Friday, August 7, 2015

Stepping Back

Sometimes, I wish I did not know things.

The first is relatively minor. It is that your blog posts are cached by different search engines, and if you delete your blog or change its name, your old blog name can be resurrected with old posts cached as content. Your content and old blogs used by someone else. You can prevent this by keeping a blog stub online.

I had two email addresses hijacked with each trying to be named as an admin on this blog. It is hard to believe an obscure blog such as this one would be of interest.I was spared my blog being taken from me in that I use different email addresses for different purposes.

The other one is pretty major in that it concerns our health. One moment you are completely healthy and then you get a phone call or letter. All of a sudden you are worried. My father had a massive heart attack. The doctor said if my dad had been standing in front of him in the ER, he would not have been able to save him. I had a great uncle who went to the doctor one day and got a clean bill of health. That night he died from a heart attack.

We are gearing up for another hazardous election season. No matter how you stand, each side is sure the other one will cause the country to collapse. My father used to say. No matter what happens, people will get by.

My father grew up in the "dirty thirties" or the American depression of the 1930's. The South was hit harder than any other part of the country. Some of the soul and sadness of the South is from being on the losing end of the Civil War. More is due to the poverty so many of it's citizens endured. The South has had a system with wealth concentrated with a few people.

Industrialization and mobilization helped Southerners. We read about black Americans moving to northern cities for jobs and more freedom. White Southerners also moved north and westward to California for opportunity. Three of my dad's brothers married and made lives in Minnesota after World War II. There were not enough jobs to keep them in Georgia.

You drive through rural Georgia and find abandoned home after abandoned home. People did not return. There are shadows and as most Southerners know, many tales of what has been. Fairy tales begin with "Once Upon A Time", but in the South they begin with "You ain't going to believe what just happened to me". I got that joke from an internet meme.

Older folks tried to tell me stories when I was young. I was in a hurry and politely listened. Now I have questions. I wish I had listened. Another thing I know now.

8 comments:

  1. Oh yeah, health can turn on a dime. Never can take it for granted. I've seen a few blogs hijacked, they used them for porn posts.

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  2. It is a bit overwhelming with the internet. I guess when you can reach over a billion people, fools are easier to come by. I wondered what the hijacked blogs were used for. I thought anyone with that inclination just googled it.

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  3. I had never heard of a blog stub. It is dreadful that there are people out there just wanting to cause mischief. The health issue, sometimes I think it is better not to be informed by that letter or phone call. Of course, that would be a bit on the selfish side if you have other family members to consider.

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    1. I follow Chuck Croll's blog. Lots of good information and cautions. A lot flys over my head, and I do consider ignorance is bliss at times.

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  4. Yes, it's always necessary to be vigilant when you have a blog. Hackers are a constant threat and it pays to have good security software.
    So many people die suddenly from heart attacks or brain aneurysms. One never knows, so live life to the fullest! My sympathies about your father. That must have been completely devastating. :( Your father was a wise man, concerning the election issue. We are facing a federal vote here in Canada and each side spreads doom and gloom about the other, but it's not nearly as vicious and cutthroat as in the U.S. Life does go on, no matter who wins.

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    1. I promise myself not to follow politics. But you can't escape it. I vote so I try to keep an open mind, but the more I hear the more I plan to vote the same way as I always have. Politics is not pretty. I have admiration for all of the players, I know I couldn't play the game on that level.

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  5. A lot of the reason I live moment to moment. Life can turn on a dime and everything can change.

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    1. You do have to acknowledge the importance of now.

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