December 2008 - Posts

True or False Emails: Area Code Scam
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 3:17 PM

I found that in checking my email account I received this one about 3 different times over the years. It involves receiving a call form an “809” area code. The caller leaves an urgent message on your voicemail (regarding a sick family member; someone in your family has dies; you have won a prize; anything to get you to call) and a phone number to call that starts with “809.” The information is reported to have been provided by AT&T and claims that this is being distributed all over the US. People return the call, even thought they don’t recognize the area code. Maybe they feel the area code is new. Here is the catch: if you call from the USA, it is reported you will be charged $2,425 a minute! Whoa! You might get a long, recorded message to listen to that ends in your phone bill being over $20,000 (remember: this is according to the email). This is because the area code is the British Virgin Islands!

Can you fix this with the phone company once you make the call? Your phone company might not want to deal with this one. Especially if you spent more than a minute or two on the phone.

Check out the full story on AT&T's website and please do not return calls to unfamiliar phone numbers without finding out where they lead. The internet makes it easy to track the originating area code these days. Also, beware that this affects more than the 809 area code. AT&T reports that 284 and 876 are dangerous too.

Look out for our next warning soon…

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True or False Emails
Friday, December 26, 2008 10:48 AM

I think that the majority of us who have an email account receive those emails that include the story of some poor soul as a warning to the rest of us to be careful. The question is posed are they true or false emails? Doesn't it aggravate you to get an email that you forward to your friends and then later find out it was false? Or you don't bother to forward and then find out it is true? Although they might not all be true, it is helpful to take a look at the overall advisory to be sure we don’t fall into the same predicament. Before forwarding: see if you are sending TRUE or FALSE emails.

I guess that because I am a woman, I get tons of these emails and now I have decided to find a fast way to share them with as many people as possible. I hope that this will help others to quickly see if the emails they are receiving are true or false emails.

Email #1 (don’t ask me how many of these I have saved over time, but get ready for a whole lot of them):

One story I have received involved how you lock your automatic car door locks when exiting your car, especially at road side rest stops when traveling. Apparently there is a way for thieves to sit a distance from your car and “clone” the security code to your door key when you use it to lock your doors. They can then easily walk up to your car and unlock it with no sign of being broken into and steal all of your valuables while you are visiting the “ladies” room or making a quick restaurant stop.

The way to avoid this is to lock your car doors using the button inside the driver door upon exiting. Of course, you will want to be sure you have your keys in hand before shutting the door so that you can re-enter your car. This way the signal from your key can not be cloned upon exiting your car.

Go to Snopes.com to find more tips and verify this story.

Shoot, is anything safe anymore? (I know the answer and I know that with technology comes risk, but man is this aggravating).

Be careful out there!

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The Punishment
Monday, December 15, 2008 2:23 PM

 Why not have their clothes out the night before and stand over them every moment to be sure they get their teeth brushed and face washed before leaving? Well, at one time I did pick out their clothes the night before. Every night, I would go into their room, choose their clothes and be sure they had everything they need for the next morning. This left them with “0” responsibility in getting themselves ready and they have to be trained at some point, so why not now. I began “reminding” them to get their clothes out each night so that we won’t have to look for clothes the next morning. The answer to this was always “ok” and then nothing would come of it. I began checking behind them at night to be sure that the clothes were out for the next morning and this gave them “incentive” to be sure that it was done. However, over time they seem to conveniently “forget” everything that they don’t want to be bothered with. Hence the responsibility lesson  plays a part once again.

Why not watch them brush their teeth and wash their face before getting into the car? Again, it is a matter of being able to get something done on their own, without having to be told. This seems to be a huge battle between child and parent and if anyone ever figures out HOW to stop the cycle, please write a book for the rest of us to keep in our library!

Well, back to the title of this blog. After being really tired of a messy room that leads to chaotic mornings, we decided to get drastic. No TV, computer games, friends over or playing outside until the room has been clean for a straight two weeks! Yes, it sounds very drastic for a 5 and 9 year old, but that is what it came down to. Did it work? We saw a clean room for 11 straight days and we were so proud of them, we gave them time off their “sentence” and removed the restrictions. This was pending whether the room would stay clean when off punishment, and amazingly it worked! Not perfectly, we did have some bad days, but it worked.

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The Room
Monday, December 15, 2008 2:21 PM
My daughters have had quite a time with keeping their room clean. Yes, I know that children are just messy, but we are talking about a major mess that will linger for weeks, maybe even months if we don’t intervene.

I am talking about the typical morning being:

-Finding a shirt and jacket that goes to a three piece outfit, but not the matching pants. Where are the pants? Who knows, but they are definitely in the house. They could be under the bed, wrapped in the comforter on the bed, under the bathroom cabinet (why, who knows!) or several others places. So we move on, but now…

-Finding a clean pair of socks seems to be the #1 problem in a family household. I don’t care how many socks you buy, wash, fold and put away, there are never enough clean socks to wear. So after you have screamed and yelled about the fact that this is day #365 that there are no clean socks, you find that…

-After getting up an hour and a half early, looking for clothes that match and socks, and having a whirlwind breakfast, mommy decides it is “safe” to go get ready for work while the kids brush their teeth and wash their face, right? Wrong! While mommy gets ready for work, they have time to stand around and waste time. Then, when you finally get into the car, no one has brushed their teeth or washed their face. What a sight! So you go back into the house for round two…

-“Hurry up and brush your teeth and wash your face so we won’t be late!” This takes 10 minutes and then we can leave, leave late, but leave.

This leads into my next blog on how we are dealing with this problem. Stay tuned…

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