Grandfather’s website hacked by teenager

BREAKING NEWS… Grandfather’s Baby Boomer Website Hacked By Teenage Granddaughter.

A teenager in the lower part of this great city we live in, in one of the local suburbs, has hacked her grandfather’s Baby Boomer website. While online, the alleged perpetrator cruised through several of the posts, reading, laughing, and commenting humorously, leaving comments randomly and making rude comments about the readers, and pretty much creating havoc that rippled across the World Wide Web.baby boomer humor

London and Paris both have initiated a WWW warning to internet users to be aware of teenagers in the immediate area of personal computers, as this behavior could become epidemic. Some advertisers on the website experienced rave reviews, such as new clothing from Naked Zebra.com, and coffee makers on Amazon.com.

The teenager was finally located and interviewed after being convinced that it was safe to remove the headphones, which admittedly took at least 54 minutes of yelling at the top of the voice by the reporter to, and I quote, “REMOVE THE HEADPHONES, PLEASE.”baby boomer humor

Here are excerpts from comments made by the teenager during the interview. “Huh, what do you want?” “Got any Skittles?”, and, “My favorite part of my grandfather’s website, is that it includes some really cool stuff to wear, some cool stuff from Amazon that my mom won’t buy me, and well, some really cool stuff, that…. I dunno, I dunno.”, while bobbing her head from right to left several times.

The teenager did, in fact, send post notifications to the grandfather’s Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Google+ accounts simply by clicking on the social media icons on the individual posts. An ongoing investigation into those alleged actions is in progress at this writing. Possible repercussions from these actions include temporarily removing the teenager’s rights to the television remote, placing a padlock on the refrigerator, and the ultimate punishment for a teenager, taking away the Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups.

This is the first violation for the teenager in two weeks, so leniency will be considered. However, restitution to Amazon, Naked Zebra and Wealthy Affiliate will be considered for ordering a nice pants and blouse combo from Naked Zebra, two Halloween costumes and a bag of Kit Kats from Amazon, and a one-year subscription for the Wealthy Affiliate Premium service. These will need to be addressed and negotiated as to who now owns the merchandise, especially the bag of Kit Kats.

Most of the time when teenagers are witnessed performing these types of behaviors, it signifies that the teenager has been neglected in either the personal or school life, or both, resulting in denial of driving privileges, compulsory completion of homework, and permanent removal of the childhood My Little Pony nightlight from the bedroom. This causes feelings of isolation, frustration with parental units and intolerance of younger siblings in the household, and fear of the dark. Or it could be normal every day, ordinary teenager actions.baby boomer humor

In the teen aged world this type of behavior is typical, studies have revealed that teenagers are difficult to train, and are prone to eating large amounts of food at a single sitting, as well as refusing to do every day tasks such as emptying the trash, walking the dog, and loading the dishwasher.

Teenagers have also been observed ignoring parental instructions to blow their nose, clean their room and do their homework on a daily basis, only to leave pizza crusts strewn around their rooms with no thought of what is growing on those crusts, or a designated EPA plan for disposal. Teenagers are also prone to irritate parental units for no apparent reason other than the fact of birthright, and failure to regularly change their socks.

Teenagers in the immediate future in general are expected to change and improve behaviors, due to an increase in available nutrition, such as 20 piece chicken nuggets and french fries, better sleep patterns compared to previous years, and more oxygen. Teenagers have also been observed exhibiting improved or exemplary behavior when parental units pay attention to the teenagers’ supposed random ramblings on such topics as the attitude of teachers, frustration with homework instructions, and attitudes exhibited by other teenagers toward the teenagers’ clothing and automobile selections.baby boomer humor

Teenagers in general have been overheard mumbling under their breath, to “just leave me alone,” but that seems to have no effect on a teenager’s well-being, positive or not, leading scientists to believe it’s an inherent knee-jerk reaction to the situation teenagers have found themselves in.

In general, studies have indicated this type of situation can be prevented or at least mitigated by the education of adults, in light of the fact that adults, at this time, do not realize the difficulty of being a teenager and have never experienced this faze (err…phase) of life. Adult education could include simulation classes where adults would pretend to be teenagers, be forced to wear teen aged clothing, be denied food and hair grooming supplies, and have free time limited to after school until 1AM. Also adults could be required to play video games from 8:30 PM to 1AM, and then arise at 7AM to attend more daily teen aged rituals of attending school, eating fried foods and drinking sugary caffeinated drinks.

