Radloff Family

April 2002

November 2003

January 2004

September 2004

October 2004

July 2005

August 2005

September 2005

October 2005

November 2005

December 2005

January 2006

February 2006

March 2006

April 2006

May 2006

June 2006

July 2006

August 2006

September 2006

October 2006

November 2006

December 2006

January 2007

February 2007

March 2007

April 2007

May 2007

June 2007

July 2007

August 2007

September 2007

October 2007

November 2007

December 2007

January 2008

February 2008

March 2008

April 2008

May 2008

June 2008

July 2008

August 2008

September 2008

October 2008

November 2008

December 2008

January 2009

February 2009

March 2009

April 2009

May 2009

June 2009

July 2009

August 2009

September 2009

October 2009

November 2009

December 2009

January 2010

February 2010

March 2010

April 2010

May 2010

July 2010

September 2010

October 2010

November 2010

December 2010

June 2011

July 2011

November 2013

Andersen Family

Bouncing Around

Deeper End of Chaos


I Am Not a Mused

Gifts from a Broad

Lots Better Then Your Blog

Grant Miller Media

Human Voices

Passionate Dale

Skyler's Dad

Vegetable Assassin

Able Home Builders

Advanced Computers

Affordable Cars

Alchemy Trans. Svcs.

Bill's Urban Wear

Byron Kuehl

The Chesterfield

Enabled Vets Outdoors

Fleet US

Healing Run

Heartland Hearth

Hope Talks


Iowa Dual Recovery Anonymous

Knotty Pine Kreations

Leather 'n Hawgs

Magnificent Board of Directors

Midwest Pipe

Northwest Iowa ALR

Parrot Film Co.

RVP Sports Productions

Shesler Hall

Simply Staged for You

Siouxland Freedom Fest

Siouxland Honor Flight

Siouxland Sleep Out

Tall Paul's Pickled Asparagus

Tom Foolery's

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Honor Flight Pics

Tons of photos. You can peek at 'em if you want... The first batch is from the banquet a day or two before the flight, the second is of the flight itself. You can learn more about the honor flight at www.siouxlandhonorflight.org if you want... You may also see a full-screen slideshow by poking your mouse thing at the slideshows below and following the links to Picasa.

Saturday, June 06, 2009



I got an e-mail from PayPal a while back. I forget what it said, exactly, but it was spooky. "Someone's been trying to get into your account, so we've put limits on it. Please log into PayPal and check it out." I opened a new browser window and dutifully typed in "www.paypal.com" and tried to log in. Sure enough, it asked me for my credit card and bank account info. I stopped and e-mailed PayPal to ask if this was legitimate, then proceeded to forget about it. I never did get an answer.

Today I got another e-mail. Here it is...

Hello Christopher Radloff,

As part of our security measures, we regularly screen activity in the PayPal system. We recently contacted you after noticing an issue on your account.

We requested information from you for the following reason:

We have reason to believe that your account was accessed by a third party. We have limited access to sensitive PayPal account features in case your account has been accessed by an unauthorized third party. We understand that having limited access can be an inconvenience, but protecting your account is our primary concern.

Case ID Number: PP-***-***-***

This is a reminder to log in to PayPal as soon as possible.

Be sure to log in securely by opening a new browser window and typing the PayPal URL. Once you log in, you will be provided with steps to restore your account access. We appreciate your understanding as we work to ensure account safety.

In accordance with PayPal's User Agreement, your account access will remain limited until the issue has been resolved. Unfortunately, if access to your account remains limited for an extended period of time, it may result in further limitations or eventual account closure. We encourage you to log in to your PayPal account as soon as possible to help avoid this.

To review your account and some or all of the information that PayPal used to make its decision to limit your account access, please visit the Resolution Center. If, after reviewing your account information, you seek further clarification regarding your account access, please contact PayPal by visiting the Help Center and clicking "Contact Us".

We thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Please understand that this is a security measure intended to help protect you and your account. We apologize for any inconvenience.


