Category Archives: Relationships

Marine Vets Hiking 215 Miles for Homeless Vets Get Help from Cavalry

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A group led by Marine Major Kalani Creutzburg and Staff Sgt. Nate Schoemer, in yellow from left, walk along Doheny Beach with a female bodybuilder, members of the Orange County Fire Authority and the Army in Dana Point, CA on Thursday, September 6, 2018. Schoemer, Creutzburg and the body builder are on a 215 mile hike to create awareness for the plight of homeless veterans. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Two Marine Corps veterans and a female body builder were well into a 215-mile hike — from Ventura to San Diego — to create awareness for the plight of homeless veterans, when they considered giving up after four days of carrying 50-pound backpacks and a large American flag.

“We had left Point Mugu, walked from Ventura to Malibu and were just hating life thinking we can’t sustain it,” said Kalani Creutzburg, a 36-year-old retired major. “At first, when you put that kind of weight on, it’s not a big deal but after 40 miles, we had blisters and our muscles were locking up. We were thinking of giving up.”

That’s when Creutzburg, founder of Cammies & Canines, a San Diego nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless veterans and homeless dogs, received a Facebook message from a stranger.

It was Ethan Martinez, a captain with the Orange County Fire Authority at Station 56 in Buena Park. “It said, ‘When you get to Orange County, we’ll be there to meet you and make sure you get safely through,’” Creutzburg said.

The next day, Wednesday, Sept. 5, four Orange County Fire Authority firefighters met Creutzburg; Nate Schoemer, a retired staff sergeant and dog trainer; and Stephanie Rowe near the pier in Huntington Beach.

“The firefighters immediately took the packs off us and started walking with us,” Creutzburg said.

Over two days, 22 off-duty firefighters from OCFA accompanied the group through Orange County, leaving them near Camp Pendleton’s Las Pulgas Gate on Thursday, Sept. 6.

See More About How They are Helping (Orange County Register)

My Take from Brownie Bytes

These great folks are doing more than walking.  They are pairing homeless vets with homeless dogs that they’ve trained into service dogs.  They’re giving them a place to stay, work, and most of all – hope.  A great cause to support.

To help: https://www.classy.org/campaign/humping-for-homeless-veterans/c194192

 

 

Millions of Kids Are Being Shaped by Know-It-All Voice Assistants | NDTV Gadgets360.com

Many parents have been startled and intrigued by the way these disembodied, know-it-all voices are impacting their kids’ behaviour.
— Read on gadgets.ndtv.com/apps/opinion/millions-of-kids-are-being-shaped-by-know-it-all-voice-assistants-1665881

Do we want Microsoft, Google, Amazon, etc. raising our kids? Are #tech values the right ones?

Facebook has started internal testing of its dating app

Let the poking begin.

Brownie Bytes has some questions

Is “OldBook” trying to become relevant with younger audiences again?

Or is it just going to get a bunch of creepy divorced people hooking up – or promoting divorce among sneaky spouses?

I thought Facebook was cracking down on fake accounts? Isn’t this going to just spawn a rash of new fake profiles?

…sometimes I crack myself up.

From The Verge

According to internal Facebook posts:

“This product is for US Facebook employees who have opted-in to dogfooding Facebook’s new dating product,” a screenshot reads, using slang for employees testing out their own software. “The purpose for this dogfooding is to test the end-to-end product experience for bugs and confusing UI. This is not meant for dating your coworkers.”

Facebook asked employees to use fake data for their dating profiles, and plans to delete all data before the public launch. “Dogfooding this product is completely voluntary and has no impact on your employment,” a screenshot reads, adding that the product is confidential. It also warns employees that its anti-harassment policies apply to the dating product.

Read More (The Verge)

https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/3/17649624/facebook-dating-app-internal-testing-profiles

Online dating is so awful that people are paying virtual dating assistants to impersonate them — Quartz

Every morning I wake up to the same routine. I log into the Tinder account of a 45-year-old man from Texas—a client. I flirt with every woman in his queue for 10 minutes, sending their photos and locations to a central database of potential “Opportunities.” For every phone number I get, I make $1.75. I’m…
— Read on qz.com/1247382/online-dating-is-so-awful-that-people-are-paying-virtual-dating-assistants-to-impersonate-them/

Words Can Kill

Words Can KillWhat you say, what I say, is important.  It has power.

Our words can lift others up, make folks feel good, protect them from hurtful feelings, and more.

Words can also cut and hurt.

They can destroy a relationship, hurt your family, ruin a kid’s self esteem, bring bad feelings or cause a crisis in  your organization, get you fired, and even cause someone to hurt themselves.

In addition, the WAY we say something is important.  Your tone and body language communicate as much or more than the words themselves.

If you say something hurtful or in a hurtful way, be sure to apologize and ask for forgiveness as quickly as possible.  They may not forgive you right away; but, at least you took responsibility for your actions.

In our close personal relationships with a spouse, children, and family it’s even more important to repair our relationship after we have used words to hurt.  Words can destroy trust and the desire to be close to each other.

We all make mistakes with our words.  Remember the power that they have.  Our words can live rent free in someone’s head forever.

When it comes to communicating on social media, you and your organization don’t need a complicated policy manual.  Instead, a good rule is to just never say anything you wouldn’t want your mother to see or hear.

On the Internet, your words will last forever.  Future relationships, spouses, employers, clients, will be able to see them – forever.  Those words aren’t easily retracted or forgiven.

Be careful out there.