Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Truth or Consequences, NM

What a funny name for a city. The first picture is of the Rio Grande and the second one is Main Street in Truth or Consequences, NM.

The city changed its name from Hot Springs to Truth or Consequences in 1950. Ralph Edwards, the host of a radio quiz show for NBC, said that he would air his program from the first city that renamed itself after his show. Hot Springs, NM won. For the next fifty years, Edwards came to the city every first weekend in May.

The town held parades, a beauty contest and other fun things.

There are a lot of spas in T or C, (that's what we New Mexicans call it), because of the hot springs.

Besides soaking in a hot spring and getting a massage, you can go fishing and camp along the Rio Grande. You can mountain bike, wind surf or hike the Cibola National Forest. You can drive through ghost towns or military fort ruins.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

How to Get rid of Goatheads -Stickers

Goatheads- I never heard this word until I moved to New Mexico. In Jersey we just call them stickers. But out here, they do look like little goat's head. And you know when you've stepped on one. OUCH! They will even go through some soles of shoes.
Even after you remove it, there's a lingering feeling that it's still there. I hate those things. If your not careful you can bring them in the house and then your pets step on them. (My poor dog).
I have learned to scrape my shoes before coming in the house or, take them off.
I found the best way to get rid of them is to pull them with gloves on your hands, by the root, before they get the little stickers on them. They pull up very easy if you get them before they flower. Once you pull them out they shouldn't come back. It takes time if you have a lot of them. If it rains, they will spread.
Talking with my neighbors and people who have lived here a long time, this is the only way to get rid of them.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Scam Alert for Grieving Families

I couldn't believe this when I read it in AARP's magazine. Scammers prey on grieving families.

When people are most vulnerable, only a few days after the loss of a loved one, the telephone rings.

The scammers tell you that your dearly depated has left a huge debt, and if it's not paid immediately, they will start collection proceedings.

Now, not being in your normal state of mind, you may give them personal information, credit card numbers, etc., just to hurry and be rid of it. And this is what they are counting on.

How To Protect Yourself

1. If you are not a cosigner with the deceased, you are under NO obligation to pay their debt. Even if you are a family member.

2. If your not sure about it, have the person calling furnish proof of the debt. Make sure they put in writing, who is owed, how much, the reason, when the debt was acquired and why are you being contacted.

3. Make sure they are legitimate by contacting the Better Business Bureau at http://www.bbb.org/.

Please, never give out your bank account numbers or credit card numbers over the phone.

Author: Sid kirchheimer, author of Scam-Proof Your Life (AARP Books/Sterling).

Monday, March 16, 2009

Renters in Trouble as Owners Abandon Properties Across US

It wasn't until early March that residents learned why their apartment complex was rapidly going to seed. The property owner, Bethany Holdings, has abandoned the complex, and has at least 60 others that are going into bankruptcy. Panicked renters are scrambling to learn what their legal options are and whether or not they can walk away from leases.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Who Is Using Call Capture and Why?

Who Is Using Call Capture And Why?
Have you heard of call capture before? Many people haven't, but it is becoming more popular every day. It is basically what it sounds like, with a call capture trap line you will be able to learn the personal information about anyone that calls you. Find out who is using it and why now.
By Ed Opperman
Copyright (c) 2009 Ed Opperman
Have you heard about call capture before? Many people haven’t, but it is becoming more popular every day. Basically this is when someone calls a call capture trap line, their phone number and name will be displayed to you, but they won’t know that you are able to get this information. Now don’t confuse this with caller id because it is not the same.
With caller id you will only be able to see the information that the caller wants you to see. When you use call capture, you will get the name and phone number of the person calling every time, no matter how they try and block it. A call capture trap line uses automatic number identification, which will always allow you to see who is calling. This is the same technology used by 911 dispatchers every day.
So, now that you know what call capture is and why people everywhere are using it, you need to know who is using. Here are just a few of the people that are using call capture to their advantage.
-Individuals are now using a call capture trap line in their homes to help them identify every person that calls them. It is legal for anyone to use call capture in your home, but you can’t find it at any phone company. Instead, you will have to find it online.
-Private investigators are also using call capture to help them locate runaway teens, finding out where people they need to find are working, or finding people that have skipped. These are just a few of the ways that PI’s will use a call capture trap line.
-Real Estate agents are also using this technology to help them sell homes. They can capture the information of people that call their office interested in buying a home and many other ways.
These are just a few of the people that are using call capture to help them learn information about every person that calls them. There are so many other people that use them for one reason or another. Do yourself a favor and start using a call capture trap line on your phones at home. This will mean that you don’t have any unwanted calls again and if you do then you can prevent them from continuing. Don’t wait until the calls get out of control to do something about them.
Ed Opperman is president of Opperman Investigations Inc. He is considered an expert in telephone harassment investigations. If you need a trap line service with (ANI)Automatic Number Identification visit http://www.emailrevealer.com/
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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Cash for Gold?

I have seen so many commercials asking people to send in their gold jewelry for cash, that it makes me wonder. If so many companies are willing to pay cash for it, maybe I should keep it. I mean, I don't know who these people are. I would rather do business in person. I also worry about the Post Office employees. They know by the envelope what's inside. What if someone just opens it and takes it? Then I have nothing. What do they know that I don't? Will paper money be useless in the future? Could be, the way the economy is. I am like a lot of people, not rich, need money, but selling my gold is very hard to do. It's hard to let go of. Maybe I could use it to barter with if things get worse.

But, if you go this way, please have your gold weighed so you know how much your sending in. An average return is 85%. Also, ask for a detailed report on the items you sent.