June 2, 2010


1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your
carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in
your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window
to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste... and taste means
there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always
make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I
might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes
you to remove it..

5. If it snows while you're out of town, get a neighbor to create car
and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead

6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don't let your
alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it's set. That
makes it too easy.

7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the
windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom - and
your jewelry. It's not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

8. It's raining, you're fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to
lock your door - understandable. But understand this: I don't take a day
off because of bad weather.

9. I always knock first. If you answer, I'll ask for directions
somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don't take me up on it.)

10. Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check
dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

11. Here's a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.

12. You're right: I won't have enough time to break into that safe where
you keep your valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it with

13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm
system . If you're reluctant to leave your TV on while you're out of
town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the
flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at


1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy
and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

3. I'll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If
your neighbor hears one loud sound, he'll stop what he's doing and wait
to hear it again. If he doesn't hear it again, he'll just go back to
what he was doing. It's human nature.

4. I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy
alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

5. I love looking in your windows. I'm looking for signs that you're
home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I'd like. I'll drive or
walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds,
just to pick my targets.

6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easier
than you think to look up your address.

7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way
to let in a little fresh air. To me, it's an invitation.

8. If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit
the jackpot and walk right in.

Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, and
Kentucky ; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs
http://www.crimedoctor.com/ and Richard T. Wright, a criminology
professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105
burglars for his book Burglars on the Job

Protection for you and your home:

If you don't have a gun, here's a more humane way to wreck someone's
evil plans for you. (I guess I can get rid of the baseball bat.):


A friend who is a receptionist in a church in a high risk area was
concerned about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them
when they were counting the collection. She asked the local police
department about using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she
get a can of wasp spray instead.

The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a
lot more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too
close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds
an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote. She keeps a
can on her desk in the office and it doesn't attract attention from
people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at
home for home protection. Thought this was interesting and might be of


On the heels of a break in and beating that left an elderly woman in
Toledo dead, self defense experts have a tip that could save your life.

Val Glinka teaches self-defense to students at Sylvania Southview High
School . For decades, he's suggested putting a can of wasp and hornet
spray near your door or bed.

Glinka says, "This is better than anything I can teach them."

Glinka considers it inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than
mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so if
someone tries to break into your home, Glinka says, "spray the culprit
in the eyes". It's a tip he's given to students for decades. It's also
one he wants everyone to hear. If you're looking for protection, Glinka
says look to the spray.

"That's going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out."

Maybe even save a life.

May 20, 2010

New Show Seeks Single Moms w/ Multiple Children

I got an e-mail today from a guy who is doing a documentary about single parents on the East Coast. If you're interested, see below:

New documentary style show is going to profile some of the hardest working moms and dads in America. We would love to feature a single mom or dad with more than one child (the more children and the younger the better). Only looking for families from the East Coast. If you would like to be considered for the show, email your story along with a picture back to hardestworkingmom@gmail.com.

February 16, 2010

Wordless "Happy Valentines day to me" Wednesday


My man is so sweet...he even covered strawberries with chocolate for me. I am so in love!!!

January 26, 2010

Wordless "Not so tropical now" Wednesday


We rarely get snow but last Friday, I didnt even make it to work. We got a snow day in So Cal!!

January 18, 2010

Chargers VS. Jets


The crowds were intense...tail gate parties everywhere!


The view was fabulous!!


The seats were fantastic!! We had a great time.


If only the Chargers had lived up to their potential....Oh well, we'll get'um next year boys!

January 6, 2010

Supportkids the sequel..is there no end?

