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Sunset on the Kansas Plains

On My Way to Kansas

I am making the trek from Denver to Leawood, Kansas to see my family for Thanksgiving, just as I did two years ago on a snowy morning.  Thankfully this time the roads are dry and it’s an easy drive, although a long one.  I got up at 4:30 this morning so that I could get some things done at my real job, and then I hit the road for Kansas.  But as it started to get dark, I was tired, I was uncomfortable, and I started seeing hallucinations of deer on the road, so I knew it was time to stop for the night.  When I think back on that trip two years ago, a lot has happened with this website and the amount of writing I have done, it’s really quite amazing to me, and something I am proud of.

After I got settled into my motel I got a text from a good friend about seeing some disturbing things on my Twitter account.  Now, I don’t talk about my real job much on this website, my focus of this website is the outdoors and my adventures.  My real job is Chief Information Officer of an organization, which means that I am on the top of the food chain of information technology where I work.  That means that I should know the most about technology, software development, cool things to do with all of the advances in technology available to us today, and for those things, I am on top of that game.

But in my position I am also supposed to know about the latest security threats that are made available to us by technology,  While I am very good at that with my day job, apparently I haven’t been so good at it with my night job.  My friend let me know tonight that my Twitter account has been broadcasting some material that is not at all in line with what I am about.  Someone has hacked my Twitter account, and I don’t even know what is going on with that, but it is not right, and it is not me.

I just wanted to let my readers know that I am aware of this problem, and I am doing what I can to rectify the situation.  I hope my readers know me well enough to know that this type of behavior is not me, and I am embarrassed that I was lax somehow in my security measures to allow this to happen.  I am hoping that the measures I have taken tonight will fix the problem, but I don’t know that much about Twitter, I only created that account for Bear Miller Outdoors to get my message out to more people.  I don’t even use Twitter for anything more, and I was shocked at what I saw had happened to my account.

I don’t understand why people can’t get a job and earn a living.  I don’t understand why people have to try to prey on other humans in this way.  I am not even sure what the motive is behind this particular infringement on my legitimate attempt to share my knowledge and build a readership. It’s very disappointing to me.  I just hope it has not cost me any readers, because I value each and every one of you.  What this hacker did was not me, and I know that my readers that truly believe in me and know me will know the difference, just as my good friend Nyles did when she notified me about what was happening.  I had no clue,

I guess I need to pay more attention.  I know that people are better than that in our family of outdoors people,  I seriously doubt the malicious behavior came from anyone who is in our ranks.  But the fact is that these vermin are out there, and they will attack whomever they can, for whatever reason.  I’m not sure why anyone would attack me, I’m not rich and this website doesn’t’ generate any money.  I am just here to share knowledge and build our future generations of outdoors people. It’s sad what our society has become.

But none the less, I am not going to let this stop me in any way.  I hope I have addressed the problem tonight, I will be more vigilant in the future, and yet I am sure it will happen again.  Unfortunately the rest of the world can’t be the good citizens and stand up people that we are, but I’m not going to let anyone stop me from being me.

Thanks for understanding.

Bear