Cell Phone Secrets Revealed…er, um Buried!

Now you really can take your secrets to the grave!

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According the this article, Bury Me With My Cell Phone it is a growing trend to be buried with your cell phone (also known to many as an iPhone) or other electronic gadget.

“It seems that everyone under 40 who dies takes their cell phone with them,” says Noelle Potvin, family service counselor for Hollywood Forever, a funeral home and cemetery in Hollywood, Calif. “It’s a trend with BlackBerrys, too. We even had one guy who was buried with his Game Boy.”

Well, I guess that’s one way of making sure that the data on your Blackberry or iPhone goes to the grave with you.  That’s the first thing I thought of when I read this article.  Especially for people who have sensitive data on their phones.

So, instead of the McCain-Palin campaign mishap of selling a Blackberry for $20 that had peronal information and emails still inside, that Blackberry could have gone to the grave with that person (or simply been erased, but where’s the fun in that?)

According to the “Bury Me With My Cell Phone” article, appearently some people’s family members are so used to the electronic gadget being with the deceased person, that it just doesn’t seem right for them to be without it.

“I’ve even heard of cases where people are being buried with their iPod. Or one guy who was prepared for his viewing with his Bluetooth (headset) in his ear.”

It’s kind of ironic given that fact that someone so attached to their cell phone, that they have to be buried with it, may be in the grave as a result of their cell phone use, as this article seems to suggest: Cell Phone=Brain Cancer?

Maybe some people just  want to make sure that they are connected in the afterlife in the land of unlimited Twitter followers and StumbleUpon friend connections.

What about you?  How connected are you to your electronic equipment?  According to a recent aritlce, a study, conducted by Harris Interactive and sponsored by Intel, found that 46 percent of women and 30 percent of men would prefer to do without sex for 2 weeks than to not be connected to the internet for two weeks.

So, what do you think about this new trend?  Let us know your thoughts below in the comment section!

Humor: Adventures in Cat Land – Part 2

Have you ever tried to train a cat?  Impossible?  Maybe, but we seemed to have succeedKody relaxing in the chair in a couple of areas.   My wife (Truthoughts) and I have a problem child for a cat.  His name is Kody.  Here you see him sitting so innocently in the big chair.  He is so cuddly and adorable and loves sleeping on our laps.  But, don’t let him fool you.  He terrorizes our other cat Kiera (black and white, tuxedo cat on the side bar – Flickr pics).  Fortunately not all of the time, but every once in a while, he corners her and a passionate cat fight ensues.

We are the kind of parents who will not tolerate this kind of behavior, so we punish him by scolding him and placing him in the Pet Taxi (cat carrier) for a time out.   Sometimes he just gets too close to her and they start hissing at each other.   Often Kiera will get so spooked that she will head up stairs for safety under the guest bed.

Kody serving a \However, her turning and running just excites Kody all the more and a mad dash ensues with hissing and panting and claws ripping through the carpet that only cat owners know the sound of.

Whenever he does this, I catch him and place him in solitary confinement in what I explain to Kody as “CAGE!”.  I repeatedly scold him with the word “CAGE” – “CAGE, KODY, CAGE”.  Then I lock him in for his, what-has-become-a, routine timeout.

Here is the part that just cracks my wife and I up.  We have administered this punishment with Kody for so long now that all I have to do is yell, “CAGE” and Kody now knows what this means, so he will walk over and put himself in the cage.  It makes it hard to punish him when he’s being so cute, protesting with apologies the entire way.   

Now, for the ultimate in funny.  The other day, Kody walked over to his daughter Molly (who is now old enough to go into heat) and started to bite her neck and stand on top of her (don’t worry, we got him fixed, so there will be no more babies for this stud).  We never said a word to him, because we understand in the animal kingdom, incest, doesn’t seem to be a social oddity like it is with humans.  However, he must have felt guilty about it or something, because without any prompting on our part at all, he got off of her and walked over and put himself in the cage, protesting the whole way.  It sort of makes you wonder… “what was he thinking?”  I’m not sure, but it certainly gave us a good laugh! 

For another hilarious story on training cats, see this post of mine:

You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can’t Tuna Cat…or Can You?  

Thanks for coming by, be sure to read the comments for the experiences of other readers.

