Saturday, March 14, 2009

Here's Barry


My friend had to say goodbye to Barry 2 months ago, but I wanted to post a picture I ran across tonight while cleaning up my files. I always thought there was some resemblance to Midge (see post below).

Midge on a Saturday night


Rebel was very camera-shy, so it's a delight to have dogs that are easy-going when I get the urge to take a picture.

Here's Midge doing the same thing I am on a Saturday night.

Gracie gets comfortable

Friday, March 13, 2009

The view from my walk home



Check out the buds... the darling buds.

Spring-like in Seattle


Pretty afternoon on Lake Washington.

Who wants £7.8 million?

Hello,

My name is Mr.Jason smith, I am the credit manager in a bank here in the United Kingdom. I am contacting you of a business transfer, of a huge sum of money from a deceased account. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that everything has been taken care off, and all will be well at the end of the day. I decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction. PROPOSITION; I am the account officer of a foreigner named Richard Burson who died in an air crash along with his wife on the 31st October 1999 in an Egyptian airline 990 with other passengers on board. You can confirm this from the website below which was published by BBC WORLD NEWS. WEBSITE.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/502503.stm

Since his death, none of his next-of-kin are alive to make claims for this money as his heir, because they all died in the same accident himself and his wife (May their soul rest in peace). We cannot release the fund from his account unless someone applies for claim as the next-of-kin to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines. Upon this discovery, I now seek your permission to have you stand as a next of kin to the deceased, as all documentations will be carefully worked out by me for the funds (£7,800,000.00) seven million eight hundred thousand pounds to be released in your favor as the beneficiary's next of kin. Because after nine years the money will be called back to the bank treasury as unclaimed bills and the money shared amongst the directors of the bank. so it is on this note i decided to seek for whom his name shall be used as the next of kin/beneficiary to this funds rather than allow the bank directors to share this money amongst themselves at the end of the year. It may interest you to know that we have secured from the probate an order of mandamus to locate any of the deceased beneficiaries. Please acknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance of our mutual business endeavor by furnishing me with the following information if you are interested.


1. A Beneficiary name..In order for me to prepare the document for
transfer of the funds in your name.
2. Direct Telephone and fax numbers...For our personal contact and mutual
trust in each other. (50/50)share for both party 50% comes to my account
and 50% to your account. I intend to retire after the conclusion of this
transaction.


If this proposal is acceptable by you, please endeavor to contact me immediately. Do not take undue advantage of the trust I have bestowed in you, I await your urgent mail.

Regards,

Mr.Jason smith

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The view from my walk home


Flowers!!! It's beginning to look like Spring!

Take that snow!

Chicken and waffles and Uncle Frank


Here's Uncle Frank feasting on chicken and waffles at Portland's Screen Door restaurant for yummy Sunday brunch.

More pics and details of Frank and Lee Ann's recent visit to Portland here.

Thanks again to Frank for brunch!

Quote of the day

In comments on the revised ending to Watchmen.

'Everything' needs a giant squid.


Amen RobotBuddha, amen.

Monday, March 9, 2009

My amazing luck doesn't stop for a second

THE UNITED NATION ORGANISATION
LONDON UNITED KINGDOM
UNITED NATION PAYMENT APPROVAL
OFFICE Special Duties/Logistics Department
FOREIGN CONTRACT/WINNING PAYMENT BUREAU
Our Ref: GBT /USA/STB Your Ref 25321/imf/us/09/08

UNITED NATION AND EUROPEAN UNION OFFICIAL WINNING PAYMENT VALUED $8,300,000M

UNITED NATION ORGANIZATION AND EUROPEAN UNION ORGANIZATION do hereby give this irrevocable approval order with Release Code: GNC/3480/02/00 in your favor for your contract entitlement/award winning payment with the UNITED NATION to your nominated bank account. Now you’re new Payment,United nation Approval No;UN5685P,White House Approved No:WH44CV, Reference No.-35460021, Allocation No: 674632 Password No: 339331 , Pin Code No: 55674 and your Certificate of Merit Payment No : 103 , Released Code No: 0763; Immediate Citibank Telex confirmation No: -1114433 ; Secret Code No:XXTN013, Having received these vital payment number , therefore You are qualified now to received and confirm Your payment with the United Nation immediately within the next 72hrs.

As a matter of fact, you are required to Deal and Communicate only with MR ANDREW WOLLEY, DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL REMMITTANCE CITIBANK OF UNITED KINGDOM, with the help and monitory team from the CITIBANK OF NEW YORK which is our official remitting bank, Committee On Foreign Payment Matters in United Nation, has look up to make sure you receive your fund valued $8.3m. So contact: MR ANDREW WOLLEY on his contact information,Direct Citibank Telephone No :44-700-5921640, Fax Number:+44 870 288 7323, Telephone Number::+44 7624198271
Email: mrandrewwolley2004@gmail.com OR andrewwolley22007@gmail.com for
immediate release of your contract/inheritance/Award Winning claim Be informed that you are not allowed to correspond with any person or office anymore, You are required to send bellow information for your transfer.

