people for spreading malicious rumours on the Internet during a month-long crackdown sparked by an actress's suicide, officials said Monday.

Duo sold war guns on eBay - 11/10/08
Relic hunters Jay Howe and Paul White have escaped jail despite selling guns and bullets they found on World War battlefields on eBay.

MySpace user arrested for stalking SoCal woman - 11/07/08
A Michigan man apparently enraptured with a Ventura County woman's profile on her MySpace social networking page has been arrested for stalking.

Crime RCMP confirms family of slain professor warned them of threats, announces case review - 11/07/08
The RCMP apologized to the family of John McKendy on Thursday after admitting it had been warned by a relative three days prior to his murder that his son-in-law was a threat.

War medals stolen 20 years ago discovered on internet - 11/06/08
A woman has discovered her father's First World War bravery medals for sale online 20 years after they were stolen.

Minister sentenced for stealing wedding gifts - 11/06/08
A minister who married a couple in 2007 then stole $1,500 of their wedding gifts has been fined and sentenced to two years bench probation.

Halloween argument leads teens to online harassment - 11/05/08
York police on Thursday, Oct. 30 ­ the evening the town celebrated Halloween ­ charged a juvenile with assault after a confrontation with another York High School student.

Surfing porn can still get you fired - 11/05/08
The Internet enables people to watch more pornography than ever before, even at work. Adult films gross more than Hollywood. However, despite its rising popularity, it hasn't become any more acceptable to the mainstream and is often part of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Inside the LAPD's Threat Management Unit - 11/04/08
Her friends meant no harm. They decided to throw a birthday party for her at a Hollywood club and posted details and photographs on a Web site. A man trolling for attractive women spotted her picture. He located her MySpace page and discovered that she hosted a satellite radio show. Posing as an entertainment agent, he claimed to be a friend of a well-known Hollywood photographer. The photographer, the man said, wanted her to model for him and needed her phone number. As it happened, the woman knew the photographer. She also knew that he already had her number. She e-mailed back: Just tell him to call. Thwarted, the man responded, "Tell him yourself, bitch." He began e-mailing threats. "I want to send someone to blow up your house." "I want to cut you up and drink your blood." "I will kill you."

Son Allegedly Attacks Mom After MySpace Cut-Off - 11/04/08
An 18-year-old Hayden, Idaho, man was arrested late last week after allegedly stabbing his mother when she forbid him to use the Internet social networking site MySpace. The teen was charged in 1st District Court with aggravated assault after his mother said he cut her wrist.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Happy Birthday to me!

Yep, I'm celebrating. I'm a half a century old and feel wonderful! Last night, we went out with friends Bob and Robin (who stood up for us at our wedding) and they bought us dinner to celebrate my birthday. We haven't gone out with them for a long time, so it was fun to catch up on a lot of things and just have fun.

This morning I woke up to kisses on my neck and cheek. Chris told me to go use the bathroom, then hop right back into bed. I could smell things cooking in the kitchen. I waited in bed and he brought me breakfast - three pancakes shaped in an "I," a heart for "love" and a "U." Awwww. Plus bacon, OJ and two roses.

I love this man.

He's working 10-7 today, so I'm going down to Home Depot to meet him for lunch and spend my gift cards I got for my birthday from my mom, sister and other folks. Then when he gets home, we're going to open up a bottle of champagne and celebrate some more.

I'm probably the only person who was glad to get an AARP membership in the mail. My health insurance sucks big time and the AARP has a medical discount plan with its membership. We intend on using it for doctor and dentist appointments, since I can add Chris to my membership.


Thursday a man from Pease Greeters, Ed Johnson, came to the house to pick up all of my late husband's Marine uniforms. I had three seabags, plus another small bag and box filled with boots and a pair of dress shoes to go with the dress blues. I didn't realize how much there was. He was thrilled to get them to go through and give to Marines who need uniforms but can't afford to buy them. I was just happy they went to a good cause.

After he left, I drove to the cemetery to place a new flag on Chris' grave and a rose on both Chris and his dad's grave. Someone had put a couple of small pumpkins on either side of the gravestone. I actually felt peaceful this year. Last year, I was in Sarasota visiting a friend because I couldn't bear to be home the whole week. Chris' dad died November 5th, Chris the 6th, my birthday is the 9th and we buried Chris on the 10th. But this year, even though I dreaded being home, it wasn't as bad as I thought. Yes, I cried, but it was somehow a cathartic crying.

