Madrid is the new Nigeria

Subject: Confidential Information…Pls getback to me

Date: November 20, 2008 1:50:48 AM PST

Hello,

It is with pleasure and honour that I am bringing this information to you and I hope you will not misconstrue my position. I would not be surprise if you doubt what I am about to tell you considering the tales emanating from the Internet these days. I will greatly appreciate if you spare two minutes of your time and go through this email carefully. Can you recollect having any relation called Robert who shares the SAME LAST NAME (SURNAME) WITH YOU?  He used to work with Sacyr-Vallehermoso SA in Madrid, Spain. His wife and their three children were killed in the terrorist blast in Madrid, Spain in March, 2004, more detail in link:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3503184.stm

My name is Mr. Froestl W.F , the former credit officer of one of the leading British Finance Organization (name will be disclosed to you in due course). The late Mr. Robert was a client of mine. On Friday 5 March 2004, he made a fixed deposit for 12 calendar months, with a value of Nine Million Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only, in my branch. He also deposited a box containing some gold jewellery which he claimed were family assets. We could not complete the documentation and paper work for the deposit because it was already late on that Friday and as a good client, promised to return in three days time which was the following Monday to complete the transaction and finalize terms with us. He flew to Spain that night. It was later we heard that he was caught up in the Madrid terrorist blast. He died with his family members without completing the scheduled paper work to prove that he has deposited such amount of money with my organization. Since then, my organiz
ation has made efforts to locate

I am making this contact to you as either a relative or an individual with whom I can work with to get these funds out and establish a long lasting business relationship with. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating any of his relatives for over (11) months, I am seeking your consent to submit your name as the next of kin to the deceased so that the deposited funds can be transferred to you, we will then share it between the two of us. The advantage in using you as the next of kin is very clear; Mr. Robert shares the same Family name with you.

I will give you all the information with which you are to make the application for the funds. The bank will certainly accept your application as the next of kin and make payment to you as long as you submit the documents that I will make available to you. My primary aim is to stop these evil Bank Directors from getting the deposit for themselves.

I was a branch manager, I still have my insiders working in my branch, getting up-to-date information on this venture would not be a problem to us. I need your honest cooperation, trust and assurance that you will not cheat me out of the deposit when payment is made to you. The procedures involve are 100% risk free, we are not breaking the law. It will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and me. Be Inform, that we shall share the funds in the ratio 60% for me and 35% for you, while 5% should be for expenses (Your telephone, internet connection fee and Tax as I understand you may need to pay taxes on the funds when it gets to your country).

Please endeavour to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this issue. I will disclose more information to you as soon as you respond to my mail.

Kind regards,

Froestl W.F

Fun With Gmail

Hey kids, did you notice your gmail looked a little different? Yes, it’s true, they switched the theme on you from old to new sometime in the last 48 hours.

This is of little consequence, BUT they also now have a tab for Themes under Settings (top right).  It’s got all sorts of new themes to pretty up your inbox.  Even Ninjas!  I tried a lot of them out and settled on Graffiti, but I’ll get tired of that and go back to Oceans before long.  If you want to go blind, try the the Terminal theme. If you’re an old programmer it might feel like old home week.

In other news, I took Lewi in and had him professionally cleaned and clipped.  I have to tell you, his haircut doesn’t look any better than when I do it AND I got to pay big bucks for it.

The Borowitz Report

Obama’s Use of Complete Sentences Stirs Controversy

Stunning Break with Last Eight Years

In the first two weeks since the election, President-elect Barack Obama has broken with a tradition established over the past eight years through his controversial use of complete sentences, political observers say.

Millions of Americans who watched Mr. Obama’s appearance on CBS’ “Sixty Minutes” on Sunday witnessed the president-elect’s unorthodox verbal tick, which had Mr. Obama employing grammatically correct sentences virtually every time he opened his mouth.

But Mr. Obama’s decision to use complete sentences in his public pronouncements carries with it certain risks, since after the last eight years many Americans may find his odd speaking style jarring.

