SSN SOS

Sep 30, 2010 Author Guy

From the October 2009 issue of Reader’s Digest.

As if we needed another reason to worry about identity theft: Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered it’s fairly easy to guess the first six digits of a person’s Social Security number if you know the birth date hometown. That’s because there are chronological and geographical patterns to the numbers.

The Social Security Administration is working on a method to generate randomized numbers. But what to do in the meantime? Don’t carry your SS card in your wallet, don’t write your number on a check and don’t give our your number – or any other identifying information, like your birth date – unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Good information to know and to pass around to friends and family.

 

Flu Shots Again

Sep 27, 2010 Author Guy

This year I am going to try and get the flu shot that everyone is so happy with these past few years. I don’t like needles, which has prevented me from getting the flu shot in the past, but I’m tired of spending at least a week each winter with the flu. It really sucks getting the flu each year, it knocks me down for at least a week and I end up missing a chunk of work that is really hard to make up and get back in control when I finally get back to my desk.

I’m gonna call my doctor and make an appointment during my lunch break tomorrow and get the job done and over with.

Good Bye and Good Riddance Verizon

Sep 24, 2010 Author Guy

I have been waiting for two long years to end my 2 year obligation that I signed up with Verizon as my cell phone provider. My phone is falling apart and since at the end of this month I’ll be Verizon free, it looks like I should start looking around and start comparing what phones are out there and what best deals are available for me to take advantage of.

There are numerous websites that make this task a much easier one to tackle. They take the leg work out of finding various information on the subject (this time the subject being a new cell phone provider along with a new phone) and assist with comparing the numerous companies that are out there competing for our business.

Fall Allergies

Sep 20, 2010 Author Guy

Most people think that the spring is the worst time for allergy sufferers like myself. Spring is indeed a difficult time but in all honesty Fall is the worst offender for many of us. Not that I’m anxious for Winter to be rearing his ugly head any time soon, but I am tired of taking allergy medicine over and over again. I’ve been told that getting the shots is the way to go, but I gotta tell you, I’m just not all that crazy about needles and from what I understand you usually have to have these allergy shots for 3 to 5 years. That is a lot of needling going on there that keeps me from looking any further into the shot issue!

Rummaging

Sep 16, 2010 Author Guy

I come across some pretty off the whole stuff rummaging through boxes. In my family we tend to pass things around to each other, take what you need or want and then pass it along. With every one pinching pennies these days, it all adds up! Anyway I some how managed to find a box in the back of my car last week, couldn’t tell you where it came from, but I took the time to look at the items that were thrown in there, pulled a few things out and will stick it back in my car to pass along to the next friend, co worker or family member that I run into that may have a use for some or all of the stuff left in it.

I found a stack of paper napkins with the following statement embossed on them.

To Be A Virginian, either by Birth, Marriage, Adoption, or even on one’s Mother’s side, is an introduction to any State in The Union, a Passport to any Foreign Country, and a Benediction from Above.

Signed by Anonymous

Since I was born in Virginia I’ve become used to seeing the famous “Virginia Is For Lovers” but I’ve never read or heard of this saying. I think it’s pretty cool and am going to pin on my bulletin board with all the other notes and mementoes that have gathered there for so long.