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My Security Camera Finally (Sort Of) Caught Something!

Our neighbor across the street is moving and had a nice big, white, enclosed trailer parked on the street. It was empty, waiting for them to fill it today. Unfortunately for him, someone decided to be an asshole and steal it last night.

I have a rather nice security camera pointed at our driveway, constantly recording everything it sees. The trailer was parked just out of the picture to the top right, but I got the thief’s activity and truck pretty completely. The camera is set up to catch people in our driveway, so the shot of the thief in the street is not great quality. Certainly not good enough to make out a face or license plate. But at one point a car drives by and nicely illuminates the entire truck to the point where the make and model could likely be identified by someone who knew such stuff.

The police seemed happy to have something anyway. They know what the truck looks like and exactly what time the theft happened.

If you want to watch the video, here it is. Watch the top right area. You can see the guy drive slowly by to check things out, and then he comes back a few minutes later. It takes him a few tries to position the hitch correctly, and in the middle of all that he has to sit patiently while a car drives by, illuminating his truck fully.

60 Megapixels Of Kansas City

Taken from the top of Liberty Memorial.

Click to open.  Then zoom in.

Click to open. Then zoom in.

Social Security: JK, No Cell Phone Is OK

I take full credit for this turnaround.

Social Security REQUIRING Cell Phone For Internet Access

Starting in August you’ll need to have a cell phone with text messaging to access your online Social Security account. This is from an email they sent to me:

If you do not have a text-enabled cell phone or you do not wish to provide your cell phone number, you will not be able to access your my Social Security account.

Something about this rubs me wrong. Not everyone wants to have a cell phone. Not everyone can afford a cell phone. But everyone should be able to access their Social Security account.

Sure, I Could Probably Fix It

But I think we found a great use for an old iPhone with a cracked screen.

I slapped a cheap screen protector on it (to keep it from cracking further) and bought a little speaker dock from Amazon. It now lives on a shelf in the girls’ bedroom where they listen to Mom-approved music during the day, and the Apple Music “lullabies” radio station at night while falling asleep.

Works great!

Oh, The Indignity

Family dogs have to put up with a lot of crap, or they soon find themselves out of a job.  Thankfully, our 9-month-old puppy is a super-love-bug, and has figured out the need to treat our smallest girl with care.  Usually, that means ignoring being stepped on, having toys thrown at him, being whacked while sleeping, having his doggy bed occupied, and things like that. He typically responds by simply ignoring her, but there are other times when her existence pays off, like when he hangs out under her high chair and she decides to spoon feed him her breakfast.  Or she shares her sippy cup.  Yeah, they have a special relationship.

Today, however, was something new.

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Paige found some stickers and decided to transfer them to Lucky.

Lucky’s reaction? This was it:


For Lucky’s sake, we’ll try to keep her away from the hot glue gun.