Showing posts from January, 2009

Boy, was I happy to see Norfolk

Tuesday morning I drove to the Manchester, NH airport, on my way to Norfolk, Virginia to speak at Old Dominion University. It'd been a few months since my last speaking engagement, so I was raring to go and actually glad to get away for a few days. The snow was starting to get to me at home.

My flight to Reagan in Washington, D.C. (the connecting flight) was delayed. I checked in and found I had to pay $15 to check my one bag (I had to fly to St. Louis the next day to do training at another conference, so I couldn't do just carry-on). Say what? I thought the first checked bag was free? But nooooooo. US Airways only lets the "high end" mileage members get free checked bags, not us lowly ones with a regular mileage card. Oh, pfft.

I get on the plane with a lunch I grabbed from Quizno's (kids meal, which was half a sub, chips and soda for $4.50) and was glad I did. Now they're charging for beverages, even a glass of frelling water. Coffee and tea is a buck, soda/…

WHOA Newsletter - January 26, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .and his accomplice was a sheep

Nigerian police detain goat over armed robbery;_ylt=Ag9MWTkMOFBjrlG4AYZs4o_tiBIF
Police in Nigeria are holding a goat on suspicion of attempted armed robbery.

Vigilantes took the black and white beast to the police saying it was an armed robber who had used black magic to transform himself into a goat to escape arrest after trying to steal a Mazda 323.

"The group of vigilante men came to report that while they were on patrol they saw some hoodlums attempting to rob a car. They pursued them. However one of them escaped while the other turned into a goat," Kwara state police spokesman Tunde Mohammed told Reuters by telephone.

"We cannot confirm the story, but the goat is in our custody. We cannot base our information on something mystical. It is something that has to be proved scientifically, that a human being turned into a goat,&…

With apologies to Blake Shelton. . .

We went to Best Buy yesterday and bought AC/DC's black album CD and the newest Blake Shelton CD. Chris had taken the Jeep out of storage, so we were tooling around Portsmouth listening to the AC/DC CD and having a blast. We stopped off at our favorite candy store, Yummies and got way too much candy, then headed home.

We fed the dogs and decided that since the last month we've been doing snowplowing, snowblowing and shoveling just about every weekend and there was no snow predicted for this weekend, we'd treat ourselves to a night out. We had a $50 gift certificate to our favorite restaurant, Lobster Cove, so we were psyched.

We fed Bandit and Phoebe, took them out to do their business, then left for the restaurant. I put the Best Buy bag on the couch. I had twin lobster dinner (just $18.99 with all the fixings) and Chris got prime rib. The food there is always delish! We then headed over to the American Legion (I'm a member of the Ladies Auxiliary) at their brand spankin…

WHOA Newsletter - January 19, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .She was dyeing to get there

Police: woman goes to hair appointment after crash;_ylt=AqJ1ABIro9ioppKDxWT7hbQsQE4F

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – An elderly woman in Palm Beach County crashed with her vehicle into a man on a scooter and then kept driving to make her hair appointment, police said.

Louise Davidson, 77, was arrested Thursday for leaving the scene of an injury crash, Boynton Beach police said.

Police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said the woman was turning right when she veered into the path of the oncoming scooter that had the right of way. The man was thrown by the impact onto the windshield and then fell to the road, she added.

Police said they later spotted the woman's car after she had her hair appointment.

Authorities said the man suffered abrasions all over his body but the injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

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Losing Face

This web site is a must-read for anyone contemplating plastic surgery:

Cyber Crime Expert Endorses National Stalking Awareness Month

Press Contacts:
Jayne Hitchcock,
President of WHOA

Dee Andersson
WHOA Press Release #2009-1

cyberstalking awareness/education highlighted

January, 2009 - A Congressional resolution introduced in July, 2003, following the stalking and tragic murder of Peggy Klinke in California, promoted supporting a National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM). This year, in January, marks the sixth consecutive NSAM, a time when all efforts are encouraged to increase public awareness and understanding of the crime of stalking. Jayne A. Hitchcock is president of Working to Halt Online Abuse (WHOA) and WHOA-KTD (Kids/Teens Division), all-volunteer organizations that help victims of online harassment and cyberstalking. A former cyberstalking victim herself, Hitchcock understands the nature of this crime and strives to fulfill what she feels is her responsibility to educate, counsel and support other victims of cyberstalking. The …

WHOA Newsletter - January 12, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Stupid, stupid, stupid

Police say masked man waited in line to rob bank;_ylt=AvWMAmpZo5gDf2iMwbf7Qe3tiBIF

A man may have tipped his intentions when he stood in line at an Ohio bank wearing a ski mask before staging a holdup. Police in Stow near Akron say 24-year-old Feliks Goldshtein of Highland Heights was arrested minutes later on Thursday following a brief car chase.

Police say the teller asked the man to take off the mask before being served. At that point the man displayed what turned out to be a toy gun and told the teller to give him all the money. He made off with an undisclosed amount.

Police Captain Rick Myers says it's unusual for a masked robber to wait in line at a bank.

Goldshtein was held at the Summit County Jail Friday on charges of aggravated robbery and failure to comply with a police order. Municipal Court records don't identify an attorney for Goldshtein.

Things that stick in my craw. . .

Companies who don't honor their warranty. I bought a Cub Cadet shredder/chipper in September. Chris was cleaning up the yard and an acorn went the wrong way and the impeller shattered, damaging the engine. This was in November before it started snowing. So we finally got around to taking it to Home Depot for warranty work (it has a 3 year warranty) last week. Cub Cadet calls today and says because a "foreign object" hit the impeller, it wasn't covered and would cost $600 to repair. Mind you, new it cost me $499. Hello? I told the warranty person it was an acorn (maybe two or three). She said acorns were foreign objects. Chris got upset and pulled out the manual and right on the front it says to put the settings on low to pick up ACORNS. So he called her back and she said it was a foreign object and refused to budge. We'll never buy a Cub Cadet product ever again.


People who pass me on the right on the highway (or on the shoulder on a two lane ro…

WHOA Newsletter - January 5, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Job interviews next?

No shoes? No problem for this college interview

RALEIGH, N.C. - For her college interview, Avery Cullinan put on her best outfit but didn't bother with shoes. She sat in her living room, smiled into her computer's webcam and told an admissions officer more than 800 miles away that Wake Forest University was right for her.

"It's hard to part with money for a half-hour interview," said Cullinan, who avoided a costly trip from her home in Newburyport, Mass., thanks to the pilot program at Wake Forest. She was later accepted to the Winston-Salem, N.C., school.

The online interview was part of a push that started in May at the university. Admissions director Martha Allman said she eventually wants to give each applicant ­ more than 9,000 of them each year ­ a more individualized review before inviting them to Winston-Salem as part of …