Lincoln McCardle Before He Was Famous – Twittens

A couple of years ago a skinny, scruffy, red headed fellow stumbled across this blog. He sent me a few messages stating that he liked the blog and was thinking of starting one himself. I offered him words of encouragement and later found out that he had started Canucklehead.ca. I visited his site daily for some comedic relief.

We started talking on the phone and learning about each other and began to realize that our lives were, in ways, uncannily similar. We were both red headed, both married, both had one child, and we both had another child on the way. Later on, we found out that we were both having boys. I know you’re saying, that could happen to anyone, so here is the kicker. My wife and I had picked the name of what we would name our child early in the pregnancy. We picked a boys name and a girls name until we found out the sex. Interestingly enough Lincoln and his wife had picked the same name for their son that we did. Well, it’s the same other than the fact my sons name is spelled with a “K” and theirs with a “C”. Our wives had our children withing a few weeks of each other, and all was well.

After the birth of my son, my life was busy and I slowly drifted away from the blog and the friends I had made online. I still kept in touch via Facebook as much as I could. I noticed that last year Lincoln got to run while holding the Olympic Torch and he started talking about something called Twittens. He seemed to post about them more and more frequently and begin posting pictures of them.

Much to my surprise this morning after watching this video on his latest blog post that I realized he actually invented these things.

So Lincoln, I would like to congratulate you on your success so far and can only hope that it carries you even farther. And I would also like to say to you, “You’re Welcome”. If you never would have discovered this blog, you probably wouldn’t have went down the path that took you to Twittens. ;p

How To Outrun A Snake

The following information is being brought to you as a PSA from the WVb on how to outrun a snake.

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“…If ever chased by a snake, which I find very hard to believe, run in a zig-zag pattern…”

http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/9003/dangers.htm

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“…There’s a little myth that snakes can outrun humans. If you are unlucky enough to be chased by a snake, the myth claims than you should run straight up the nearest hill, because snakes can’t go straight up, but have to weave back and forth across the track…”

http://www.abc.net.au/science/k2/moments/s641636.htm

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“…My mother would warn me that if I was ever chased by a snake I should run in a straight line, since snakes slithered from side to side — unless, of course, I happened to be running downhill. Then I should weave from side to side because a determined serpent would turn itself into a hoop by taking its tail in its mouth and roll down after me…”

http://www.endicott-studio.com/rdrm/forbiser.html

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If the tactics listed above do not work, you can always run around in circles and flail your arms about wildly. You may just scare the snake off, or convince him to bite you…. one or the other.

Protecting Yourself From Fraud

I received an email over the weekend with some useful tips for protecting yourself against fraud and identity theft. Some of the tips are worthwhile, there are a couple that are probably not. Nonetheless, it is something to keep buried in your memory. Especially the phone numbers near the end.

1. Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put ‘PHOTO ID REQUIRED.’ (I’ve never had a cashier actually look at my credit card, so I’m not sure why this one is supposed to work.)

2. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on the ‘For’ line. Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes throughMall the check processing channels won’t have access to it. (Or better yet, pay online.)

3. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a PO Box use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a PO Box, use your work address. Never have your SS# printed on your checks. (DUH!) You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have It printed, anyone can get it. (Just one more reason that PO boxes are useful! Everyone should have one!)

4. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place. I also carry a photocopy of my passport when I travel either here or abroad. We’ve all heard horror stories about fraud that’s committed on us in stealing a Name, address, Social Security number, credit cards. (Just be sure to clear the copy machine when finished.)

5. We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately. But the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them.

6. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc., were stolen. This proves to credit providers you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one). But here’s what is perhaps most important of all…. (I never even thought to do this.)

7. Call the 3 national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and also call the Social Security fraud line number. I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application for credit was made over the internet in my name. The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit.

Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact about your wallet, if it has been stolen:

1.) Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
3.) Trans Union: 1-800-680 7289
4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271