Tuesday, March 27, 2007
a. Customer's name
b. Customer's partial home address
c. Hotel room number
d. Check-in date and out dates
e. Customer's credit card number and expiration date!
When you turn them in to the front desk your personal information is there for any employee to access by simply scanning the card in the hotel scanner. An employee can take a hand full of cards home and using a scanning device, access the information onto a laptop computer and go shopping at your expense. Simply put, hotels do not erase the information on these cards until an employee re-issues the card to the next hotel guest. At that time, the new guest's information is electronically "overwritten" on the card and the previous guest's information is erased in the
overwriting process. But until the card is rewritten for the next guest, it usually is kept in a
drawer at the front desk with YOUR INFORMATION ON IT !
The bottom line is: Keep the cards, take them home with you, or destroy them. NEVER leave them behind in the room or room wastebasket, and NEVER turn them into the front desk when you check out of a room. They will not charge you for the card (it's illegal) and you'll be sure you
are not leaving a lot of valuable personal information on it that could be easily lifted off with any simple scanning device card reader. For the same reason, if you arrive at the airport and discover you still have the card key in your pocket, do not toss it in an airport trash basket.
Take it home and destroy it by cutting it up, especially through the electronic information strip!
** You can also bring a small magnet and pass it across the magnetic strip several time. Then try it in the door. It will not work. It erases everything on the card.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Today was a hectic day - after many a hectic nights. Mr. Lucas has decided sleeping at night is for Dinos. We're considering sending him to military school or to spend a spring break with his uncle Gabral - since they have the same nocturnal schedule.
Over the long weekend we've had 5 Bolands visiting, Michael and Lila as well as John and Laura - who brought along Mr. Jack Boland - Lucas' heavyweight cousin who could crush him with his cheeks alone. It was a lot of fun but intense! 2 crying babies in one household is too much - even for me Mr. serial overbooker.
Lucas behaved like an angel - not one cry, smilling and playing all day - until the guests leave. Then he got cranky!!! A little bit too much commotion - we know - but that's how life goes. Now we're looking forward to rest of our week and weekend - a social desert. Ahhh, solitude, who thought I would ever think that it would be such an oasis.
We're trying desperately to get little man on a schedule so we've instituted military like activities...
8pm start winding down and feed him
9pm no more activity - sitting in chair without falling asleep
1030pm eat one last big meal
12pm sometimes wake up for a 'cluster feed'
5am wake up
5:01am EAT LOTS OF FOOD
The last 2 numbers are where we disagree with Mr. Lucas - he likes to get up at 1am, 2am, 3am, and 4am to play - until he finally falls asleep and dad has to get in the shower to go to school.
It's tough to be a parent - only 29 years and 345 days until he finally moves out of the house!
Durante o fim de semana passado fui iniciado na Confraria Divina Comida, de Brasilia, da qual a minha amiga Silvia Caetano e uma das grandes sacerdotizas. O menu era de tema Portgues. Foi servido um magnifico Cozido a Portuguesa, segundo receita da Casa da Comida. Como cerimonia iniciatica, tive que preparar iguaria Porguesa. Escolhi o Pudim do Abade de Priscos... coisa leve... que precisa de 18 gemas, 650 gr de acucar, 100 gr de bacon, um copo de vinho do Porto, alem de outros condimentos divinos... Depois da prova, fui confirmado como noviço da Confraria. Espero que com tres anos de devoção possa ascender na Ordem.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
This is Uncle Rem's proposal for a EU flag.
The EU is a supranational and intergovernmental union of 27 states. It was established in 1992 by the Treaty on European Union (The Maastricht Treaty), and is the de facto successor to the six-member European Economic Community founded in 1957. Since then new accessions have raised its number of member states, and competences have expanded. The EU is the current stage of a continuing open-ended process of European integration.
The EU is the largest economic entity and one of the largest political entities in the world, with 493 million people and a nominal GDP of €11.5 ($15.0) trillion in 2006. The Union is a single market with a common trade policy, a Common Agricultural/Fisheries Policy, and a Regional policy to assist poorer regions. It introduced a single currency, the euro in 2002, adopted by 13 member states. The EU initiated a limited Common Foreign and Security Policy, and a limited Police and Judicial Co-operation in Criminal Matters.