I went home and Chris took me out for an early birthday dinner, and we just didn't want to be in the house at the time my late husband killed himself in the house. When we got home, we watched some TV and cuddled, then went to sleep.

What they say is true - every day it does get just a little bit better. You never forget, but you do heal a little bit more.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

In Memory of Dad and Chris

In memory of William E. Hitchcock 1928-2006

Died November 5, 2006

Mr. Hitchcock built ship models for nearly fifty years. He was a prolific builder, and was best known for his stylized commercial or decorative quality models. His refined, museum quality work is evident in his models and dioramas on exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum, Mystic Seaport Museum, South Street Seaport, the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum and the Mariners’ Museum, as well as in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the country. His work may also be signed “Arthur Clark,” a pseudonym used to identify his collaborative work with his older son, W. Paul, distinguishing their joint efforts from their individual model work.

and Christopher N. Hitchcock 1966-2006

Christopher N. Hitchcock, 40, of York, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2006 at his home.

He was born on Aug. 31, 1966, in Huntington, N.Y., the son of William E. and June (Clark) Hitchcock. He was a graduate of York High School.

He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps for 10 years and had participated in Operation Desert Storm. He had earned the rank of Staff Sergeant and was honorably discharged.

He had worked with his father William in the family's model ship building business since 1998. Christopher was a gifted musician who enjoyed playing the bass guitar. He also enjoyed boating, cooking and especially riding his Triumph motorcycle.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Jayne A. (Doyle) Hitchcock of York; mother, June C. Hitchcock of Dover, N.H.; brother, William P. Hitchcock of Portsmouth, N.H., and sisters, Sandra M. Coddington and her husband Keith of Germantown, Md., and Debra A. Hitchcock and her husband Stephen Duddleson of Ijamsville, Md. Many nieces and nephews also survive him.

He was predeceased by his father, William E. Hitchcock.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Marlboro Hot Laps - Vroom Vroom!

Chris smokes Marlboro cigarettes (yep, he's the quintessential "Marlboro Man"). He's also been trying to quit since he met me. He has cut down his smoking quite a bit, at least. It seems every time he decides to quit, some stressful thing happens to him or us and he starts smoking again. So to save money, he signed up last year on the Marlboro web site, hoping for discount coupons. He's been getting some nifty gifts from them - a Zippo lighter, ashtray, dice game, but no coupons. Then he got a big envelope in the mail in late September and it was a promotion claiming he and a guest could go to the local NASCAR track in Loudon, NH to do a free ridealong with a racecar driver. It had a DVD with it, so he asked me to check it out.

I know that those ridealongs can be expensive - my late hubby did it at the Richard Petty Driving School down south back in 1997 or so and it was a good chunk of money, so I wondered what the catch was.

I popped in the DVD and watched the video, read through the terms and couldn't believe it. Chris and I could go to the track, and each of us would get to ride in the passenger seat not only going around the track at up to 130 MPH, but also on a drifting course. Plus, we'd get free goodies and free food as well. Cool beans!

I signed us up for October 24th and we went. Joanne said she'd stop by to check on the dogs, since Guin still wasn't feeling well then (BTW, she's back to her old hopping around self - I think that tick we found had a lot to do with her being so sick).

We got there, had to sign waivers, got our gift bags which came with a lighter, disposable camera, racing gloves (one size fits none, LOL), face sock (you wear over your face and under the racing helmet), ear plugs and a "I rode with the pros" hat. Double cool beans!

We tried on helmets to see what size we'd wear, got our driving suits on and were directed to the waiting area, which had snacks, (non alcoholic) beverages and a couple of cars to take photos next to or in, plus a green screen photo:

A guy named Chip came to describe what was going to happen next with the drifting course, then another guy came to talk and he looked just like the actor who plays Ben on LOST. First is a link to Chip telling us our team name (there were about 30 of us), then "Ben."

I was before Chris for the drifting and he got one photo of me in the car, which were souped up Mustangs:

I got better pics of him waiting in line in his racing suit:

Then I got a good video of the car he was in drifting.

