Keyless Entry

Have you ever walked up to the front door of your home and tried to use your automobile's remote control to unlock the door to your house? Well, as ridiculous as it may sound I have, and on more than one occasion!

We live in a push button society with many luxuries to make even the simplest tasks easier, such as opening a front door. Each time I've tried to subconsciously use my car remote to open my front door I've entertained the thought of changing the lock over to a keyless type of lock. So, what would the options be I've wondered?

The first option that comes to mind is the keyless numeric pad where you punch in some numbers rather than turning a key. However, after much thought it seems that type of mechanism would really not be better than just using a key, and the appearance of that type of technology is anything but appealing. If it's something that won't make it easier to open the door than using a key then there is not much sense in converting over to a different type. Turning the wheels in the brain once more to reconsider the possibilities I have to wonder what the other options just may be?

Of course one other important consideration is the fact that whatever the type of mechanism is that I would choose, it would need to provide effective security for my home as well. There would be no sense in replacing security with convenience when it comes to using a keyless entry.

Technology has finally caught up with the James Bond movies! Did you know you can finally purchase a fingerprint door lock for your home? That means all we would need to open our front door with would be our finger! No keys to hunt for or to try to use with our arms full of groceries! The technology is also available at an affordable price too!

Although I've never lost my keys the convenience of not having to grab for keys is certainly appealing when returning with bags of groceries in my arms. I suppose the down-side though is what James Bond would have perhaps feared - someone cutting off his finger to open the door!

Gift Card Fraud

As we head into the season that is supposed to be a joyful one, here is a tip to help you keep it that way. Are you planning to purchase gift cards for your loved ones and friends? Read on to learn about a fraud warning in regards to the type of gift cards which can be redeemed online. This is not applicable to the type of cards that are only redeemable inside a store.

Thieves are now stealing the numbers from gift cards, which can be redeemed online. They then check online to see when the card has been activated by the rightful owner. If the thief is quicker than the actual gift card holder they cash in on the use of the monies toward their own online purchase!

In light of this type of fraud I would hope the stores would require these types of gift cards to be purchased only from the customer service person at the counter. Of course whose to say they are always honest as well.

I received this warning in an email and I decided to research if it were true, and it has been confirmed.

If you would like to learn more about using gift cards, which offer more options for your recipient, take a look at this article called, "A Gift With Options Attached", from Susan's Spa. Happy Holidays!

Micro Manage Your Microwave

If there was ever an appliance that one would think operated in a rather phishy manner I would have to say it's a microwave oven! Of course kids have also gotten themselves into trouble with microwaves as well.

A bit off topic from my normal subjects, but I couldn't resist to share my microwave story. I purchased my first microwave in 1979. Now you are probably wondering how I remembered the date so well, but that's another story for another day.

The first microwave I purchased was a mega beast! It was huge! The bigger the better, right? Not so these days, but none the less that was the thought back then before electronics scaled down in size.

So, what to cook? I thought, "Hey, I could do a toasted cheese sandwich!" I grabbed two slices of bread and tossed them into the toaster to get them crisp. Then I spread on some butter and finally the main ingredient, lots of cheddar cheese. Into the microwave it goes. Read the instructions? Nah! No need to do that, right? So I zapped my sandwich and zapped it was! I had set the microwave for two minutes and turned my back. Now as I mentioned, this was my first experience with a microwave so I really didn't know you had to micro-manage a microwave!

The timer went off and my mouth was watering for the cheese sandwich....well - doh! What cheese sandwich? The cheese had disintegrated into a pile of goo oozing out from the bread all over the microwave plate. The fats and oils were separated from the remainder part of the cheese and the bread was like a chunk of leather soaked in oil. Well, okay so much for my cheese sandwich! Next time follow the instructions!

Microwaves have come a long ways and now with more experience I don't have to micro-manage the microwave oven, but it's still a good idea to use a microwave guide! If only I had read the instructions or had a guide like this one back then! They have reviews of various brands, price guides and other useful information if you are in the market for a microwave.

Although the newer ones don't require that you micro-manage them, just be sure to be realistic when setting the timer!

Off on the Wrong Foot

If you are a professional and you receive a companies attempt to recruit you, there is one type of method used for recruiting that is older than the hills and shady at best. I've recently received two such proposals, and in that they started off on the wrong foot with their attempt to recruit me I have to say, "Go away!"

