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 It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged but I feel like this is important.  So I wanted to share…
larrystylinsoneternal:</p><br /><br />
<p>opal-leaves:</p><br /><br />
<p>‎”THROUGH A RAPIST’S EYES” (PLS TAKE TIME TO READ THIS. it may save a life.) Reblog this!<br /><br /><br />
  It seems that alot of attackers use some tactic to get away with violence. Not many people know how to take care of themselves when faced with such asituation. Everyone should read this especially each n every girl in this world. THOUGHT THIS WAS GOOD INFO TO PASS ALONG…FYI - Through a rapist’s eyes! A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:1] The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle.They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun! , braid, or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed. They are also likely to go after a woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common targets.2] The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look for women who’s clothing is easy to remove quickly. Many of them carry scissors around to cut clothing.3] They also look for women using their cell phone, searching through their purse or doing other activities while walking because they are off guard and can be easily overpowered.4] The number one place women are abducted from / attacked at is grocery store parking lots.5] Number two is office parking lots/garages.6] Number three is public restrooms.7] The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman and quickly move her to a second location where they don’t have to worry about getting caught.8] If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouraged because it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going after you isn’t worth it because it will be time-consuming.9] These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas,or other similar objects that can be used from a distance, in their hands.10] Keys are not a deterrent because you have to get really close to the attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince these guys you’re not worth it.———————————————————————————————————————————-POINTS THAT WE SHOULD REMEMBER:1] If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or stairwell, look them in the face and ask them a question, like what time is it, or make general small talk:can’t believe it is so cold out here, we’re in for a bad winter. Now that you’ve seen their faces and could identify them in a line- up, you lose appeal as a target.<br /><br /><br />
 2] If someone is coming toward you, hold out your hands in front of you and yell Stop or Stay back! Most of the rapists this man talked to said they’d leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would not be afraid to fight back. Again, they are looking for an EASY target.3] If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of it and carries it with him wherever he goes,) yelling I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY and holding it out will be a deterrent.4] If someone grabs you, you can’t beat them with strength but you can do it by outsmarting them. If you are grabbed around the waist from behind, pinch the attacker either under the arm between the elbow andarmpit or in the upper inner thigh - HARD. One woman in a class this guy taught told him she used the underarm pinch on a guy who was trying to date rape her and was so upset she broke through the skin and tore out muscle strands the guy needed stitches. Try pinching yourself in those places as hard as you can stand it; it really hurts.5] After the initial hit, always go for the groin. I know from a particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy’s parts it is extremely painful. You might think that you’ll anger the guy and make him want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists told ourinstructor is that they want a woman who will not cause him a lot of trouble. Start causing trouble, and he’s out of there.6] When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his first two fingers and bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing down on them as possible. The instructor did it to me without usingmuch pressure, and I ended up on my knees and both knuckles cracked audibly.7] Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always be aware of your surroundings, take someone with you if you can and if you see any odd behavior, don’t dismiss it, go with your instincts. You may feellittle silly at the time, but you’d feel much worse if the guy really was trouble.——————————————————————————————————————————-FINALLY, PLEASE REMEMBER THESE AS WELL ….I know you are smart enough to know these pointers but there will be some, where you will go “hmm I must remember that” After reading forward it to someone you care about, never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do it.2. Learned this from a tourist guide to New Orleans : if a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you…. chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/orpurse than you and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car: Kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won’t see you but everybody else will. This has saved lives.4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping,eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON’T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side,put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU CLOSE the DOORS , LEAVE.<br /><br /><br />
5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:a. Be aware: look around your car as someone may behiding at the passenger side , peek into your car, inside the passenger side floor, and in the back seat. ( DO THIS TOO BEFORE RIDING A TAXI CAB) .b. If you! u are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.c. Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)<br /><br /><br />
6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot).7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN!8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP IT! It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked “for help” into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.<br /><br /><br />
Send this to any woman you know that may need to be reminded that the world we live in has a lot of crazies in it and it’s better safe than sorry.If u have a heart or compassion reblog this post.‘Helping hands are better than Praying Lips’ – give us your helping hand.<br /><br /><br />
 REBLOG THIS AND LET EVERY GIRL KNOWATLEAST PEOPLES WILL KNOW WATS GOIN IN THIS WORLD.So please reblog this….Your one reblog can Help to spread this information.I hope you all will Reblog. Lets See how many of you really care for this.<br /><br /><br />
DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT NOT REBLOGGING THIS! IT COULD ACTUALLY SAVE A LIFE.</p><br /><br />
<p>My grandma was tied up by Ted Bundy (She got away) so please please be aware.<br /><br /><br />
THROUGH A RAPIST’S EYES” (PLS TAKE TIME TO READ THIS. it may save a life.) Reblog this!