According to presidential historian Davis Logsdon of the University of Minnesota, some Americans might find it “alienating” to have a President who speaks English as if it were his first language.

“Every time Obama opens his mouth, his subjects and verbs are in agreement,” says Mr. Logsdon.  “If he keeps it up, he is running the risk of sounding like an elitist.”

The historian said that if Mr. Obama insists on using complete sentences in his speeches, the public may find itself saying, “Okay, subject, predicate, subject predicate – we get it, stop showing off.”

The President-elect’s stubborn insistence on using complete sentences has already attracted a rebuke from one of his harshest critics, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska.

“Talking with complete sentences there and also too talking in a way that ordinary Americans like Joe the Plumber and Tito the Builder can’t really do there, I think needing to do that isn’t tapping into what Americans are needing also,” she said.

Get your own Borowitz report …

Richard Thompson

I love this guy.  Hopefully we get to go see him in December.  Ticket sales start tomorrow at 10.  Wish me luck, I’m going to need it.

Listen to this, it’s a killingly sad apt desert war song:

http://www.shoutfactory.com/av/richard_thompson/sweet_warrior/live/Dad-LO.asx

If you’ve never heard of him, here’s a bio:

RICHARD THOMPSON: Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of all-time and the recent recipient of both an Ivor Novello Award for Songwriting and the 2006 BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, the iconic British folk rock legend is one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. His work is admired and recorded by such artists as Bonnie Raitt, David Byrne and Elvis Costello.

From his teenage years as a founding member of the 1960’s pioneering group Fairport Convention to duo work with his then-wife, Linda Thompson, and over 20 years as a solo artist, to scoring Werner Hertzog’s 2005 documentary ‘Grizzly Man’, Richard Thompson’s astounding body of work includes over 40 albums of lyrical wit anchored by such a singular acoustic and electric guitar delivery that Newsweek recently announced, ‘like all genuine art, it satisfies completely.’

“In the guitar god firmament, Thompson easily takes a place beside Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. He has certainly been the most consistently imaginative English plank spanker of modern times.” – Daily Mirror. David’s last appearance in the Big Room was filmed for the PBS series Sierra Center Stage and was one of the most popular shows we presented. Join us for what’s sure to be a magical evening. This is a show for the whole family.

For additional information on Richard Thompson, please visit www.richardthompson-music.com

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Richard Thompson – I love this guy.  Hopefully we get to go see him in December.  Ticket sales start tomorrow at 10.  Wish me luck, I’m going to need it. [I should have posted this last week – we DID get tickets!]

Listen to this, it’s a killingly sad apt desert war song:

http://www.shoutfactory.com/av/richard_thompson/sweet_warrior/live/Dad-LO.asx

If you’ve never heard of him, here’s a bio:

RICHARD THOMPSON: Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of all-time and the recent recipient of both an Ivor Novello Award for Songwriting and the 2006 BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, the iconic British folk rock legend is one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. His work is admired and recorded by such artists as Bonnie Raitt, David Byrne and Elvis Costello.

From his teenage years as a founding member of the 1960’s pioneering group Fairport Convention to duo work with his then-wife, Linda Thompson, and over 20 years as a solo artist, to scoring Werner Hertzog’s 2005 documentary ‘Grizzly Man’, Richard Thompson’s astounding body of work includes over 40 albums of lyrical wit anchored by such a singular acoustic and electric guitar delivery that Newsweek recently announced, ‘like all genuine art, it satisfies completely.’

“In the guitar god firmament, Thompson easily takes a place beside Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. He has certainly been the most consistently imaginative English plank spanker of modern times.” – Daily Mirror. David’s last appearance in the Big Room was filmed for the PBS series Sierra Center Stage and was one of the most popular shows we presented. Join us for what’s sure to be a magical evening. This is a show for the whole family.

For additional information on Richard Thompson, please visit www.richardthompson-music.com