Sunday, June 29, 2014

SECURITY Alert For The Peninsula, Bay Area Residents

SECURITY Alert For The Peninsula

When we live in a nice neighborhood, we can sometimes get very comfortable with our environment, and stop doing some simple things, like lock our doors and windows and other things.  But sometimes our comfort levels can lull us and betray us. Case in point, is this San Mateo County alert that was sent out from the Sheriff's Office today in my inbox.  You might want to take heed:

"The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is alerting the community to a marked increase in the number of burglaries occurring throughout the Peninsula, south of Highway 92. The crimes are occurring in all Cities and Unincorporated areas of San Mateo County. The individuals are entering through unlocked doors, windows and garages. They also use the tactic of knocking on the front door to see if anyone is home, before breaking into the residence. The Sheriff's Office is also asking the community to be vigilant with locking their residences and reporting any suspicious persons, vehicles or circumstances to 911, especially any unknown individuals knocking on their front door. The Sheriff's Office is taking measures to protect the community and ask for its assistance in stopping these crimes."

It's never too late to start practicing good security practices!

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Saturday, June 28, 2014


Happy Donuts reopens

Remember when the folks running Happy Donuts in Palo Alto closed down because they could not renew their lease? The folks at the location had found themselves a new location.

But I drove by the location today and discovered that the donut shop has reopened.  (In fact, it seems to have opened a week after it closed.)

The signs on the store say under new management.

Upon doing some reearch, I found some interesting information.

Turns out that our Happy Donuts folks who could not renegotiate their contract, lost their shop to the owner of the shop itself.

And then the owner of the building was the one that reopened the shop.

It turns out he used to run the Donut shop with his kids, but when they went to college, he leased the location and business out to a couple of former employees.

But with his renters out of the way, the owner stepped back in and started the popular business back up.

That's good news for fans of the shop who have come to depend on the 24-hr shop.

To me it sounds like a fishy situation for the previous renters. But then again, this is donuts, not fish.

source: paloaltoonline

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Friday, June 27, 2014


Caltrain on the Peninsula

I ride the Caltrain system quite often these days, as do many folks do on a daily basis for their commute to and from work.

Of late I have found myself using the Caltrain system at inconsistent or random hours throughout the day, here and there, so I have not been sure of the schedule at the various times of day I have needed it.

So I've been pulling up my web browser and have been hitting up their schedule web page, then zooming in and out and panning left and right on their web page to see station stop times from the location I'm at.

It can be a bit troublesome trying to find a train that's stopping at your station and also stopping at your destination.

Today while I was walking to the train station I thought I would take a look in my Google Play (app) Store and see if there was an app for the Caltrain system.

Sure enough, there was an app. And a snazzy, handy app at that.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Why You Miss 80% of FACEBOOK Page Posts

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Do You Want To Hear FACEBOOK's Reasoning behind Why You Don't Get All the content you expect?

Facebook recently had a public conversation with some folks and during that conversation, they bullsh...  explained why we only see a certain percentage of the content we sign up for to see, or why we don't see our even our friends content sometimes.

They said,

"There is simply too much content being produced that is competing for showing up on your timeline. So Facebook needs to make decisions on what you see and do not see."

If that's the case, then I'm seriously impressed with how Twitter can feed us 100% of all of the content we sign up for! Kudos to Twitter!

It turns out that if you were to sign up to follow or be friends with around 1,500 entities on Facebook, you'd only see updates from around 300 of them, because of what they say are "factors relative to each person."

Friday, June 6, 2014

HAPPY DONUTS Closing: Another Victim Of Greed?

Happy Donuts in Palo Alto is Closing
(Google street view image)

For those of you who might love hitting up the Happy Donuts shop in Palo Alto at 3916 El Camino Real, brace yourselves.  Happy Donuts will be closing its doors on Friday night, June 6th, 2014, at 10pm for the final time at that location.

And that's a shame.  I've never been there and not seen a crowded dining area, or at least 3, 4 or 5 customers enjoying the ambiance.

So why is the 24-hr shop closing up?  Because the landlord won't renew their contract.  One local paper put it that the "landlord turned down their request for a lease renewal." Maybe it's me, but I see that as wanting a new tenant they can charge more.

The Happy Donuts owner said they have a new location at 1062 S. De Anza Blvd in San Jose, but that does not help anyone in or around that soon-to-be-closed present location.

The next closest Happy Donuts is off in Redwood City on El Camino Real.

Earthquake and Emergency Preparedness at the County Fair, The Bay Area

County Fair and Emergency Preparedness (CPR) information

Hey gang, this upcoming weekend will see the San Mateo County Fair kick in gear on Saturday, June 7th, at 1346 Saratoga Ave., in San Mateo.

But also in conjunction with the fair, the '10th Annual San Mateo County Disaster Preparedness Day' will also be taking place there, from 10am to 2pm.

During the 'Disaster Day' event you'll see or learn things like important emergency preparedness information, demonstrations and Friends and Family CPR classes.