PayPal Account Review Department

PayPal Email ID PP***

The letter looks legitimate -- it's got my name on it rather than "Dear PayPal User," and there are no links to click but rather instructions to type the URL manually into a fresh browser. But to be on the safe side I forwarded the e-mail to the PayPal spoof people. They replied in minutes.

Hello Chris Radloff,

Thanks for forwarding that suspicious-looking email. You're right - it
was a phishing attempt, and we're working on stopping the fraud. By
reporting the problem, you've made a difference!

Identity thieves try to trick you into revealing your password or other
personal information through phishing emails and fake websites. To learn
more about online safety, click "Security Center" on any PayPal webpage.

Every email counts. When you forward suspicious-looking emails to
spoof@paypal.com, you help keep yourself and others safe from identity

Your account security is very important to us, so we appreciate your
extra effort.


The problem is that I still can't log into my normal PayPal gunk. I go to PayPal.com, type in my name and password, and am taken to a page asking for my financial info... Has this happened to anyone else? Is the first e-mail legitimate? Was the second one an automatic response?


It's a cold rainy day today. I'm not sure it's supposed to get above 65 or 70... Drippy drippy drippy. A perfect day to sit inside and get all my work done (I'm rendering some DVD's at the moment so I have a few seconds to type), but the Legion Riders are supposed to be in two different parades today... Little town of Oyens, IA (it literally has three streets going this way and three streets going that way) is celebrating their Sesqui... Semisesqui... Sasquatchcent... their 125th anniversary at noon and Sioux Center is having their annual summer celebration at five p.m.

I'll need to leave the house at 9:45 a.m., probably won't get back until after 7 p.m.

I can't say I'm real excited to lose a day's work to go ride a couple hundred miles in the rain... I'm just too busy. Riding in the cold and rain doesn't bother me much, but it takes more time (gotta ride slower, take time to put on the winter gear and rain suit, etc.) and that's exactly what I don't have today.


I started getting e-mails a few days ago from a friend. "So-and-So wants to show you her private photos on Tagged. Please respond or she'll think you don't like her." Hmmm... I know the lady, and it's doubtful that she wants to show me "private photos," so I e-mailed her.

Turns out Tagged is legitimate, kind of a Facebook thing. My friend belongs, so I went to sign up.

I clicked through 15 or 20 advertisement pages (you know the kind, it looks like you're supposed to click the button, but unless you notice the very tiny "skip" button underneath you get sucked into a morass of popup screens) trying to sign up. Once I was all registered, I went back to check my e-mail, only to find about 15 e-mails from Tagged.

I cancelled my account. It's icky and creepy there.

Siouxland Honor Flight

I got to go on an Honor Flight last Tuesday. The Honor Flight is where they take a group of WWII veterans, charter a jet, fly 'em to Washington D.C. and let them tour the WWII monument there. It's free to the vets, and is quite the experience!

We had over 100 veterans go on our trip, along with around 35 support personnel (a medical team, Guardians who look after the veterans, and a few media people). It nearly broke my heart to see the airport security people make 105 85- and 90-year-old men totter around the airport in their stocking feet, britches falling off, shoes and belt in hand... Half of the guys had metal implants and couldn't make it through the metal detector and had to be taken aside.

We met at the airport at 4:30 a.m., flew direct to Dulles in Washington D.C., got on some buses that took the group to the WWII Memorial, then off to a bus tour of the city, stopped at the Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Air Force Memorial, the FDR Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, then back to the airport and homeward. We got back to Sioux City about 1 or 1:30 a.m. It was a BUSY day!

I'll do a full write-up when I get time, but MAN was it a touching event! When the plane landed in Washington D.C. people in the airport were waving flags and cheering -- they even had the fire trucks shoot water over the airplane in honor of the vets. At the FDR Memorial some school children figured out that the guys in the blue shirts were all WWII veterans -- the vets spent the next 15 minutes shaking hands with awed children. When we got back to Sioux City there was a flag line and a real gosh-honest brass band playing patriotic music, people waving flags and cheering -- at 1:30 in the morning!

Copyright 2001-2010 | Designed by Chris @ HippieBoy Design | Contact Chris | Contact Dagmar