Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Protecting Ourselves So That We Can Protect Our Loved Ones

None of us like to think that people might harm us or our families.  But, of course, we know they're out there.  A policeman has put together some hints to help us remain safe so that we can protect the people we love.

Subject: Sent by a cop.....Crucial

Because of recent abductions
In daylight hours, refresh yourself
of these things to do
in an emergency situation.....

This is for you,
and for you to share
with your relatives,
your children,
everyone you know.

After reading these 10 crucial tips,
forward them to someone you care about.

It 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!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide.

If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse,
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.

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.

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.


If someone
is in the car
with a gun
to your head
Instead gun the engine
and speed into anything, wrecking the car.

Your Air Bag will save you.
If the person is in the back seat
they will get the worst of it .
As soon as the car crashes
bail out and run.

It is better than having them find your body
in a remote location.

5. A few notes about getting
into your car in a parking lot,
or parking garage:

A.) Be aware:
look around you,
look into your car,
at the passenger side floor ,
and in the back seat

B.) If you 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.
This is especially true at NIGHT!)

7. If the predator has a gun
and you are not under his control,
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, Preferably in a zig -zag pattern!

8. As women, we are always trying
to be sympathetic:
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.

9. Another Safety Point:

Someone just told me that her friend heard
a crying baby on her porch the night before last,
and she called the police because it was late
and she thought it was weird.. The police told her
'Whatever you do, DO NOT
open the door..'

The lady then said that it sounded like the baby
had crawled near a window, and she was worried
that it would crawl to the street and get run over.
The policeman said, 'We already have a unit on the way,
whatever you do, DO NOT open the door..'

He told her that they think a serial killer
has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax
women out of their homes thinking that someone
dropped off a baby.. He said they have not verified it,
but have had several calls by women saying that
they hear baby's cries outside their doors
when they're home alone at night.
10. Water scam!
If you wake up in the middle
of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a
burst pipe, DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE! These people turn on all your
outside taps full ball so that you will go out to investigate and
then attack.

Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbours!

NOTE:  Please pass this on

This e-mail should probably be taken seriously because
the Crying Baby Theory was mentioned on
America 's Most Wanted when they profiled
the serial killer in Louisiana .

I'd like you to forward this to all the women you know..
It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle..
I was going to send this to the ladies only,
but guys, if you love your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc.,
you may want to pass it onto them, as well.

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 to be safe than sorry..

Everyone should take 5 minutes to read this. It may save your life or love one's life

(Thanks to Joan H. for sending this to us.)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Remembering the 50's: Music, Politics, History, Fashion, Cars: All That You (or your children) May Want to Know About That Memorable Time

The link below goes to a video created  by OldBlueWebDesigns.com.  Joan H. sent it to us for those of us who remember growing up in the 50's and for those of us whose parents did.  The music speaks to everyone who knows where Rock 'n Roll really started and the famous musicians who were part of that time.  Will your grandchildren believe those poodle skirts?  How about the cars from that era?

Check it out.  Thanks, Joan!


Please note:  It's illegal to show this video on a website, but it is legal to send the original website address to others so that they may enjoy it.

*Most of the pictures on postings are from Microsoft Clips OnLine, but the jukebox photo is Fotofilia.  That is, except the ones accompanying the blog title-those are from friends and family.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Finally! Time to Read: WHAT THE DOG SAW by Malcolm Gladwell(2009)

What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures
Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown & Co. 2009

This collection of Gladwell essays derives its title from the essay on the Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan, and his talent in changing aggressive dogs into more amiable characters.

The essays range from the reason for Heinz Ketchup's success to the inventor of the birth control pill. “ Mammography, Air Power, and the Limits of Looking” is interesting because it examines what we can and cannot predict in life.

We’ve all experienced both highly effective and totally ineffective leaders in the work place. In Part III the essay on "The Talent Myth" gives insight into the characteristics of ineffective managers. Gladwell refers to an essay by Raskin and Fazzini called "The Dark Side of Charisma" (listed by Gladwell as published in the early 1990s) in which they identify 3 types of ineffective leaders

Recognize this type? Some of us have seen far too many of the narcissist type.

"The Narcissist, whose energy and self-confidence and charm lead him inexorably up thecorporate ladder. Narcissists are terrible managers. They resist accepting suggestions, thinking it will make them appear weak, and they don't believe that others have anything useful to tell them."

Just in case you still aren’t familiar with this type…

"Narcissists are biased to take more credit for success than is legitimate and are biased to avoid acknowledging responsibility for their failures and shortcomings for the same reasons that they claim more success than is their due. Moreover "'Narcissists typically make judgments with greater confidence than other people, and, because their judgments are rendered with such conviction, other people tend to believe them and the narcissists become disproportionately more influential in group situations. Finally, because of their self-confidence and strong need for recognition, narcissists then self-nominate(when a leadership gap occurs)'" (quoted from the Raskin and Faxzzini essay).

For those of us who have dedicated our careers to education, the essays on “Late Bloomers,” “Most Likely to Succeed,”“The New- Boy Network,” “Dangerous Minds,” and “Troublemakers” are thought-provoking. In “Most Likely to Succeed,” Gladwell refers to the economist, Eric Hanushek, who observed that just replacing 6 to 10 % of the worst teachers with average teachers could change the below-average global ranking in educational achievement that the US holds now to an advantageously high ranking in league with the higher-performing nations.  Could that be correct?  Those of us who have had wonderful experiences with the best teachers and  far too many experiences with the 'worst' will find food for thought here.

And who can resist a study of pit bulls and, in general, dogs  who attack people? Is the breed itself dangerous? What other breeds have attacked people? What about the owners of these animals? What can we say about them?

The essays on the Veg-o-Matic (“The Pitchman”) and the professional taste testers of “The Ketchup Conundrum” weren’t favorites, but overall, the essays make connections that we don't normally think of;  they are well researched, thought-provoking and well worth the read.

Make What the Dog Saw your non-fiction choice for the summer.