Archive for April, 2012

Social Networks Barred

What do all these social networks have in common?

Goggle Docs, Instagram, Photobucket, Picasa, SmugMug, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, MySpace, LinkedIn.

Answer?  I don’t and won’t use any of them!  I am so tired of forever getting lists, posts and invites from all these sites!  Got so bad I’ve already Blacklisted some from my emails and will do more soon.  When will people begin to realize that “socializing” online isn’t very social at all.  How many of your hundreds of “friends” do you have that are truly friends?  Offline?  See what I mean?

So do yourself a big favor.  Shut off that computer, smart-phone or what ever you use to connect with the internet and walk next door or across the street and meet your neighbors.  Better yet, with Summer coming on, invite them over for a neighborhood barbecue!  Believe me, they will make better friends than the “like” on the computer.  And it won’t wear out your thumbs!

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Warning about “2012 Senior Benefit Program” card!

I got a yellow card today. States that it is about a benefit program that will pay up to $30,000 toward funeral expenses!  It says it’s from an outfit called, “National Data Research Center” and it requests you sign your name, your phone number and you and your spouse’s birthdays then just drop it in the mail, postage prepaid!  First off, it’s a scam!  They are trying to get your information so that they can sell it to other parties for up to $25 a  lead. Mainly for annuities and insurance companies so that they can inundate you with their ads, fliers and mailers for their products.

At the least, hopefully this is all they’ll do to you. Seems this information can also be used for identity theft!  So what do you do with the card?  You can contact the local Better Business Bureau as it seems Oregon’s BBB had run-ins with this outfit before.  In 1997 and again 2001.  The Dallas, Texas BBB says the company is based in Melissa, Tex., and lists its owner as Ronald Morgan. The BBB says Acc-U-Lead (Morgan’s company) also does business under the names National Data Research Center, Lead Room, United States Senior Service Inc. and USSS.

The Oregon Better Business Bureau (BBB) link can be found here. The entire link if you have difficulties is: “http://alaskaoregonwesternwashington.bbb.org/Contact-BBB/”  Listed are not only the emails, but the phone numbers and addresses too. If you want to learn more about National Data Research Center, just google it.  All sorts of information can be found there.

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Hillsboro Toddler Drowned?

Okay I can’t hold my tongue any longer!  Have any of you seen this news article from Hillsboro, Oregon?  I was born there and still live on the outskirts of it, but anyway the article is titled: “Parents of Hillsboro toddler who drowned in washing machine warn others“. It goes on to tell how the mother always leaves the lid up on her clothes washing machine while doing the laundry.  Now as an electrician and appliance repairman, I noticed it right away.  My wife noticed it too!

Noticed what you might ask?  That it is not possible to wash clothes in a washing machine with the lid up!  Oh it will fill up with water and even drain, but it will not spin or agitate (clean) the laundry without the lid being down and closed.  Why?  Because the closed lid actuates a switch which completes the circuit to the washing machine motor turning it on.  Open the lid, the spinning or agitation stops almost immediately.

Curiosity got the best of you, right?  I was telling the truth about the tub moving wasn’t I?  Washing machines have had this safety feature installed in all washing machines for decades!  It was put in for this very reason, so a child would not be pulled underwater by the agitator and endanger his or her life!

Now knowing this and looking at the news release here at KPTV 12, I’m not entirely believing this mother’s story.  And maybe the Hillsboro Police might consider another look-see also.  What do you think?

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