Here's the line that is a true turn-off for a professional to receive, "I have been trying to reach you." Yeah, right and I fell off the turnip truck yesterday! Talk about unprofessional! It's a poor excuse for, "I don't have your phone number but I'll lead you on to believe I've tried to call you."

To add to their unprofessional statement is their approach in general. The letter comes in a plain envelope without a return address, or letterhead. The enclosed note is sloppily written by hand on a small scratch pad piece of paper, once again no letterhead.

Then out of curiosity I decide to call the phone number, which is only accompanied by a first name. A person answers only disclosing the name of the individual on the piece of paper I have received. Then I ask them what company I have called and although they informed me I won't be writing it here. My reply then pretending I'm real ignorant was, "I wonder how they got my name?" Can you believe the person then hung up on me!

Three strikes and you're out I say! First the unprofessional envelope and scrawny piece of paper, then the outright lie trying to convince me that they tried to reach me, and then finally they hung up on me! Get real!

If you are reading this and you are with the company that is using this tactic you need to understand that the only individuals you will be able to recruit are the ones that are as shady as you, which will also mean they will be very unprofessional and not someone a quality client will want to deal with either. End of rant!

The Lemon Car

Every now and then we each run across someone that ended up with a car referred to as a "lemon". Although a lemon for a car can truly mess someones life up, there seems to be some humor in it. I think it has become a common joke that a car which turns out to be a lemon was finished on a Friday just before the whistle blew.

Maybe that's not the case, but either way you look at it I always thought a lemon car scene would have made a good story for a candid camera type of television show. Your imagination could really run with that one... As the person drives the car off the lot to test drive it many strange things could begin to happen as the salesperson attempts to convince the individual that the challenges are normal. Or how about an extreme scene where the front bumper falls off and they run over it getting it stuck under the car.

Many ideas could be implemented if it were just all a joke. Unfortunately it isn't a joke when it really happens and someone gets stuck with a lemon. That's when you really want to be sure you are dealing with a reputable dealer or honest individual when you purchase your next car.

Travel Safety Tips

This is the time of year that many will be loading into the airports to fly out for a family gathering for the holidays. It's easy to get all caught up in the excitement of departing for your trip and arriving at your destination.

Excitement often replaces common sense and can leave us vulnerable and potential victims of crime, especially when traveling to other lands we are unfamiliar with. Here are some quick travel tips to consider in order to elevate your level of safety.
1. Research your destination before you depart. Become familiar with what your surroundings will be like once you arrive, and you may even want to research the crime statistics for where you will be staying. It's better to be cautious than sorry.

2. Don't flaunt your expensive jewelry or other expensive attire. Hundreds of years ago the wealthy didn't wear their fine jewelry when traveling. They wore costume jewelry in case they were robbed the loss would be minimal. Hmm, you perhaps may think that sounds like a paranoid idea, but then again there's much wisdom to be found in doing so.

3. Be sure to have your proper documents with you such as your passport, but be very cautious in regards to where you have it stored between use, and don't have it hanging from a pocket easy to pick.

4. Familiarize yourself with some of the laws for your destination. In some parts of the world you could be in major trouble just by having chewing gum! Huh? Is that real?

5. While doing typical tourist activities like taking photos remain aware of your surroundings and others in your area. Some criminals are just waiting for a distracted tourist to take advantage of.

6. Be willing to take some sound advice from the locals. Sometimes they will share information with you in regards to places to avoid at night or other good safety tips.

7. Be prepared in case your credit cards or debit cards are stolen. Keep the phone number for the card issuer someplace else on your persons in case you need to call and report a stolen card. If your wallet or card is stolen the phone number on the back of the card will not be available!

8. Travel as lightly as possible. The less you take the less your exposure of loss if it should occur.

9. Distribute your cash in various pockets and don't keep it all in your wallet. If you are robbed or in a situation where you are forced to surrender your wallet at least they won't get it all if you have money in your pockets too!

10. If you decide to deviate from some of your tourist activities be sure you plan wisely when doing so. Impulsive decisions often cause us to make mistakes

Security Leak

Where I live we recently had an immense amount of rain along with driving winds. The water can quickly cause damage to something that is not sealed properly, and especially when accompanied by driving winds.

The other day I went to a local bank and noticed they had a black plastic garbage bag taped over their night depository drop box, with a sign on top. I had to laugh at their sign!

