Friday, November 22, 2013


I got this from good friend on Facebook, Mary Ellen.  I wanted to pass it on to all of you!
A friend stopped at a pay-at-the-pump gas station to get gas. Once she filled her gas tank and after paying at the pump and starting to leave, the voice of the attendant inside came over the speaker.. He told her that... something happened with her card and that she needed to come inside to pay. The lady was confused because the transaction showed complete and approved. She relayed that to him and was getting ready to leave but the attendant, once again, urged her to come in to pay or there'd be trouble. She proceeded to go inside and started arguing with the attendant about his threat. He told her to calm down and listen carefully:
He said that while she was pumping gas, a guy slipped into the back seat of her car on the other side and the attendant had already called the police.

She became frightened and looked out in time to see her car door open and the guy slip out. The report is that the new gang initiation thing is to bring back a woman and/or her car. One way they are doing this is crawling under women's cars while they're pumping gas or at grocery stores in the nighttime. The other way is slipping into unattended cars and kidnapping the women.

Please pass this on to other women, young and old alike. Be extra careful going to and from your car at night. If at all possible, don't go alone!
This is real!!

The message:

1. ALWAYS lock your car doors, even if you're gone for just a second!

2. Check underneath your car when approaching it for reentry, and check in the back before getting in.

3. Always be aware of your surroundings and of other individuals in your general vicinity, particularly at night!

Send this to everyone so your friends can take precaution.


Barbara Baker, Secretary Directorate of Training U.S. Army Military Police School

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Monday, August 19, 2013

What I hate about Windows 8!

1) Even though I have two monitors, I can only have one open Excel document on one screen at any given time.  With Windows 7, I could have one spreadsheet on one monitor and another spreadsheet on the other monitor.  It was just so much easier!

2) If I am in Yahoo Mail, for example,  then want to do something or go somewhere else in the computer,  I have to go to my desktop then to Bing then hit something on their initial menu.   If I hit Yahoo Mail, then I have to sign in again.

3)  I hate that they want you to associate  and sign into everything with a Microsoft Account.  I had Hotmail a long time ago and now prefer Yahoo Mail.   As a matter of fact, I hated Hotmail!  I WILL NOT sign up for Hotmail.  They need to get over it!  We shouldn’t have to associate our e-mail account to anything, much less sign up for another e-mail address just because it’s a Microsoft e-mail.

4) I miss the way you could file your pictures in Windows 7.  They need to bring that back.  The photo library in Windows 8 sucks!

5) I hate where you can’t see at least a glimpse every window or screen that you have open.  Bring “switch between Windows” back.

6)  Moving things between screens can be really annoying!  Sometimes they just disappear.  Probably the same place some of my socks go to.

7)  Don’t even get me started on bringing your cursor to one of the corners crap…  Sometimes the little menu will disappear before you can move your cursor to the icon that you want.   When you hit “Search” you should get the entire list without having to go to the homepage or whatever they call it, you know the middle  icon with four boxes.   That whole concept is annoying!   It’s like torture navigating through Windows 8!

If anyone knows of a way to navigate around these or correct these problems with the current Windows 8 structure, let me know.  Who wants to have to read a long instruction manual?  I like to play with stuff and explore.  When I do need help, I have always found that the "Help" section needs a lot of help, you can imagine it saying:  “What? Huh?!?”  and scratching it's head.

I’ve heard that many people go back to Windows 7, but we shouldn’t have to.  Windows 8 should be an IMPROVEMENT, NOT A DOWNGRADE!  Personally, I think the designers were a little drunk when the wrote this program.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Some BANKS and CREDIT CARD Companies are literally robbing the Consumer!

Does anyone else think that it is ridiculous that Credit Card companies wait 7 or more days to apply your payment to your balance and available credit?  Everyone else is able to credit your payment (utility companies and other service providers) to your account within 24 hours.  Credit Card companies are making a fortune in two ways:   Even though they claim the 7 or more days is for a check hold, they get our money in their bank within 24 hours making interest plus they are charging us interest on our balances ever day starting the day we make the purchase.  In the age of INSTANT   EVERYTHING, Banks and Credit Card Companies should be required to apply your payment to your balance and available credit within 24-48 hours.  (Oh, I forgot to mention that several Credit Card Companies will apply your payment to your balance within 24-48 hours, IF you PAY AN EXTRA FEE-sometimes $10 or more!!) I wrote to my U.S. Senators and Congressman to suggest that they draft legislation to correct this unjustified greed and abuse! They certainly subject our purchases to interest charges within 24 hours! How is that fair?

Of course, I realize you won't get charged interest if you pay your entire balance every month, but sometimes I can't and many people aren't able to either.  

It is time to take a stand!  Not only in America, every citizen should contact officials in their governments to end this fiscal abuse.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

A final moment with my Mom.

Yesterday, after taking some time to grieve and reflect, I've finally written a passage for the guestbook that comes along with her obituary.  My sister, Joyce Harju Tredeau, did a wonderful job on it.  It's available at:

My Mom was not only a wonderful mother but just as good of a friend that a person could hope for.  She is a wonderful lady and is truly missed.  But, as Mom taught me at an early age, it's polite to share.  So may the Lord and of all of His Children in Heaven enjoy the true treasure that she is.  And now, I offer my tribute to her, to be kept with her obituary, so that others will come to discover the marvelous person that she is.

To Leah, my loving Mother,

May you find a peace, happiness, joy and an abundance of love in Heaven. These are just a few of the many qualities that those of us who were lucky to have had you in our lives felt as your endless love shown through. May the rest of your journey be as wonderful as the memories and love that you gave so willingly and freely every single day.

I pray that you will find comfort in being able to be with your Mom, who was taken from you far to early in your young life. Now, you will be able to spend more quality time with your Dad, brothers, sisters and other family members, too. May you be a comfort and bring joy to those who left us before you, and bring the warmth of your smile, your laugh, your humor and your sweet voice. A life lived so sweetly, with caring and compassion and a heart beyond compare.

You are truly missed on this earth, a rare gem, a soul so full of life and of love. May a person who can live a life giving just a fraction of the kindness and goodness that you shared, be a truly rich soul who has lived a wonderous, bountiful and beautiful life. God smiled warmly the day that He created you! May His Goodness and Kindness allow Him to create a multitude of souls as gentle, thoughtful, gracious as you are. The world is a better place for your having been on it. With all my love, your Tom.