As the computer organizer for Anthem
Opinions (I say that word loosely after what I just
encountered), rarely do I get "had" by
computer scams, but at times even the best of us suffer at the hands of the
And I was one of
So in order that you do not go through
what I did, I'd like to tell you a story with a
I accidentally downloaded a toolbar that had a
virus...or should we call it Malware
It was associated with a clean
up program called MacKeeper that claims to keep your Apple Mac Clean.
As soon as I started the download of the toolbar,
I realized that this was a problem and shut down my computer.
From that point....it was pop
up after pop up asking to download MacKeeper to clean
my files....for a
I could not complete any task
on my computer that was internet related….the internet was worthless as a
I could only use my standard
My son was able to clean up the
... it took over an
hour and he is a technical genius with
Without his expertise, I am sure I would have had
to pay in the hundreds of dollars to clean it up and remove the
For those non-Mac users out there, be aware
... Mac’s do not get viruses,
but the darn pop ups are just as bad.
Think the story is over with "Mackeeper"?
Well, think again !
Shortly thereafter, I received a phone call from
someone with a distinct accent.
They said there were calling
regarding a Microsoft problem that was reported on my
computer...and they, posing as the technical department of Microsoft, were
offering to help solve it.
(PS, Mac’s do not use
Microsoft) I never reported anything and if I did….it would not be
to Microsoft....It would be to Apple.
They were selling something to
What a scam !
The same culprits who initially
created the problem...would now offer to fix it..for a
I told them that I did download something that
effected by computer, but I had it fixed by an
...that I knew the call was a scam....and...they
were a bunch of XXXXXXXXX (not nice
They hung up.
Talk about abusing the public...and what I
consider a complete violation of privacy.
They alter your system...or order that you have
difficulty using your system...and then want to charge you to fix
Moral of the story...DON'T
DOWNLOAD SOMETHING WITH WITCH YOU ARE NOT 100%
Within the past 3 days, there have been 2
commentaries that we have received about our financed restaurant that we would
like to share with you.
Residents Speak Out
The first comes from Ron Johnson who
writes the Sun City Anthem blog, Today's Anthem View. Ron attended the Valentine's Day dinner
catered by that establishment.
Johnson in his publication:
Valentine’s Dinner for Two at Café
On this special Valentine’s dining occasion on the 14th,
expectations were high. After all, residents had been led to believe that the
restaurant’s management and service problems were long behind them. Sadly, those
problems were all too evident on this occasion.
There were two dinner seatings, one at 4 and the other at 7:30. Our
party of four dined at the 7:30 seating. There were two offerings per couple,
one at $50 and the other at $60. The offerings included wine, a shared
appetizer, salad bar (which included soup), a choice of entries and sides, and a
We were seated next to the window in the lower dining area. The
waiter was quick to introduce himself and said he would return shortly to take
our order, which he did. Everything was going smoothly and we were
And then we waited, and waited. While we waited, neither the wine
nor the appetizers arrived, nor, for that matter, the salad plates, which were
needed before one could go to the salad bar.
Then, 45 minutes after being
seated, the first sign of food arrived with, incredibly, the delivery of our
A sense of disbelief set in as we took in what was happening. We
were not alone as the dinners at nearby tables were overheard complaining as
well. What should have been a well-organized dining experience turned into a
Half way through the entre, the salad plates finally arrived, but
by that time few had any appetite for a salad. Still, there was no wine or
appetizers in sight until later.
Salad was another matter. I, with salad plate
in hand, and a gathering crowd standing around the salad bar soon discovered the
salad bar had been depleted—no one had restocked the salad bar and the
assortment of ingredient containers were empty.
Some commented the soup was gone
too. Even if you wanted soup, no one had restocked the soup
The main entre was lukewarm and the baked potato, which should have
been piping hot, struggled to melt the butter.
The prime rib was OK but our cuts
compared poorly to those that Café V served on Wednesday’s prime rib nights.
Saving the night were those who were pleased with their salmon (succulent) and
delicious mashed potatoes and gravy.
While the advertisement for the Valentine’s dinner led one to
believe that the appetizers were individual, you did not learn that the
appetizers would be shared until you were seated and read the menu.
people understand what a shrimp cocktail should look like, Café V’s shrimp
cocktail consisted of 2½ shrimp per person and two blobs of cocktail
The only saving feature of this dining experience for me was the
delightful company under extraordinary circumstances and the delicious apple
crumb/ice cream dessert.
For those seated in the lower dining area, patrons should
understand that barely adequate lighting is apparently management’s preference,
as we were told. The drop-down lights were tuned way down, in contrast to the
brightly lit lights along the upper corridor.
For unexplained reasons, the
restaurant’s operator has been unwilling or unable to replace the burnt out
bulbs in most of the spot ceiling lights over the tables, leaving those tables
in virtual darkness.
Sorry Ron, it's not often you pay $60
for a good slice of crumb cake and a scoop of ice cream ...but someone other than the resident's dues have to pay for their rent once in a while.
