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9/17/2019 · 2:03 am· Trouble · Good Bye Blue Sky
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Yucky. Yucky. Bad. Ok.

Filed under: — Jaime @ 2:24 pm

There is something a bit refreshing when it comes to the blather of very small children and very old people. They have no filters and can say whatever they want, whenever they want, to whomever they want with little repercussion.

Today’s example brings us to Broughton Street. It is yet another lovely day in Savannah, and so there were a lot of people walking around town this afternoon. Among the moving crowds on the sidewalk was a lady pushing her daughter in a stroller. I estimate she was about two or so – the daughter not the lady. As the little girl was being pushed, she was looking at other groups of people passing, pointing to these various people, and declaring her immediate assessments of “Yucky. Yucky. Bad. Ok. Yucky. Ok. Bad.”

I think I was either an Ok or a Bad. Her pointing skills still need some work. I don’t think the fat woman in the tube top and yoga pants liked that she was declared Yucky, but the stroller kid was moving along too quickly for it to become a scene. Gotta say, the kiddo seemed pretty spot on.

Don’t you wish you could be filter-less like that without repercussion? It could be glorious…sometimes.


Gnatty Dread

Filed under: — Jaime @ 1:28 pm

Spring is springing all around Savannah, which also means the return of the sand gnats. We finally got a chance to get out on the boat yesterday for the first time this year. We didn’t ask the gnats to come along, but they did anyway. Despite my efforts to keep them at bay, including dousing myself in 30% Deet multiple times in just a few hours, they swarmed and feasted.

Sand gnats and mosquitos are both evil, blood-sucking bugs, but the sand gnats are far more relentless and pervasive than the mosquitos. Mosquitos are mostly predictable – they come out as the sun is rising or setting and near water sources. They are bigger, too, so you can see them easier to squish them. Sand gnats are a different story. They are harder to see, they don’t give AF about the time of day, and they live in the sand, which is essentially all of our soil here on the coast. Not only that, they don’t actually bite like mosquitos do, they scrape/chew away your skin and drink up your blood that way. The worst part about the sand gnats is that they will chew you anywhere – scalp, underarms, and yes, even your face.

While on the boat yesterday, the gnats did indeed, get me on my face. They chewed a line on my right cheek, just under where my sunglasses were sitting. When we got home, we first noticed this, and it looked like I had been hit in the face. The swelling was down some this morning, but since it is itchy, I must have been scratching it in my sleep, so it is still red. I had sort of forgotten about it until I started getting curious looks from co-workers. Everyone has been too polite to say anything, but I could see their expressions change once they saw it. There were looks of slight concern, which I appreciate, but are completely unnecessary. It was just bugs. I’ll be fine.


Phone SPAM – Patterns

Filed under: — Jaime @ 2:21 pm

As I’ve mentioned before in previous posts, I get a lot of SPAM phone calls to my office line. I keep a log of them; not for any specific purpose, but it is amusing to track.

One of the key things these phone spammers do is to spoof their phone number. This means they use a service to make your caller ID read whatever they want it to say, and hope to entice you to answer. That is how some of them make it look like they are the IRS or the local police calling you.

In December, the phone spammers started using a spoofing pattern. It continued through January when I finally noticed it. It basically consists of an area code, followed by a random number and then 01-0355. So – (Area Code)#01-0355. I’m sure you can see it pretty easily, in my log below:

12/4/2017 1:48p (303)201-0355
12/5/2017 5:01p (303)201-0355
1/11/2018 9:46a (213)201-0355
1/11/2018 11:35a (213)201-0355
1/11/2018 2:27p (213)201-0355
1/11/2018 5:49p (213)201-0355
2/1/2018 11:01a (734)301-0355
2/1/2018 11:43a (734)301-0355
2/1/2018 1:37p (612)001-0355
2/1/2018 4:01p (559)501-0355
2/1/2018 7:05p (925)201-0355
2/5/2018 4:30p (925)201-0355
2/6/2018 5:09p (612)601-0355
2/6/2018 5:35p (612)601-0355
2/6/2018 6:50p (612)601-0355
2/7/2018 11:53a (612)601-0355

I answered the call that came in on February 5 at 4:30p. That time the caller ID said ‘Pleasanton, GA’. I knew it was a spammer since they were already on my log and fit the pattern. The call started as a recording from ‘Heather’ who wanted to let me know that they can consolidate my high interest credit cards (funny, since I don’t have any of those). I pressed a few buttons to talk to an operator. When I finally got through to someone, a very thick-accented woman and I said ‘hello’ to each other three or four times. The connection was so bad, I could not really hear her and I don’t think she could hear me. She eventually hung up on me.

I’ve not answered any of these SPAM calls since then. Although, if the number with the 612 area code (spoofing that they are in Minneapolis in case you were wondering) comes through again I may answer it. 4 calls in less than 24 hours? They are relentless.


Odd or Not?

Filed under: — Jaime @ 3:12 pm

Is the following odd behavior, and if so, what would your reaction be?

Last Wednesday night (about 930pm), and then again last night (about 1015pm), a guy pulls up and parks in front of my neighbor’s house in a very nice, new, clean truck, complete with very dark tinted windows. He then gets a bike out of the back of his truck, sports a large orange back pack, rides north, and disappears for about twelve-sixteen hours. He then comes back, puts his bike in truck and drives off.

When it happens once, ok – weird. However, it has now happened twice, which indicates a pattern might be starting.

From what we have observed so far, there is no illegal behavior by this dude merely parking a very nice truck on a public street and then riding off on a bike, but it certainly is odd, particularly the timing of it – overnights on Wednesday.

So – odd or not? Would you do anything?

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