The victim was not immediately available for interview,  but after a brief search was located in the garage weeping inconsolably. When asked why this had affected him in this manner, he replied, “What the [expletive} are you talking about, I just smacked my sore thumb with the hammer.” When asked if charges would be filed, he exclaimed, “What, are you an idiot, it’s a WEBSITE, put your big girl panties on and get out of my face.” To which we followed his lead, and left the immediate area.  An investigation is now underway to determine if this was an attempted cover-up, or even worse, extortion on the part of the teenager. Film at eleven.

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Diabetes, Cholesterol, and Blood Pressure. Oh My!

We baby boomers have gotten to the age where we are finally getting the ailments our grandparents had when we were kids.  

Diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are just a few conditions we can name.  We can handle these with good cholesterol foods, ways to lower high blood pressure, and moving our diet to a good type 2 diabetes food list.

According to Diabetes.org, approximately 12 million American seniors have diabetes in one form or another, whether diagnosed or not. The AMA defines Type 2 diabetes as an A1C level of 6.5 or more. A1C is a measurement of how much glucose the blood has been required to carry over the previous three-month period. If your A1C level is between 5.5 and 6.5 you’re classed as being prediabetic.

Above 6.5 means medication is required, which will prevent or arrest several serious conditions diabetics are prone to, such as heart disease, kidney malfunction, and vision problems. How does diabetes affect the body, you ask? Basically, in laymen terms, (as we are not doctors), the body not being able to process the glucose causes the blood cells to swell with the unused glucose and become too large to travel through the capillaries.

This causes damage to the internal organs due to not getting the energy or oxygen needed, as well as not being able to shed the waste created by cell action. The cells in the organs starve to death at the smallest level. While many adults have the condition, there is a lack of diagnosis for many reasons, including inadequate access to healthcare, as well as an aversion to getting proper care, sometimes due to a “what you don’t know won’t hurt you” attitude.

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If you are fortunate enough to catch the condition in the early stages, medication isn’t always inevitable. During prediabetic, or with full up diabetes, one should stay away from sugary drinks, especially one of the South’s favorites, Sweet Tea. Also, soft drinks are a major culprit as soft drinks usually contain as much as 2 teaspoons of sugar per 12 ounce drink. Multiply that by a soft drink for lunch, maybe one for dinner, times 365 days in a year and suddenly we’ve consumed 17 extra lbs of sugar in that year. Over a 20-30 year period, no wonder we have an epidemic of diabetes and weight problems.

Another item that should be taken off the list of food staples for diabetics are potatoes. Americans love potatoes. Mashed, french fried, baked, stewed, souped, cooked with roasts, thrown on the barbecue. It’s hard to sit down to a meal without them. But they are starch, simple carbohydrates, they quickly turn into extra calories, especially when they are fried in the deep fryer, mashed with butter, salt, and smothered in gravy, or baked and covered in butter and sour cream. My mouth just waters thinking of them.

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But, with prediabetic showing up on my chart, I will choose a better alternative when possible, sweet potatoes, sometimes called yams. Also, try pasta in small amounts, as pasta digests slower, delivering energy on a longer scale than pure starch or sugary drinks. Another healthy trick is to eat smaller meals or snacks more often during the day.

Eat a bowl of oatmeal in the morning or a hard boiled egg, then mid-morning have a good protein bar, my favorites are chocolate mint, low sugar, with maybe 10-15 grams of protein, make sure your not getting the candy-bar-disguised-as-a-protein-bar type. Or a handful of trail mix. I take a bag of dried fruit trail mix and a bag of raisin nut trail mix, remove the m&ms; (don’t need the extra sugar) and mix the bags together, that gives you a healthful energy snack with protein and fructose. Then a late light lunch such as a can of tuna (more protein) and crackers, and a piece of fresh fruit. That should get you to dinner, and a sensible meal, and a good A1C value. And of course get a regular A1C blood test every 6 months to keep an eye on it.

According to Best Health Magazine, apples are a great way to start your diet out, plus they have a great glycemic index.  Avocados, barley, and beans are great. Bananas have a good glycemic index although some older literature doesn’t recommend them.

