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Chippy just died

Well, it was bound to happen. I've known this little chipmunk for a good 4 or 5 years and lord knows how old he was then. Chipmunks in the wild usually don't live for that long. I think it was in part because I made sure he had sunflowers, fruit and other snackies. This year I noticed he was getting really gray, although he still moved pretty fast.

But a little while ago, he didn't move fast enough when I let the dogs out. Phoebe went right for him. I got her to drop him, but he was gone. And I can't yell at her. It's her instinct to kill little animals like that.

I called Chris and he came home to help me bury Chippy. He had a good, long life and I had fun teaching him to sit in my hand and on my shoulder.

RIP my little Chippy.

WHO@ Newsletter - June 29, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .This is pretty cheesy
Tenn. couple accused of assault using Cheetos

Authorities said a couple got into a fight using Cheetos. The Bedford County Sheriff's Department said a 40-year-old man and 44-year-old woman became involved in a 'verbal altercation.' Somehow, the orange puffy snacks were used in the assault.

Deputies said they were charged with domestic assault. No one was hurt.

According to the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, both posted bond of $2,500.

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Scarborough Middle School Talks

On Tuesday, I spoke to the middle school students in Scarborough. They were divided into two groups. The principal, Joanne Sizemore was just pleased I could do the talks, even though the last day of school was the next day.

Pam Joy, from Fairpoint Communications came to hear me speak, not only as a parent (she has three kids in middle school), but also to see how I did my presentations for a collaboration with Fairpoint in the fall. She had some folks from their marketing department come as well.

The first talk went well, and as usual, when I showed what I found out about *them* on Facebook and Myspace, the auditorium quieted right down.

Here's what I found on Facebook:

85 were asked to be a friend of my alter ego
81 approved my alter ego as a friend; 4 never responded
5 asked to be my friend (without me requesting it) for a total of 86
Only 1 asked who I was, but still approved me
62% were boys; 38% girls
Over 75% are current middle school students
50% list their cell phone number in their…

London Observations

1) Not everyone in London has bad teeth. I saw this firsthand

2) I was told all Londoners hate us Yankees. Every person I met, from taxi drivers to hotel staff to waitstaff were absolutely wonderful and very sociable.

3) Do call your bank (or credit card company) before you go there. Let them know you are going out of the country on vacation and where and for how long. A friend (who warned me about this) ended up on the phone with his credit card fraud dept convincing them he was really in London and no one was fraudulently using his card.

4) I brought about $100 in US dollars and then used my debit card at an ATM at the airport to get 100 pounds. I ended up with almost 20 pounds on my return trip to the airport and spent it at the off duty store. The best place (besides an ATM that your bank honors) to get pounds is a post office. Seriously.

5) I don't know if all hotels are like this, but mine gave me a bath towel and a hand towel. No facecloth. So pack one.

6) Make sure you have a …

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Day 4 in London - Home again, home again jiggity jig

I checked out of the hotel, then put my bags into the locked room by the front desk and walked to a local grocery store. Well, more of a convenience store (no slurpees, though, ha ha). I wanted to try to find the dogs a little something. So I got a can, er, I mean a "tin" of dog food that had tripe in it (yummy) and a box of Pedigree mini bites dry food. Then at the counter I found giant Cadbury Fruit & Nut bars. Yes, Joanne, I got you two of them, so calm down. And one for me.

BTW, if you do go to London and don't mind not staying in the center of town, save some bucks and book yourself at the Days Inn (not to be confused with the Days Inns here - this one is part of the Wyndham hotel chain). The room I had was not too small, a double bed, new and clean and it cost the Digital Safety folks only 79 pounds a night (about $100). I really liked the hotel and staff and food (well, most of the food)!!

Went back to the hotel to have a cup of coffee and wait for the car servi…

WHO@ Newsletter - June 22, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Stupid criminal!

Lobster, wine and sleep follow Maine break-in
A man suspected of breaking into a Maine restaurant will have to get used to jailhouse food after workers at the eatery discovered lobsters and wine missing ­ and the suspect asleep on a bench.

