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March 3rd Update
This month on The Golden View Online we are featuring two new areas that will become a part of the regular weekly updates for The Golden View Online. Above you can see our webmaster, Zack, goes around the internet and tries to find a funny or interesting video to feature on our homepage weekly. Any suggestions on videos or ideas, feel free to email them to email@example.com
The other feature on the left is our new partnership with the ScanDBQ Online website that can be found at: http://www.scandbq.com/ We have partnered up to get photos from around the area and we will have contests for prizes from around the tri-states.
Know the Signs of
Back in the day before students wrote spiteful mean things about one another on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, they actually wrote pleasant words in something called an autograph book.
Instead of ‘sexting’ obscene photos to each other, students, both grade and high school students would draw funny, harmless illustrations, with an actual writing instrument like a pencil or pen, in your autograph book for you to remember them by. Many times this happened at the end of the year, to make sure that their friends wouldn’t forget them over the summer. The younger students had their family sign their name and put a message with it. If family signed your book, you always knew they would put something complimentary about you. Most of the autograph books had different pastel pages.
The people who wrote in the books tried to be funny and creative. They did this by writing upside down, in a circle, vertical, using small and capital letters, sometimes only letters were used (ASS) meant always stay sweet and many times the message rhymed.
When I taught, many students asked me to put a message in their autograph book. They would quickly share the message with their friends. Sometimes it was a balancing act to make sure you didn’t say the same thing in another student’s book. You tried to make the message personal.
Autograph books became passe’ eventually. But if you’re of a certain era, you’ll remember those small hardbound books and you might even have one stashed away in a box of school mementos. I have one from each one of my children.
There was such a range of messages from the sententious, to lovely thoughts about the importance of friendship, to sayings that today we would be viewed as sexist and politically incorrect, to clever and funny. There were even some delightful illustrations. I remember how some people would request to take the book home so they could find just the right thing to write, or spend some time over a miniature illustration.
Here are a couple popular messages I found in the two autograph books I have:
•When you are old and cannot see, put on your specs and think of me.
•Remember Grant, Remember Lee, the heck with them, Remember me.
Last of all to the readers of the Golden View:
May your friends be many, and your enemies few.
May God be your guide in whatever you do.
Debit Card Safety
The recent disclosure that millions of credit- and debit-card holders had their information stolen has gone from bad to much, much worse, with millions more accounts compromised. Of the two, credit versus debit, it’s the debit-card holders who are most at risk.
Debit cards are tied directly to your bank account, and your money can vanish. What will you do while all the facts are being uncovered and the fraud revealed? In the event of a large credit/debit-card grab, such as we’ve just witnessed, your situation might not be sorted out for months. By law the bank has to investigate within 10 business days, but what happens if your vehicle or mortgage check tries to clear during that time and your account has been emptied?
If you still want a debit card (to save the interest charges on a credit card), there are a few places where a debit card should not be used:
• At a gas pump. Go inside to complete the transaction, but remember that the bank will put a hold on your funds for longer than you expect.
• Online. Too many things can go wrong, especially if you’re on WiFi or if the company’s security isn’t strong.
• Monthly payments of any kind. You lose control over when and if the payment is made.
• Any ATM location that’s not out in public. An out-of-the-way spot is more likely to have been tampered with.
• New businesses. Let others be the first customers until all the bugs are worked out in their security. Add to this list small businesses, carryout establishments and restaurants.
• Making large purchases. You won’t have the protection of a credit-card company if something is wrong with what you buy.
• A down payment on any item. The balance can be taken at the wrong time.
Do you see the pattern here? The advice is to not use debit cards, at least not until the financial world has managed to make our transactions completely secure. (That’s not going to happen until we start using the microchip-based cards as they do in other countries.) If you object to paying the interest on a credit card, have the money ready to send the minute your statement arrives, or even sooner.
Or open a second account to be used with your debit card and keep limited funds in it. If the information is compromised and the money taken, the damage will be smaller.
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