Did some­one just hack my ther­mome­ter?

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I do not like to com­plain (ex­cept on cer­tain oc­ca­sions when no­body is lis­ten­ing), but I am not too happy with the weather th­ese days. I have never felt so cold be­fore.

Is it true that the older you get, the less cold tem­per­a­ture you can stand?

If it is not true, it sure is true with me. The older I get, the colder I get and there is ab­so­lutely noth­ing I can do about it. After all, how many sweaters can you wear at one time?

The other day as I looked at my ther­mome­ter I saw it had dipped be­low my me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal ex­pec­ta­tion. I tried breath­ing on the ther­mome­ter to see if I could get the tem­per­a­ture to rise a lit­tle bit. And, be­cause I have such hot breath, I was able to raise the tem­per­a­ture quite a bit, but as soon as I stop breath­ing, it plunged back to its depth.

It seems that when I look at the ther­mome­ter and the tem­per­a­ture is low I feel cold. On the other hand, when the tem­per­a­ture is high, I feel warm. I al­most said hot, but the Gra­cious Mistress of the Par­son­age cor­rected me on that once. I may feel hot, but, ac­cord­ing to her, I sure do not look hot and the mir­ror in my bath­room col­lab­o­rates with her opin­ion.

So, I am won­der­ing if the tem­per­a­ture has any­thing to do with my ther­mome­ter. If some­one, per­chance, could ma­nip­u­late my ther­mome­ter they could ma­nip­u­late whether I am hot or cold.

Then a thought hit me square in the face.

All dur­ing last year, I heard how the Rus­sians al­legedly hacked into emails. I never re­ally paid that much at­ten­tion to the sto­ries, but now, I am think­ing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent about that.

Any­body who wants to can hack into my emails be­cause I have such a bor­ing life that they prob­a­bly would shoot them­selves. How­ever, what if they were able to hack into my ther­mome­ter? That is the $64,000 ques­tion!

I con­fess that I am not very savvy when it comes to tech­nol­ogy. I can barely man­age my emails; so, when it comes to tech­nol­ogy I am as vul­ner­a­ble as any­body else.

I am cer­tainly not afraid of some­body hack­ing into my bank­ing ac­count be­cause they would find it com­pletely empty. Think­ing about that, maybe some­body is hack­ing into my bank­ing ac­count and tak­ing out all my money. If some­body is, I do not imag­ine it is I. Maybe I should have a talk with my banker just to see if any­thing fishy is go­ing on.

A cou­ple of weeks ago when my wife wanted to use her bank credit card it was de­clined. She con­tacted her bank and found out some­one did hack into her ac­count and bought some­thing for $2,500 out on the West Coast.

What both­ered me was, I did not know she had that much money in her ac­count. Maybe I ought to look into what it takes to hack into some­body’s bank­ing ac­count!

Any­way, the bank took care of it and she was not on the hook for that money.

This only proves if any­body wants to hack into some­body’s bank ac­count, they would pick her over me for cer­tain.

How­ever, what if th­ese Rus­sians, or who­ever they are, are able to hack into my ther­mome­ter? What if they are able to hack in and ma­nip­u­late my ther­mome­ter to make it look colder than it re­ally is?

If this is true, where do I go to re­port it?

What sorry soul would do some­thing like this?

This has been wor­ry­ing me for over a week now and I am as chilly to­day as I was when I first started wor­ry­ing about this. Why can’t they hack into my ther­mome­ter and raise the tem­per­a­ture so that I feel warmer?

Out of deep frus­tra­tion, I pre­sented my the­ory to my wife, hop­ing she would have a lit­tle bit of sym­pa­thy for me.

“Are you,” she said sar­cas­ti­cally, “re­ally that crazy? Why in the world would you ever think that some­body could hack into your ther­mome­ter?” Then she threw one of her sar­cas­tic smiles at me and went back to the kitchen.

I was still in my chair think­ing about all that. What if I am crazy? Is that so bad? From my point of view, crazy peo­ple are the only peo­ple that do not know they are crazy. Maybe I re­ally am crazy. But if I am crazy, to para­phrase one old philoso­pher, I am in good com­pany. Those crazy peo­ple re­ally make a dif­fer­ence in this world.

Think of Thomas Edi­son when he told some­one he was go­ing to in­vent the elec­tric light bulb. I won­der how many peo­ple thought he was crazy?

Can you imag­ine what his wife must have said? “Oh, Tommy, what in the world does any­body want with an elec­tric light bulb? That’s the cra­zi­est thing I’ve ever heard.”

If Thomas Edi­son was crazy, I sure am happy to join his ranks. And there are other crazy peo­ple all through his­tor y.

My prob­lem, like many peo­ple, I judge things by their ap­pear­ance, and, as we all know, ap­pear­ances can be de­ceiv­ing.

I think a good word from Je­sus helps me out here. “Judge not ac­cord­ing to the ap­pear­ance, but judge right­eous judg­ment” (John 7:24).

Ap­pear­ances can be de­ceiv­ing be­cause some­times what I am look­ing at is not ex­actly what I am see­ing.

The Rev. James L. Sny­der is pas­tor of the Fam­ily of God Fel­low­ship, 1471 Pine Road, Ocala, FL 34472. He lives with his wife in Sil­ver Springs Shores. Call him at 352687-4240 or email jamess­ny­der2@att.net. The church web­site is www.whatafel­low­ship.com.

MARYDEL — A Penny Party will be held at Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Church at 518 Main Street in Marydel on Satur­day, Feb. 11.

There will be a baked goods and auc­tion ta­ble. Hot dogs, meat­ball sandwiches, and pizza will be avail­able for sale.

Doors open at 5 p.m.; party be­gins at 6 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $1, and penny, nickel, dime, quar­ter and dol­lar ta­bles will be avail­able to bid.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410-482-7687.

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Be­gin­ning Sun­day, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. the Cen­tre­ville Com­mu­nity Church of God, 101 Gray Fox Lane in Cen­tre­ville, will of­fer a six-week class via DVD study on the “In­tro­duc­tion To The Holy Spirit” taught by John Be­vere.

The DVD lessons are 30 min­utes each, fol­lowed by ques­tions, dis­cus­sion and prayer. Class will be held in the Fel­low­ship Hall. Ca­sual type meet­ing re­fresh­ments will be pro­vided.

For in­for­ma­tion about John Be­vere, visit www.Mes­sen­ger­in­ter­na­tional.org. For in­for­ma­tion on the class, contact Pas­tor Dwayne Dixon at 443-239-9218.

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