It seems that alot of attackers use some tactic to get away with violence. Not many people know how to take care of themselves when faced with such a situation. Everyone should read this especially each n every girl in this world. THOUGHT THIS WAS GOOD INFO TO PASS ALONG…
FYI – Through a rapist’s eyes! A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:

1] The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle. They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun! , braid, or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed. They are also likely to go after a woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common targets.
2] The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look for women who’s clothing is easy to remove quickly. Many of them carry scissors around to cut clothing.
3] They also look for women using their cell phone, searching through their purse or doing other activities while walking because they are off guard and can be easily overpowered.
4] The number one place women are abducted from / attacked at is grocery store parking lots.
5] Number two is office parking lots/garages.
6] Number three is public restrooms.
7] The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman and quickly move her to a second location where they don’t have to worry about getting caught.
8] If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouraged because it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going after you isn’t worth it because it will be time-consuming.
9] These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas,or other similar objects that can be used from a distance, in their hands.
10] Keys are not a deterrent because you have to get really close to the attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince these guys you’re not worth it.
———————————————————————————————————————————-
POINTS THAT WE SHOULD REMEMBER:
1] If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or stairwell, look them in the face and ask them a question, like what time is it, or make general small talk: can’t believe it is so cold out here, we’re in for a bad winter. Now that you’ve seen their faces and could identify them in a line- up, you lose appeal as a target.

2] If someone is coming toward you, hold out your hands in front of you and yell Stop or Stay back! Most of the rapists this man talked to said they’d leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would not be afraid to fight back. Again, they are looking for an EASY target.
3] If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of it and carries it with him wherever he goes,) yelling I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY and holding it out will be a deterrent.
4] If someone grabs you, you can’t beat them with strength but you can do it by outsmarting them. If you are grabbed around the waist from behind, pinch the attacker either under the arm between the elbow and armpit or in the upper inner thigh – HARD. One woman in a class this guy taught told him she used the underarm pinch on a guy who was trying to date rape her and was so upset she broke through the skin and tore out muscle strands the guy needed stitches. Try pinching yourself in those places as hard as you can stand it; it really hurts.
5] After the initial hit, always go for the groin. I know from a particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy’s parts it is extremely painful. You might think that you’ll anger the guy and make him want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists told our instructor is that they want a woman who will not cause him a lot of trouble. Start causing trouble, and he’s out of there.
6] When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his first two fingers and bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing down on them as possible. The instructor did it to me without using much pressure, and I ended up on my knees and both knuckles cracked audibly.
7] Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always be aware of your surroundings, take someone with you if you can and if you see any odd behavior, don’t dismiss it, go with your instincts. You may feel little silly at the time, but you’d feel much worse if the guy really was trouble.
——————————————————————————————————————————-
FINALLY, PLEASE REMEMBER THESE AS WELL ….
I know you are smart enough to know these pointers but there will be some, where you will go “hmm I must remember that” After reading forward it to someone you care about, never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.
1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do it.
2. Learned this from a tourist guide to New Orleans : if a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you…. chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!
3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car: Kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won’t see you but everybody else will. This has saved lives.
4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping,eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON’T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side,put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU CLOSE the DOORS , LEAVE.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage: a. Be aware: look around your car as someone may be hiding at the passenger side , peek into your car, inside the passenger side floor, and in the back seat. ( DO THIS TOO BEFORE RIDING A TAXI CAB) . b. If you! u are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars. c. Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot).
7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN!
8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP IT! It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked “for help” into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

Send this to any woman you know that may need to be reminded that the world we live in has a lot of crazies in it and it’s better safe than sorry.
If u have a heart or compassion reblog this post. ‘Helping hands are better than Praying Lips’ – give us your helping hand.