If you were told a bank had a leak in security you certainly would not want to subject your personal data to that environment. Although this was not pertaining to a security leak I still had a good laugh reading the sign, which said, "Sorry for the inconvenience, but our night depository has sprung a leak."

Maybe it's just me, but I found that to be humorous!

A Good Work at Home Opportunity

If you're a blogger and you are looking for a work at home income opportunity, with no phishy strings attached, here's a resource that I'm very happy with! It's PayPerPost, which you may have already heard of.

I was asked to post what I love best about PayPerPost. Of course everyones first response is probably the fact that you have an opportunity to earn money from your blog! Offers range in price and you can select which offer pays the best buck for your time, energy and creativity.

The inspiration for new creativity for me as a blogger is one of the best things I like about PayPerPost. When you have offers to select from you can choose which ones are the most appropriate for your blog. For the benefit of my readers, I like to try to stay on-topic as much as possible with my blogs. As I read through their available offers to see which ones I may choose, it will often trigger a memory or provide some other creativity or inspiration for what I could write about!

To sum it all up I like the fact that I can earn a bit from what I post, and that it inspires some new creativity for my blogs! Now don't waste any more time! Go check out payperpost!

The Email Address Harvest

Fall is here and pumpkins and squash are not the only things that are in line for a harvest! If your email address has been published on your website you may already be experiencing the downside of spam, spam and more spam!

Just last week my husband had mentioned that his employer is getting a ton of spam in their email, and they cannot figure out where it is all coming from. They had just recently published a new website replacing their old one, and that was when they began to notice a significant amount of spam. I knew right away what the answer most likely was and checked their website. Yep, sure enough their email was a prime target for a feeding frenzy by harvest hungry spam bots scraping up their newest meal off the Internet -and your email address could be next!

Only a week before this I was posting an answer to a fellows question in a forum. He had requested to have others take a look at his new directory and was wondering how it looked and if anyone would suggest any changes. First thing I noticed was his email address in the footer, which is fine for the human eye, but was it protected from the spam bots? Researching it further, no it wasn't!

In my post back to the fellow I suggested he consider protecting his email address from the spam bots. His response was one of shock! He first of all had no idea there was any such thing as spam robots who scrape and harvest emails off websites. He then stated he had three other websites with his email address posted on them, and never could figure out why he had so much spam! Well, there you have it! Many people do not realize their email addresses can be harvested from a website, forum, or even from your emails itself.

When we are at a greater risk for receiving spam, we are even more vulnerable to having our personal information compromised with malicious codes contained within the emails, viruses and other adware, so protecting your email address on your website is very important.

If you haven't already done so you will want to make your email address invisible to the spam bots so they can't move into your site for the harvest. There is a very easy tool you can use to quickly determine if your email address can be harvested from your website. With this tool, you simply write in the exact url where you know your email address is located, and send a robot to find your email address. When you run the test, make sure you use the exact and correct url. In other words if your contact information is on make sure you use that specific url in your test, not just your home page at

When you conduct the test, if the robot successfully retrieves your email address, then your email address is a prime target for the spammers who send out their robots to do their dirty work. Next thing you know you are receiving tons of spam, and it multiplies, and seems to breed to an overwhelming number each day!

One way you can stop most of the robots is by using a script to protect your email address. Your human friends will still be able to read the email address, but the robots will no longer be able to sniff out a harvest from your website. Although it sometimes is not a 100% effective solution, it will save you significant time from searching through junk mail.

Scale Down to Zero Commute?

The desire for people to work at home is growing, but unfortunately as you know there are many scam artists out there looking to capitalize on the work at home market by marketing programs, and offering them as so called "employment" opportunities. You must consider carefully what offers you may want to respond to, and do plenty of research before you respond!

Although I'm a very optimistic person I have become more skeptical over time in regards to many of the work at home opportunities, due to the amount of fraudulent offers people have to swim through in order to find a legitimate one.

One word of caution is to proceed slooooowly! Don't be too anxious to jump into an opportunity out of desperation for a work at home position. One example where I see this occur often is from reading situations people post in forums. I see it nearly every week where someone is posting a "help me" type of thread in the forum because they desperately need income, and they are looking for a work at home position to quickly commit to. This is where once again a person needs to simply sloooow down. When we are in a position of desperation, that is when we make decisions that are not sound ones, and that is when we become vulnerable to the schemes created by fraudsters.

