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Did you know that skunks can be active in the winter? I sure didn't, until today at least. The dogs were out as I made the coffee this morning when they began barking, something they don't usually do at the crack of dawn. I called them back in, but they were clearly agitated, and Hudson the wonder dog was in full-on war mode, barking at the back fence (apologies to sleeping neighbors) and resisting my recall. Then I caught a whiff of the skunk spray, and knew just what happened, but thankfully, it seems the skunk was safely in the other yard when my guys encountered him, because nobody actually got spray on them, a lucky outcome to be sure. After I got the dogs inside I spotted Mr. Smelly in front of the house, by far the biggest looking skunk I had ever seen (though much of that was likely winter coat), waddling down the street, clearly put off by his encounter with unbridled canine aggression. Hopefully he found he way back home without getting hit by a car.

Today is Ash Wednesday. I don't think it's supposed to be "happy" Ash Wednesday, so good luck to those fasting or doing other forms of penance.

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11. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2013, 13:31 nin

Honestly, it's probably more paranoia than anything on my part. But if someone maxes out a regular credit card, I still have my checking account to pay for things in the meantime, until it's straightened out. But if they do that with my debit card that deducts directly from my checking account, I could be royally screwed until it's straightened out, unless I want to dive into my savings account.

The odds of it happening are extremely low. But it never hurts to protect yourself. I've known a coworker who had to dispute a tip amount charged to a card, and you still hear about it happening from time to time. Similar to what Cutter said the other day, I just hit the ATM for $100 here and there, as needed.
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