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Deals That Are Nifty by Sister Thrifty: September 2004

Deals That Are Nifty by Sister Thrifty

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Saturday, September 25, 2004


Hi girls! :O)
I want to tell you about a wonderful event coming to town. It's called "Time Out For Women", sponsored by Deseret Book and will be held on November
13 (Saturday) from 9-4:00 at the San Diego Convention Center. The roster of speakers that day include Sheri Dew (fabulous), Mary Ellen Edmunds (hillarious), James Ferrell (inspiring), Wendy Watson (wonderful) and a great concert performance by the handsome George Dyer (LDS version of Josh
Groban!) and Jenny Frogley (pretty voice). It's a great event to bring non-members to and feel the sisterhood of good women here in San Diego. You can buy tickets on-line for $41 ($38 plus $3 processing fee) at and read more about the big day. You can also purchase tickets from Trina Boice (lovely lady) for only $38. After November 8th the price goes up on-line and at the door (Trina's price will stay at $38). If you attend the event you'll see me there (unless you still don't know who Sister Thrifty is, in which case I could be anyone in the sea of women there). :)

If you have a child in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade you can get a "passport" for him/her to ski, snowboard, and sled for free at some of the ski resorts in California and Nevada this winter! Well, technically, you have to pay an
$18 processing fee but that's still pretty doggone cheap if you consider how much ski passes really cost! Fill out the application on-line at
Airlines in peril mean deals for you!
Is it a good idea to buy a ticket on an airline that might go bust just because the ticket is cheaper? Yes! Buy them up while you can. US Air will most likely shut down and its assets sold off, but you can still get great deals. Delta is also on a path toward bankruptcy. The company may settle with stockholders in order to continue operations, but it’s really up in the air. And United has been in bankruptcy for the last few years, unable to get out. So, what does this mean to you? Well, fall is usually a time for lots of promotions. But this year, you’ll get even more great deals because of the downward spiral of these three airlines. Just make sure to reserve on a credit card. If you have frequent flier miles on US Air, it goes without saying that you should use them soon. Try to use them with one of US Air’s partner airlines if you can’t use them US Air. The same goes with United and Delta. And if you have a card that earns frequent flier miles with one of these airlines, it’s time to get a new card. You can always get miles on different airlines through American Express. Clark can’t say which of these airlines will shut down or if any of them will, but you want to protect yourself. The employees of these airlines are the real sufferers here. It’s been especially tough for US Air employees, who have already been through layoffs, years of uncertainty and reorganizations. But it’s great news for consumers. The airline industry is going through severe restructuring, so it’s a game of wait-and-see. If you’ve bought a ticket on a airline for a future trip and that airline goes bust, you’ll get the money back but you probably won’t get a trip. If you don’t like the uncertainty of buying a ticket on one of these airlines, don’t buy from one of them. But if you are flexible, you’ll be fine.
Have a great day!
Sister Thrifty

Friday, September 24, 2004

Triangle of Life

Since this e-mail newsletter posted there has been some contraversy over these safety may want to do a google search and read more about this.....