Consider also if you should depart from your existing employment for a work at home position. You certainly want to be sure you do not leave employment that is bringing in the bacon on a regular basis, in order to take on a work at home position that turns out to be run by fraudsters simply wanting to make money off you, or to do their dirty laundering of money.

In closing I'm sure one major motivation for most people wanting to find a work at home or WAH opportunity is to scale down to a zero commute! Don't you just love that term, "Zero Commute!" I wish I could claim that clever term as my creation, but it belongs to the creativity of a fellow by the name of Chris, who has a work at home blog that you will want to read.

In one of his articles, "Skills that Pay the Bills" he is very wise with statements like, "As a researcher of the work at home marketplace..." Did you hear what he said there? There is much wisdom to be learned from that one sentence of his in regards to stressing the importance of RESEARCHER! You must become a good researcher in order to scale down to a zero commute, so do your homework!

Paying Too Much Interest on Your Auto Loan?

Situation: You went shopping for a newer car and you obtained financing to buy your new vehicle. How do you know you received the best interest rate for your auto financing? Finance managers in car dealers are motivated by commissions just as a car salesperson is! You may have paid more for your financing to help feed the finance manager!

You spent many hours to shop for the right vehicle, so why not shop for your best possible Auto Refinance loan? If you simply accepted the finance package with your car, and didn't research if you could have obtained a better interest rate, now you can check to see if you may be able to save lots of money!

US Treasury Identity Theft Tips Video

This is a very informative video from the US Treasury Department on steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft. The video is nine minutes long, but well worth your time, and it just may save you tons of money in the future. If you prefer to view a shorter video on identity theft with information from the US Treasury you can find it here from a prior post.

Calculating Car Crashes

About the only place on the face of the earth that can get away with strange things has to be Hollywood. Anything goes in the world of movies and television and they of course can't stop delivering what the public wants to view.

One of my husbands favorite scenes to watch in a movie are car chase scenes. I'm sure the majority rules with voting for good quality realistic car crashes in movies. Have you ever wondered if the expense of doing a movie covers for those car crashes, or just how much damage do they rack up anyhow?

Some car chases in movies are so over the top that you might find yourself mentally trying to add up the cost of all the wreckage! I'm sure it's one automotive insurance bill you would not want to have to deal with!

If you're curious just how much they rack up with those high speed crash scenes, Progressive Direct, has done the math for you. They teamed up with Universal Studios Home Entertainment to insert a running tally of the destruction into the recent HD DVD release of "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift." As cars smacked into one another in Tokyo, a display in a small window keeps track: "Roof repair: $209, taillights: $451, fender: $618." Now there's something to think about!

The calculator is labeled "Progressive Direct: Insurance Damage Estimates." Hmm, maybe some of us might need one of those calculators in our vehicles! I'm not so sure if it's really the movie car crash scenes that are over the top, or is it the high tech calculator that is over the top? I'll let you decide which is over the top!

US Treasury Identity Theft Tip

Here's a short but informative video discussing the signs to watch to determine if you have become a victim of identity theft. Be sure to read our "One Step Strategy Against Identity Theft" article for a quick preventative measure against identity theft.

Cancer Successfully Installed

A bit off topic here, but I couldn't resist using this graphic I found so I had to work it in somewhere! There are many things on the market that we humans consume either out of sheer gluttony or due to addiction. Some of the things are purely poisoning our bodies yet we ignore the warnings. I remember all the cigarette advertisements that were on television when I was young, and now they are no longer allowed - good thing, huh?

I believe the tobacco manufacturers are claiming that the amount of smokers has declined over the years, but none the less it's still killing a large percentage of those who use tobacco. If you're a tobacco user I hope you will be able to quit soon!

Perhaps if you consider a rumor we heard when I was young. We told my mother that we heard Camel Cigarettes acquired their name because they were grown in camel crap! Hmm, it didn't motivate her to quit either. Of course, she didn't smoke Camel cigarettes, but we figured the story was worth a shot!

Were You Fooled by Fools Gold?

I was thinking about a childhood memory this evening that I'm sure many of you perhaps experienced when you were a kid. Did you ever get really excited when you found a rock that glistened and sparkled like gold? Did your ego get all puffed up as you began to convince yourself you had struck gold? Suddenly you're about to jump up and down with exuberance as you realize what you found.

