“If you laugh - you change; and when you change - the world changes.”
Don't know who this person is...but great quote. I googled the name and apparently it's a name as common as Mary Smith. So if anyone knows who it is...please leave a comment. Thanks!
So, I see people stop by my blog...or so my stats tell me. I'm not sure whether any of the visits are real people or just random phantom hits. Or maybe it's just my parents visiting so I don't feel like I'm talking to myself....Heaven knows I talk to myself enough! So here is a question. If you feel the urge, while visiting my blog, leave your answer in the comments.
If you could go back and relive any day in your life, what day would you relive?
So I had to share this message I found on my msn home page...via private messages. I had to share it because it was just too blatantly a scam. Scary to think that maybe someone would fall for this....
Anbar province, Iraq.
I did find it interesting for a couple of reasons:
1. The spelling is uncommonly good for a letter such as this.
2. The syntax is off for an American Marine, let along any American. (no offense to Marines, my daddy was one.) If these oversees scam artists are going to write a letter as if they are an American Marine...then maybe they need to add a dialect class to their 'How to rip off stupid Americans Class."
3. I do want to thank them for writing out the amount of money, because you know, on my meager salary I have no idea what the place value is for the digit 6 in that number. Oh wait, you silly foreigner...we are Americans and our country's deficit is past the trillion mark...so we know how to read a simple million dollar number.
4. The comment about courage...well it just doesn't jive with the fact that this is supposed to be a Marine...and an officer to boot!
5. And by the way, 2nd Battalion of the 25th Marine Regiment was demobilized and returned to Garden City, New York on April 10th, 2009 after turning over the security of Al Asad Air Base to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines! (gotta love the internet and a few minutes of research!)
So scammer dudes...sorry I won't be able to help you. Maybe you should keep the money over there in Iraq or wherever you are...if we bring it to the United States, it will just go to paying for health care or to bail out Wall Street or mortgage companies!
So here I was going through my emails....seeing what accidentally ended up as spam...when lo and behold the Marines are after me again for my help!!
My Dear Friend,
This time there isn't quite as much money, which of course makes it seem much more plausible. It sounds as if he now has an unwitting British accomplice. Adding 'hellhole' was a good touch (obviously some American dialect lessons were added) and mentioning surviving the suicide bombs was sure to pull your heartstrings. Although they still are picking the Marines, this time they only used a Sergeant! I didn't dare click the link, but apparently having a link to more information adds credibility! So here's my link for credibility: www.snopes.com
So the census forms have been mailed. Everyone went to their mailboxes and got their form and are ready to answer their 10 questions...NOT! Not all of us have been so lucky on our trip to the mailbox. I'm not sure where we went wrong. Whether it was the fact that we lived in three towns in 2009 or the fact that two of our addresses were P.O.Boxes....but no census form has showed up for us as of yet.
The different websites I visit assure me that someone will come to my house...at least a half dozen times...until they make contact with us. Now this is a comforting thought. Strangers driving...or worse yet...walking door to door down our long dirt road in North Idaho. Sounds like a recipe for trouble when you count all the 'NO TRESPASSING' signs on our road alone!
Maybe we should put up a sign saying "Census workers welcome here" or "we won't shoot you if you are a census worker". Hopefully they come to our house before stopping at the drug dealer's house across the road. We may never see them otherwise.
And hopefully they don't try to use a GPS device to find our address. We know where that leads people, after a slumber party for our daughter, and three different dads all ended up at someone's house about 3 miles away. Shoot, maybe I should look up our address that way and head over to that house. Maybe they have our census form. At least while I'm there I could introduce myself and let them know when we are having parties so they can hand out maps back to our house!
So I checked to see if I can pick up a form locally and fill it out. I popped onto the handy census 2010 site and this is what it said:Be Counted forms are census forms that are available at various community locations for use by people who either did not receive a form in the mail or whose information was not collected on any other form. Be Counted forms are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Russian. These forms can be picked up in various community locations and mailed back in the attached postage-paid envelope.
Well, darn it if that didn't clear it all up for me! Now I can just go to one of my 'various community locations' and pick one up! By the way, the post office is NOT one of those community locations. And since I didn't see one at the local Super 1 or the garden shop this week....I'm just not sure which location is the 'various' one! We don't have too many here in Rathdrum you know.
Typical government...they can't even make the census simple! One bright glimmer of hope in all this census and people counting....the government said that the census counters have been sworn to secrecy for life!! (they really did say that on the news the other day!) So feel free to tell them everything!
So next step? I think I'm just going to get some paint and change the number on the city's population sign myself. Add four to the current total. It might be easier than filling out a census form after all!