The second comment comes from Valerie
Lapin, our "Tips" lady who decided to visit Cafe V for the prime rib special on
Wednesday, February 18th.
Today I went to Café V for their
advertised prime rib at lunch time. There was only one other table where people
I ordered the prime rib pink, not red.
Twice it was brought to me well done and I got up
The 2 servers said that if I waited 15 minutes I
would be able to get the meat prepared the way I ordered it originally, and they
told me to go ahead and get a salad while I was waiting.
While I waited I was talking to the servers and
telling them why I don’t dine in this restaurant, and that I felt sorry for them
because if they rely on tips they were not making much money because not many
people came to eat there.
I discussed other issues that I have had with the
One of the owners came out and said that he heard
that I was dissatisfied.
I told him about my previous 3 experiences with my
dinners that were disappointing and that I only wanted the prime rib today and
was also disappointed once again.
I also told him that I had written a letter to
them after my unsatisfying previous experiences and never got any kind of a
response nor acknowledgement.
I also told him that I live behind the tennis
courts and every night we count the number of cars of people that dine there.
His response was “don’t you have anything better
to do but count cars”?
My reply was that when I’m out in my back yard
it’s very easy to see how many cars are in the parking lot.
He was rude and defensive.
I also heard that Valentine’s Day was a disaster
and hardly anyone showed up.
I’d like to know why SCA is beating a dead
It is obvious that this is not the restaurant that
residents want nor do they want to subsidize poor business acumen.
The owners of the restaurant blame the residents
for their failure to thrive – what they need to look at is the fact that what
they have to offer isn’t what people want, and the quality is questionable.
Can we take them off on our income tax as a
charity if we have to pay to keep them solvent?
Gee Valerie, good
question about taking them as a charitable contribution.
With all the "positive" comments
about the food quality, we wonder if a homeless shelter would accept the
At least counting the cars in the parking lot won't give you indigestion.
Got a comment about a dining
experience at Cafe V ? Send it to us...we'd love to print it !
In many parts of our world, fanatic
religious convictions and intolerance sadly have come to mean the difference
between life and death...
...something we as Americans find
impossible to comprehend.
...a RIGHT our founding fathers felt so
strongly endowed in each individual, that they included Freedom of Religion as part of our American Constitution's
Bill of Rights.
We originally published this article in
2014, but since that time, our readership has grown so
...that... in the spirit of that RIGHT, and our belief that knowledge is closely associated with understanding....
We have decided to publish it again
(with a few modifications).
Today starts the
Primarily practiced by those of the
Roman Catholic faith, many aspects of Lent are also
in one way or another a part of other religions as well, including the Anglican,
Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Lutheran, and Eastern Orthodox
And so...for those of you who love the
"Whys of the Past"....more commonly referred to as
"history"....and wish to know the course of this
tradition throughout the centuries....
was announced that we have a field of candidates who have announced their
intentions to run for our Board of
We try to
avoid "endorsements" and we will continue to do
one in that group, an incumbent, who, in our opinion.... does NOT DESERVE
REELECTION. Two terms is
editorial has nothing to do with personalities or the character of this
candidate. We are committed to our pledge of civility toward any
based SOLELY on UNDISPUTED FACTS.
years this individual has voted again and again to USE YOUR MONEY to FINANCE HER
WHIMSin supporting a restaurant she was partially responsible for bringing
to our community.
It was SHE who
initially supported bringing that current and continual financial
drain to our association,
the desires of "the people" who strongly stated....in the survey SHE
...THAT THEY DID NOT WANT RESIDENT FUNDING to support Vic's or Cafe V, or whatever new
name they will come out with as time
Yet she, AGAINST THE WILL OF THE POPULOUS,
only to IGNORE that MANDATE, but in
AGAIN and AGAIN...voted to REDUCE the monthly
rent from the original agreement of $4,000 per month, to $2,000 per month
for a limited timeframe, until just two months ago,VOTED TO REDUCE IT YET AGAIN, to $1,000 per
...after she realized that her true desire...GRANTING THEM NO RENT AT ALL...would not pass the majority of board
was SHE who voted to approve a "sweetheart" below prime
interest rate loan using YOUR MONEY... to a
business that COULD NOT PAY ITS
blatant DISREGARD of both the wishes of the
residents coupled with AN UNCARING
ATTITUDE toward maintaining the financial integrity of our
thing to us....
term on our Board ISNOT
... and a vote for this individual would be interpreted
APPROVAL of public association
funds to finance a private business entity which has no connection to Sun City
Anthem other than a renter of property.
dangerous precedent that opens a door to other renters in the future
should they claim DISCRIMINATION by the hands our association....a cause
of action that could very possibly lead to LITIGATION against
EXAMPLE of this candidate's lack of community receptiveness was her PUBLIC
STATEMENT when asked:
"Why do you want to continue
financing our restaurant"
"Because I need a place to have
If you find
this behavior as unacceptable as we do...then the answer to the problem is
simple....contact all of your neighbors, inform them of
this voting record...and most