Europa was one of the god Zeus's many love interests in Greek mythology. She was a beautiful mortal woman, and the noble daughter of a King Agenor (according to some sources, Agenor was the king of Phoenicia). The legend of Europa and Zeus begins when the ruler of the Olympian gods glimpses the young woman one day. At first sight of Europa, Zeus is instantly overcome by her beauty and grace. Not being one to ignore his desires, the god immediately comes up with a plan - he assumes the form of a glorious white bull and swims to the shore on which Europa and her female companions are playing (it should be noted that in some versions of the story, rather than disguising himself, Zeus sends a real white bull to lure the girl). The bull is so sleek and handsome, not to mention gentle, that the maidens all take turns stroking and petting the pretty creature.
In time, Europa feels comfortable enough with the bull to climb upon his back for a little ride. However, as soon as she is safely seated, the bull moves toward the sea, carrying the object of his affection with him. They together cross the water. Their strange but compelling journey leads them eventually to the island of Crete.
Upon arriving in Crete, Zeus finally casts off his disguise and reveals his divine identity to Europa. The mortal woman then becomes yet another of the god's lovers. Ultimately, Europa gives birth to a trio of sons - Minos, Rhadamanthys, and Sarpedon.
It was said that Zeus so loved Europa that he gave her three priceless presents. The first was Talos, a magical man made of bronze, who served as a guard on Crete. The second was Laelaps, a dog that excelled at the hunt. And the third and final gift was a javelin that always hit its target. In addition, as a last poetic touch, it is worth mentioning that the bull that "stars" in this story was transformed into the constellation Taurus.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Partners: I am sharing with you, with mixed feelings, the news sale of Apt 2, 1411 N Street NW, Washington DC. I have spent five very nice years here, and shared with you many nice moments. But this will give me the opportunity to pay most of Rua da Prata and start the Great Works of Anelhe!!!
Hugs from Manaus
Monday, March 19, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
As the cherry on top, at the airport, Air Canada informed me that while I had not made it, my luggage was happily on its way to Toronto. I filled a lost luggage claim. Yesterday, I was informed twice that the luggage was not located, and was asked by a Air Canada staff to describe my shoes in the luggage so that they managed to find it.... Though I refused to describe my shoes, today I was told the lugage is in Toronto. It will probably return when it was supposed to on Monday evening after a nice wkd in Toronto...
The guy in the picture looking like a very happy camper is going to get a letter from Vovo Jojo - and if Vovo followed AWE&JOY's advice, from her lawyer as well! He is Montie Brewer, the President and CEO of Air Canada. According to wikipedia, he joined Air Canada in 2002 and was appointed President and CEO in 2004. Previous to Air Canada, he worked at United Airlines - now all starts becoming clear! He received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University. Do you think if he had gotten an MBA, this sort of thing would not have happened?!
Friday, March 16, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Greco, when are you & Em going to dress the Big Boy in one of the fancy outfits that Vovo Jojo gave him, take him a nice pic and post on the web for Vovo se babar? Did all your Nobel teachers come from Nigeria man?!
Now that you are a millionaire - you are in charge of paying for parents' retirement... and perhaps my bills as well.
Awesome selling potential - gotta produce more to sell them like papo secos.
If you need an agent, let me now. I know Alex says it's all him - but really the work speaks for itself. I could give you a better deal and Alex is really the yesterday of art gallerists... the future is more professional, more business oriented. We'll get you listed on the stock exchange art fund so investors can trade in your stock. We'll do lots of things together, we'll got lots of places together. The only way is up.
ps: I charge a 99% commission for my services. Please sign on the dotted line.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Congratulations on your new baby! My best wishes to your wife and you on this extraordinary occasion. I trust that mother and child are doing well and father is at least surviving. Please be sure to get the 3 class handouts from today’s class either from a classmate or my assistant.
See you tomorrow.
This is Lucas on his first car trip - home from the hospital. He likes driving fast. I had to tell him to slow it down. I created an 'alex style' rule => speeding tickets on his newborn license = no milk... so he better keep it under 50mph.
Monday, March 05, 2007
Sunday, March 04, 2007
I just returned from Boston. ALA is gorgeous. Emily and Andre are happy and relaxed with the little guy. They even let strangers like grandparents hold the baby! Here are the first pics. More to be seen under links to AA pictures of Alex pictures