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Friday, Jun. 09, 2006 @ 7:49 pm
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Most of the time time spam is just annoying, but everyonce in awhile it is also hilarious, with it attempts to separate me from what little money I have. I'm not sure what's funnier the spam they send out, or the fact that some people are dense (read greedy) enough to actually believe this stuff.

Take this little missive for example:

Dear Good Friend, I have Decided to get in touch with you,to see if you can help me solve my problem. My name is Roland Akah. .My father had lost his life in the course of the Political crisis in Abidjan-Cote d'Ivoire.My Late father Mr.and Mrs.Williams Akah.willed in cash, the sum of $11.3M USD which hedeposited in a bank here in Cote D'ivoire in suspence Abidjan,with enabling conditionalities for the release of the fund which are as follows: 1) To assist me in retriving this money from the bank. 2) To serve as the guardian of this fund. 3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a residential permit in your country moreover, I am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/input after the successful transfer of this fund to your nominated account overseas. Furthermore, you can indicate your option towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within (72) working banking houres this fund will signify into your acount. I expect your urgent response including your addresses, your telephone and fax number. Thanks for expected cooperation. My regards, Roland Akah.
Yes, I'm going to jump on the chance to send money and personal information to a totally random stranger who requests it via email. After all I might get millions back right!?? Please I'm still waiting for my check from Microsoft. It's been ten years Bill and I still don't have my money.

Then there are the signs that obviously were put up by somebody who dropped out of English 101, or at least never took a journalism or advertising class. Up the road from where I live, about a mile or so is a Sooper Stop (similiar to Kum and Go but without the porno sounding name). I know this place must be midwest owned, just by the things they put on the sign. Last month their sign (and I wish dearly I had a digital camera that worked), they were advertising the opening of their ice cream shoppe (notice the classy old English spelling), with the annoucement that "Ice Cream Shoppe now open". If indeed two coolers can be considered a shoppe. But this being North Dakota, treats and gas are not all that brin in the customers. Oh now. Right under the line about Ice Cream Shoppe Now Open, was a notice "we have live bait". Of course if one were to read that quickly, it could leave one with a very bizzare impression. So does that mean I can get minnow flavored ice cream?

They've changed the sign. I don't know if it was just time to update or if someone gave them crap. The new sign?

Coke 12 packs
With 8 gallons
Live Bait

I know they mean with 8 gallons of gas, that is a common promotion in this neck of the woods. But again, my first thought was, who the hell buys 8 gallons of live bait? I may not fish much (read ever), but I'm pretty sure unless you are fishing for something the size of the Lock Ness Monster, that would be enough bait to last an entire year and than some.

Would you like some nightcrawlers with that?


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In every neighborhood there is at least one house that all the neighbors gossip about. This is a diary from the woman who lives in that house. I am a single mother in her mid thirties. I live in North Dakota with my son, Warren.

I tend to be a bit of a slob, and am the opposite of a girly-girl. I am geek girl, who loves Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Buffy, Angel, action movies, science fiction, action adventure, Dr. Who, and so on and so on.

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