Just like Redhatty, I received the e-mail below today. OK, let me get this straight....Supportkids sold our contracts to RJBA, who then sold them to ParentFinancial Services, and they in turn reclaimed the original name Supportkids?? Whats really going on here?? Obviously RJBA and ParentFinancial were getting no where legally so they bought out Supportkids or was it just the name they bought? Im sorry, this is ridiculous and I cant believe its legal. RJBA didnt own my contract, neither did ParentFinancial. I think they are throwing out a line hoping someone will take the bait. It stated there was a direct deposit form attached, there wasnt. You've gotta give ParentFinancial some credit, they appear to be a little better with the smooth talk. However, my contract was sold in May to RJBA. I have the proof, which made our contract together null and void. I never signed up with RJBA nor did I sign up with ParentFinancial.

For those parents that really need this service, I wish you all the luck in the world. I, on the other hand, do not. I set up this website to put Supportkids out of business. I tried for many years to terminate their contract. I have a call out to my SK source to see what is really going on. The way she described SK was a company that had no idea how to figure out arrears and who kept no record of what was actually owed. I'm sending out another certified letter. I will be enclosing a copy of my original termination letter, a copy of the proof that my account was transferred via the letter from RJBA, and the certified receipt I got back. This battle is far from over. Did anyone else get this? And while your at it, check out this post by another unsatisfied customer.

January 6, 2010

Dear Lori,

We are delighted to inform you that Supportkids Services, Inc. is now the servicer (??) of your case.

What does this mean?

On December 22, 2009 your case was transferred from Richard J. Boudreau & Associates, LLC (they didnt own our contract to begin with) to Supportkids Services, Inc. (“Supportkids”). As the new servicer (is this even a real term?) of your case, we’d like to assure you that we will give you the dedication and attention that you deserve.

Who is Supportkids Services, Inc.?

Supportkids Services, Inc., formerly ParentFinancial Services, Inc.,(Did anyone actually get a letter from Parentfinancial, I only read about them in an article) has been in business for over eight years. We hired some of the best child support experts from Supportkids, Inc., who bring decades of knowledge in collecting and processing child support. We are solely dedicated to child support collection, and we are enthusiastic to begin working on your case.

Will I still receive my payments?

Our goal is to make this transition as seamless as possible. We have already begun processing payments and anticipate few delays, if any.

You will initially receive payments in the form of a check. We are in the process of setting up a new ADP Money Network pay card for you, and you will receive additional information regarding this pay card in the near future. If you previously had a pay card through Supportkids, Inc., all future payments from Supportkids will be placed on your new card. If you prefer to receive your payments by direct deposit instead, please complete and return the enclosed direct deposit form.( There was no form attached)

What do I need to do?

Since the agreement that you signed with Supportkids, Inc. remains binding, the only action that you need to take is if you want to change your payment option as outlined above.

How do I contact Supportkids?

· Email us at clientline@supportkids.com

· Call our automated IVR line at (512) 437-6025

· Call our live call center at (512) 437-6001 Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST or Wed 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. CST

· Access your case information via the web at www.supportkids.com

At Supportkids, we pride ourselves on delivering results for our clients, and we are thrilled to be able to service your case.


Supportkids Services, Inc.

Supportkids Services, Inc. P.O. Box 18988 Austin , TX 78760

Phone (512) 437-6001 Fax (866) 337-3387 www.supportkids.com

January 5, 2010

Is Supportkids taking back their accounts?

I was notified today that RJBA sent an e-mail to one of the readers of this blog. The letter stated:

Good News!

In order to provide greater resources to collecting the back due child support arrears, your account will now be serviced by Supportkids Services, Inc.

Please direct all further questions to them.

For information and inquires about your account, please contact Supportkids Services, Inc. at:

Live Call Center:
(512) 437-6001

Message Line (alternative contact):
(512) 437-6025

Or email them:


Or mail them:

Supportkids Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 18329
Austin, Texas 78760


Richard J. Boudreau & Associates, LLC
5 Industrial Way
Salem, New Hampshire 03079

Are they joking or is this something that is happening to accounts that arent collecting support? Has anyone else received an e-mail like this? How can they switch off, back and forth, and not have things get lost in the shuffle? Im curious to see what RJBA and Supportkids are up to now. If you have any information, please share it with us.