REBLOG THIS AND LET EVERY GIRL KNOW ATLEAST PEOPLES WILL KNOW WATS GOIN IN THIS WORLD. So please reblog this….Your one reblog can Help to spread this information. I hope you all will Reblog. Lets See how many of you really care for this.

DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT NOT REBLOGGING THIS! IT COULD ACTUALLY SAVE A LIFE.

It’s been nearly a week now since we have returned from vacation and I don’t know why it’s so hard to get back into a regular routine! We flew to Seattle and spent three wonderful days sightseeing with good friends and then we boarded the Princess ship, Sapphire, to cruise to Alaska along the inside passage. It was an absolutely wonderful trip and I am in the process of putting pictures up on my Facebook for you all to enjoy! I could write a whole book on our adventures, stories we heard, and things we saw. It was absolutely gorgeous! Colder in Seattle than in was in Alaska while we were there. Trains, planes, automobile, ship, and tram – we did it all!

In Seattle we went to the famous Beth’s Diner seen on the food network; home of the famous 12 egg omelet. Snoqualmie Falls was breathtaking and 100 feet higher than the Niagara Falls if I remember right. The Snoqualmie train museum was fascinating. Learning to use the public transportation system was a fun challenge that we all actually conquered! We went up the Space Needle, visited the Ballard Locks and Botanical Gardens, and watched them throw the fish in Pike’s Market. We enjoyed the Klondike Gold Museum. Be sure to look at my pictures of the fantastic talent performing on the streets and some of the magnificent architecture there!

We boarded the boat and it took the whole cruise to explore all it’s wonderful nooks and crannies. The scenic views were out of this world! After cruising for a day and a half and having our first formal night we arrived in Ketchikan where we did a horse drawn trolley tour and explored the town on foot. I had no idea there was so much to know about totem poles! Spent a lot of time on famous Creek Street with it’s amazing stories!  Took the tram to the top of the mountain and you could see for miles!! Absolutely beautiful!

Next we cruised the inside passage of Tracy Arm and I saw my first floating ice bergs. Did you know the ice is really blue? That was so spectacular I had to buy the DVD of the cruise so I can show my kids how beautiful it is up there. Then we landed in Juneau where we went to the Mendenhall Glacier and then went on a whale watching cruise. We saw lots and lots of whales. I have some wonderful pictures of Orcas, Humpbacks, and sea lions playing next to our boat. That alone would’ve made the trip worthwhile if the rest of it hadn’t been equally as good.

In Skagway we went to do glassblowing, which was an awesome experience. The Jewell Gardens and model train setup as a miniature Skagway were just icing on the cake! Since our glass pieces had to slowly cool anyway they mailed them home so we didn’t have to worry about them getting broken on the trip. We also had English tea there in a quaint little tearoom. Awesome experience all the way around. Then we did the White Pass Scenic Railway which took us up into Canada and the views were just incredible. John and I didn’t go all the way to the Yukon like some of our friends did because of our glass blowing but it was still magnificent!

Back on board we cruised for another day and a half and had another formal night. There was always something going on onboard the ship. We visited the ship’s arcade, casino, saw all the live productions, enjoyed several famous comedians, and took dance classes. We attended wildlife lectures, art auctions, and cruise produced game shows. The food was incredible! Was as much a work of art as it was tasty! Be sure to check out the pictures of the Neptune buffet when I get them up. Incredible! I’d never seen anything like the parade of the Baked Alaskas on our last formal night. There just are no words!

With the last stop I officially left the USA for the first time in my life as we landed in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. There we toured the town, learned the story of the rabbits, took pictures at Mt. Tomie, and last but certainly not least toured the Craigdarroch Scottish Castle. The entire trip was just an incredible, once in a lifetime experience! I took over 2300 pictures and my husband took over 500. I am putting the best ones up on Facebook. If you ever have a chance to do this cruise I highly recommend it! We had a blast!!!

Regina Brett

I received this in email and I hope Ms. Brett doesn’t mind me posting it here in my blog where I can refer back to it.  The last two lessons have been lost in all the forwarding but she has some great advice!

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio.

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.  It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written.  My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:”

1.  Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2.  When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3.  Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4.  Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick.  Your friends and parents [close family] will.  Stay in touch.