I remember getting so excited over those few small golden rocks, thinking that I actually had found "the big one"! But, of course the excitement and giddiness over the event quickly dissolved into disappointment when an older kid or parent would then say, "Oh, you found a piece of fools gold!" and then your response was perhaps like mine, "Fools gold!" What is fools gold?" Wow! Did that ever burst the old bubble to be told I didn't hit pay dirt!

A foolish child I was to actually think I had struck gold! None the less as a kid it was still an exciting moment before learning the truth. I remember wanting so much to doubt the possibility of any such thing as "fools gold" and wanting to claim they were wrong! After all, it was such a disappointment to learn that you really haven't struck a gold mine! Does any of that bring back memories? Who put that fraudulent gold there anyhow? LOL!

Speaking of gold, what about real gold? No Sir, this is not fools gold that we're talking about now, but genuine real gold coins that as a kid you would have bragged to all the neighborhood about! As you know, real gold has always been desired by men of all ages and throughout all times in history.

Imagine if you were to hold not just one gold coin, but instead an entire handful or more of gold coins or bullion! In all ages, man has been fascinated with the beauty and magic of gold, and with its power to change men's lives. Gold coins are available for personal delivery in fractional sizes of ounce, ounce and 1/10 ounce, in units of 20 coins each. Just imagine if you were to present to your children real gold coins as an investment for their future. Even if you didn't know the difference between fools gold and real gold as a kid, you probably know that investing in real gold is never foolish, because it's always a good investment. With real gold in your hands you will quickly remember the excitement as a kid when you thought you found the real thing, but only this time there would be no disappointments, and no one shouting, "Oh, you found some fools gold!"

Email Processing Work at Home Scam

When it comes to making money, greed will always steer a crook into taking money from people. If you're looking for a work at home position, here is one to avoid. The first lesson to learn from this phishy business is the fact they are wanting to charge the telecommuter for training materials. A legit company will never charge their telecommuters money for training materials.

The second red flag with this scam is the responsibilities of the position. They claim they will pay a person $15.00 - $20.00 to process emails, which involves copying and pasting responses into an email. No company is going to pay someone such a high amount of money to process emails when they can utilize an auto responder service to do so automatically, and in some cases for free.

A third red flag is their statement indicating there is no contract to sign, which is most likely because they have no intentions of paying for the so-called processed emails once they've collected the $16.00 from the person for the training materials.

What it boils down to is the fact the person is scamming individuals out of $16.00 for the so-called training materials. Don't take the crooks bait! Cancel their phishing trip by not responding to their email if you receive the following, and better yet be sure to report them to the proper authorities! The email below is exactly the verbiage the crook used, complete with their incorrectly spelled words. The only change is that we deleted their actual email address and their name, which was signed at the bottom.

I just wanted to start off by thanking you for your time and interest in the position. Basically what you would be doing is "processing" emails. This means that when someone clicks on an advertisement they will enter there contact information. you will then receive an email with that information. in the subject line of that email it will tell you what advertisement they replied to. you then look up in your training materials the corresponding reply. you cut and paste that reply into the email and click send. thats it you are done. yes it really is that simple. You will get paid 15 to 20 dollars for each "processed" email. The pay is immediate there is no waiting period what so ever. You are paid to your personal paypal account. If you dont have a paypal account then sign up for one free at you will need the personal account because that one is the free account. therefor you arent charged anything for receiving money.

There is no website i can send you to or anything like that. I am an independent contractor just like you would be. This enables you to chose your own hours. There is no contract to sign you simply work when you want to or when you have the time. Like any legitimate online position there is a SMALL one time fee of 16.00 USD. This is only for administrative fees. All of your materials and training are provided to you. You are not left high and dry. In no way do I want anyone to feel miss lead. This is legitimate, there are no hidden fees what so ever. You may begin work as soon as you receive the materials. there is no waiting period. If you try this you are guaranteed to make money. With your first email you will have already made back your administrative fee.

I was skeptical at first just like anyone else, but i did my research and found that anything you would want to do at home requires a small fee. so i decided to try it, and trust me Im happy i did. I make on average 500 dollars a week. give or take. I figured hey if I could sit in my jammies all day and make money then why the heck not. there is an unlimited amount of work. If you are still interested simply open a paypal account and process the administrative fee. send the payment to scamprocessing@crooksville when you do that I will receive an email from paypal. at that time i will send you all of the information you need to get started immediately. Thanks for your time and have a great day.