Police say Paul Bruneau broke into the Portland Lobster Co. through a rear window and stuffed his pockets with cash before chowing down on the better part of 11 prepared lobsters worth about $300. He washed it all down with a white wine.

The Portland Press Herald reports Bruneau also left a refrigerator open, causing about $1,000 worth of food to be thrown away.

Bruneau, who was already out on bail, was being held Friday at the Cumberland County Jail. He couldn't be reached for comment.

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London Conference Video

You can view my London presentation - gads, I look tired.

3rd day in London - Playing Tourist

I meant to post this yesterday before I flew home, but I ran out of Internet time at the hotel. A day late, but here it is:

After a good night's sleep and breakfast, took a car service to Russell Square Park to meet my WHOA UK Law Liasion (and good friend), Katherine, and her husband, Bruce. I told the driver I was meeting them at a diner in the park. He told me there was no diner. I showed him the email she'd sent me and he was curious. Sure enough, because Saturday traffic is slow, there *is* a restaurant in the park. So a London driver learned something new!

I got a latte, sat outside and people-watched (and pigeon-watched - boy, there are a lot of pigeons in London). It was nice just to relax. Bruce and Katherine came a little bit later and we headed to the bus stop for our first stop of the day - changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. We got there at 11 am, the change would take place at 1130, so we had to try to find the right spot. We came close. After much excitemen…

2nd day in London - Part Two

Conference over, more people came over to talk with me. Success!!

It turned out dinner was just Graham (the conference organizer) and me. He said he'd made reservations at a true Scottish restaurant. I jokingly asked, "Can I get Haggis?" He was amused and said I could.

You need to check the link out if you don't know what it is. It sounds nasty, doesn't it?

Although he had his GPS (a Garmin with a soothing British woman's voice), Graham still got a bit lost (I told him I'd post about that, ha ha). But I got to see more of London! Parts remind me of the older parts of Boston. The rowhouses remind me of Baltimore.

We talked about the conference, his cyberstalking situation (which my group, WHOA is going to try to help him with), and the restaurant we were going to, Boisdale (in the photo on the main page, look waaaay in the back - we sat at the table in the dark cubbyhole where all the pictures are hanging).

Graham teased that he couldn't believe I was going…

2nd day in London - Digital Safety Conference

Had breakfast (included in room rate) after a very nice night of sleep. The bed is actually comfy. I got to sleep at 830 London time and woke up at 530 am LT, very refreshed.

Got to the conference and began meeting folks there - finally got to see Katherine Griffis, who's been on my WHOA staff since inception in 1997! We're spending the whole day tomorrow (with her hubby) doing touristy things. It was nice she could make it to the conference and to finally meet her in person.

Graham Brown-Martin, who put together the conference and booked me, is wonderful! He and his wife have been cyberstalked for five years, which was the impetus for this conference. View the video interview for their horrifying story.

Got to meet some of the other speakers and just socializing. Did my talk at noon and I think it went over very well. I covered how I was cyberstalked, about WHOA, what US law enforcement is doing, a case I've been working on involving the harasser in Sweden and then my "…

First Day In London

Chris drove very slooooowly to the bus station in Portsmouth. He did not want me to leave. Phoebe came along for the ride in the back seat. She loves riding in the car. Little did she know. . .

We got to the bus station, checked me in and then Chris got Phoebe out of the car to wait outside with us. She was fascinated with the stone bench, new location, everything. Then my bus for Logan Airport pulled in. Chris took her back to the car, after I gave her a huge hug and "I'll miss you."

We got my luggage on the bus, then Chris asked me if I could just stay home. Of course the answer was no. We kissed and he walked off, looking like a lost puppy.

I got on the bus and sure enough, it arrived at Logan in plenty of time. I got upgraded to Premium Economy, more legroom, amenities, etc, which I sorely needed (pun intended) after having the staple removed from my scalp earlier in the morning. Oh yeah, I had to go back to the emergency room to have that puppy removed. At first, the n…

WHO@ Newsletter - June 15, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Now that's a foxy lady
Fox steals more than 100 shoes

A fox has been unmasked as the mystery thief of more than 100 shoes in the small western German town of Foehren, authorities said Friday.

