Bully Victim Resorts to Spam

This has to be the best piece of junk email I’ve ever received:

“I am writing to you, as someone who cares about solving the problem of bullying, to ask you to consider putting a link in the resources or links page of your website to our website, Bullies2Buddies. I believe you will find our site is a unique source of help for victims of bullying. It teaches victims how to solve their problems without anyone’s help and without getting anyone in trouble. If I am a victim and I have to wait for the school to get rid of bullies for me, I may wait a very long time to stop being bullied. If you are my schoolmate and I tell the teacher or principal that you bullied me, is that going to make you like me and respect me? Of course not! It will make you hate me and want to get back at me. Thats why my method is to stop the victims from feeling like victims. If there were no victims in this world there would be no bullies. Bullies bully because they have fun watching others getting mas [sic] or feeling sad. If one is not affected by a bullies actions then its not fun for the bully, causing the bully to stop bullying the person. No victims no bullies.”

The spam continues – and his site’s content seems to be “protected by Copyscape.” Let’s just see if he’s copyscaping his email, too. I didn’t ask for the information, and I’m not someone who cares about “solving the problem of bullying.” At least, not anymore. Sounds to me like this guy got punched in the head a few too many times as a kid.

Colorado Springs Travel Tips

I was just in Colorado Springs for my future brother-in-law’s wedding. While I was there, Aryeh Goretsky sent me an email with a few “local” tips inside. Seems a shame to keep those to myself, so I’m going to post ’em here in the hopes that other people traveling to Colorado Springs will discover them when searching for help…

When I was there last, NORAD, USAFA and Ft. Carson were not allowing tours any more, but they may have relaxed those. If you are still in Colorado Springs, here are some fun things to do while you’re there, in no particular order:

  • Garden of the Gods Park (either just to drive through or to park and walk around in).
  • The Will Rogers Shrine (kind of like Coit Tower in SF).
  • Bear Creek Park (dog park, some walking, also hiking)
  • Check out the Starr Kempf kinetic sculptures over by the Starsmore Discovery Center
  • See a movie at the IMAX theatre
  • Take the funicular rail car up Pike’s Peak
  • There are all sorts of galleries, boutiques and eateries in Old Colorado City, downtown Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs
  • Visit Woodland Park (about 16 miles W of town, curvy drive up to it)

Things you can probably avoid: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, the Flying W Ranch, the Nicola Tesla museum, and the Cave of the Winds. The Zoo is (or was) very small and the Flying W more of a dinner and “western experience” thing for people who’ve never seen a cowboy. There is an Insect Museum south of town – I don’t know if it is worth visiting. And as far as eating is concerned:

  • Broadmoor Hotel (various restaurants, all expensive)
  • Craftwood Inn [Manitou Springs] (game, expensive)
  • Edelweiss (German food, moderate)
  • Giuseppe’s Depot (pizza, kind of touristy but fun, moderate)
  • Il Vicino (pizza, inexpensive)
  • Marigold (noveau, moderate-expensive)
  • Mollica’s (Italian deli, inexpensive)
  • Phantom Canyon Brewery (nouveau, moderate)
  • Stage Coach (continental, moderate-expensive)
  • Swiss Chalet [Woodland Park] (dinner is expensive, lunch is reasonable)

Downtown Colorado Springs is 6,000 feet above sea level, Woodland Park is at 8,500 feet and Cripple Creek and Victor are just over 10,000 feet. This means you may be exposed to more UV radiation then if you were at sea level. If anyone burns easily, bring some suntan lotion. Also, the air is thinner and drier. As a result, your body will dry out quicker. Take bottled water with you wherever you go (e.g., leave it in the car). Chapstick will also be useful. Also, there may be quite a bit of pollen in the air from pine trees and the like. Take anti-allergens if this is an issue. There is a CompUSA and a Best Buy at the north end of town in case of digital emergencies.