Hello ladies,
This isn't necessarily a "thrifty" tip, but a good one nonetheless and worth passing on. Now that I think about it, it IS a thrifty tip, because using these safety ideas could save you a ton of money if you can avoid getting crushed and have to pay huge medical expenses... :) By the way, earthquake researchers have been saying that an earthquake is expected in California in September. We're almost through with September....
Be safe out there girls!
Sister Thrifty
> > >Larry Linn for MAA Safety Committee brief on 4/13/04.
> > >
> > >My name is Doug Copp. I am the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of
> > >The American Rescue Team International (ARTI), the world's most
> > >experienced rescue team. The information in this article will save
> > >lives in an earthquake.
> > >
> > >I have crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings, worked with rescue
> > >teams from 60 countries, founded rescue teams in several countries,
> > >and I am a member of many rescue teams from many countries. I was the
> > >United Nations expert in Disaster Mitigation (UNX051 -UNIENET) for
> > >two years. I have worked at every major disaster in the world since
> > >1985, except for simultaneous disasters.
> > >
> > >In 1996 we made a film which proved my survival methodology to be
> > >correct.
> > >The Turkish Federal Government, City of Istanbul, University of
> > >Istanbul, Case Productions and ARTI cooperated to film this
> > >practical, scientific test. We collapsed a school and a home with 20
> > >mannequins inside. Ten mannequins did "duck and cover," and ten
> > >mannequins I used in my "triangle of life" survival method. After the
> > >simulated earthquake collapse we crawled through the rubble and
> > >entered the building to film and document the results. The film, in
> > >which I practiced my survival techniques under directly observable,
> > >scientific conditions, relevant to building collapse, showed there
> > >would have been zero percent survival for those doing duck and cover.
> > >There would likely have been 100 percent survivability for people
> > >using my method of the "triangle of life." This film has been seen by
> > >millions of viewers on television in Turkey and the rest of Europe,
> > >and it was seen in the USA, Canada and Latin America on the TV
> Real TV.
> > >
> > >The first building I ever crawled inside of was a school in Mexico
> > >City during the 1985 earthquake. Every child was under their desk.
> > >Every child was crushed to the thickness of their bones. They could
> > >have survived by lying down next to their desks in the aisles. It was
> > >obscene, unnecessary and I wondered why the children were not in the
> > >aisles. I didn't at the time know that the children were told to hide
> > >under something.
> > >
> > >Simply stated, when buildings collapse, the weight of the
> ceilings
> > >falling upon the objects or furniture inside crushes these
> objects,
> > >leaving a space or void next to them. This space is what I call the
> > >"triangle of life". The larger the object, the stronger, the
>less it
> > >will compact. The less the object compacts, the larger the
>void, the
> > >greater the probability that the person who is using this void for
> > >safety will not be injured. The next time you watch collapsed
> > >buildings, on television, count the "triangles" you see formed.
> > >are everywhere. It is the most common shape, you will see, in a
> > >collapsed building. They are everywhere.
> > >
> > >I trained the Fire Department of Trujillo (population 750,000)
>in how
> > >to survive, take care of their families, and to rescue others in
> > >earthquakes. The chief of rescue in the Trujillo Fire
>Department is a
> > >professor at Trujillo University. He accompanied me everywhere. He
> > >gave personal testimony: "My name is Roberto Rosales. I am Chief of
> > >Rescue in Trujillo. When I was 11 years old, I was trapped
>inside of
> > >a collapsed building. My entrapment occurred during the
>earthquake of
> > >1972 that killed 70,000 people. I survived in the "triangle of
> > >that existed next to my brother's motorcycle. My friends who got
> > >under the bed and under desks were crushed to death [he gives more
> > >details, names, addresses etc.]... I am the living example of the
> > >"triangle of life". My dead friends are the example of "duck
>and cover".
> > >
> > >
> > >1) Everyone who simply "ducks and covers" WHEN BUILDINGS
> > >crushed to death -- Every time, without exception. People who get
> > >under objects, like desks or cars, are always crushed.
> > >
> > >2) Cats, dogs and babies all naturally often curl up in the fetal
> > >position. You should too in an earthquake. It is a natural
> > >safety/survival instinct. You can survive in a smaller void.
>Get next
> > >to an object, next to a sofa, next to a large bulky object that
> > >compress slightly but leave a void next to it.
> > >
> > >3) Wooden buildings are the safest type of construction to be in
> > >during an earthquake. The reason is simple: the wood is
>flexible and
> > >moves with the force of the earthquake. If the wooden building does
> > >collapse, large survival voids are created. Also, the wooden
> > >has less concentrated, crushing weight. Brick buildings will break
> > >into individual bricks. Bricks will cause many injuries but less
> > >squashed bodies than concrete slabs.
> > >
> > >4) If you are in bed during the night and an earthquake occurs,
> > >simply roll off the bed. A safe void will exist around the bed.
> > >Hotels can achieve a much greater survival rate in earthquakes,
> > >simply by posting a sign on the back of the door of every room,
> > >telling occupants to lie down on the floor, next to the bottom
>of the bed
> during an earthquake.
> > >
> > >5) If an earthquake happens while you are watching television
>and you
> > >cannot easily escape by getting out the door or window, then
>lie down
> > >and curl up in the fetal position next to a sofa, or large chair.
> > >
> > >6) Everybody who gets under a doorway when buildings collapse
>is killed.
> > >How? If you stand under a doorway and the doorjamb falls forward or
> > >backward you will be crushed by the ceiling above. If the door jam
> > >falls sideways you will be cut in half by the doorway. In either
> > >case, you will be killed!
> > >
> > >7) Never go to the stairs. The stairs have a different "moment of
> > >frequency" (they swing separately from the main part of the
> > >The stairs and remainder of the building continuously bump into
> > >other until structural failure of the stairs takes place. The
> > >who get on stairs before they fail are chopped up by the stair
> > >treads. They are horribly mutilated. Even if the building doesn't
> > >collapse, stay away from the stairs. The stairs are a likely
>part of
> > >the building to be damaged. Even if the stairs are not collapsed by
> > >the earthquake, they may collapse later when overloaded by
> > >fleeing people. They should always be checked for safety, even when
> > >the rest of the building is not damaged.
> > >
> > >8) Get near the outer walls of buildings or outside of them if
> > >It is much better to be near the outside of the building rather
> > >the interior. The farther inside you are from the outside perimeter
> > >of the building the greater the probability that your escape route
> > >will be blocked.
> > >
> > >9) People inside of their vehicles are crushed when the road above
> > >falls in an earthquake and crushes their vehicles; which is exactly
> > >what happened with the slabs between the decks of the Nimitz
> > >The victims of the San Francisco earthquake all stayed inside of
> > >their vehicles. They were all killed. They could have easily
> > >by getting out and sitting or lying next to their vehicles,
>says the
> > >author. Everyone killed would have survived if they had been
>able to
> > >get out of their cars and sit or lie next to them. All the crushed
> > >cars had voids 3 feet high next to them, except for the cars
>that had
> > >columns fall directly across them.
> > >
> > >10) I discovered, while crawling inside of collapsed newspaper
> > >offices and other offices with a lot of paper, that paper does not
> compact.
> > >Large voids are found surrounding stacks of paper.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Car jacking

