Thursday, February 21, 2013

I Need Your Advice

Until recently, the amount of spam that was being posted in the comments section here and on my other blogs has been minimal and easily dealt with.

About a month ago, however, it picked up significantly and is a multiple daily issue on each of the blogs I post.

I have always made posting comments as easy as possible, refraining from making anyone enter their name and email address (though I appreciate the fact that almost everyone does) so I know who is posting - or that other dastardly method ... the dreaded captcha! Personally I hate making comments on blogs which use captcha and it is almost entirely unusable on a cell phone.

The final option would be to moderate comments, and at the moment, if I decide to change the way comments are handled here, that would most likely be the way I initially go.

But before I do anything, I would like to hear your thoughts - ironically, in the comments section below.

What do you think? Have you any other suggestions for me?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Am Retired - Will Travel

I would say that the title of this post is a take off on an old TV show - but that would be dating myself. Let's just say that we are now free to move about the world.

My wife left the classroom for the final time last June at the end of the school year and joined me in retirement. The plan has been to finally be able to be somewhere while kids are (supposed to be) in school.

We just returned from a cruise and a week in Walt Disney World and as I write this I am sitting in a hotel room in Atlantic City.

Even though both of our children are now adults and not in school - well at least not as students - up until my wife retired we were still on the school calendar as far as when we could get away. That always meant large crowds wherever we went, since when NYC schools are not in session - crowds appear in all of the usual travel destinations.

It also gives us the ability to be able to travel at a moments notice, and I expect we will from time to time. Our passports sit at home ready to be put into service at any time.

So be prepared - you never know just when we will pop up near you.