August 26th, 2011

no trespassing


I was awakened from a nap this afternoon by a phone call from the VISA Fraud Center. Someone has apparently made a clone of my bankcard and has been attempting to run up charges on it in Raleigh, NC. I was in Cherokee, NC, at the beginning of this month, and made several purchases. Someone at one of those stores has apparently attempted to bilk me. The card was used successfully at a gas station, but then declined at a Food Lion. My bank has frozen the card and will issue me a new one; I am being sent a fraud report to fill out to remove the fraudulent charges.

As we become more and more electronic in all our dealings this becomes a greater and greater problem. I am impressed with VISA for getting right on it first thing, though. No nasty surprises at the end of the month. Good.
too old to cry

You know you want this

When I was a Scout Camp Director, I had a bunch of these printed up to hand to people who kept bugging me with situations they should have been able to handle without me. I'm thinking I could probably make a few bucks selling little pads of them to other busy persons saddled with people who need to get a life. Any takers?

how long

Another day, another Org Chart

Apparently, a panel w/in BSA is debating doing away with the Venturing Oath and substituting the Boy Scout Oath for it. I don't think that's a good idea, and told them so. Not that they'll listen to me. That said, in response to a post today on the Central Region Venturing Facebook, I replied,
BSA's incessant fiddling with everything is not a sign of bold, serious action or bringing Scouting up to date; rather, it indicates a neurotic need to establish dominance within the organization while demonstrating a lack of confidence in our core product.
How can I be so sure? Well, I've seen BSA do this before. And I'm seeing The United Methodist Church do it now. It goes like this:
1. We recognize that we're declining (or, outright dying).
2. We realize that we've got to do something.
3. So, we think, Somebody needs to seize control and redo everything.
But what if we gave up control and went back to what we did best? Do we have sufficient faith in God and confidence in what we do to go that route?