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They are all out to get me.

Last week, my aol email was hacked. I paid for AOL for years and finally dropped the paid part maybe two years ago. This was after my web page got hacked and AOL cut me off from receiving mail because they thought I was sending out spam. The really dumb thing though, was I was spamming myself. Someone had hacked my website and was sending out spam with it’s domain name. That was two years ago.

My new free AOL email picked up that I had been hacked, this week, almost before I did, shut down my email, so it would stop sending hacked mail out to people in my address book, and told me how to restore my mail. COOL! I do seem to have more spam than normal though.

Today, Mariam Hommed needed my help; qxewpdtauc wanted me to go to their online pharmacy, (You should really learn some spelling in the language you are trying to spam); the WESTERN UNION LOTTERY apparently has a prize for me; Dr. Ma Weihua has a proposal for me and Mrs. Stephen Clark has $850,000 USD. Not sure what she wants me to do about that but I’m not opening it to find out.

AND, to top it all off, I have a three inch diameter spider loose in the house. It is only a “fishing spider” but may eat away skin at the site of the bite. I give up, I’m sleeping in the car tonight.

Fishing Spider courtesy of Insects.org

This is a fishing spider, courtesy of Insects.org

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I am on AOL dial-up.  The price is right, at $10.00 a month, and it really does not matter.  I am one of those rural people who is waiting to catch up to the 21st century.  Our phone lines, literally, become party lines when it rains.  There is no high speed.

You can be on the phone and hear a neighbors phone dialing, then the neighbor talking about their son being arrested.  Seems to me that AT&T is breaking some privacy law by not fixing it.  I’ve tried everything else to get it fixed, maybe that will work??? I doubt it.

A friend emailed me the other day. 

Your AOL email response has really messed up my computer!
 
The whole thing has slowed down to a crawl. I did a Spybot cleanup and rebooted, but now my browzer is AOL, there is some kind of AIM Buddy program running my screens, Mozilla Firefox has taken over the PC and even my task bar and desktop are messed up with AOL stuff !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
 Please don’t respond to my emails using AOL.  Could you please contact AOL and get then to stop this kind of thing?”

Okay, what dream world does he live in that he thinks that AOL will actually listen to me and fix this issue?  First, no one else, that I have emailed, has complained.  Second, I have a virus scan that runs every time I go online.  Thus making it necessary for me to turn it on and go do dishes as it devours all my RAM.  But, ensuring it is not a virus.    Third, $10 a month!!! Do you think AOL really cares what I say?

The next day, I got this email.

I’m back on line!
 
It took a few hours but I was able to removed all of the AOL and Foxfire stuff, clean out the cookies, remove the desktop and kill the startup file programs.
 … 
 Anyway, I’ve never had problems with email from Hotmail (Microsoft), so could you please create a hotmail account  and write back?  It’s free, too.”

I agree with almost everything he says.  AOL had to do some community service recently for adding stuff to the email, so I really do not know what this was about, but since I cannot write him back, I thought I would let him know on my blog.

I currently have one website, three blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace.  All of which have passwords.  That does not count the bank, Barnes & Noble, the pharmacy and I am just at the B’s.  I counted and I am up to 23 passwords and I am in the C’s.   I am at password overload. 

You are not supposed to use one password, nor use anything that might be public knowledge (birthdays, kids names, etc), nor keep them written down (YEAH RIGHT!).  I did see a neat trick about doing it with your keyboard.  I figure that since I saw it on CNN, then so did all the creeps who steal stuff, so what good is that?

Anyway, Jes, next time I can get on my website email (it did not work yesterday), I will write.  Just don’t hold your breath waiting for AOL to listen to me.

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Master’s daughter and I were at it again, the dippers of Margarita that is. She reminded me of the old “list serve” my brilliant nephew, in Wisconsin, had set up for the family before Blogs or subscriptions to groups were the rage. With one click, you could send your email out to everyone and, as long as everyone was being nice and friendly, it was a blast. Of course, that was also a time when only your family knew how weird your family was and not everyone in the universe, who can now read it when you spill your guts on your Blog.

 

My “Mother of eleven” daughter, was looking for a house about seven children ago, when she happened upon a piece of rural property with bonus lawn decorations. Homes in Wyoming come with lots of perks; sagebrush, rattlesnakes, sagebrush, windmills to bring up water, sagebrush, jackrabbits, and more sagebrush. This had an added bonus.

 

The bonus: Loose cattle rubbing against the house, looking in windows, eating the flowers, or just relaxing in a decorative manner and pooping on the lawn. The by-product of which is heaps of flies. It would be enough to know my mother’s reaction to poop in the yard, you should have heard her when said daughter had loose chickens, then you would understand that this was really enough to get a good conversation going.

 

However, as a poop de grâce, there was a dead cow in the front yard. Not surprisingly, not if you know my family at any rate, this became the topic of a contest on our family list serve.

 

 Answers to the problem ranged from:

1. Wait 20 years and sell the cow skull to mom. (Okay, so I was a re-enactor then. So, shoot me. My daughters often fought over who would HAVE to take Mom’s stuff if I died)

 2. Give it to the realtor as a thank you gift.

3. Start a new farming trend: dead cows, low feed bills, fewer ranch hands.

4. Advertise it as low maintenance pets.

5. Tie it to a stick and use it for a scare-cow.

6. Tie to the front of your truck and use it as a cattle guard.

7. Sell it to Hollywood as a prop.

8. Build a catapult and make it your neighbor’s problem.

9. Put its picture on cartons of spoiled milk.

10. Point all 4 feet upward and put a flower box on its belly.

11. Get a big box and ups it to the previous owners.

12. Get a large magnet and place it on the fridge.

13. Feet up, sheet of glass, cowfee table table.

14. Use it to start your very own road kill restaurant.

15. Use it as a pull toy for your growing family.

16. Save it for Halloween and put on someone’s roof

17. Get a large tank of piranha, as you have plenty of feed now.

18. Inflate it with helium and enter it in the unusual kites contest

19. Use it as a very smelly piñata.

 

 

 Daughter and I were wondering, however, just what would “Designed to Sell” do with a dead cow. How about it? Any ideas how they would give it curb appeal? You can’t say have it hauled away. It has to be decorative.

 

 

 

 

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