So we won't be eating Thanksgiving dinner in our new house since it's completely empty of all our belongings and where my kitchen stuff is in storage is beyond our ability to find...but we are Thankful that the contractors are so very close to finishing and that if we really wanted to buy a pre-made dinner and eat on the floor we could...Instead we are also thankful to our friends Lisa and Mike who are taking not only the four of us under their turkey wing this Thanksgiving day, but also my parents who fly in at noon today!
Although I don't get to cook a bird this Thanksgiving...we do get to unpack the tree and all the fixings as we move in to wonderful new home!
Here is the declaration made by George Washington to create the first Thanksgiving! We've been talking a lot of history in the house lately...now that the girls are old enough to really wonder why things are the way they are.....
WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLIC THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"
NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;-- for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;-- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;-- and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
I've gotten this email before. It makes you stop and think along with a little chuckle. I didn't write this, just reposting the email....so, please don't be mad at me my dear attorney friends!
Think about this:
2. The Constitution
3. The Ten Commandments
Does anyone find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the state of Washington? And then tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow!
The leaders in D.C. keep talking about drafting a constitution for Iraq...Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for over 200 years, and we aren't using it anymore!
The 10 Commandments
The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse or Congress is that...
You can't post "Thou Shalt Not Steal", "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery," and "Thou Shall Not Lie," in a building full of lawyers, judges, and politicians...it creates a hostile work environment.
The email ends with this warning: "If you don't want to forward this for fear of offending someone...You are Part of the Problem! It's time for America to speak up!"
Anyone that knows me, knows that I'm always up for the challenge >giggle< So I'm passing this along! :-)
Apartment living just plain sucks. Sorry, there is no other way to sum it up. This is a family blog...so I have to try and keep it clean! This afternoon I came home. The neighbor's 400 kids were playing right outside our bedroom window...IN OUR WINDOW WELL!! Just on the other side of that glass was my husband, trying valiantly to sleep after working a graveyard shift (then coming home to care for our sick daughter).
Our daughter, who has been home sick all week was trying to sleep as well. They are running around yelling and hollering. They pile up rocks on the walkways, leave shoes and socks on the lawn, and food wrappers in the bushes.
Then there is the neighbor above us. They watch their granddaughter (about 2 1/2) who does not sit the whole time she is there. She runs, jumps, hops, rolls, and thumps across the floor! In addition they have a daughter who is about 10. She rides her scooter in the house (they deny that one--but that's the only thing that could make that noise) and also runs, jumps, hops and moves constantly through the apartment.
Dad is very heavy footed and mom has a cleaning obsession--we hear her vacuuming at all hours of the day and night.
Yes, I've talked to parents. I get a cold stare, a dumbfounded look, denials and "that's just what apartment life is" kind of answers. I am thankful that we live on the bottom floor. I would hate to make so much noise as to make someone else's life difficult. I googled (I love doing that!) apartment life etiquette and got this link. I found a couple other links, but this one was the most comprehensive. I feel better after reading it because I thought I was being too picky...but apparently the common sense etiquette we live by as residents...is what should be expected of everyone! Ha! so there!
Here is what I would love to post for my neighbors:
Dear neighbors....clean up after your pets. Try a shorter leash and have your dog stop barking hysterically at my dogs. (which by the way could swallow your dogs whole!)
Clean up after your kids too and teach them to play politely inside and outside of your apartment! And if you choose to live in an apartment with 4 or more kids...keep in mind that your acceptable noise level is not the same in a house as it is in an apartment!
Please respect that your floor is someone else's ceiling! You wouldn't like it if I walked through my apartment all day thumping on the ceiling with a mop head...so stop thudding through yours!
Parking...if you have more than two cars...park in the guest parking! Unless your 12 year old has a driver's license, you don't need 3 of the parking spots in front of our building...we need to be able to park close enough to carry our groceries in without doing a half marathon! And guest parking is called that so you know to have them park there!
Bags of trash belong in the dumpster. I would be happy to give you directions to the closest dump for all the uncrushed boxes and old furniture that you discard. If you would like to give me your apartment number, I would be happy to leave my bag of trash by your door for you to hold on to until the dumpster is emptied on Friday.
So there! How I would love to post this! Maybe I should make a pitcher of margaritas this weekend and see what happens....
I apologize for my crankiness...Ok, it's Wednesday and it's been a long week. No work on the house in a week...thoughts of moving have overtaken us. A sick kid, an overtired husband and too many teacher's meetings the last couple weeks! So thanks for letting me vent! Now I have to go walk my dogs...again...since we don't have a back yard presently!