who is next door?
Today is the 6th day of the 26th week, the 28th day of the 6th month, the 179th day of 2019 [with only 179 shopping days until Christmas], and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- Drive Your Corvette to Work Day
- Insurance Awareness Day
- International Body Piercing Day
- INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY
- National Food Truck Day
- National Logistics Day
- National Tapioca Day
- Paul Bunyan Day – you could eat flapjacks to celebrate
- Tau Day – arguing that PI is not the way to define a circle
1820 - Tomatoes are proven to be non-poisonous by Colonel Robert Gibbon eating a tomato on steps of courthouse in Salem, New Jersey
1846 - The saxophone is patented by Antoine-Joseph "Adolfe" Sax
1859 - The first recorded dog show is held (Newcastle-on-Tyne, England)
1861 - Leipzig Observatory discovers short-period (6.2 yrs) Comet d'Arrest
1870 - The U.S. Congress creates federal holidays (New Years Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day), initially applicable only to federal employees
1928 - Louis Armstrong makes 78 recording of "West End blues"
1935 - FDR orders a federal gold vault to be built at Fort Knox, Kentucky
1951 - "Amos 'n' Andy" premieres on CBS TV
1973 - New Zealand ship HMNZS Otago sails for Mururoa nuclear test zone after France’s refusal to accept an International Court of Justice injunction against its atmospheric nuclear testing. France reacted strongly, sending commandos to board and seize protest ships.
1983 - NASA launches Galaxy-A
2019 - Voyager I is 20 hrs 08 mins 09 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Last week sometime I got a flyer addressed to “White Oak Resident” telling me all about the community at Nextdoor.com and giving me a code so that I could register and log in. It sounded like a pretty good idea, when I checked it out, so I started to register, giving them my name, street address, email address and phone number. There were the standard privacy disclosures that no one reads and an additional comment that the phone number would not be sold, it was just for verification [like we all haven’t heard that before]. And then I got an error – something was “wrong with my address”. I thought they meant the email addy and I fired off an inquiry stating I have had that email since Gmail first started up [back when you had to have an invitation to join] and asking what the problem was
Yesterday I finally get a reply from Chester in Support. Seems that three years ago, there was a registered sex offender in my building – different floor, different apartment number that doesn’t even look vaguely like mine – and sends me a copy of the report that shows someone of a different age, sex, and ethnicity than me. This company wants a copy to verify that person is not me, so asked me to submit a photo ID and/or “some other supporting documentation” that includes my unit number so the hold can be cleared. Their rationale? “Given the sensitivity of the information shared on Nextdoor, as well as the fact that everyone on the website is a real-life neighbor, it’s very important for us to be extra cautious.”
I gave them a blistering review, then sent them a scanned copy of a bank statement envelope that clearly shows my name and unit number. No way am I sending them a copy of my photo ID – I know nothing about them!
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