Is The “Eye In The Sky” Watching You?

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Do you believe that truth is stranger than fiction?  Well, if you’ve ever had that eerie feeling that someone, somewhere was looking over your shoulder, you may be right.
            This is not fiction, and it’s not simply a chapter out of the Orwell classic, “1984.”  It’s very real indeed.  The future we once found to be unbelievable is now upon us.  Spy satellites are watching you, and before you dismiss this as some kind of “X-Files” paranoia, you should take note.

          If you find yourself doubting or denying this reality, simply log onto the Internet, and go to the “terraserver.microsoft.com” web site.  The truth is out there,” as Agent Mulder would say.

            The Terra Server site offers detailed photographs of your town, your neighborhood, and your home and yard.  If you were out getting the paper or doing yard work when the satellite passed high overhead, you too may be in the photos.  

            In addition to finding familiar local landmarks, the site offers famous sites, including the Statue of Liberty.

The photos come from a variety of satellites.  Some come from the U.S. Geological Survey, but others originated from a joint Russian/American venture to market declassified photos from sophisticated Russian “mapping” satellites.  

            You may scoff, but just remember those satellite cameras clicking away overhead when you sneak out in your underwear to get the mail or empty the trash tomorrow morning.  

You might just get your “15 minutes of fame” in a very embarrassing way!

Free Service Makes Moving A Breeze!

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Moving to a new home is an exciting time, one filled with promise and anticipation.  But one part of moving can be filled with drudgery – spending hours standing in lines, or on the telephone, trying to arrange for services like electricity, telephone, mail, newspaper, and magazines transferred to your new address.

Now there’s a new online service “Makethemove.com” you can use to take care of service transfers at no charge.

“Typically, a household will transfer an average of eight services and subscriptions when moving to a new address. Makethemove.com provides all necessary connections needed to expedite the time-consuming task of canceling and establishing services,” says Michael McCabe, the firm’s president and founder.  “People who are moving no longer need to spend lunch hours and weekends driving around town, writing letters and waiting on hold.  Rather, they can  now visit Makethemove.com and take care of everything in one shot.”

When you log onto the Makethemove.com web site, you begin the process by entering your current zip code, and the new zip code where you’ll be moving.  The old and new addresses are entered, then you select service providers for your new residence.  

Makethemove.com offers a page for each service offered.  You cancel existing service, or transfer it to your new home.  Or service from a new provider can be set up.

When you are finished, the checkout page offers a summary of new orders, cancellations, and transfers you asked Makethemove.com to process.  The service also allows users to see the status of their orders.

Makethemove.com allows you to transfer services from the convenience of your keyboard, without the hassle of calling or visiting the electric company, gas company, and so on.  The service even allows you to make service deposits if necessary, using a credit card.  

Services you can transfer include: Electric, gas, cable TV, local phone, long distance, mail delivery, wireless phone, newspapers, magazines, internet service and paging.

Around The Corner…

Around the corner I have a friend, in this great city that has no end. Yet the days go by and weeks rush on, and before I know it a year has gone.  And I never see my old friend’s face, for life is a swift and terrible race.  He knows I like him just as well, as in the days when I rang his bell.  And he rang mine to visit now and then.  But now we are busy, tired men.

Tired of playing a foolish game.  Tired of trying to make a name.  “Tomorrow” I say I will call on Jim, just to show that I am thinking of him.  But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes, and the distance between us grows and grows.

Around the corner – yet miles away, “Here’s a telegram, sir, Jim died today.”

And that’s what we get and deserve in the end.  Around the corner, a vanished friend.  

Remember to always say what you mean.  If you love them, tell them.  Don’t be afraid to express yourself.  Reach out and tell someone what they mean to you.  Because when you decide that it’s the right time, it may be too late.

Seize the day.  Never have regrets.  And most importantly, stay close to your friends and family, for they have helped make you the person you are today.

Pass this along to your friends.  It could make a difference…the difference between doing all that you can or having regrets which may stay with you forever.  It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.  Of all the things you wear, your smile and friendship is most important.

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Real Estate Question Corner…

Q.    We entered into a contract with someone who wanted to buy our home.  The agent representing the buyer presented us with a “pre qualification” letter from a lender.  Today we discovered the buyer was rejected for financing.  How can this happen?

A.     You allowed the term “pre qualification” to lull you into a false sense of security.  The loan amounts referenced in pre-qualification letters are conditional on verification of income, employment, funds on deposit, credit report, and more.  A lender can issue a pre-qualification letter after just a simple 10-minute phone interview with a prospective purchaser.

As a seller, your best vehicle for peace of mind would be a pre-approval letter accompanying the offer to purchase.  A pre-approval letter is a firm commitment to lend money and is issued only after verification of the crucial financial items mentioned above.

Helpful Household Tips…

Bananas: To ripen bananas quickly, put them in a brown paper bag with an apple or two. 

Garbage Disposals:  Keep the blades sharp the easy way.  Simply toss several ice cubes into your garbage disposal, then process as usual.

Easy Peel Eggs:  Here’s a neat egg trick.  Hard boiled eggs will peel more easily if you boil them in salted water.

Beautiful Crystal & Glassware:  To easily clean a glass vase or crystal, simply fill it with water and drop in one extra-strength denture cleaner tablet.  Let the vase soak for a few hours and then rinse out with water.  Voila!  Beautiful crystal.

Some Kind Of Valentine!

A guy walks into a post office one day and sees a middle-aged, well-dressed balding man standing at the counter methodically placing “LOVE” stamps on bright pink envelopes with hearts all over them.  He then takes out a perfume bottle and starts spraying scent all over them.

Curious, the observer approaches the well-dressed man to ask him what he is doing.  “I’m sending out 1,000 Valentine’s Day cards signed, “GUESS WHO?,” he says.

“But why?,” asked the curious man.

“Because I’m a divorce lawyer!,” he replied.

The True Philosophy Of Love…

If you truly love something, set it free.

If it comes back, it will always be yours.

If it doesn’t come back, it was never yours to begin with.

But

If it just sits in your living room, watches your TV, messes up your stuff, eats your food, uses your telephone, takes your money, and doesn’t appear to realize that you actually set it free in the first place.

You either married it or

 gave birth to it!

WOW, Now That’s RICH!

During his NBA career, Michael Jordan made over $300,000 per game, or $10,000 per minute, assuming he averaged about 30 minutes a game.

Assuming another $40 million in endorsements, he made $178,000 a day (working or not!).

Assuming he slept 7 hours a night, he made $52,000 every night.

If he went to a movie, he’d pay $7.00 for a ticket, but he’d make $18,550 during the show.

He made $3,710 while watching an episode of “Friends.”

If he wanted to save up for a new Acura NSX sports car ($90,000), it would take him 12 hours.

If you were given a tenth of a penny for every dollar he made, you’d be comfortable living at $65,000 a year.

In his final year, he made more than two times as much as all the past presidents of the United States for all of their combined terms.

That’s AMAZING, don’t you think?

Well, before you get too impressed…

Michael Jordan would have to save 100% of his income for 270 years to have a net worth equivalent to that of Microsoft Chairman, Bill Gates!

Popular Pups…

Faithful and loving family dogs remain the most wanted in the minds of dog owners.  For the third consecutive year, Labrador Retrievers took top billing as the number 1 registered dog with the American Kennel Club.

Golden retrievers achieved a close second.  “It goes to show that Labradors and Goldens are wonderful pets,” says David Roberts, a spokesman for the AKC.  He cited that interest in the Chihuahua stemming from those popular Taco Bell Ads has increased also. 

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