A forest worker stumbled upon shoes strewn near the fox's den and found a trove of footwear down the hole which had recently been stolen overnight from outside locals' front doors.

"There was everything from ladies' shoes to trainers," said a local police spokesman. "We've found between 110 and 120 so far. It seems a vixen stole them for her cubs to play with."

Although many were missing laces, the shoes were in good condition and their owners were delighted to reclaim them, he said, adding that no reprisals were planned against the culprit.

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Last chance for FREE registration at Digital Safety Conference

I'm speaking at the Digital Safety Conference in London, England on June 19th. As a speaker, I can offer FREE registration to the conference to two people (registration is 225 pounds or $367).


The first two to email me will get free registration! Seats are going fast, so jump on this if you can make it!

Lawsuits test free speech in internet era

USA Cyberstalking/harassment victim?

I'm going to be giving a keynote speech in London next week and they want me to
talk about cyberstalking and law enforcement reaction/non-reaction from the US
perspective. I won't name names, I'm just looking for examples to give. So I
hope some of you will reply.

For those cyberstalking victims living in the USA, if you contacted law

1) Was your stalking in the USA or outside the USA?

2) Which department did you contact? Local, county, state, federal - note which.

3) Did you contact them in your jurisdiction, in your stalker's, or in both?

4) What reaction/results did you get from law enforcement? (please be specific)

WHO@ Newsletter - June 8, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Ruh-roh

Look what the dog brought in: US hand grenade

A dog out on a walk happened upon a live US grenade from World War II and eagerly delivered it to his master, police said Monday, but authorities were able to defuse the explosive before it went off.

A 40-year-old woman had let the dog off its leash near a stream on a walk Sunday on the outskirts of the town of Erkrath in western Germany's Neander Valley.

The animal found the grenade on the ground, picked it up in its jaws and trotted back to its owner.

"She recognised immediately that it was probably an old, rusted hand grenade," police said. "On the orders of the woman, the dog obediently put his find back next to the stream."

She then alerted the authorities who blocked off the area and dispatched a munitions expert who identified the object as a still live American hand grenade from World War II an…

I'm in Cosmo Magazine!

Woo-hoo! I'm in Cosmopolitan magazine! I was quoted in an article called "Someone Stole My Face" (page 128-129) in the July issue!!

FREE Registration to Digital Safety Conference

I'm speaking at the Digital Safety Conference in London, England on June 19th. As a speaker, I can offer FREE registration to the conference to three people (registration is 225 pounds or $367).

The first three to email me will get this!

WHO@ Newsletter - June 1, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .The Chinese fire drill will now commence

Car loses all four wheels on highway

A car travelling on a motorway in Switzerland lost all four wheels simultaneously, coming to an immediate halt in the middle of the highway, police said on Saturday.

The car had just stopped and the passengers had changed from winter to summer wheels themselves, a common task in Switzerland where there is plenty of snow in winter, but used the wrong nuts when mounting the new set.

"When they then drove back on to the motorway, all of the wheels disconnected," St Gallen cantonal police said in a statement. "Luckly, no one was injured and no other vehicle was damaged."

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A laugh for the day - is spam getting nuttier?

Some subject lines from SPAM received recently (I couldn't even make these up):

My fave:

From: "Martinkus E. Holli"
Subject: Hello, deepshit!

(um, they're a few months late or early - you choose)

From: "Shirley Wallace"
Subject: Time to prepare for Valentine's Day.. be ready!
Date: , 31 May 2009 22:56:41 -0500

(oh honey!)

Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 13:52:14 +0100
From: "Gene Corona"
Subject: Penis Enlargement announcement


From: "FedEx Courier Service Delivery"
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 08:37:51 +0800

(calling all my gay friends)

From: "Caleb Hardin"
Subject: From now you will be able to please any size-queen.
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 00:56:56 -0300

(respond to this, bitch)

Date: T…