Monthly Archives: November 2006

Stock Spammers – Don’t Buy These Stocks

I have recently started receiving an enormous number of spam emails that are promoting stock. I have decided to identify the stock name and stock symbol. If they have to resort to spam to generate sales, they have to be a sorry company. “Pump and Dump” individuals that want to make a quick profit typically put out these emails. Apparently it works based on the Google Search for “Stock Spammers” that I did.

While my software puts this spam in a special file, I still have to review it to insure a valid email wasn’t caught with the chaff. Now at least they will start showing up on Google searches as spammers.

I am bored updating this post, so this will be the last update. For more information do a search on Google on Pump and Dump Spam.

Current list of companies and # of spam emails received – As of 12/06/2006:

Do not buy these stocks!

Advanced Powerline
Symbol: APWL
Spam emails – 92

China Health Management Corp
Symbol: CNHC.PK
Spam emails – 15

West Exceliior ENT
Symbol WEXE
Spam Emails – 9

Vox Box World Intercom
Symbol VXBX
Spam Emails – 14

Symbol IOGH
Spam Emails – 1

Symbol: MAKU
Spam Emails 10

Equipment & Systems Engineering, Inc
Symbol: EQSE
Spam Emails 35

Company: Premium Petroleum, Inc.
Symbol: PPTL
Spam Emails 42

Cana Petroleum
Symbol: CNPM
Spam Emails 37

Amerossi EC Inc.
Symbol: ARSS
Spam Emails 19

Bralorne Mining Company
Symbol: BLMN
Spam Emails 2

An Afternoon At Playa La Barqueta

Being Sunday, for my drive today, I decided to go out to Playa La Barqueta. I think the last time I was there, was a year ago when I took photos of Maricial releasing turtles into the sea. More about that later.

On my drive today, I did find a couple of things that I had never seen before. The first photo is of sugar cane, but it is flowering. I have seen sugarcane growing before, but this was the first time I ever saw long lines with flowers on them.

Continue reading An Afternoon At Playa La Barqueta

Tour de Chiriquí

Every year at this time there is an international bicycle race in the Chiriquí Province. Today as I was heading out of town a David portion of the race was going on. Tomorrow it will be in Cerro Punta I understand. Hey, Jerry tomorrow is your day to take photos!

I pulled over into a bus stop area and captured four photos. The leaders were a couple hundred yards in front of this pack. I couldn’t get my camera ready for them, but I got these. Who knows, the next Lance Armstrong may be riding by.

Do You Remember Canvas Bag Water Coolers?

I don’t know why this ran through my mind today, but as I ran an errand this morning it popped into my head. I remembered taking a vacation when I was a small boy prior to AC in cars and how my dad would take cool water for the trip. He had a water container that looked like a small backpack that had a canvas covering. He would fill it with water from the tap and when the bag was full he would soak the canvas bag with water also. Then he would tie the water bag on the front of the car.

The evaporation of the water on the canvas bag would somewhat cool the water inside. It was not unusual to see cars driving on trips with water bags tied to the front of cars. Besides taking care of thirst, it was a good safety measure if the car over heated. I also remember that my dad had two thermostats for the car. He had one for the summer and one for the winter. I think it was on that particular trip that we drove up to the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado. We also drove the Berthoud Pass and I remember looking out the window not knowing if we would make it or not.

I think that was the last long trip I got to take with him. It was quite a trip. We drove to the Great Salt Lake in Utah and I got to go swimming. You can’t do that any more. I remember having a divers mask and I put my head under water and when I came up my hair was full of salt. You could go out into the deep water and you would never sink. They had showers near the beach that you had to use when you left the lake to get rid of all the salt. We also made it to see Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore on this trip.

Great memories all because I remembered the canvas bag water cooler.

While You Were Sleeping

You have probably seen the movie “While You Were Sleeping” with Sandra Bullock. In it she has an infatuation with Peter Gallagher and in the initial part of the move he falls on a train track and enters a coma. Through some convoluted movie magic, Peter’s family thinks Sandra is Peter’s fiancée and a wedding is planned.

While he is in his coma, Sandra falls in love with his brother, Bill Pullman. In the end the truth comes out and Sandra winds up marrying Pullman. Some where toward the end of the movie, Peter asks Sandra when she fell in love with his brother and she replied, “While you were sleeping”. Continue reading While You Were Sleeping

Thank Goodness For Edi

Today is the day that Edi cleans the house. She also cooks when she comes. This is one of my favorites that she makes. It is a sort of a chicken cordon blue plate with a fabulous cream sauce. She also made a cream of broccoli soup that was as good as I have ever had. I guess it is a good thing she isn’t here every day. I would be getting too big for my britches literally.

Continue reading Thank Goodness For Edi

You Just Never Explained That Way Before

A young man named John received a parrot as a gift.

The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird’s mouth was rude, obnoxious, and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird’s attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music, and anything else he could think of to “clean up” the bird’s vocabulary. Finally, John was fed up, and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot, and the parrot got angrier and even ruder. John, in desperation, threw up his hands, grabbed the bird, and put him in the freezer.

For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute. Fearing that he’d hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John’s outstretched arms and said “I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I’m sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior.” John was stunned at the change in the bird’s attitude. He was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, when the bird continued, “May I ask what the turkey did?”

Life’s Potholes

By Don Ray Williams
November 22, 2006

If you haven’t heard from me and wonder where I’ve been,
I’ve probably found one of life’s potholes and maybe fallen in.

Life is sometimes like a Panamanian highway, littered with holes and bumps,
And if you do not watch your step, you’ll get your share of lumps.

Even when I’m careful and my eyes are on the road,
Someone else will swerve to miss a hole and off the road I’ll go.

Some call it being in a funk others getting in the dumps,
For me it just one of life’s potholes that’s giving me some thumps.

It seems like you could avoid them if you really stay aware,
But most of the potholes appear before I know they’re there.

Once you’re in a pothole, getting out is no small feat.
A helping hand from a friend is usually what I need.

I find the largest hole can be filled with a kind word or a friendly smile,
Making life’s highway smooth sailing, at least for another mile.

So I am sorry if I’m missing and have disappeared from the fold,
I am probably just in or patching another of life’s old potholes.

MoviStar GSM Is Having Problems

I don’t know what the problem is, but MoviStar is really having problems with the GSM side of their service. For about a week now, I am lucky to get a call through. I keep getting a network failure message. It is down again tonight.


UPDATE: It is almost 8:30 on the 21th and I still do not have a network connection to MoviStar.

It is now 9:30 and there still isn’t service. I am going to have to get out in a bit and the question will be whether or not to carry the cell.

It is now 10:30 and there still isn’t service. As you can see, I haven’t gotten out.

It is now 11:24 and the service just came up. I hope they gave it a shot of Viagra so they can keep it up.