Thursday, October 19, 2006

Keeping Busy

For those who have been wondering why I have not been updating recently... I recently got a new job and it is keeping me quite busy. I've been working 10 hour days, and when you throw the 45 minute commute each way as well as spending extra time there to learn new material... well, you know how the hours add up.

So that is what I've been doing. Regardless, it has been great and I am enjoying my work there. I am looking forward to the weekend so that I can spend some time with my wife though. Anyways, I'll go into it more later on.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Touché Mr. Secretary.

Recently in the mail I received a notification from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. To sum up the letter, it basically stated that one of their employees had taken home a laptop containing veterans numbers such as their social security numbers and so on. That laptop (which the person wasn't authorized to take home) was stolen from the persons house.

So anyways, to this letter. It states: "You should have received a prior letter from me explaining that an employee took home electronic data from the VA...". Of course I hadn't received such a letter.. but thankfully I DO get the news. So I figured Mr. Nicholson would be sending me a letter at some point.

The funny point isn't that though. What is really funny about the letter is that he goes on to direct us to the Federal Trade Commission's Web site ( that explains to us how to protect ourselves against ID Theft.

Thank you Mr. Secretary for the great link. However, I must say... considering the track record here I don't think that I or my family are the ones that need to be heading off to check out that site. Why? Because we've never been the victim of identity theft, and we haven't lost confidential federal information that affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of veterans that have served this country. I would recommend though, that you take a glance at the link and perhaps pass it on to your employees.

In the mean time though I will remain extra vigilant in checking my financial records. It seems I have to with your staff having access to my private information.