I loved the drifting - the woman driving my car was very cool and went so fast I told her it was better than rollercoaster. And it was.

Next up was the racetrack. Here are some of our team members getting their helmets for their rides:

and the car I rode in - souped up Dodge Avengers:

This is what it looked like zooming by us - Vroom Vroom

These cars were so LOUD. And my driver went 130 MPH around the track once I gave him the thumbs up. It's amazing how close they come to the wall on the straightaway.

I have to admit, though, the drifting course was more fun. I hope they come back next year and do a longer drifting course!

We got a really nice hot buffet meal (not just snacks) afterwards and a travel coffee cup as a thank you gift. One thing I noticed was that Marlboro's logo/name wasn't on a darned thing. Must be some sort of law against that. And they didn't give out free cigarettes or coupons, but boy, we had a total blast.

Here's my handsome hubby - soon to be a NASCAR legend (ha ha ha)

Monday, November 03, 2008

WHOA Newsletter - November 3, 2008

WHO@ Newsletter

November 3, 2008

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .And be quick about it

Welsh road sign lost in translation;_ylt=AoitZLaI07In5Jkldqo8FlmgOrgF
Officials in Wales mistakenly erected a road sign that read "I am not in the office at the moment" in Welsh after a translation mix-up.

The sign originally said in English, "No entry for heavy goods vehicles. Residential site only," but when Swansea Council officials sent it to be translated, they received an automated e-mail written in Welsh that read: "I am not in the office at the moment. Please send any work to be translated."

Unaware of the actual meaning of the e-mail, officials had the sign printed and put up near a supermarket, only realising their mistake when Welsh speakers pointed it out.

All road signs in Wales are required to be written in English and Welsh.

"Our attention was drawn to the mistranslation of a sign at the junction of Clase Road and Pant-y-Blawd Road," a Swansea Council spokesman said.

"We took it down as soon as we were made aware of it and a correct sign will be installed as soon as possible."

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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)

China sacks drunk official outed on Internet - 11/03/08
China's ministry of transport has fired an official in the southern boomtown of Shenzhen after photos and video clips of his drunken misbehavior in a seafood restaurant appeared online.

Three passengers in car crash hiding - 11/01/08
A married mother of four remains hospitalized, three women are in hiding, one man is jailed, at least one other suspect is on the run and answers are in short supply one day after an attack via vehicle at a West Knox County intersection. The three women are not being identified in this story at their request because of their fear of being tracked down by the suspect still free. They say they believe that suspect is a friend of Selvidge's who since the crash has been sending them threatening messages via the popular social networking Internet site KCSO officials aren't saying if they agree.

Case Study of Craig's List Personals Reveals an Overwhelming Number of Fake Advertisements - 11/01/08
The Consenting Adults Network would like to announce the publishing of a very important Case Study which exposes and documents what an issue scammers have become for online personals and dating websites alike.
The Craig's List Case Study examined personal advertisements posted with pictures in the w>m category from one day in all U.S. cities, with the hope of gaining a better understanding of exactly how big of an issue scammers have become for websites like Craig's List. The results of the study were extremely disturbing and a blow to hopeless romantics out there everywhere. After reviewing 6,590 personal advertisements, it was found that 84% (possibly even as high as 91%) of the personal advertisements examined were by imposters posting fake ads.

Logging on to h@te - 11/01/08
Remember the time when new netizens were discovering the joys of e-mail and chat? When we watched Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail log on and send messages to Tom Hanks. That was cool, way back in 1998, when that film was released. It explored the concept of what happens when the virtual world and the real world intersect at some point.

Email threat lands jilted lover in the soup - 11/01/08
Sitting in the relative obscurity of a cyber café cubicle in Kochi, the jilted lover never thought his mail to the president, warning of a terror attack on Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and blasts in New Delhi, will lead to his arrest in less than 12 hours.

Man foils scam that could have cost him $8,700 - 10/31/08
Scammers beware. Dean Crysler isn’t one to be messed with.
The Redlands man recently was a target of yet another Internet scam, this one in which a man who claimed to live in Madrid offered to purchase his nearly $50,000, 38-foot, 1996 Harley-Davidson Holiday Rambler motor home after seeing it listed on Craigslist, the popular buying and selling Web site.

