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Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 11:04 AM
PARKTON, Md. — Kerry Spencer has an annual Christmas tradition that brings a smile to the faces of her family members, and this year, the public is getting in on the laughs.
Spencer, of Parkton, Maryland, every year shares a photo of her son, Samuel, sitting on Santa’s lap at a mall in Provo, Utah. What’s unique about Samuel’s visit with Santa 12 years ago is that he wasn’t crying, and he wasn’t telling the big guy what he wanted for Christmas.
“We taught our baby sign language,” Spencer wrote in a Dec. 5 Twitter post. “This is the sign for ‘help.’ You’re welcome.”
We taught our baby sign language. This is the sign for "help." You're welcome. pic.twitter.com/i6NkxBf4KP— Kerry Spencer (@Swilua) December 5, 2017
In the photo, a very authentic-looking Santa smiles for the camera while a solemn-looking, 1-year-old Samuel averts his eyes. His chubby little toddler hands are making the American Sign Language (ASL) sign for “help,” or as close to it as he can get.
Mashable reported that Spencer, whose Facebook profile states that she is a faculty member at Stevenson University, taught both of her children ASL.
“We taught both our kids baby sign (language) because they can sign before they talk and it is so very useful to be able to communicate with your baby,” Spencer said.
Spencer said she shares the photo each year on Facebook, but this year, her friend, author Mette Harrison, asked her to tweet it so she could retweet it to her own followers.
As of Monday morning, the tweet had more than 25,000 likes and had been shared close to 6,700 times.
Some of the reactions to the photo were nearly as funny as the photo itself.
Wonder what my son was trying to say. Lol pic.twitter.com/A1XBZduanC— Dr. Gnome to you (@MrParacletes) December 7, 2017
“Wonder what my son was trying to say,” one Twitter user wrote above a photo of a little boy showing Santa his middle finger, with Santa looking on with great interest.
“Something boss. I can tell,” Spencer responded.
“This is how I signed ‘help,” another woman wrote, sharing a photo of herself as a child, screaming on Santa’s lap and desperately trying to get away.
“That works, too,” Spencer wrote.
This is how I signed “help”. 😄 pic.twitter.com/0rSO327ltF— Stephanie Sarkis PhD (@StephanieSarkis) December 8, 2017
Other commenters pointed out that Samuel’s technique wasn’t quite right.
“It’s ASL baby sign,” Spencer wrote in response. “Like with spoken language, certain words are ‘mispronounced’ by babies learning them.”
She posted an image of the ASL sign for comparison.
Here's the actual sign for comparison: pic.twitter.com/WTu2FPTl7O— Kerry Spencer (@Swilua) December 8, 2017
Overall, people found the photo as hilarious as Spencer and her family do. Samuel, now 13, even got in on the Twitter action.
“I happen to be the baby in this photo,” he tweeted. “You may direct all likes and follows to me now.”
I happen to be the baby in this photo. You may direct all likes and follows to me now. https://t.co/oA5kvSZrcO— That one baby that doesnt like Santa (@DextrousWolf) December 6, 2017
“You’re a big boy now,” his mom responded.
“You got that right, Hun,” Samuel wrote.
Spencer said the entire family laughs at the photo each year.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 9:48 AM
— When temperatures fall below freezing, water pipes are at risk of freezing and bursting. They can release several hundred gallons of water per hour, resulting in a big – potentially costly – mess in your home.
What causes pipes to burst?
Pipes burst because of the pressure that's exerted when water freezes. It can exceed 2,000 pounds per square inch, so it's no match for metal or plastic pipes, which will burst under this extreme pressure.
Ice particles can also cause problems in your pipes by blocking valves or other areas.
What should you do to protect your pipes?
When temperatures are expected to drop to about 20 degrees, you should take the following steps to keep your pipes from bursting:
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:46 AM
— Apple is looking for additions to its workforce and you don’t even have to leave home.
The tech company is looking to fill about 50 AppleCare at-home positions to offer tech support of devices like iPhones, iPads and MacBooks, the Houston Chronicle reported.
While working from home is a big enough perk for some, the job also comes with Apple discounts, paid time off and potential career growth, even for those who work part time, according to Apple’s job announcement.
Apple At Home employees work directly for Apple for the company’s normal support hours. There could be extra shifts for holidays, what’s considered “peak business hours,” and training.
Workers are required to have a distraction-free room that is quiet and that can be closed off to keep noise down, high-speed internet with at least 5 mps download/1 mps upload, a desk and an ergonomic chair.
Apple provides the iMac and headset that is only for work.
Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 12:43 PM
METHUEN, Mass. — As the temperatures dip, Tom Pricone’s phone rings more and more.
Broken heating systems and frozen pipes; the complaints are always the same.
On Thursday, his company had received more than 30 calls before noon.
“Non-stop! this is what happens all day long,” he laughed as his phone rang during our interview.
Pricone, with Kannan and Pricone Heating and Plumbing, recommends keeping the thermostat at 72 degrees, even if you're not there. He says keeping the temperature constant can prevent your system from burning out. It also prevents the water inside your pipes from freezing and causing a messy, expensive problem.
“The main thing is not being thrifty with the heat, keep it up,” he said. “I got a customer that just called, she had frozen pipes last winter, same scenario happened again. Last winter it was $8,000 worth of water damage for her.”
Pricone took us to a house he's working on right now. Because it's empty, they're having to take extra precautions. Because this house doesn't have any heat, they're running a shower to keep the pipes from freezing.
They're also running a space heater to keep temperatures up and Pricone also recommends opening as many cabinets as possible.
“When you leave the cabinet doors open, we're getting the heat underneath there because it's on an outside wall and it will stop it from freezing,” he explained.
With temperatures dropping even lower over the weekend, Pricone expects even more phone calls.
Experts say the wind chill is what could make or break your pipes.
“The wind chill factor can find a pinhole and go right through that and freeze pipes,” he said.
And if you're worried about frozen pipes bursting while you're away, Pricone recommends turning your water off when you leave the house so the flooding isn't as bad.
“The main thing is not being thrifty with the heat, keep it up,” he said.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 9:08 AM
DUNCAN, Okla. — An Oklahoma family is mourning the loss of their 3-year-old daughter who was the victim of a dog attack.
Rylee Marie Dodge was mauled by her family’s dog, an animal they said they had owned for only five days, KSWO reported.
Rylee’s father Jason was visiting his brother, when he got a call about the attack from his mother who was watching Rylee.
When he got home, he said his mother was trying to rescue the little girl from the pit bull named Remington, KSWO reported. His mother was also injured by the dog. Eventually he was successful in getting his daughter away from the animal, and was putting Rylee in his truck when paramedics arrived, KSWO reported.
Doctors tried to save Rylee, but she died at an area hospital.