Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Final Voyage

Yesterday, my old buddy, Conrad left his physical body and set sail to the vast unkown. I met him and his wife, Juanita at Oxbow Marina in the California Delta in June of 2000. They were living on the boat they had built in their Idaho backyard. Her name was the Cheryl Lee, after their daughter. Every weekend the marina owners put on a beautiful, free breakfast buffet for the boaters. I had noticed this tall, lanky fellow with his beard and ponytail and introduced myself, after sitting at their table.We became best of friends.

Conrad and Juanita helped fiberglass my hardtop, he designed and built my folding benchseat, gave me endless hours of free advise, and handcarved a replica of Shatoosh, which sits on top of my depthsounder. His creative footprint is all over Shatoosh.

We would meander through the endless restaurants in the delta, expanding our limited boat menus with tacos, crawdads, chinese, mexican, salmon, steehead and striper bass. When Too Tall Tom brought his newly purchased  Albin 25 to the marina, we quickly added him to our cozy group. We had more fun, living on our boats, finishing out all the numerous projects, fishing and cruising.

This fall I went out to Idaho and spent some time with them. See my blog in October 2010. His health had taken a turn, so it was an opportunity for me to help him with Reiki Treatments and to be able to thank him for his generous support and friendship. He was the driving force for me to take my boat to the Columbia and Snake Rivers. In the cool evenings, we spent lots of hours sitting up in their crow's nest on the Cheryl Lee and I would listen to all their cruising stories, as they navigated the numerous locks and dams of the Snake and Columbia rivers.  Dreams immerged from the many seeds they planted in my psyche.

The other night I was awakened, by what one would call, a prophetic dream. Conrad, my twin and I  were  on a boat traveling in the dark and there was no one at the helm. I felt we should tie the boat up for the night, but my twin stated we should just drift for the night. I asked Conrad and my twin to show me the charts and the plan for this journey. They said they had none. I was adamant, to go on a journey, we needed charts and plans. They both, said again, that there were none.

Upon awakening from the dream I knew, intuitively, that my friend was near death and before I could call, his son called to give me the news that he was under hospice care. Yesterday, as I was out making my round of errands, I had the sudden urge to pull over and make a call to his wife. My ole buddy had just died.
So, on our last journey across the sea of consciousness, we are adrift, and we can no longer be at the helm. We have surrendered and have let go of our earthly attachments. God is steering our vessel, and he needs no charts or plans to bring us home to be with him.

Thank you, Conrad for being such a great friend and coming to me in my dream to say good-bye.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Where Abouts of Skol and Sabra?

My buddy, Too Tall Tom, used to own, Skol, an Albin 25 sail version, built in 1974. He berthed her out in the Sacramento delta at Oxbow Marina on the Georgiana Slough. He sold her several years ago and now, he has discovered that she was sold again and was recently trucked commerically to Washington State. Since it is somewhere in my home vacinity, he was hoping to find her and her new location. Anyone knowing her whereabouts, please let me know.

There is something about being in love with your favorite boat and keeping tabs on her whereabouts. I often, think of my Swan 36, Sabra, and wonder where is she berthed in Washington? I would love to find her, go onboard again and relive all my memories of her. I see myself running my hand over her beautiful teak trim, smell her fragrance and remember the first time I laid eyes on her. It was love at first sight and if I ever saw her again, she would take my breath away. With every Latitude 48 I pick up, I look at the for sale section, with hopes of finding my old love. I never give up looking, so if anyone runs across a 1969 Swan 36, please let me know.

Too Tall Tom and I have been looking for our loves in all the wrong places. Somewhere, in some Washington marina, Skol and Sabra are berthed. Help us find them.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Email Hacking and What I Have Learned

This morning I was studying Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Thousands of years ago he wrote, "trustworthy testimony; the sharing of one soul in the wisdom of another, rests on the ultimate oneness of all souls." Since we are all in the same boat(Albins) and all have computers, email systems and both enjoy the goodness of these things, we all have to deal with the failings of these things. My good buddy, Too Tall Tom, asked me to write down some things I have learned in hopes that others can benefit. Another reader, thanked me for this blog and hoped that I would continue writing it. As long as I own Shatoosh and Pashmina, the blog will live on.... have no fear, Hira is here.

While I am not a geek, I do have friends that are and this is their advise, which may be helpful to you. If you have other hints, please let me know and I will be happy to share.

Account Holder:
1. If you are the hacked account holder, immediately, change your password and run your anti-virus program. Let your email server know that your account has been hacked and your email address book is gone, along with all your emails saved in file folders. Then start the process of retrieving your address book through the security system of your server. Even though I did follow Yahoo's process, I can not retrieve any addresses.

2. Years ago I printed up a hard copy of my address book, but did not have later versions of it. I think from now on I will print a new version every January for a back up hard copy. So, now I am spending hours retyping contacts into my new email account.

