Saturday, January 17, 2009

Mailboxes destroyed

Copy of 1-17-08 002 Farmsteads, well kept homes, pastures with grazing cattle, a lazy stream lined with trees. A typical drive along many rural roads in Douglas County.

Unfortunately, people traveling down roads in western Douglas County will also see beat up mailboxes or empty posts with boxes on the ground.

Some would say the 1986 Rob Reiner movie “Stand By Me” which featured young people hitting mailboxes with a ball bat made this activity an accepted rite of passage for teenagers. For people experiencing the senseless destruction of private property, it is neither cute nor funny. And, it is expensive. Depending on type of box, replacement may be $100 or more.

Recently, there is a new worry. A neighbor found mail scattered on the road on either side of their mailbox. Some of it was open. With the prevalence of identity thief, perhaps it is time for law enforcement and postal inspectors to start taking this activity seriously. Violating personal mail and mailboxes, is a crime that should not be tolerated.

According to information published by the USPS, “mailboxes are considered federal property, and federal law (Title 18, United States Code, Section 1705), makes it a crime to vandalize them (and to injure, deface or destroy any mail deposited in them). Violators can be fined up to $250,000 or imprisoned for up to three years for each act of vandalism.”

According to the USPS, if your mailbox is hit, do the following:

1. Call your post office

2. Call the sheriff or police department

3. Log on to The Postal Inspection Web site and file a report. If you feel you have lost mail, try to get as much information as possible to fill in the forms.

Finally, young people should be alerted one night of “fun” could follow them a lifetime.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Good day to be home

Thank you for the kind thoughts all.  It is 10:00 am, the test is over and we had pancakes at McDonalds afterwards.  I am excited as all is well and don’t have to go back for five years. 

Actually, it is really no big deal.  We shopped all morning yesterday and I am cleaning the house today.  I do feel sorry for those who don’t have good health insurance to cover it.  I think it is an expensive test.  Cheaper than treating colon cancer, though. 

Thursday, January 15, 2009

If HalfLytely is familiar

you know what I am doing.

Maybe I better explain so no one feels left out.  I am preparing for a colonoscopy in the morning.  

Let’s just say, it’s not the most fun thing to do.  At least I can sit here at the computer because of its proximity to the place I must visit frequently. 

For some reason, this test has negative overtones.  It shouldn’t.  Colon cancer is curable if caught early.  The way it is caught early is with this test. 

This will be the third time I’ve done this.  The first time, I did not have anesthesia because it only went to the first turn.  I was able to watch the whole thing on television.  Very interesting.  I even had an audience.  For some reason, there was a group in the room—student docs I assume—I hope!

Well, must run.  Will bring you up-to-date tomorrow.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Growing together

Sometimes I wonder how it worked out that I have been a member of a group of 10 to 12 women for 37 years. The fact we have stayed organized for that long is a miracle let alone I have been a member from its beginning.

In the early days, it was one night a month to get out of the house by myself. At that time it was sponsored by the Extension Service. Over the years we broke away but still remained faithful to Extension’s premise of educational programs.

Tonight we planned programs for the coming year. Among other things, we have a lecture on first ladies of United States Presidents, report from a doctor who volunteered time in India, lesson on home landscaping, a hayrack ride and wiener roast, and, oh yes, a lesson on blogging!

As part of the discussion, I wondered if we were on track to continue to all grow old together or if we were going to try to find younger members to continue after we are gone. Someone suggested we buy a bottle of brandy for the last two members to SHARE*.

It is a good group.

*SHARE is our name.