I learned a lesson the hard way – The Tryon Daily Bulletin

“It’s a good thing to learn to be suspicious of the misfortunes of others.” ~ Publilius Syrus (85–43 BC)

Once in a while I just have to write a column about “don’t do what I did”. Consider it sage advice, dear reader. Trust me !

My cautionary tale for today involves me being denser than a soaked loaf of bread – I trusted a company to securely store my credit card number for convenience.

A certain well-known restaurant/bread chain, which we won’t name, makes bread which has been a lifelong addiction of mine, especially when I was too lazy to make my own. With their app on my phone, I could receive my order quickly – paid for, packed, ready to go by sunset (or in a jar of strawberry jam and butter).

Long story short, my account was hacked. Some Bronx thugs placed three orders, including a year’s coffee subscription. I started getting notifications that I had ordered all of this, and it would be ready soon. Eh? Then my bank sent out alerts, checking if it was me who led him to call his fraud department.

Now I’m stuck waiting for a new card/number (which is a royal pain, folks). The app has been deleted from my phone. And I’m still annoyed by that coffee subscription, not to mention the dinner parties the hacker enjoyed at my expense.

This lesson was learned the hard way. It could have been worse. Hackers won’t get far into my bank account, that’s for sure, but it’s cringe. May they have heartburn for a very long time.

The Saluda Tailgate Market is Fridays in the West City parking lot off Main Street from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) is active in land conservation, trails, projects and more: visit saludaclt.org or call 828-749-1560 for more information. Support SCLT with donations, volunteering and Amazon Smile. Contact “Trail Boss” Chuck Hearon at cheron1942@gmail.com about leading a hike or helping clear trails. The next walk in the woods will be June 19 at Green River Cove/Old Cove Road. Meet at the Saluda Library parking lot at 2 p.m.

The Saluda Library offers summer storytime sessions for ages 2 to 5 on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to August 3. Books, songs and fun activities for the little ones!

Through the partnership of SCLT and the Polk County Community Foundation, free swim lessons are once again available in Twin Lakes this summer (June 20-July 22) for Polk County residents and those who live in the ZIP code. by Saluda. Instructor Brian Lilburn, who has over 20 years of experience teaching swimming, schedules one-to-one 15-20 minute lessons daily (Monday-Friday) between 9am and 5pm. Children can start lessons from the age of 12 months. To register or get information, call the SCLT office or email twinlakesswim@gmail.com

The Top of the Grade Summer Concert Series returns to McCreery Park with Fancy and the Gentlemen on June 24, 7-9 p.m.

Pot luck / bingo night at the Saluda Center on June 27, 6 p.m.

Saluda Presbyterian Church is planning a ‘thank you celebration’ July 2 at 11:30 a.m. on the lawn with food, fun and fellowship to highlight what donations and hard work can do to help restore a small historical treasure of Saluda.

The 58th annual Coon Dog Day will take place on July 9, from noon to 9:30 p.m. Don’t miss it!

On Coon Dog Day, the Saluda 5K will be a project/fundraiser for Saluda Elementary School. The 3.1-mile race begins on Main Street at 8 a.m. and follows the traditional Coon Dog Day 5K course: https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Saluda/CoonDogDayRace. If you would like to volunteer, contact Gina at gburnett@polkschools.org.

The Saluda Visitor Center at 20 Main Street is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; as well as the first Friday walks from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about the Welcome Center, contact Lynn Casey at caseysaluda@gmail.com.

Congratulations to all recent graduates!

Happy Birthday June to Nancy Barnett, Verne Dawson, Peggy Ellwood, Anna Jackson, Charlie Jackson, Amy Violet Ford, Terry Arrington, Julie Arrington, Susie Welsh Hearn, Jeremy Edwards, Eleanor Morgan, Mary Lu Price, Sigi Hendrickson, Edna McKee, Lucinda Pittman, DJ Gaskin, Susan Matthews, Lisa Duck, Kasey Watkins, Elena Robson, Karen McGee, Jane Mann and Chambli Dawn Stuber.

Do not hesitate to contact me at bbardos@gmail.com(828) 817-6765, PO Box 331, Saluda, NC 28773, Facebook, or visit bonniebardos.com

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