Skimming, scamming, recycling, aging

Don't get skimmed and scammed/Courtesy

Skimming much worse than swimming in the ATM and gas tank pool

With summer in full swing and travel on the rise, visits to the ATM and gas pump are increasing, and if you’re like most of us, debit and credit cards are the way to pay.

But you want to make sure you don’t fall victim to credit card skimming. That’s one of the many things County Agriculture, Weights and Measures inspectors look for as they check payment devices at businesses to protect consumers.

Inspector Kevin Porter explains what skimming is and gives us some tips on what to watch for.

— Autumn Endara, County of San Diego Communications Office

EDCO opens new Escondido recycling center

Ribbon cutting for EDCO’s new recycling facility, 1021 West Mission Ave. in Escondido. From left, EDCO Vice President John Snyder, Escondido Councilman Ed Gallo, Escondido Deputy Mayor John Masson, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, and EDCO Co-Chairs Ed Burr and Sandy Burr. / EDCO

EDCO unveiled its newest recycling facility recently in Escondido. The Escondido Resource Recovery center at 1021 W. Mission Ave. is expected to divert as much as 520 billion pounds of waste coming from throughout the San Diego area.

The 70,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility can process 100,000 pounds of commingled recycling per hour using a series of screens, magnets, high-speed optic scanners and conveyors to separate mixed loads of recyclable material.

The material recovery facility was built as part of the company’s effort to work toward the goal of achieving zero waste throughout the region. The plant is one of five recycling facilities that EDCO operates in San Diego County.

The construction of the commingled recycling facility and administrative offices marks the completion of the initial building stage of the fully permitted master facility plan. The next phase includes building a mixed-waste processing facility, an anaerobic digester and public education room.

After all phases of construction are completed, including building the transfer station and Renewable Natural Gas powered collection fleet, the center is expected to be one of the most innovative facilities of its type across the country.

Construction on all phases is expected to be completed within three years.

Escondido Octogenarian says ‘old age decline’ can be prevented

The NEW Put Old on Hold/CourtesyBarbara Morris

Advanced age and mental and physical decline are not necessarily a “cause and effect” phenomenon according to octogenarian author Barbara Morris. Her new book, The New Put Old on Hold claims much of the decline attributed to “old age” is actually culturally caused and could be prevented.

As a primary culprit, Morris points to passage of the Social Security Act in the 1930s that established leisure oriented retirement as THE way to live after age 65. Over time, a well-defined decline oriented “senior” mindset developed that most retirees gradually adopt that dictates how “seniors” are expected to think, dress, and behave.

“It’s like groupie teenage thinking and behavior that stunts growth and development,” Morris said. “The conventional senior lifestyle is an antiquated approach to living the older years. It facilitates decline and convinces retirees they are old and helpless which robs them of years of youthful vitality.”

Blaming genes for mental and physical deterioration is common, avoiding to Morris. However, the reality is, how we think about ourselves in relation to the aging process, what we accept as normal and acceptable, and the lifestyle we live all have a tremendous impact on how fast mental and physical decline takes place, Morris said..

“You can’t warehouse healthy mature individuals in ‘seniors only’ facilities,” Morris continued, “and communities and not expect rapid mental and physical decline because the predominant decline oriented thinking and behaviors of the group become the norm for all.”

The 88- year- old author agrees everyone should live the way they choose to live but adds, “Unfortunately, institutionalized retirement has made it difficult for ‘ageless outliers’ who want to continue to grow and stay productive with a balanced lifestyle of work and leisure. Such ‘ageless outliers’ are described as ‘wonderful for their age’ anomalies because they dare to live and think outside of the traditional decline oriented “senior culture box.”

The solution is prevention-creating awareness in the mind of those nearing or in early retirement to the truth that they don’t have to cave in to culturally mandated decline, that they don’t have to forfeit youthful abilities and a vibrant lifestyle because they reached an arbitrary age established by the government as “the time” to pursue leisure and in the process, throw away God-given mental and physical gifts and a lifetime of accumulated wisdom, education and experience.

Barbara Morris’ new book, The New Put Old on Hold is available on Amazon. It is not intended for and should not be read by content retirees. It is for those who want learn and grow and enjoy ongoing youthful vital maturity regardless of age.

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