5.  Pay off your credit cards every month.

6.  You don’t have to win every argument.  Agree to disagree.

7.  Cry with someone.  It’s more healing than crying alone.

8.  It’s OK to get angry with God.  He can take it.

9.  Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10.  When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11.   It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

12.   Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

13.   If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

14.   Everything can change in the blink of an eye.  But don’t worry; God never blinks.

15.  Take a deep breath.  It calms the mind.

16.  Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

17.  Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

18.  It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.  But the second one is up to you and no one else.

19.  When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

20. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

21.  Over prepare, then go with the flow.

22.  Be eccentric now.  Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

23.  No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

24.  Frame every so-called disaster with these words ”In five years, will this matter?”.

25.  Always choose life.

26.  Forgive everyone everything.

27.  What other people think of you is none of your business.

28.  Time heals almost everything.  Give time, time.

29.  However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

30.  Don’t take yourself so seriously.  No one else does.

31.  Believe in miracles.

32.  God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

33.  Don’t audit life.  Show up and make the most of it now.

34.  Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

35.  Your children get only one childhood.

36.  All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

37.  Get outside every day.  Miracles are waiting everywhere.

38.  If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

39.  Envy is a waste of time.  You already have all you need.

40.  The best is yet to come.

41.   No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

42.   Yield.

43.   Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

I never saw myself as a motorcycle rider, ever!  Yet I often wanted a scooter and thought that it would be a lot of fun.  I was a primary caregiver for my mother and I needed some kind of release and fun when I was not on duty with her, so in April of 2008 my husband and I bought ourselves scooters.  My daughter bought one too and we practiced at the LSUS parking lot until we felt comfortable on them.  I absolutely loved it.  I wore a helmet and I rode and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  But my husband was heavier than I was and where I could make my scooter fly down Barksdale, easily doing 55mph in the area past Jimmy Davis bridge, his weight would not allow him to get up over 45mph.  So three very short months later the decision was made to sell his scooter and move him up to a motorcycle.  I wasn’t sure I wanted to do that.  I knew I would look silly riding a scooter next to his motorcycle and I wouldn’t be able to keep up but I loved my scooter and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.  The deciding factor was when the Yamaha dealer called us and told us he had a husband/wife team that wanted both of our scooters and would pay us a good price if we would give up both of them.  So I said sadly said goodbye to my beloved scooter and let him go to a new home.

My husband bought a used black Honda Shadow 750cc motorcycle.  I barely weighed 90lbs at the time and the weight of the bike was a huge consideration for me.  I had to be able to pick it up off it’s kickstand at least.  We hunted all over town for a small 250cc bike that would be appropriate for me.  With gas nearing $4.00 a gallon at that point there were no small bikes to be found in the tri-state area.  Eventually in August 08 we found a new Red Vulcan 500cc at a local dealer.  I thought it was a little heavy but knew that it was the lowest cc I was going to find at the time so we purchased it.  I enrolled in the Motorcycle Safety Course and quickly learned how silly I had been flying around on my little scooter with no protection other than a helmet!  I learned the proper gear and bought myself gloves to protect my hands, boots to protect my ankles, and an armored and reflective vest to protect my upper body in case anything happened.  The safety course provided 250cc bikes and I didn’t think I was going to pass because I had a wicked problem doing the figure 8 in the little square provided for it.  I worked hard and the instructor stayed after class and worked with me and I manged to pass the course.  But my confidence took a hit since I struggled with it so hard.  After riding the 250cc I found the Vulcan to be even more top heavy and the center of balance was not right for me.  Anytime I had to do the U-turn around the median to get out of our subdivision I was afraid I was going to drop the bike.  If I barely turned the wheel the bike wanted to fall in that direction.  I did drop the bike several (?) times.  Although guys would always stop to help a girl pick up her bike I became unsure of myself and somewhat scared of the bike.  Although my husband loved it, to me riding was not really fun anymore.  I missed my scooter.

Then in February of 2009 my husband was coming home down the main boulevard of our neighborhood and a car pulled out from a stop sign right in front of him.  With a car in the right lane turning right the car at the stop sign did not see my husband coming in the left lane.  My husband t-boned the back quarter panel of the car and totalled out his bike.  Thank goodness he was only doing 25mph at the time and he was wearing his protective gear!  He fractured his left leg and broke three bones in his left hand.  This was probably 50 yards from our driveway and I got the call that my husband was laying in the middle of the intersection by a neighbor.  Surgery was done and a plate was put in his left hand.  His leg healed on its own.  Neither of us was sure at that point if we wanted to ride again.  Other drivers just do not look out for motorcyclist the way they should.  But once you’ve riden it infects your blood somehow and within a few months we were talking about riding again.  There’s just a freedom in riding, even with all the protective gear, some motorcyclist think we are nuts for wearing.

