Archive for February, 2010

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!!!

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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!

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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????

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