3. About a month ago, I did go into all my saved emails from the Albin Cruisers Yahoo Group and print up all my favorite information and put them in a folder for safe-keeping on Shatoosh. So for now, rather than saving them online, I will continue to hard copy items of interest.

4. During last month, as I annually reviewed my household/personal account information, I realized that I did not have a master list of all my online accounts that I use. So, I composed that list and I am very glad that I did. As it helped make the task of changing my account information easier.

5. My geek said that I should get a new email sever, as yahoo and hotmail accounts are hacked into the easiest. Gmail was more secure and you have the option to use the HTTPS FORMAT. I now have the 2 servers with different passwords and have created different passwords for my personal, financial accounts.

6. A friend said when she got the bogus email, " just send all your contacts an email, telling them that it is a fraudulent email." A great idea, but not effective, if all your contacts are gone out of the address book. I was very happy that I could send out a message immediately to thousands of people who read my blogs. I also sent a message to the Albin Cruisers Yahoo Group, which has thousands of members, and to whom the email had been sent.

Recipients of hacked email scams:

1. Do not, open or reply to this type of email. It is nothing but a scam. Report it as Spam.

2. Do not try to intervene or solve this problem. Some of my friends sent a reply with a trick question that only I might know the answer. Some called friends in London to try to find out the legitimacy of the phone numbers.

3. If you think your email/computer/identity could  be compromised, as a result of this email, change your passwords immediately.

4. Seriously, ask yourself, "why would any legitimate friend ask you for money using an email?" " We all have lots of email contacts who are not in our personal, immediate circle. So, to get this type of email from Joe Blow(who is a contact, but you met him once 5 years ago and have only shared 2 emails), means only one thing.....Fraudulent Activity. Do not be so gullible.

5. My cell phone was ringing and beeping with calls/texts and I was getting lots of emails. While many people were concerned, I did not have to hear from everyone.  People in my closest inner circle/family had notified me long before dawn and I was on top of the situation. So, if you are in the distant rings of communication, rest assured, that the person knows about the situation and is dealing with it. Send an email a few days later.To have the quiet and peaceful hours to tend to this is important. After I had done what was needed, the phone/ computer were turned off and I continued to go about my schedule as planned, which was to visit a friend who lives in a subterranean dome home, where there is no cell coverage and is off the grid.. We visited in peace and quiet, had a nice lunch and later, I returned home and resumed my process of  doing what was necessary. By then, Yahoo had responded and given me my first list of instructions.

I look at this, not viewing through the spectacles of victimization, but rather as an opportunity to become clearer in managing my personal accounts, a way to cleanse the way I was doing things/managing things/creating things. As a result, my affairs are in better order, I have a new email server which I really like and find it much easier to use. I was able to observe myself in this process and am happy to report that over the years of having Meditation and Reiki in my life, I have become an action figure rather than a reaction figure. Ten years ago I would have been worried and freaked about this. I like the new me.

There was one concern, I didn't hear from Too Tall in all this commotion. I thought that perhaps he had flown to London and was tracking down the fraud scoundrel and that he might be picking me up a new purse from Harrods Department Store. I finally had to email him, as his silence was too deafening, for me. He had not gotten the  hacked email, so thought I was going off my rocker, when I was asking  him if he was in London, buying me a purse. ??What?? His reply delights me: "Perhaps I'm wrong, but I can not picture you with a purse. Unless, it was made from sail cloth and had an Albin logo on the side with faint traces of diesel around the bottom."

Friday, February 11, 2011

Tracking Down Emails

There were 2 different ladies living in the pacific northwest who had recently emailed me about buying a used Albin 25. Since your emails were deleted from files/contact lists, I have no way of getting back to you. Please, email me so we can stay in touch. Take notice of my new email address on the previous posting.
Hira Reid

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

New Email Address For Hira

Yesterday, my yahoo email was hacked into and my contact list (address book), was taken and used, sending out a bogus email to have people send them money, using my name. I am sorry that this has happened to everyone. Unfortunately, some people fell for the scam and tried to call the number, and reply to the email. The phone numbers did not work, and they spelled my last name wrong.

Let this be a lesson. Never reply to these scam artists and always check with the person, they are pretending to be. I would never in a million years, email someone asking for money. As a very astute friend of mine stated, "the email did not sound like Hira's inner voice", "it was not the voice I knew."

I have changed my email server and my new email address is:


Tuesday, February 8, 2011


This is to let all my readers/email recipients know that this morning I have been scammed by someone requesting that you send money to them in London.
Please do not send money or reply.
My entire contact list has disappeared from my yahoo account.
If any of you get the bogus email, please email me so that I can re-establish my contact list.
Sorry for this inconvenience.
Hira Reid