We Arkansans are no strangers to the mood swings of Mother Nature. Twenty miles or two hours can move us from balmy to frigid or drought to floods. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining, I’m simply reporting that we have had at least two seasons represented here this past week. Specifically, on Friday and Saturday. Here we were, enjoying nice sunny springtime, warm enough to be outside with a light sweater and a somewhat mild nighttime temperature. The killer winds had been on Tuesday before the thunder storm. Saturday morning, we woke up to snow, something we pretty much missed out on in the winter months. And it was cold, really cold. Here we were, weeks after the official first day of spring, the ground was powdered with snow and tiny flakes continued to fall until almost noon. Then after a short breathing period the sun came out and the temperatures rose to the mid 40s. Today it will almost reach 60 again. Then another dive later on this week.
As I said, I am not complaining. We did not have strong storms or tornadoes, so I am happy. The snow was pretty while it lasted and gone shortly afterward. Got a feeling we aren’t done with the strange weather patterns just yet.
It would seem that the Saturday snow shower did not help the Rector City-Wide Yard sale. Several people reported slow or non-existent traffic to their sale.
I want to bring you another warning about computer fraud. This one isn’t new, but I have engaged it twice in a short period of time. On my internet browser, I open an apparent news article and suddenly the page is overlaid with a red warning page. It sometimes comes with sound, an alarm and a voice saying I have contracted a malicious virus. It warns me not to shut the page down and to call the phone number on the page immediately to have it removed. That is not the virus. Do Not Call the number they have given. You can shut the page down without causing yourself any damage. You may have to use the Ctrl, Alt, Delete keys to do this or you may have to power off the computer, but that will be alright. The danger is in making that call. Someone will ask you to give them control of your computer and at that time they will plant a virus. Any time you feel threatened you can run a virus scan manually to see if there is a problem.
I heard that Facebook is installing new privacy settings today, so you may want to check those out. There are several new options to explore in your Facebook settings. You might take a look.
That’s all I have for today. Please feel free to give me a call or send me an email if there is something you would like me to write about in the column. Visitors or trips you have taken are sometimes fun to share.
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Goodbye for now.