We hope this example serves you well to learn by in regards to work at home email processing scams!

Tips to Avoid Phishing Scams

Situation: You're surfing along the Internet and you come upon a website that appears interesting. Perhaps you ended up on the site because an offer for a product, or a potential employment offer lured you there. Or, you may have received an email with a link to a website that you're not sure of. First off, if you receive a link to a site within an email it isn't always safe to click through. By doing so you may have just confirmed for a scam artist that a live body does exist at the email address they solicited.

After reading through their information you discover there are things about their site that just doesn't appear legitimate, and you perhaps suspect them as a phishing site, a front for a money laundering scam or other illegal activity. So, what do you do?

Should you just ignore it? Should you report it? I always vote for reporting it. You should consider who the appropriate party is to report it to such as the websites hosting service, the FBI, Secret Service, or other authorities. If for example it is a money laundering scam it should be reported to the FBI and the Secret Service.

It's never good to contact the fraudsters behind the scenes of the website or email you came across. You will want to leave that up to the authorities, and in fact if you contact the site or email the person directly on your own your actions could possibly hinder an investigation that may already be under-way.

Lastly, here is a site called PhishTank to consider reporting a site if it is involved in a phishing scheme. On their site you can research sites that have already been reported, report a suspected site, and follow-up on what happens to sites you report. It's a great tool!

Just to serve as a reminder to those who have not yet become familiar with phishing schemes, here's some information in regards to what the crooks seek to accomplish by setting up a phishing scam: They will be seeking to gain things such as passwords, banking, or other private personal information so they may gain access to your money, or information to steal your identity. Many phishing scams come through emails and will provide a link to a spoof website, such as a fake ebay or PayPal site attempting to get you to disclose your identity and password.

Be careful as you surf the Internet or as you consider offers within emails. Someone may be phishing to pull you under, and we hope you will be armed with the right information to cancel the crooks phishing trip!

Many Ways to Legally Make Money Online!

If you've been looking on the Internet for ways to make money you have already discovered the long line of fraudsters and scam artists looking to lure you in. We've shared many stories with you about some of the scams out there. We have also shared some legitimate money-making strategies with you and this is one of those we would like to let you know about.

If you're new to blogging and wonder how you can make some money online, or if you don't have a website then this short article is for you! First I'll address one way to make money online if you have a blog. You can receive income by posting advertisements on your blogs, and receive pay for each post where you have presented an offer. One way to do that is through a program offered by USWeb called Blogitive. Their service allows you to make money online by writing Blog postings. In order to do this you will need a blog that qualifies with their expectations, but it is an easy way for you to make money online just by writing!

Now I'll address how to make money online even if you don't have a blog or some other website! That's right, you read that correctly! You would not even need to have a blog or website. If you like to write you could consider becoming a ghost writer. Ghost Writing will be launching from their site soon, and that service will allow you to earn money for writing in general!

Yet another system they are establishing will be called NewsNerve. NewsNerve is a service that you can utilize on your blog or website. The service will display relevant syndicated news headlines, and allow you to earn money from every click that your visitors make.

So there you have it! A full meal deal on various opportunities to make money online.

The Galloping Bridge

Once upon a time there was a bridge, and her name came to be "Galloping Gertie" because gallop she did. Built in 1940 the first Narrows Bridge in Tacoma, Washington was not built stout enough to handle the tough winds she would encounter in the area. Spanning the Narrows of Puget Sound, only 4 months after she was built she collapsed.

On the windy day of her demise, she was violently tossed and twisted as she succumbed to the prevailing 42 mph winds, and finally collapsed into the Narrows. Due to improper engineering the bridge did not allow the winds to pass through it so it swayed, buckled and galloped in heavy winds. As cars crossed the bridges span the drivers would see the cars in front of them disappear as they would drive down into a hill or trough in the bridge created by gusts of wind twisting the bridge like spaghetti. Obviously the bridge was improperly engineered, and ten years passed before a new Narrows Bridge was completed in 1950.

The engineering company who designed the bridge surely cost the city a large amount of cash when she went down. To make matters worse, the insurance agent who wrote the insurance policy on the bridge committed fraud, and he therefore never submitted the premium funds to the insurance company, leaving the bridge uninsured!

