Dear Webby: BackUp Service 

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It's Friday,  October 31, 2008
Happy Halloween!

Today is Friday. Time to wear something red
to show your support for the troops.

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. --- Franklin P. Jones There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness. --- Franz Kafka
Here is an old classic: Trick or Treating By Astrological Sign Aries pushes the others aside to get to the door first. Taurus will only eat the finest of Swiss chocolates. Gemini goes around the neighborhood once, changes costumes and goes around again. Cancer stays at home and gives candy to the other trick-or-treaters. Leo plans their costume for months, then won't go out because someone else had the same idea. Virgo wears a neatly-pressed suit and tells everyone they're a bookkeeper. Libra is still standing in front of the closet trying to decide on a costume. Scorpio isn't in it for the candy. Sagittarius will manage to wander to the next town. Capricorn makes a list of all the houses that give good candy and the optimal route to take. Aquarius builds their costume out of spare flashlights and spends all night tinkering when it shorts. Pisces skips the whole thing to compose poetry to the Moon.
Thanks to Sandie for this story: A friend and his wife were considering traveling to Alaska for a trip the husband had long dreamed of taking. He kept talking about how great it would be to stay in a log cabin without electricity, to hunt moose and drive a dog team instead of a car. "If I decided to live there permanently, away from civilization, what would you miss the most?" he asked his wife. She replied, "You."

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An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD goes to Tony Van, 37, in San Francisco Sent in by Cookie Calif. man drives stolen SUV to court October 29, 2008 Tony Van, a 37-year-old hairstylist from San Francisco, was out on bail Friday afternoon as jurors weighed his fate in San Rafael. He had been charged with possessing a San Anselmo resident's cherry-red, 2008 Porsche Carrera worth $125,000. In the courthouse parking lot at the Marin County Civic Center, prosecutors said, a parallel drama unfolded when 7 puppies in a 2005 Lexus SUV apparently grew tired of baking in the sun and escaped out a window. Police were attracted to the SUV after bystanders noticed several pups mulling around it. After county employees scooped up the Yorkshire Terrier-Maltese hybrids, sheriff's deputies ran the license plate and found that the Lexus had been stolen in San Francisco. The man was also charged with animal cruelty and leaving animals in an unattended vehicle. The escaped dogs, and a few newborns still in the SUV, were OK and were taken to a Humane Society shelter. It's unclear whose dogs they are, but they do not belong to the SUV owner Van also had a laptop computer that had been swiped in a San Francisco auto burglary, Mievis said. Meanwhile, he was convicted in the other case. He was charged with possession of a $125,000 Porsche Carrera that had been stolen from a San Anselmo home, and his bail was raised from $10,000 to $250,000.
From Anna I asked God for water, He gave me an ocean. I asked God for a flower, He gave me a garden. I asked God for a friend, He gave me YOU All! Who says God doesn't have a sense of humour???
From the Tech Support Pits: From: Erno Re: Back-Up Service Dear Webby We have about 6 GB that I want backed up once a month. A consultant told us that they could do it for $500 a year, but we would need a high speed Internet connection. Out here that is currently not an option. What do you recommend? Erno Dear Erno Get yourself a couple of cheap 80 GB hard drives, like for about $50 - $60 each, and a shirt pocket USB hard drive enclosure for about $10 and a rubber band. You can take the tiny screws out of the drive enclosure, and just use the rubber band to hold it together. Then you stick one of the drives into the enclosure, plug it into a USB port, and your computer will see it as another hard drive. Make 12 folders on it, and name them after the months of the year. Now you simply drag the stuff that is to be backed up into the folder of the current month. You can even write a DOS bat to do that, and make a cute icon for it. Then your grand-daughter can do the back-ups for you. Next morning you stick that drive into your shirt pocket, drop it off at your safety deposit box and pick up the other one for a mid-month back-up. Any alternate safe place, like a locked small ammo box behind the dog house, will work just as well. If the box is 3" x 4" x 1/2 inch thick, it's big enough. A kayaker's stainless steel shirt pocket cigarette case will work fine too. You will wind up with twelve month-end back-ups on one drive and twelve mid-month back-ups on the other. Have FUN! DearWebby

On their honeymoon the new husband told his bride, "I have a confession that should have made before, but I was concerned that it might affect our relationship." "What is it?" she asked. "I'm a golfer," he said. "What's the big deal about that?" she asked. He replied, "When I say I'm a golfer, I mean that I'll be on the course Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday afternoon, and any holidays. If it comes to a choice between your wishes and golf -- golf wins." She pondered a moment and said, "I thank you for your honesty. In the same spirit of honesty, I should tell you that I've concealed something about my own past that you should know about. I'm a hooker." "No problem," was his response, "just widen your stance a little and overlap your grip and that should clear right up."

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Daily tip from Halloween Safety Keep visibility in mind when buying or making costumes. Bright fabrics are best. Decorate costumes with reflective tape (available in hardware, bicycle, and sporting goods stores) that will glow in the beam of a car's headlights. Bags or sacks should also be light colored or decorated with reflective tape. Halloween Safety Tips Check out ThriftyFun's Blog at also has a newsletter. If you want more than just one tip per day, or if you want to share your tips, then you can subscribe to it here:ThriftyFun Highly recommended! If you like the list, you can vote for it here:

A minister, a priest and a rabbi were discussing when life begins. "Those of my faith," said the minister, "believe that life starts when the heart begins to beat." "We take a different view," said the priest. "We believe life starts at the moment of conception." "Well," said the rabbi, "it is our belief that life starts when the kids move out and the dog dies."
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