Food for thought:

Think about those CPR classes for a second. 

If you're in the middle of an emergency and your loved one has a problem and can't breathe, the absolute worse part of the entire process is not being able to do anything and waiting for the EMTs to arrive after you call 911.  And that means standing around, watching and waiting for what, 2, 5 or even 10 minutes while your loved one is suffering or heaven forbid, even dying?

But if you had some form of knowledge of CPR at your disposal, maybe, just maybe, that can make the difference at the end of the day.


Plus, if you're an early arrival, AKA, get there before 11am, parking and fair admission is FREE.

This seems like a win-win situation.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Fire Hazards, Critical Recalls And Dehumidifiers to Take Note Of

product recalls, light fixtures, heaters, lawn mowers and dangerous bed products

This time around, we have product recalls on some lighting equipment that wants to overheat and melt your plug panels, while we have some adult bed products that are responsible for three deaths so far. And one dehumidifier that is causing property damage!

Remember, everything can be found over on each product maker's website or on {}for details on these or other recalls.

I try to touch on products that are mass produced or life threatening to persons of all ages.


Lithonia Lighting Recalls their Quantum® ELM and ELM2 two-light emergency fixture due to the circuit board tending to overheat, creating a fire hazard. It could also cause the light fixture they're plugged into, to melt.

They are about 12.5-inches wide, 5-inches high and 3.75-inches deep in white or black plastic and have two incandescent lights and a rechargeable lead acid battery.

Contact: Lithonia Lighting toll-free at (888) 615-4501from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at and click on “Quantum® ELM/ELM2 Recall Information” on the bottom of the page for more information.


Office Depot Recalls Gibson Leather Task Chairs Due to a Fall Hazard.  A plate weld in the mount can break.  They're offering refunds.

The chairs have the SKU number 105479 and the registration numbers PA 27248 (CN), PA 25498 (CN), PA 25276 (HK) or CA 35181 (RC) on the underside of the seat.

 Contact: Office Depot toll-free at (866) 403-3763 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at and select Recall Notices under “Customer Service” at the bottom of the page


Critical Product Recall:

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


NAP NANNY recall: Deaths Associated with the product

Readers: If you know anyone who might or could be using this product, SHARE and LIKE this or other articles noted here, or stomp on down the street and knock on their door! Make your friends aware!


Back in January of 2013, I published a product ecall concerning the Nap Nanny. And again in July of that year, it was reported that five deaths were associated with it and the company who distributed them, Baby Matters LLC, was under litigation regarding pulling the product from the market.

I know I don't have a huge following for this consumer based blog, but I try to distribute the more important recalls, like ones concerning products that endanger children.

Despite product recalls, though they seem benign or extreme, those that have deaths related to them seem even more foreign but should never be disregarded.  If it happened once, it can happen again.  To be honest, most people cruise through life thinking if it hasn't happened to them....

Now there are six deaths attributed to the Nap Nanny, a product that has been on recall for more than eighteen (18) months.

The latest death involved an 8-month-old girl from New Jersey, who suffocated while secured by the recliner belt.  She was trapped between the product and a crib bumper.

It's horrifying on many levels.

It's horrifying that the product is still in use, that the baby went unattended long enough for this to happen and what's more horrifying is that BABY MATTERS, the company that invented and sold the product, refused to pull their dangerous product from shelves, even after the first five deaths.

Retailers like, Buy Buy Baby, and Toys “R” Us/Babies “R” Us took the initiative and pulled the product, and then in mid-2013, CPSC was forced to sue Baby Matters, as the company continued to say there was nothing wrong with their product, and the deaths were attributed to mis-use.

What a horrible stance to take. Sure, but itself, out on a flat surface, away from any confining or threatening walls or barricades, it is safe.  But what's happening is folks are using the product in a "convenient" fashion, inside cribs, and that's where things could go horribly wrong.

Philadelphia sportscaster Leslie Gudel, who invented the product, said in a press distribution that...

"Baby Matters is disappointed to hear that four retailers have chosen to voluntarily recall the Nap Nanny.  As I’ve said before, the loss of an infant is an unthinkable tragedy, and I am truly heartbroken for the families who have lost a child.  But when the Nap Nanny has been used properly, no infant has ever suffered an injury requiring medical attention."

I can only shake my head.


Between 2009 and 2012, approximately 165,000 Nap Nanny recliners were sold.  Once a recall is in effect, it's illegal to sell the item in question.  But there are concerns that no one is seeing the recalls or that they might be getting sold in garage sales or what not.

Baby Matters is now out of business, but that does not bring back six beautiful, young lives.

But what can be done is that anyone who sees this news should become pests of their friends to make sure they aren't using the Nap Nanny.  They've proven to be dangerous, "when not used properly."  And if your friends think they're not in danger, I'd still press the matter.  Six is a crazy number.  I'd hate my friends to become yet another sad statistic.

sources for more info:  CPSC, abcnews: 6th death, abcnews: recall after 5 deaths,

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