Thankfully today technology is far better and bridges are built without a galloping problem. In fact, due to an increase in population there is a second Narrows Bridge being built today, right next to the Narrows Bridge built in 1950.

If you plan to build a bridge, make sure the engineering is top-notch, you have enough funds, and make sure the insurance company has issued the contract before anyone drives across your new creation. Hopefully there will never be another Galloping Gertie!

Woman Really Do Make Better Drivers

Okay guys, for all of you who think woman make lousy drivers, this video proves in this case - you're right - lol. Wow - crazy! So much drama to simply park a car!

Should You Do-It-Yourself?

My husband and I began a renovation of our home years ago. Much of the work we've done has been done ourselves, which has been a significant undertaking. On the other hand much of the work we hired out presented challenges of its own. From our experience, if you are a handy do-it-yourself type of person I encourage you to do as much as you can on your own.

The largest draw-back to doing the do-it-yourself projects on your own, is the time involved, and especially if like most of us you have to work for a living and can't renovate your home full time.

Why do I encourage you to do the work on your own? The number one reason is the significant amount of sweat equity you can build up. Another reason is you just may be more pleased with the work done in comparison to if you hired out the work. There is a substantial amount of self-satisfaction when you know you accomplished it on your own. Another reason why is because you can avoid hiring what can end up being shady characters, and having them in your home. Or, you may end up with carpenters who really can't do any better of a job than you do.

If you are going to renovate your home, do your homework before you begin. If you decide to hire out the work don't always trust that the company with the biggest advertisement is your best choice; as I can attest to a bad experience with that one! If you do hire a contractor for some of the work, make sure it is an individual you can communicate with effectively and ask for references.

Leaning more toward the decision to renovate your home? Are you going to do an extreme makeover? What about entering to win a $50,000 Extreme Home Makeover? Just click on the link below for an opportunity to win $50,000, and if you win you can use the money from the offer to remodel your kitchen, deck, bathroom, bedroom, family room, or any other room!

For home repairs and help with makeover ideas be sure to research what your plans will require before you begin. For some you may be able to accomplish only the easier tasks such as painting, wallpapering, adding decks, and installing flooring, which is fine because the worst thing you can do in a do-it-yourself project is to either bite off more than you can chew, or to hire shady characters to do it for you. Do your research and if you do hire contractors, watch out for the shady ones! Every industry has their fair share of people wanting to take advantage of you.

Phishing for a Laptop

Here's a strange character who tried to get away with stealing a laptop, but the thief chose the wrong place, and the owner of the laptop reeled it in!

Check Out the PPP Forum

Several weeks ago we became a proud member of PayPerPost, aka PPP to the blogging community. They have a great amount of opportunity to offer to bloggers. Prior to joining I surfed over to the PayPerPost forum. I found all the information there quite helpful and inspiring!

Along with alot of other buzz going on in other forums about PayPerPost I finally decided to join. I'm very glad I did! So far I've had alot of fun with their program, but most importantly it is a wonderful way to get some new inspiration for subjects to present to you!

If you're a blogger, go on over and check out their message board and become more acquainted with their services. Like me, I'm sure the forum will enforce the fact that there is nothing phishy about PayPerPost!

Tyra Banks Modeling Fraud Tips

Tyra Banks is on a mission! Tyra helps woman avoid getting taken by a scam artist, posing as a modeling agency. She identifies who the scam artists are and tapes their operations.

For every girl who dreams of being a model there is a person wanting to take advantage of them, either by taking money from the aspiring model, or to convince them to take their clothes off.

If you are a young lady wanting to pursue a modeling career, don't get taken by scam artists phishing for your potential talent with their con artist techniques of persuasion. Take a look at the information available to you on the Federal Trade Commissions site for further information about modeling fraud.

Borrow Money Without a Bank

I thought this was an interesting site for someone looking to borrow or lend money. Generally most people go to a bank to borrow money, but this UK based company unites those who need to borrow money with a private party who has money to lend.

In that their program provides services to members of the network, one can borrow money for far less than what it would cost to borrow from a bank or other typical lending institution.

Other than reviewing some basics on their site, I haven't done any extensive research, so if you are interested in their services do your homework as you would when working with any other lender. On the other hand, if you are looking to lend money, you can research their site as a potential online investment strategy to make a return on lending money.

