I’m BACK!!!!

I want to apologize for the delay in putting up the Virgo Zodiak sign information last month. My computer has been out of service for 4 weeks! I just now got it back and hope that the inconvenience will not discourage you from reading my blog or checking out my Etsy shop. To help make the return to normal more attractive I will be offering a 10% discount to all Mizmlu’s shop purchasers for the rest of the month of September. Just click on the coupon VIRGO10 to receive the discount. In case you don’t have the link it is http:www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu.

I am as happy as a clam to have my computer up and running again and hope to see all of you join me. I missed you.

What else can I do?

I just got awakened from a much needed nap this afternoon by an unwanted phone call from someone I don’t know and offering a service I don’t want. I get 1-3 or more of these calls every day and I have registered with the “Do Not Call List” three times! What else can I do? My friends have the same problem, so obviously they can’t help me. Today’s 2nd call was from, it sounded like, a very young handsome(?) man with a very nice voice who wanted to remodel my house. Since I didn’t want that service I just hung up. But then I got to thinking. Most of the previous calls were from women with accents. Some accents were so thick I could barely understand them. (Just got my 3rd call of the day while I was typing this. This caller had a very strong accent.) They have my name, they use it to get my attention. I have to ask who’s calling since it could be someone who I already know. My curiosity kicked in. I think it is unfortunate that these people cannot get a better job. I hope they are being paid minimum wage at least. I hope they are paid for every call, not just the ones who accept the offer of service. Surely the nice young man today should be able to get a better job. But I can’t continue to receive their calls. I want them to stop. They interrupt my sleep, my meals, and my work. I just got my 4th call of the day at 9:15 tonight! Anybody got any good ideas?

A Great Service for any Woman Having Chemotherapy

I was just informed that there is a free service provided for any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy.  It’s called Cleaning for a Reason and provides FREE housecleaning once a month for 4 months while she is in treatment.  The only requirement is for the woman to sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment.  A participating maid service in her zip code area will arrange for the service.  This organization serves the entire USA and currently has over 500 partners to help these women.

The link to obtain this wonderful help is http://www.cleaningforareason.org/

Please pass the word along to anyone you know who would appreciate this offer.

How do you safely discard an old computer?

COMPUTER DISCARDS by Circe Denyer

What do you do with computer discards?

  1. You can put them in the garage or closet.
  2. You can hand them down to a relative that doesn’t mind inheriting your old slow drive.
  3. You can donate them.
  4. You can e-waste them.

Some computers die a slow death and others are sudden death victims.  But, the reality is the one part of a computer that never dies unless it is KILLED is the data stored inside.  That is why option one is the only safe way to be sure your data is not resurrected without your permission.  Now that is also true for cell phones and iPads.  Phone data is easily wiped from a device by using the phone’s built in factory reset feature.

Computers must have the data wiped with software or crushed physically.  Have a dead device?  Call for wiping service at PCTechsOnline, 661-347-0052 or  circed@pctechsonline.com

Circe is my daughter and I highly recommend this service she provides for your protection.  The above article appeared in a community newspaper, Tidbits of Santa Clarita Valley, on page 3 of Issue 19, Vol 11 (310)800-8337.  You can view the issue at http:tidbitsscv.com.  It’s a great newspaper with lots of interesting articles.

My Thoughts on Airline Travel

I am extremely disturbed by the airline service currently in force.  Service is not the correct terminology.  It does not exist.

Last month my daughter took a trip to Florida from her home here in California.  She booked her flights with United, but from my experience all the airlines are pretty much the same.

She left Burbank airport at 7 am and arrived in Florida at 6:30pm.  A flight of 6 hours duration actually took 8-1/2 hours.  The flight stopped in Denver for a layover of 2-1/2 hours and a change of planes. The same schedule applied on her return flight.  Only this one took longer.  She was actually in the air 7 hours but in transit for 10-1/2 hours, also changing planes.

Her 2 hour layover on the way home was in San Francisco where her son lives, but she was not able to see him.  She was  in a secure area and could not leave, nor could he come in.  They could not meet.

I do not understand the reasoning behind the airline  scheduling.   However, from a consumer’s standpoint,  it is extremely inefficient.  In the past I often experienced a stopover where some passengers exited and others boarded after which the plane resumed flight.  This I can understand, but to have to wait two hours for another plane is grossly inefficient.  Not only that, but there is an extra charge for each landing and takeoff.  Passengers must pay for this delay and inconvenience.

Not only is the scheduling inconvenient for the paying passengers, but the service is degrading as I write.  No longer can you have pillow or a blanket without a charge, but you must wait in your seat until the bathroom facility is not in use.  If you are not close to the bathroom someone else will surely beat you to the door.  So you must wait.

The seats are so close together that your legs are cramped within minutes.  Don’t try crossing your legs.  And you must pay for the earphones to try to take your mind off of the discomfort you are experiencing.  On a long trip doctors advise walking up and down the aisle to help prevent blood clotting.  That is not acceptable by the attendants, nor even possible.  Have you tried getting out of your seat if you are next to the window?  Good luck with that.

Does anyone understand the baggage restrictions  anymore?  Each airline seems to have their own conditions which some passengers might not be aware of until checking in.   Let the buyer beware seems to be the ordinary.  And bring lots of cash with you.

On a short trip you can always drive.  Hah!  With the current price of gasoline rising daily that is not a valid option.   And on a long trip you must deal with stayovers in a motel or hotel.  I won’t  get into that.

What is a traveler to do?  In my case I no longer travel.  My back problems do not allow me to stand in line for any length of time so that my carryon and I can be searched and screened.  Because I have knee replacements I must endure a patdown which now may be an x-ray.  While this is going on my carryon disappears into never-never land but is available for anyone to snatch or remove items from.  This is the only part of flying that I actually have no problem with.  I don’t like it, but I want everyone searched and screened so that the bad guys are not on any flights.

Whatever happened to service?  Does anyone complain about the lack thereof?  No.  We must travel for a variety of reasons and the airlines know this.  They can do whatever they want because we are captives to their regulations.  We are at the mercy of the airlines.  They can schedule flights whenever they want and charge whatever they want and take away whatever they want and still we fly.  We have to.  There’s no other way to get where we want to go.  It makes me angry.  I can’t see any way we are going to get relief from their greed and inconsideration.

While writing this I did not address the fact that in many cases the pilots are not given enough lay over time to rest between flights which puts all of us in jeopardy.  We are at the mercy of the airlines.  Something should be done.  I just don’t know what.