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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Pucker up, Mr. Lemon Slice

I got a safety tip from my sister today. Thanks for the tip, Sis, I'm grateful you care. It was a short movie clip warning us of the germ content of a normal, everyday lemon slice in your restaurant beverage. I'll spare readers the download, it was a big Windows WMV file.

However, I have a counter argument for this story. Not to sound like an ostrich with my head in the sand here, but wouldn’t this suggest that EVERYTHING in the restaurant could make me sick? If the citric acid content of the lemon can’t kill a few fecal mouse germs then, the silverware, the dishes, the condiments on my plate, the salad are all suspect, too. I'm sure that many of these things are also served without the handler wearing gloves.

Yeah, I know. Lynn has been witness to my own body's severe reaction to a misadventure with a raw oyster; a personal problem with an allergic reaction more than a run-of-the-mill germ overload. My belief is that...grossness of the idea notwithstanding...if I don’t ingest a reasonable amount of germs during a day, my immune system won’t have the opportunity to build it’s defenses. The more we fear and avoid germs, the more we give them power over us. Just look at the trouble we’re having with ineffective antibiotics now.

Yes, I do the obvious things that keep me safe without lot’s of extra effort: I wear my seatbelt, I wash my hands after going to the bathroom, I try to steer clear of knowingly drinking and eating out of the same vessels as others, I don’t smoke, I don’t run out onto icy lakes, I don’t dive headfirst into shallow pools, I don’t have unprotected sex with strangers. But lets keep it reasonable. I think our fears of the unknown and unseen can be better channeled toward things like going out into the dark with a flashlight, not answering the door when you’re alone without finding out who’s out there first, not replying to every email that tells you they’ve got a great deal on a Rolex watch, Coach bag or a hot stock tip that can’t go wrong, not driving into a low-lying desert wash when there’s water already running through it! I may be struck down next week by e. coli, but I think we should save the fear for the larger dangers out there, and take a little, tiny gamble on that lemon slice in the iced tea. (My allergy to raw oysters is no longer a gamble for me...it's a proven fact.)

I'm sure many of you out there never worry about anything like this, but many others are consumed with fears of so many things they'd just as soon never venture out. I know one person who won't eat anything soy, and steers all females she can away from it, but she smokes like a chimney! But, somewhere in the middle is the land of "reason and moderation."

Do you agree? Have a special fear you feel is worthy of passing around. Add your comment!

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Friday, February 22, 2008

"Life to the Max" News

Robin's book, “Life to the Max,” is now available at Amazon.com and I would like to ask all of you who have read and enjoyed it to add a review on the Amazon site. Here is the link: Amazon-Write a Review of "Life to the Max."

Reviews are very important to the positioning of products on their site so we would greatly appreciate any of you who would take the time to do this.

Also, if any of you missed the earlier news and you are in the Phoenix Metro area, “Life to the Max” is now available at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe. We are very excited about this and hope to participate in one of their “Local Authors” events or to put together an event. We’ll keep you posted as plans develop.

As we say at NICE Creative, thank you and have a “NICE” day!

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Lock Bumping is not a New Dance

I don’t usually like those email messages that promote fear, per se, but my sister Lynn sent me a video about “bump keys” and “lock bumping”. Very interesting--I’m so naïve, I hadn’t heard of it before. Apparently, these specially cut keys--which look like simple keys you can get anywhere--are very easy to make, and they make it incredibly easy to quickly get through any type of lock.

Our house is fitted with a central alarm, so I’m not so worried about security for us as I am for my daughters, who live in rental homes. The suggested solution sounds fairly simple, though it could turn out to be a real boon for locksmiths and hardware stores!

Because I didn't want to upload a hefty video to my image server, I've found a link to a similar story on YouTube from the same TV station in California, WMC-TV5. Just click the link in the title of this post. (Or paste the text below into your web browser's URL field.)


The Internet makes information easy to get...for us and for the bad guys. They say that bump keys have been around for more than 50 years, but the Internet has made it so much easier to find out how to make them. They're as cheap as $2! The best way to stay safe, is to stay in tune. As always, knowledge is your best weapon!

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