100 Years Ago Today

I thought it would be interesting to take a look at what happened 100 years ago today. I came across some events, but since we are only one week from elections, here are some facts with what happened 100 years ago on November 1st 1906 to politicians. Since politics often gets phishy, I figured you would like to check out the Political Graveyard.

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

Here's something for fun to think about. Have you ever wondered what happened to all the drive-through theatres? Is there a strange reason most of them have disappeared? Probably not, in that home theatre has come onto the movie watching scene. But what ever happened to the days of (now classic) cars parked row after row in front of the movie screen?

It's been quite a few years since my husband and I have watched a movie at a drive-in theatre, but one story I recall was when we were trouble-makers in our younger years before we were married.

Now keep in mind this story is from our teen years , and of course like us, most people in that age group do things they are not suppose to do! We had a car-load of us ready to drive into the theatre, but several blocks down the road our friend who owned the car pulled over. This was part of our plan since several of us were going to sneak into the theatre inside the trunk of the car to cut down on the expense. After all you wanted to make sure you had enough money for popcorn and pop, right? So there we were up to something phishy and off to the theatre we went with two of us in the trunk.

We made it through the ticket booth and thought we were home free. However, it of course is not that easy to have two people climb out of a trunk and not be noticed, once the car is parked in front of hundreds of others! Naturally there were many eyeballs focused on the fact that two people popped out of the trunk! So as you have guessed, to bring the story to a close - yes we were caught, and rightfully so! That was one movie we didn't watch as we were commanded to drive right back out of the theatre. No surprise, huh?

Speaking of drive-in theatres, if you are into Street Racing SPEEDtv will be featuring Speed's own "Lost Drive-In" Marathon on Nov 25 at 3pm EST featuring Grand Prix and Rebel Without a Cause". So there you have it, the inspiration for me to take you on a trip down memory lane! One last word, is that I need to mention, "this post sponsored by" to you!

Car Theft Tips

One of the most popular items stolen are cars. New or used, they are a great temptation for a car thief, especially if they are a popular type of vehicle. Some models of cars are a prime target because parts are easily obtained for a chop shop. In fact, some chop shops specialize in just one type of car so they always have plenty of parts on hand to convert cars for resale.

Another method used by car thieves is to trash the car completely, and strip every part of potential value from the vehicle for parts resale. Obviously stereos are very popular, but leather seats and other valuable parts are also a target. Here's a story shared by one of my blogging friends Kathy. She had her car stolen and it was a complete loss. After you read her story there are some quick tips to learn in regards to guarding against car theft.
Some years ago my car was stolen. My neighbor was listening to local police cars and overheard that my car had been found! Apparently there is a few days gap between the time the car is reported found, and the time the police tow comes and tows it to their impound yard.

My poor car was "restolen" before the police could get their tow out for it! They made me call 911 a second time to report it restolen! They of course had never heard of this before, and I had to go through this whole long story a couple times. When it was recovered again it was totally gutted.

Many times when a car is stolen there are theft prevention tips to be learned. Here are just a few tips to keep in mind:
  1. Obviously the first one is to keep your car locked, regardless of where it is
  2. If the car is parked at night be sure to park under a well lit space. Most criminals don't like well-lit areas because they can be seen too easily
  3. Do not leave items inside the car to potentially attract someone to break in
  4. If you have a road-side tool kit inside your car, store it in the trunk. Otherwise, a thief may use your own tools to hot-wire your car
Those tips are just a few steps of prevention one can practice so their car is not stolen. Unfortunately, in Kathy's situation her car was stolen from her own garage! If our motor vehicle isn't safe in your own garage, I don't know where it would be safe! Her situation is one where the theft could not have been prevented, and was certainly a unique situation in that her car was stolen a second time before the police were able to tow it away! Thank you Kathy for sharing your story for the benefit of our readers!

Job Offer Too Good to Be True?

Life on the Internet for a job seeker can be rough. How many times have you looked into a job listing and discovered that it was an offer too good to be true? The Internet has become a breeding ground for fraudulent offers from scam artists, crooks wanting someone to assist them with money laundering or repackaging of merchandise they purchased to complete money laundering. Either way it's become a nightmare for someone looking for a legitimate job offer.

For those of you looking for a reliable site on the Internet that doesn't allow any work at home scams to be posted, here's one to consider! provides listings where employers and potential employees are able to contact one another directly, cutting out any middle men head-hunter companies, and cutting out any scam artists looking for trouble.