1) YOUR FULL NAME:
2) ADDRESS,CITY,STATE AND COUNTRY.
3) PHONE,FAX AND MOBILE
4) COMPANY NAME(IF ANY) POSITION AND ADDRESS
5) BANK DETAILS,
BANK NAMES,
ACCOUNT NO,
ROUTING NO,
SWIFT CODE
BANK ADDRESS.
6) PROFESSION,AGE AND MARITAL STATUS
7) COPY OF YOUR INT'L PASSPORT/DRIVERS LICENSE

NOTE: YOUR PERSONAL CONTACT/COMMUNICATIONCODE WITH CITIBANK IS(511),YOU ARE ARE ADVICE TO SEND YOU FULL BANKING INFORMATION TO THE CITIBANK OF LONDON INTERNATIONAL REMMITTANCE DIRECTOR HEADED BY MR ANDREW WOLLEY AND MAKE SURE YOU SPEAK WITH HIM, WITH YOUR NEW PAYMENT CODE FOR RELEASE OF YOUR PAYMENT AND SEND HIM ALL YOUR BANKING INFORMATION NOW. CONTACT CODE(511)

OFFICER:MR ANDREW WOLLEY.
POSITION:DIRECTOR,INTL,REMMITTANCE CITIBANK LONDON.
TELEPHONE OFFICE/BANK::+44-700-5921640,
TELEPHONE,+44 7624198271
FAX NUMBER:+44 870 288 7323,
EMAIL: mrandrewwolley2004@gmail.com OR andrewwolley22007@gmail.com

SIR FRANK PETERSON.
(CHAIRMAN COMMITTE ON FOREIGN CONTRACT/AWARD WINING PAYMENT UNITED
NATION AND USA GOVERNMENT).

Too bad I am not a stock broker

PLEASE TRY TO REPLY ME BACK VERY URGENT; I KNOW THAT I HAVE ALREADY SENT YOU EMAIL BEFORE BUT I LOST MY PREVIOUS EMAIL ID. PLEASE TRY TO GET BACK TO ME IMMEDIATELY TO THIS ICMAIL ACCOUNT...

( katherine114@icmail.net )


From. Ms Katherine Rafael,

Dear,
I am introducing my self as Katherine Rafael, the only Daughter of late Chief and Mrs Nicolas Oneil Rafael, I wish to request for your assistance in a financial transaction., And I wish to invest in Manufacturing and real estate management in your country.

I have Nine million Two hundred thousand united states dollars.USD ($ 9.200,000) to invest in your country.And I will require your assistance in helping me stand as my late father's foreign business partner who he deposited the consignment on his behalf into the security, the consignment was deposited in Africa and was letter lifted to Europe where the consignment is now under the care of the security company diplomat in Europe. I will be gladly to give you 25% of the total sum for your assistance.

Please it is very important you contact me immediately for further explanation on the whole entire work plan.

Awaiting your immediate response Thanks and God bless.
PRIVET ADDRESS: katherine114@icmail.net
katherine114@gawab.com

Best Regards
Katherine.

Millenium scientific computer game!!!

Euro Million Lottery Award 2009.
Pol.Lasao, Area Anardi
155, 28090 Madrid.
Spain Branch.
Ref. N??: ESM/WIN/008/05/10/MA
Batch. N??: EULO/2907/444/908/08.

YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS WON THE LOTTERY AWARD 2009 AWARD

We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer Balloting sweepstake held this year 2009. This is a millennium scientific computer game in which email addresses were used. It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it. Your email address attached to ticket star number (45407) with 20 serial number 51622 drew the EUROMILLION lucky numbers 3-18-40-40-76 which consequently won the draw in the
Second category.

You have been approve the star prize of $1.7M (One Million Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars Only).

CONGRATULATIONS !!!

You are advised to keep this winning very confidential until you Receive your lump prize in your account or optional cheque issuance to you. This is a protective measure to avoid double claiming by people you may tell as we have had cases like this before, please send your Full Name, Tel & Fax Number, Mobile Phone Number and your winning ticket number, reference numbers and amount won information for processing of your winning fund to our registered claim agent in address below:

EL BACO SEGUROS S.A
Dr.BEKKENS EDWIN
TEL: 34 634-067-380
E-mail: elbaco4@gmail.com

Be informed that the appointed agent will be required to swear affidavits of lotto claim also remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 27th of next month 2009. Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch number in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.

Once again congratulations. Your email address has brought to you this expected luck.

Mrs. Blanca Fernandez,
Lottery coordinator

Across the street


Downstairs, around the corner, but technically "across the street." From last week. Today it's snowing.

Again.

Hooray.