A Blonde Abby?

OK, so the Pauley/Abby hair … what? Situation? Disaster? Controversy? I’ll go with “thing” - there are three possibilities being mentioned:

  1. Natural hair dye
  2. A wig
  3. Letting Abby become a blonde

What do you think?

Here are my thoughts:

This is a chance to raise awareness and possibly bring US product standards up to those of European countries. The reaction is to a particular chemical (Para-Phenylenediamine (PPD)) which is banned in many EU countries. I’m guessing that they still find a way to color their hair in Europe, yes? So the US could, and should, do the same.

I’ve been sitting on the fence myself - should I keep dying my hair auburn or let it grow out with, hopefully, a “wise woman” look that is about 2/3rd medium brown and 1/3rd gray. My roots look sort of frosted with silver and there are shocks of gray at my temples. So I’m thinking now, since my scalp, neck and upper back are itchy for a day or two afterwards, that I’m going natural.

[Dear Anon, to save you from writing me to ask for a third time, I am 53. My hair is to my mid-back and I have bangs.]

Blah, blah, blah. OK, back to Abby

Some of us have been commenting about how there wasn’t much of a storyline for her last season. I think that letting her go blonde could become part of a transformation story arc for Abby. Pauley herself has said that Abby doesn’t age and is like an anime. I’d like to see her re-think parts of herself and her life.

I’m guessing in the show she is around McGee’s age, which is 36ish. That’s a time in life when a woman  without children wonders if she does want to be a mom and she realizes that time for that is limited. With McGee wanting to move in with Delilah and Jimmy becoming a dad, Abby could start to think about it too.

Anyway, my thought is, put Pauley in a wig while the blonde grows out, then have Abby appear as if she made the sudden change to blonde.

But YOU, what do YOU think???

[Don’t miss the passage that I bolded at the end, which considers the options for the future of Abby’s hair.]

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#255 Country Cat | Chesterland, Ohio
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Jane and I were driving past this abandoned nursery when we noticed a black cat on the prowl in the field. She led us on a chase for a little while but decided to plop down for some affection. She seems to be doing pretty well for an outdoor country cat. Maybe she has a home down the road, she didn’t look malnourished.

So, I’m not the only person who would stop the car in order to meet a random cat? This is so very good!

"The dangers of social media"

Posted: 07.20.2014 21:18

CAMP FOSTER, Japan - A Marine is using social media when a female he does not recognize sends him a friend request. He enjoys meeting new people, so he accepts her request. They begin to chat and soon decide to meet. Before they meet, she tells the Marine he must contact, a man who knows the woman. The man tells him he must pay money or the Marine and his family and friends will be in danger.

Common tactics of social media extortionists include relating to a service member’s interests and posting pictures of attractive females to lure them into chats. What may seem like a normal person wanting to video chat or meet with a Marine, can actually be an extortionist trying to deceive him for his money or information.

Extortion became a noticeable issue for Naval Criminal Investigative Service Resident Agency, Okinawa, Japan, in 2012. Since then, cases have become five times more frequent, with more than 25 investigations and reports being taken, and have led to monetary losses of nearly $20,000, according to Special Agent Doug Simmons, a criminal investigator with NCISRA, Okinawa.

“The Marine Corps is a strong mannered, strong willed, cultured community, so they are more reluctant to report that they have been a victim of a crime,” said Simmons.

Embarrassment about their information being made public could be a reason why only some Marines report the incidents, according to Staff Sgt. Christopher I. Cureton.

“People are not coming forward because they do not want their information (made public),” said Cureton, the cyber security chief for Marine Corps Installations Pacific-Marine Corps Base Camp Butler. “But we offer preventative measures to protect your information. Privacy of Marines is our main purpose.”

Extortionists are able to search for the common words “Marine,” “United States Marine,” “USMC” and find anyone on social media sites with low privacy settings whose profile page includes those words. They then add the Marine, who might confirm them as a friend based on mutual friends or the photos posted to the profile.

“Just because they have mutual friends with someone does not make them real,” said Simmons. “Quiz them. Ask questions such as, ‘where did we meet?’ If they say they are military ask, ‘What platoon were we in? Where were we trained?’”

Being on Okinawa makes the extortionist threat even more realistic as it is easy for criminals to portray themselves as Okinawa residents before demanding money be sent to the Philippines or another country around the Asia-Pacific, according to Simmons. 

“When threats are being made against Marines, or their family and friends, it is recommended that service members keep and archive any electronic evidence, paper documentation, conversations and emails between you and the suspect.”

“I protect not only myself, but other people on social media,” said Lance Cpl. Kel V. Blaze, combat camera, G-3/5, operations and training, MCIPAC-MCB Butler. “I report the fake accounts or show the accounts to the public and say, ‘Hey, watch out for this profile because they are not real.’”

The easiest and safest way to protect yourself is to only add people you actually know and speak to in person, according to Simmons.

“If you want to meet someone, go out in town to meet them and take a buddy. Adding people you do not know as a friend could raise the potential of being extorted,” said Simmons. “The trend is to use attractive female Facebook profiles from all walks of life and all ethnicities (to appeal to multiple targets). Many times they portray a model asking to be a Marine’s friend, so the Marine is highly inclined to accept.” 

[I include stories like these in my blog because they often become the seeds for plots on the tv show that we love.  As we learned in the Season 9 episode, “The Life Before his Eyes”, NCIS agents in Okinawa are also big fans of the show. So this news article piqued my interest.]