Cybercrimes in UK are due to economic crisis - 10/31/08
According to a report of Online Security firm, Garlik, the rate of Cyber crime in UK has increased immensely in UK with more than 3.5 million online crimes took place in 2007 which is again a 20% rise from the previous year.

Another GOP E-mail Hacked - 10/31/08
A bitter Florida State Senate campaign has taken a nastier turn after Republican candidate Nancy Detert received e-mail death threats and had her e-mail account hacked. “I got a death threat by email. It said ‘I am going to assassinate Nancy Detert. It will be from a distance, with a sniper rifle’,” says Detert. “Pretty soon my entire system got hacked into, my contact list stolen, and I couldn’t get into any of my own Yahoo mail. And then people stated getting nasty emails that looked like they were from me”

Charges stand in Web harassment case - 10/30/08
Lawyers in the case of a Missouri woman who allegedly engaged in online bullying that caused a teenager's suicide were told Thursday to prepare for trial. U.S. District Judge George Wu, sitting in Los Angeles, did not rule on a defense motion to dismiss the charges against Lori Drew, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Wu said he may not decide on dismissal until Nov. 18, when her trial is scheduled to begin.

Queens Man Arrested for Putting Wife's Nude Photo Online Again - 10/30/08
(what a moron - ed)
A college recruiter on probation for posting pictures of his nude wife on the Internet and inviting strangers to join her in a rape fantasy is under arrest again - on the same charges.

Virgin axe crew over 'chav' jibes - 10/30/08
VIRGIN Atlantic yesterday sacked 13 crew members who branded passengers “chavs” and mocked the airline’s safety.

Microsoft warns of financial crisis email scams - 10/29/08
Internet fraudsters will try to exploit the global financial crisis by sending fraudulent emails purporting to offer cash-strapped consumers new mortgages, loans or money from failed banks, a Microsoft executive said on Wednesday.

Online Scams Increase as People Worry About the Economy - 10/29/08
With banks failing and billions of dollars changing hands, e-mail scams are on the rise and targeting your money.

Bus driver loses job over commuter’s harassment - 10/29/08
The man behind the disturbing YouTube videos showing the vicious harassment of a person with disability at the Valletta bus terminus has turned out to be a bus driver.

Google settles copyright dispute with authors, publishers - 10/29/08
Google and book publishers and authors on Tuesday announced a landmark settlement to a copyright dispute that will make millions of books available for purchase online.

Mt. Pleasant Couple Almost Get Scammed Selling Car Online - 10/28/08
A Mount Pleasant family was nearly taken by an internet scam while trying to sell their car. It's a scam they want you to know about. The lease on the Maness' car had run out and the time was right to sell but what happened next nearly cost them $1,500.

Yahoo, Microsoft Combine To Fight Net Lottery Scams - 10/28/08
Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) and Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) have joined forces to fight Internet lottery scams.
The companies said Tuesday that they have joined with Western Union and the African Development Bank to combat the growing problem.

'Online hoodies' stalking the web - 10/27/08
A new generation of 'online hoodies' is wreaking havoc in cyberspace, Internet security experts are warning.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Free Boat, Guin Update, Cascade Idaho

Soooooo, Chris likes to check out the things for free on Craigslist in Maine and New Hampshire. We get a kick out of some of the listings. One afternoon, when he'd gotten done with work early, he logged in and said, hey, there's a free boat in Wells (which is only about a half hour from us). We looked at the photos provided and the boat looked dirty, but sturdy. It was a 16 foot 1970 Crestliner, with motor and trailer. The guy giving it away said he'd gotten it for free a few years before and he had to move the boat out of his mom's yard, where he was storing it, because she was selling her house. He wanted to "pay it forward" and give the boat to someone else. I guess he got overwhelmed with responses. Chris was luckily the first to respond to his post, which this guy had just happened to put up when Chris logged into Craigslist.

Talk about good timing.

Chris was working on Sunday, so I drove up to Wells to meet this guy and look at the boat. I was going to meet Chris for lunch to make a decision, but once I saw it, I told the guy we'd take it. I sent Chris a photo via my cell phone and texted him. He called me and we arranged to pick the boat up that Wednesday. I took photos of the boat to show Chris at lunch. It was definitely very dirty, needed new paint, new seats, rewiring (which Chris can do), but it was in very good shape. And for free, you can't beat it. The guy signed all the paperwork over to me and I went to meet Chris for lunch. Chris was psyched.

