Yosemite Fall 2009

This weekend we went to Yosemite.  I have lived in California for 35 years.  I have been all over the State Parks, and even as far as National Parks, such as Yellowstone and the Blue Ridge mountains, but I had never been to Yosemite.

I don’t want my girls to grow up missing the beauty that this land has to offer, and make it point to get out on the weekend.  It would be much easier to fall into the “Football and nap trap” that plagues so many working fathers, but on Monday morning when I am headed back into the office there is a feeling that cannot be replaced. When my girls have gone off to school, I will be wanting these days back, and can then fill my Saturdays with rootin on the DAWGS.

See our adventure in the Cafe Andrew Gallery.

Hacked on Facebook

One of the first things you learn in my line of work is that nothing on a network is safe. If you really care about privacy you should not be online, because anything and everything is searchable, and downloadable even “private pages”

Today I got a call from a friend who alerted me to someone logged into my facebook account and asking him for money via chat. The story was that Tina and I were in London and we were mugged at gunpoint. The police were not helpful and we were stranded without cash, but had a passport so we could accept Western Union. The amount he asked for $600. My phone started ringing off the hook with concerned friends, some of them falling for it, and others were just merely alerting me to the hilarity of the proposition.

Here’s how it could happen:

1) jerk uses one of several methods to obtain your password, or finds a machine that you were previously logged into.

2) jerk registers a very similar email address to the one you are using with gmail or yahoo

3) jerk changes your email address on your facebook account to the one they just registered

4) Jerk issues a password reset request using the new email address.

5) unsuspecting you get a notification of an email address change, but the email address is so close to the one you use that you do not notice and click the link approving it.

6) once this change is made the jerk not only has control of your account, but you can never log in again. the password and email address are now changed.

7) The jerk can continue to chat, message, post on your wall that “you” need money.

I am savvy enough (and lucky enough) to not have approved the email or password change request. I then issued a password change request of my own using my real email address. Once this password is changed I had to log in and log out of facebook. If you do not log out then the jerk can stay logged in to the session for several hours chatting up your friends for money. I then issued one more password change request using my real email address just to be safe (there was a slight chance that the jerk should have issued another change request while I was logging him out).

There is a final rule of safety that I would like to pass along from personal experience. Have at least 3 separate passwords. I know it sounds like a lot, but it can prevent people from taking your identity from you online. For instance, if I had used the same password for my email account that I used for facebook, once the jerk was logged in they could have logged into my gmail account and started emailing people for money making it even more legit of a request.

Use at least one password for social network sites, another pass for email accounts, and yet another for financial accounts.

I hope this help anyone who didn’t know before, and helps anyone who did know but hasn’t taken the precautions.

Kingsburg Ideas

Swedish Mill, Kingsburg, CA – what a horrible tragedy.  The sons of the original owners sold this place to some outsiders.  They ruined it.  The sons tried to buy it back, but it was too late. Then a Chinese restaurant moved in to the great hall that was once fit for viking kings.  In a last ditch desperation attempt a mobile DJ bought for hosting events.  However, all he ended up doing was throwing away the hand-crafted wooden chandeliers and painting the giant wooden beams white.  This is the most depressing blog post I have ever written.  RIP Kingsburg, you have fallen short in acheiving your mission statement:

Mission Statement: To provide for the public welfare, health, and safety; preserve the tradition, opportunity, charm, and the heritage of the City, and promote the highest standards and values.

  1. Swedish Inn – ha!  It’s a Quality Inn,
  2. Swedish Mill – CLOSED
  3. Dala Horse cafe before 11 am – who cares
  4. Big Orange roadside drive ins up Highway 99 – never made it
  5. mooneys grove – drug dealer infested park
  6. Jonathan’s (559) 897-4842 1335 Draper St – never made it
  7. Diane’s Village Bakery & Cafe 1332 Draper St # H Kingsburg CA (559) 897-7460 – never made it
  8. we went to disneyland instead.  I am saddened by the state of Kingsburg, we may make it out for the festival next year…

Haylie's 4th Birthday

We had a great weekend of friends and fun.  Saturday we went to Emma’s best friend Haylie’s house to celebrate her 4 years.  There was a giant jumpy castle and BBQ, good times!

Springtime Ding-a-ling-a-ring-time Ribs

3 tablespoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Combine seasoning ingredients for rub in a Ziploc bag, mixing well. Remove what you need and store the remainder.

Wash ribs and pat dry. Rub with seasoning mixture. Place a disposable drip pan under the grates of the barbecue and heat to high. Wipe grates with oil to prevent sticking.

When grates are hot, place ribs over drip pan, cover and reduce heat to low.

Baste ribs while cooking with Honey Smoke Barbecue Sauce (or sauce of your choice). Baste once 20 minutes before ribs are done, and a second time 10 minutes later.

Average sized ribs are cooked rare in 25-30 minutes, medium rare in 35-40 minutes, and well done in 45-50 minutes. These times will vary according to the grill used and the size of the ribs. Small ribs may require less cooking time, while large ribs may need a little more time on the grill.

Adjust accordingly.