Monthly Archives: August 2012

Mindset, 2012

It’s that time of year again. It’s two weeks before the beginning of the semester here at MPOW, and I’m starting to think the quiet is feeling more like the calm before the storm.

To that end, Beloit College has again given us a list of the things that help to form the Class of 2016:

3.        The Biblical sources of terms such as “Forbidden Fruit,” “The writing on the wall,” “Good Samaritan,” and “The Promised Land” are unknown to most of them.

Interesting. I wonder, then, if we use the term “Good Samaritan” if they know what we’re talking about?

9.        They have never seen an airplane “ticket.”

13.    They can’t picture people actually carrying luggage through airports rather than rolling it.

I remember the first time I saw a piece of luggage with wheels on it. Thought it was the Best. Idea. Ever. All this as I was schlepping my luggage through the airport.

48.    They grew up, somehow, without the benefits of Romper Room.

Frankly, I would have thought this applied to many classes before this one.  It didn’t go off the air until 1994!

Have a look for yourself. It’s a fun trip down memory lane, if nothing else.



Filed under Academia, Miscellaneous

Phone phishing

I got a phone call on my cell this morning, from a ‘blocked’ number. I took it because I was curious, wondering who would call me with a blocked number?

I was informed, via a robotic voice, that my credit card information from Somewhere Community Credit Union (I missed the first word) had been stolen. If I would please press 1, I would be directed to a security representative.


Needless to say, I did not press 1. I don’t have a credit card from any community credit union. What makes me nervous, though, are the people that do have a card with a credit union and are frightened into pressing 1…..where I’m guessing some slimeball will ask for sensitive information.

I have no idea how these people got my cell phone number. I have no idea how many cell phones are being called, especially if it’s robotic calling. You don’t even need to be doing the calling yourself; you simply wait until some unsuspecting person presses “1” and the game is on.

Please pass this story around, especially to those who may be a bit naive to scams like this.

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