With the insurance money John bought a V-Star 950 Touring Bike and we got a call from a dealer that they finally had a 2006 Virago 250cc traded in if I wanted it.  I put the Vulcan up on Craig’s List and I bought the Virago.  I was happy with it for a few months.  I really started enjoying riding again.  I still had some leftover fears because of my experience with dropping the Vulcan.  I still feared U-turns but it was certainly easier to handle than the Vulcan had been.  But going down to half the cc’s that I’d had with the Vulcan was not easy.  Especially since John had gone UP in the cc’s with his new one.  He’d leave me behind at the red lights and I could forget riding on the interstate.  There was just no get up and go.  Although I loved riding, I became more and more unhappy with my bike.  As much as I enjoyed riding this whole sport was just not working out the greatest for me. 

We browsed the bike shops and eventually in Dec 09 we came across a used V-Star 650.  I was afraid to buy another new one.  We’d taken a hit on the scooters and then quite a hit on the Vulcan since we’d been unable to sell it.  The 650 had quite a bit of mileage on it but it had quite a few of the extras installed that are quite expensive to install yourself too.  I had learned by now it wasn’t the cc’s that I needed to be aware of but the center of gravity.  And of course the weight of the bike is still a consideration although I’m up to 110lb now.  I traded in the Vulcan and the Virago both on the Star 650 and quickly came to love my new bike.  Although it was bigger than anything I’d ridden before even John commented how much better I handled it than I had any of my previous bikes and how he felt more comfortable with me riding now.  I gradually started getting over my fears and feeling more and more confident with my new sport.  I really do love to ride and I feel pretty comfortable on my new bike!  My skills are getting better anyway.

I saw something on Facebook today that really upset me.  A friend of mine had joined a group called tageverycar.com.   He sent me an invite to become a fan of the group too.  You get paid to help this group gather information on every tag and car out there.  I immediately did not like the sound of the group and went over to check it out.  It is subsidiary of the group Data Network Affiliates.  Their webpage claims that they are gathering all this information in order to help with Amber Alerts, Law Enforcement to recover stolen vehicles, and to locate missing people among a few other things.  What BS!

PLEASE do not violate people’s privacy by mining data for these privacy thieves!!!  A 12 point list on an individual is worth up to $35?  A 7 point list on a business is worth $12?  THIS IS WRONG people!  Please do not support this invasion into our privacy!!!

I am adamantly against anyone data mining privacy information to sell to other companies. This is wrong (I know I said that but I really, really mean it!) and against the very integrity of our country in my opinion. The reasons they give are totally bogus! Law Enforcement has access to the information in the DMV database for Amber Alerts or Missing People. This is a company paying to get people to help them gather information that they themselves cannot get from the DMV and have no right to have.   This is a way for these privacy thieves to circumvent the rules that are in place to stop them from getting just the information they are paying people to get FOR them!  They are then selling our information at a huge profit to themselves and a huge privacy loss for us!!!

Another friend immediately asked me how we could stop it.   I don’t know how to stop it.   My husband says we probably can’t stop it because our vehicles are on the street and are not going to fall under “reasonable expectation of privacy”.  But it’s not just vehicle information they want.  They want every scrap of information they can get people to fork over about YOU!!!  People are going to sell out their neighbors to get the money. If you can’t get people to roll over on their neighbor then pay them to do it and they will. This is a sad, sad commentary on what the almighty dollar can do.

Again, I beg you, PLEASE, please, do not violate people’s privacy by mining data for these privacy thieves!!!  THIS IS WRONG on so many levels!  Please get the word out.  Let’s stop as many people as we can from selling the rest of us out!  Please do not support this invasion into our privacy!!!

Louisiana Snow Day

As everyone knows by now Louisiana had two fantastic snow days Thursday and Friday.  Unlike our neighbors in the north who have seen far too much of the stuff we never get to see snow!  Thursday we watched it come down and marveled at the beauty of it.  We hoped that it would stick around long enough for us to get to play in it.  By Thursday night it was sticking and Friday morning we got up to a beautiful blanket covering our world.   I’ve seen many pictures of very creative snowmen that were made Friday but I didn’t make one.

