Great Friends

Jack and Cheryl

Robert and Carolyn

What a great day. We were in Pasadena for my nephew’s wedding yesterday, more on that when we download photos, so we decided to visit our friends Jack and Cheryl and Robert and Carolyn whom we met on our Mexican Riveria cruise last January. Jack barbecued ribs, tri tip, and chicken, and Cheryl fixed corn on the cob, shish-ka-bob, guacamole and clam dip. Carolyn added a wonderful chicken salad.

We all stuffed ourselves and had a great time catching up. These folks are so much fun that when we left, not only were our stomachs full but our sides were aching from laughing so much.

All in all, it was a great day with great friends. Too bad we live on opposite sides of the country.

So far, so good

Well, I’ve checked all my accounts and so far nobody’s cleaned me out. You know the funniest thing about this VA fiasco of the theft of 26.5 million veterans’ personal data is that the VA, FTC, FBI, and the media keep saying, there’s no evidence that the perp even knows what he’s got. Sheesh. Do you suppose the perp doesn’t watch TV?

Enough of that. I’m having a ball fiddling around with this site. WordPress, the tool this blog is written in, is very powerful. It has lots of themes and plugins available to make it more powerful.

One is a tool to allow you to subscribe to this blog so that you get email updates when I publish stuff. I promise I won’t use your email address to send you spam or pretend I’m the VA and allow someone to steal it. I won’t give it away, either. You can click the above link or the one in the sidebar. You can also unscubcribe any time you want. Like if this blog gets too boring for you.

Anyway, “toodles,” until next time.

Deter, Detect, Defend

On Monday, all of the news agencies, inclucing Fox News reported that 26.5 million veterans’ social security numbers and dates of birth were stolen. While I haven’t received a letter, yet, my records are in the range of those stolen.

The VA says they’ve “set up a call center at 1-800-FED-INFO and Web site,, if veterans believe their information has been misused.” Well, the first piece of advice they give you there in their “Deter, Detect, Defend” tactic is, “Deter identity thieves by safeguarding your information.”

Well, dah, what are we supposed to do when the federal government can’t even protect our information?