Monthly Archives: August 2014

Jobs That No Longer Exist‏


1.) Bowling alley pin setter
This was typically a teenager’s job and didn’t pay very well 
2.) Knocker-upper 
Knocker-uppers were basically human alarm clocks. They would make sure their clients would wake up
They would rap on doors and windows with truncheons, or even use pea shooters

3.) Ice cutter
When lakes froze, ice cutters would saw through the layers and give the pieces to ice delivery men
4.) Pre-radar enemy aircraft detection 
These devices helped soldiers listen for approaching enemy aircraft and warn their own troops 
5.) Rat catcher
In Europe, rat catchers were hired to control the rodent population and prevent the spread of disease

It wasn’t an easy job, as many of them would suffer from bites

6.) Lamp lighter
Until electric street lamps were introduced, lamp lighters would need to go around lighting or extinguishing street lamps

7.) Milkman
Because of less advanced refrigeration and preservation techniques, cold milk would need to be delivered often

8.) Log driver – Before log transportation via truck was possible, these men would guide logs down the river

9.) Switchboard operator
Before modern technology, switchboard operators were an integral part of telephone networks by connecting calls
10.) Resurrectionist – They were basically 19th century body snatchers. Resurrectionists would remove corpses from graves for universities to use as cadavers

11.) Factory worker lector
Lectors hired at factories would read to those who worked all day, providing entertainment


There is some advice here that is worth considering! 

Not A Joke!!   Even If you dislike attorneys..You will love them for these tips.Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday. Maybe we should all take some of his advice! A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company:


1….. Do not sign  the back of your credit cards. Instead, put ‘PHOTO ID REQUIRED.’ 


2. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts,  DO  NOT put the complete  account number on the ‘For’ line. Instead, just put the  last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won’t have access to it.


3. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a PO Box use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a PO Box, use your work address. Never  have your  SS# printed on your checks. (DUH!) You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have It printed, anyone can get it.


4. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel…. Keep the photocopy in a safe place. 


I also carry a photocopy of my passport when I travel either here or abroad. We’ve all heard horror stories about fraud that’s committed on us in stealing a Name, address, Social Security number, credit cards.


Unfortunately, I, an attorney, have first hand knowledge because my wallet was stolen last month… Within a week, the thieves ordered an expensive monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a credit line approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from DMV to change my driving record information online, and more. 


But here’s some critical information to limit the damage  in case this happens to you or someone you know:


5.. We have been told we should  cancel our  credit cards immediately. But the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them.


6.  Filepolice report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc., were stolen. This proves to credit providers you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one).


But here’s what is perhaps  most important of all: (I never even thought to do this.) 


7. Call  the  3 national credit reporting organizations  immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and also call the Social Security fraud line number. I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application for credit was made over the internet in my name. 



The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit.


By the time I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft, all the damage had been done.. There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the thieves’ purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has been done, and the thieves threw my wallet away this weekend (someone turned it in). It seems to have stopped them dead in their tracks..


Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact about your wallet, if it has been stolen:


1.) Equifax: 1-800-525-6285 


2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742


3.) Trans Union : 1-800-680 7289


4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line):


We pass along jokes on the Internet; we pass along just about everything.


If you are willing to pass this information along, it could really help someone that you care about…oh, and NEVER, NEVER place your travel plans or your physical location on FACEBOOK…you may as well turn on the “welcome” sign as you walk out your front door…you’re “open season, at that point!!!   Just plain ‘ole common sense.