7 Quick Tips for Branding Yourself Through Social Networking

Stand Out in the CrowdSimple things you can do to make a lasting, memorable impression of yourself on others… First off, I would like to thank BlogCatalog for giving me the opportuntiy to be their guest poster on their very own BlogCatalog Blog.

On their blog, I wrote and article on “7 Quick Tips for Branding Yourself Through Social Networking.  Even if you only pick up one new idea, it would be well worth it.  Click here to read the article.

Here are just some of the comments, on the article, that I have received so far:

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Robert Stevenson (Rob’s Megaphone):  “Friend, Your powers of observation are impressive, but your willingness to share and support others are even more inspiring. You have a wonderful way with words. I learned a lot from your post, today. See you on the threads.”

Melissa (Newward) “Well said! Great tips! It is all about branding!”

Jeanne (Jeanne-Bloglist) “Awesome post. Tip #3 was particularly useful to me…”

Praning5254 (Praning’s Shoutout):  “This is a very helpful post. I’m glad that I made the right decision to change my avatar from my computer-sketched face to these handcuffed hands (which is very relevant to my profession and relevant to my personal issues).”

Daisy (Smiling with Daisy): “Thanks for all the great advice. Very interesting article!”

Corey (Diligent Design): “Super useful post, nice job. It was extremely informative!”

searchingwithin (Open Your Heart to the Love): “Once again you have written a great post. I will be putting your tips to good use.”

RainforestRobin (Naked in Eden):  “WOW! WOW! WOW! I know I sound like a barking dog, but this article is EXCELLENT! I can’t even take it all in in one sitting. I am going to have bookmark it and keep coming back. I am impressed with the amount of info here. Just amazing what you have compiled and what you KNOW! Two seconds in your brain would still be 500% more than anything I know about all this. Great job and thank you so much.!”

 

Enjoy the article… I hope you get a lot out of it!  BTW, if you came here looking for humor, there’s plenty of it here , just look around.  I just thought that you wouldn’t mind getting the most out of your blogging experience by reading this article.

Sincerely,

OutsideMyBrain

P.S. If you are not a member of BlogCatalog yet, you really need to come on over and join the party!

My Most Embarrising Moment…

Naked, slipping and lockeroom are three words that shouldn’t be in the same sentance… and yet!

So, this being my first post, I thought I would break the ice and let you get to know me a little better.  So here is my most embarrassing moment

When I was a freshman in highschool, I was thrown into a PE class of mostly seniors. It was all seniors and about 5 or 6 of us freshman.

Well, picture the “macho” men’s lockerroom during shower time. Gals, there is never a more insecure time in a man’s life than when he has to act “macho” around other guys, who are overacting their “machoness” to cover their own insecurities.

Things like, don’t pull the curtain shut behind you when you get in the shower. Don’t wrap all up in a towel just to get in the shower. The more “macho” you are… the more you just let things appear naturally.

So here I am during the first week of highschool, tossed violently into this situation and trying to handle it in most graceful (manly) manner. I toss my towel over my shoulder and head for the nearest vacant shower stall. As I enter the wood partition seperating the stalls, I throw my only covering (ya, right – it was on my shoulder, school issued towels are not that big), on the towel rack. I turn on the water and procede to step into the shower.

This is where things get a little crazy and very embarrassing

I somehow step on the leading 3″ edge of the shower, causing my foot to slide off of the edge and propel me, somehow quite rapidly toward the back wall of the shower. Somehow, the back of the shower unit is more like a trampoline than a wall and it rockets me backwards all the way out into the main room landing butt naked on my back. In front of all of the “macho” seniors whom I am trying desperately to impress.

Well, what happened next is probably just as funny and as incredible as the rest. I somehow managed to use the concrete floor as a springboard and bounce off my backside and right back into shower almost faster than I came out.

I never did live that one down… As I am fair skinned – some weren’t sure if they had seen what they had actually seen or if it was just a bolt of lightning.  (It sure gives new meaning to the term “streaking” huh?)

Oh my, what an experience.  So… if you have a funny/embarrasing story on your blog or know of one, post a link to it here in the comments so that myself and other readers can find some much needed comic relief.

You should subscribe to my blog as there will be much more coming soon. I look forward to reading your post. 

Sincerely,

OutsideMyBrain