Hi everyone!
Just wanted to let you know what's going on at Ultra Star Cinemas (the one by Vons on the corner of Aviara Parkway & Alga & El Camino). Everyone gets a free popcorn with every admission ticket until September 30th. Let them know if you want to be put on their mailing list and they'll send you weekly coupons off snacks & tickets in the mail, along with what's playing each week. ALSO, if you're going to go there often, be sure to get their frequent viewer club card...each time you buy a ticket you earn free passes, popcorn, etc. AMC and even that giant Edwards Stadium theatre in San Marcos have their own cards that do the same thing.
If you haven't discovered LDS Living magazine now is the time....because you
can get an issue for FREE! Go to
It really is a neat magazine.
> > Car-Jacking Scheme in San Diego
> > > Be aware of a new car-jacking scheme used here in San Diego.
> > You walk across the parking lot, unlock your car and get inside.
> > Then you lock all your doors, start the engine and shift into
> > REVERSE, and you look into the rearview mirror to back out of your
> > parking space and you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of
> > the rear window. So, you shift into PARK, unlock your doors and
> > jump out of your car to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that
> > is obstructing your view. When you reach the back of your car, that
> > is when the car-jackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car
> > and take off! Your engine was running, (ladies would have their
> > purse in the car) and they practically mow you down as they speed
> > off in your car.
> > away and remove the paper that is stuck to your window later, and be
> > thankful that you read this email. I hope you will forward this to
> > friends and family...especially to women! A purse contains all
> > identification, and you certainly do NOT want someone getting your
> > home address. They already have your keys!
Lastly, a reminder that there will NOT be a Relief Society dinner before the broadcast on September 25th because the flooring in the Cultural Hall still isn't complete. Don't worry though gals, you'll still be served some yummy
refreshments by the kitchen after the broadcast. :)
I hope everyone is enjoying the big surf from the two swells that came in these past few days. Are we having beautiful weather or what?! Have a wonderful day!
Sister Thrifty

Saturday, September 04, 2004

Do Not Call lists

Hi girls!
Happy Labor Day weekend!
School has started and you know what that means.....fundraisers. Eeeeesh.
I can't stand sending my kids out there peddling junk no one wants or needs.
The Carlsbad High School Cross Country team, however, actually has a product you may be interested in this year: those "Entertainment" coupon books. They have one that costs $20 and another big, beefy one for $40.
You only have to use a couple of the coupons in the entire book to break even. If you're interested in buying one let me know and I'll hook you up with all of the moms of runners on this year's team.
If you enjoy being on the FTC's "Do Not Call" list as much as I do, listen to a word of advice. Make sure you, and your kids, avoid all the websites that claim to be giving away freebie iPods, flat screen TVs, or sweepstakes prizes. If not, the thing you might actually win is a renewed stream of
telemarketing calls. Some interesting language in the privacy policy of a
"free sweepstakes"
website that some have been foolish enough to join. By registering with the site, the privacy policy stated that one was agreeing that "such act constitutes an inquiry and/or application for purposes of the Amended Telemarketing Sales Rule, 16 CFR §310 et seq. (the "Rule"). Notwithstanding that your telephone number may be listed on the Federal Trade Commission's Do-Not-Call List, ... (the sweepstakes company) retains the right to contact you via telemarketing in accordance with the Rule."
No, I'm not going to name the sweepstakes operation, as I don't want to give them any free publicity. In any case, similar language is in the privacy policies of a number of other freebie websites. And even when they are not so explicit about voiding the Do Not Call list, the privacy policy of many of the giveaway sites say things like "We may sell the personal information that you supply to us and we may work with other third party businesses to bring selected retail opportunities to our members via direct mail, e-mail and telemarketing."
Note that, while privacy policies don't seem to be all that binding on the vendor, the reverse unfortunately does not seem to be the case. You can give away your privacy rights by "agreeing" to a privacy policy you never read!
Sister Thrifty

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