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That should also help with another ailment we baby boomers find ourselves dealing with as we climb the age ladder. CDC statistics show high blood pressure in 55-64 year old men runs about 54%, while women of the same age run approximately 53%. These statistics climb as we age. 65-74 year old men have high blood pressure at a rate of 64% while women surpass the men to 69.3%.

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One of the many causes of HBP, or hypertension as it is called in the medical community, is too much salt in the diet, if you eat a lot of processed foods you’re consuming a lot of extra sodium. Most of us grew up on Campbell’s soups, but checking the label we realize they cram the salt in there so it tastes good, then they tell you there are 2 servings in that can. I can eat a can of Cream Of Chicken (my favorite) in about seven slurps, okay eight if I take my time.

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Your college staple of ramen soup… over the top sodium rich. That little flavor packet is literally 99 percent salt. Most of the lunch meats are also loaded with salt as a preservative. Plus all the chicken strips, fish sticks, any of the frozen precooked meat and vegetables are full of salt. Your best bet is to stay with the fresh meat and produce aisles. Another thing that helps high blood pressure is a little exercise, take a walk around the block every day, pick your favorite set of stairs and walk up and down two to three times a day if possible.

If you have a dog, you have a companion on your walk. Alcohol also tends to raise one’s blood pressure, cutting down a bit always helps. The Mayo Clinic suggests if you do have high blood pressure, avoiding alcohol altogether or drinking in moderation. Three drinks at a sitting is enough to raise blood pressure immediately, and binge drinking raises it more long term. Avoiding stress in your life cannot be overemphasized when speaking of blood pressure.

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If your job situation is stressful, think of other less stressful outlets for your skills. If the home life is stressful, look for ways to decrease the tension, including reading a book on how to gain coping skills for life’s inevitable stresses. And of course exercise also assists in coping with stress, as well as the physical benefits. Also, make sure you drink enough water.

Finally, the last of the big three health issues for baby boomers is cholesterol. HDL or high density cholesterol is a good thing, LDL, or low density cholesterol is the bad stuff. I like to remember a meme my doctor told me, HDL is the HAPPY cholesterol, LDL is the LOUSY stuff. LDL is the stuff that sticks to your arteries and actually hardens the arterial wall, which in turn raises the blood pressure. HDL can be raised by… you guessed it, EXERCISE!

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Exercise has a lot of benefits, which means, use it or lose. The less you exercise the more tendency for diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol problems. Cholesterol is also exacerbated by putting the butter on the potatoes, and eating the deep-fried french fries, as well as overeating.

Good cholesterol foods.

According to Prevention.Com, the way to lower cholesterol through diet is to eat the following foods: Oats, eat two servings in the morning, use margarine in your oats instead of real butter. Salmon and fatty fish, supply Omega-3 fats, which can lower the LDL as well as raise the HDL. Red wine in moderation, no more than a glass a day. Nuts are good at lowering the LDL as well as other health benefits, but be careful with portion sizes, they are high in calories.

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Tea is good for lowering the LDL cholesterol, but once again, stay away from the sugary stuff. All types of beans are good for lowering overall cholesterol, as well as a great source of protein. Chocolate, because chocolate is good for everything. Okay, it actually raises the HDL, the happy stuff. Use margarine for anything you’d use butter for, on your toast, in your oatmeal, in your baked sweet potato. Garlic helps stop the LDL from sticking to the artery walls. Olive oil lowers LDL as well as having the benefit of reducing belly fat. Avocados have the double effect of lowering LDL and raising HDL.

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Our grandparents didn’t have the knowledge or the technology to know what was good for them, they handled health problems as well as they could. We do have the knowledge and the technology to live healthier lives as well as the awareness that our actions now will save a lot of problems later on.

And the best advice to go along with these tips is to stay in touch with your Doctor!  This advice is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease, this is a guideline for people who are proactive in their healthcare.

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The positive word of the day, PROACTIVE. A lesson in Self Improvement Help.

Would YOU like to know how to have peace of mind?

There is a new self help system available that offers a program catered to people who are making the transition from owning a business to retirement, and a program for people who do not own a business and are retiring.  It’s called The Platinum Years.

Being a baby boomer sometimes means you kinda sit back, relax, and take it all in before getting excited about anything.

That comes from life’s experiences and knowing you do have choices and the quicker you try to choose between two paths, the quicker it will be evident that you not only had better choices, but you should have chosen one of those.