So Chris went with a couple of his friends to pick the boat up that Wednesday, said the trailer drove like a dream, parked it in the driveway and we looked at each other. We have a boat!!!!!! One of his coworkers at Home Depot works part time there and part time at a local marina. So he's going to help us get the parts we need off of old boats at the marina that are just wasting away; he also told us he can get us a good deal on a stronger used outboard motor. Coolness!

We washed the boat the other day and what a difference a little soap and water can make. We can't wait for spring now. These photos are the ones I took when I first looked at it - so imagine it clean. Right now it's snug tight in a shed for the winter.


GUIN UPDATE: She's doing well, actually better. And because Chris found a tick on her neck the day before yesterday. The little bugger was full up of blood (disgusting). I held her front paws, his daughter held her back ones and Chris removed the tick and put it in a cup. We took Guin to the vet and although he said it was a common tick and not a lyme-carrying one and he felt it wouldn't make a difference in how she felt, we've seen such a change - for the good - in her. She's been up and walking a lot more, eating like a little pig, actually following me around the house and has been sleeping pretty much through the night lately. Before the tick was found, she had us getting up almost every hour yelping to go out to pee or just yelping. Now she just gets up and I can either hear her footsteps or she barks a little.

I don't care what the vet claims, but Guin is definitely feeling better. She's still old- that won't change, but we both think the tick was a big part of the problem. So phew for now.


Two weeks ago Sunday, when Guin was really bad, I had to fly to Boise, Idaho to do a full day of training on Monday for the Idaho Office of the Attorney General. It was covering maining child-related issues on the Internet, such as cyberbullying, predators, child porn, stalking and general safety.

I got into Boise at around 530 pm their time (730 pm our time), got my rental car (a Dodge Avenger) and then had another hour and a half drive to Cascade. The drive was windy and dark, through, up and down mountains and the hotel I was staying at in Cascade, looked wonderful to me when I pulled in.

The Ashley Inn was old-fashioned and more like a huge B&B. My room was large, with two queen-sized beds, a sitting area, one of those fake fireplaces that look real and blow out heat, a huge bathroom and was just all around comfortable. It looked kind of like this one, except mine wasn't so orange and bright. It was more stately with flowered bedcovers and walls.

My training went off without a hitch, but at lunch I went through the buffet line and ate in my room. Why? The lunch presentation was about the Idaho suicide prevention organization and since the person who booked me didn't know how graphic it was, I asked to be excused. After my late hubby's suicide, and with it being so close to the anniversary of his death (and his dad's), I didn't want to be upset for the rest of my training that afternoon.

The afternoon training finished well and everyone got a copy of Video Professor's "Learn How to Use A Computer" instead of the lesson based on my book. How come? When I'd called the guy at VP to have a box of the lesson based on my book, which is called "Protect Yourself Online," the shipping department sent out the other one because it had a label slapped on it that read "Protect Yourself Online." Oy. No biggie.

Sold some books, which meant I didn't have too many to bring home - yay!

The group I'd been training took me to a restaurant on the lake and had prime rib, which was good and it was neat listening to all the different conversations going on.

I was tired, so when I got back to my room, got the update on Guin and collapsed and fell asleep.

The next day flying back home was long - almost 10 hours with driving back to Boise, flying from Boise to Salt Lake City, then to Chicago, then to Manchester, NH. I was so glad to see my car when I got to the Manchester airport. And even happier to be home.

I got good feedback from the person who booked me - this was through the Dept of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, so I'm hoping this gets me more gigs. My speaking schedule is very quiet right now and I really need the work.

If you know anyone who would be interested in training (such as law enforcement, including university/college campuses); speaking to students, teachers and parents at middle and high schools; lectures at colleges/universities; training for business and organizations about online issues in the workplace; librarians; general online safety talks for conferences, events, etc, then send them to my Speaking Page. Support a good cause - my work in cybercrime (which I don't charge for when I work with law enforcement, victims and through my organization, WHOA.