My german shepard had seen snow when he was a puppy back in New Mexico in 2006 but he seemed to have forgotten all about it and appeared to have no idea what this cold, white stuff was when I took him out to play in it.  First he walked along the edge of the screened in porch where the overhang had kept the snow from hitting the ground.  Finally I enticed him out into the yard to play with me. 

It was fun!  As I threw a snowball he leaped up to catch it as he does with his frizby.  His expression as the cold saturated his tongue was priceless.  He would quickly drop the snowball.  Although he was surrounded by snow he would nose around until he found the ball with my scent on it and try to pick it up.  Soon he came to me where I was making the snowballs and would bite at the snow in my hand destroying the snowball before I could compact it.   We ran and we played and we had a wonderful time as the snow quickly melted.    Later in the afternoon when I went out with him again the snow was pretty much gone.  He’d go to the edge of the shed where the overhang had kept the snow from melting yet and look back at me like, “Come on Mom; we’ve still got a little bit!”  I hope it’s not so long that he totally forgets the fun we had before we see snow again!

For those of you who don’t know, I’m from Louisiana.  I never have been a big football fan.  If I watched the Super Bowl I’d mute the game and watch the commercials!  But the Saints are our team and we stand behind them win or lose and lose and lose and lose.  The only time I turned on the Saints was when it was rumored they might be moved to San Antonio after Hurricane Katrina.  Otherwise I kind of listen to how the LSU Tigers and the Saints are doing on the news reports and altho I root for them I didn’t care enough to watch the games.  Then we got Brees and the tide turned.  And the Saints winning came up time after time on the news.  When they won the championship to head to the Super Bowl I thought Louisiana was going to flip itself right off the map! 

Now down here we’ve got Mardi Gras.  People think Mardi Gras is just in New Orleans.  That’s not true.  I’m in northwest Louisiana but Mardi Gras starts at the end of January or the beginning of February and goes til Fat Tuesday and the start of Lent.  That means parties and balls and drinking and king cakes and parades, and, oh, you just wouldn’t believe the festive atmosphere.  People bundling up and standing out in the freezing, rainy weather to have masked people on floats throw beads and cups at you.  Fighting with grannies and kids over that throw you know that cute guy aimed right YOU!

Now you take our Saints.  And all of a sudden after 47 years they are going to the Super Bowl for the first time!  Louisiana just EXPLODED with WHO DAT fever!!!  And then the Super Bowl fell on the same weekend as the first weekend of Mardi Gras!  It was absolutely CRAZY here!  I don’t think you could’ve whipped anyone into more of a frenzy than the Louisiana citizens were this past weekend. 

I desperately wanted to go to one of the many Super Bowl parties going on but I didn’t dare.  Why?  Because I’ve been quit smoking for a little over seven months now.  Most days I feel strong but sometimes ole Nic sneaks up and tries to bite me in the butt.  I dig my heels in and I say NOPE (Not One Puff Ever), NOPE, NOPE.  But I’ve lost LOTS of quits in the past.  And I knew with emotions in such a fever pitch here and everyone drinking and smoking, it was too dangerous for me to go to one of the parties.  It would’ve been too easy for me to get caught up in the frenzy of the moment and do something really stupid that would’ve cost me my quit.  So…..  I missed out.  I stayed at home and I watched the game with hubby.  I yelled at the TV and I texted WHO DAT? to every Louisianian I knew. (Hey, we shut down AT&T’s network here if that tells you anything!)  I jumped around in glee and then I jumped on FB to celebrate with friends from all over the country who were rooting for my team.  But I wasn’t at any of the big parties going on here!  I didn’t get to share Louisiana’s big historical moment with any of the groups of people that were going wild.  And you know why?  Because my quit was more important!!! 

As the dust settles here (kinda, Super Bowl is over but Mardi Gras goes on!) I’m sorry that I wasn’t at any of the parties.  I’m sorry that I missed out on the big events.  But I’m awfully glad that I am still SMOKEFREE!!!  I’m glad that I chose to protect my quit!  My quit is the most important thing in my life!  Even more important than the Saints winning the Super Bowl!  Ack!  WHO DAT????