The other side of that coin is lingering on a decision with a whole slew of choices and being afraid to make a choice. Sometimes when you don’t make a choice, that choice is made for you by the simple fact that all the other choices dry up. Then you are put on the defensive trying to save whatever semblance of the situation made sense, and are relegated to a totally different path.  That’s called being reactive.

And that brings us to the word of the day! Proactive, as in, do not be reactive in your life, be proactive. Sit back, relax, take it all in, but make a choice. What have you got to lose? If you make the wrong choice, will you be worse off than if the wrong choice is MADE for you? It’s still the wrong choice, the benefit to YOU making it instead of it being made for you is that YOU HAVE CONTROL of your life!

Having control of your life is the biggest key to happiness. We baby boomers are WELL aware of that conundrum, as we are all facing that situation on a nearer and ever approaching future than twenty years ago. It means you do the steering, and yes, you will make the wrong choice, everyone does, but with every wrong choice is the feeling that you in fact control your destiny.

Every wrong choice brings with it wisdom. So that the NEXT time you make a choice, you will be that much more knowledgeable about the process of making choices, what choices there are, and what you want the outcome to be. Soon you will be an expert at making choices for yourself.

You will be in control of your life. And you will be much happier in life than when you didn’t make choices for yourself. Sometimes doors of opportunity open up right before your eyes and you can be proactive and take the door and walk through it into a new world! And if by chance you’ve made a few mistakes and are good at making choices, the door you walk through could be over the top positive!

A new way of life, new friends, new experiences, that you would not have been able to see and do. Sometimes those doors hit you right between the eyes but you don’t believe it. Because you’ve been told by others, do not make choices for yourself. Guess what, they aren’t you. They do not know what is best for you, They are good at making choices for themselves but they cannot know who you are at the core. Only you can make those choices, and walk through those doors. Only you can take full credit for walking through those doors. And only you can benefit from the knowledge of what works for you.

Do you remember the scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, where he has to step out into the chasm, the last trial before entering the Chamber of the Holy Grail. And he crosses his arms and takes the step… onto the bridge that looks just like the side of the rock wall on the other side. This scene highlights being proactive to the pinnacle. His father is dying, so he has three choices. He can turn back, giving up on his quest and choosing to ensure his father’s death. He can stand there and let fate make the choice for him, that of his father dying, which is still, his choice. And the third choice… is being proactive, going for it, not knowing the outcome. Will he fall to his death? Will he somehow miraculously float across the chasm? He didn’t see the outcome before he made the choice, he trusted in his own judgement, knowing full well, whatever happened, he’d be responsible. Excellent choice, I might add!

Being proactive, if you’ve been hesitant to do so, is difficult to start doing, no one said it would be easy. But with every proactive choice, right, wrong or indifferent, it does get easier. Interesting things happen in your life. You become self-sufficient. You develop an attitude that what may come, will be okay, because you made the choice. Your self-esteem goes up as you realize you can make whatever choice needs to be made, you can make it with intelligence, knowing that even if it’s wrong, you made it, you own it and you own your life.

Being wrong is only human. Most people who are afraid of being wrong, are extremely judgemental of other people, if you make a wrong choice, they want you to know it and they want to punish you for it.

Think back to the best job you’ve had in your life.  Chances are, your manager was the type of person who knew people would make mistakes, and didn’t get overly concerned when someone did. Another thing that manager was probably good at was letting people have enough rope to trip over, but not enough to hang themselves with. If they trip on it, they learn how to get back up, they learn how high to jump next time, and they learn how NOT to do it. If they hang themselves they won’t learn a thing.

Society and the media try to teach us not to be proactive, to transfer our trust to any and all other disinterested parties. We can’t choose our toilet paper, we NEED this brand. We NEED this kind of car to protect our family, because all other cars are not legislated to the safety standards of a bull elephant, so someone might get hurt! Heaven forbid if we should make the wrong choice, we could be financial or societal outcasts! The next time you are indecisive about something, pull out a blank piece of paper, make two columns, list all the pros on one side and all the cons on the other.

Then you can be PROACTIVE and make a good choice in a timely manner.  You won’t get stuck being reactive.  You’ll be in control of the situation, in control of your life, and that is how Baby Boomers live happily ever after!

I have found a program that could help you on your journey to being proactive.  It has two different programs, one for business owners and one for non-business owners.  It’s called The Platinum Years.  If you feel you are ready for more direction please visit the site.

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