In order to garner a little sympathy , I am offering a couple of snapshots of the dying lavender plants along the side of the neighbors’ house . They’re gonners , as you can see ; but the weeds are doing well . Why they went out and bought them I don’t know , just to let them wither . Well , to each his own , I always say ; but , still .
Meanwhile , my friend Joe read my IRS post and sent me a link to a news item that his wife Susan found . Apparently the feds are catching some of the IRS scammers out there . They’re not all in India or Nigeria , either . They’re in Minnesota . That makes me want to drop a few pounds of cynicism and report the scammers the next time I get the call . Oh , it’ll come along sooner or later .
I don’t use a cell phone , and I hear that the scammers don’t contact cell phones as a rule. So , I conclude , I’m it . Since there are only a few hundred of us around the country , I think , who still use land lines , all the scammers have to come to us . That guy with the Indian accent who wants to fix my computer called again yesterday . He’s busy . He’s very concerned about me , too . Microsoft has detected a problem with my computer, he said . Again . He’ll guide me through a process to fix it , though . I’m not to worry : ” Just go to your computer…………………….”
Ada keeps this guy on the line for awhile . She asks him how he got her number . She tells him thank you for the information and she’ll have her computer person look into the problem . She explains that she won’t need his help ; she’ll have her expert investigate the problem . She discusses the issue , calmly , at length with the guy . Eventually the guy gets frustrated with her and hangs up . And there he was , calling us up out of the blue , again, only trying to help .
I’m including in this post , also , a snapshot of a
stolen recovering lavender in it’s plastic pot .
You will notice a difference from the
non-stolen other ones .
” And let me remind you , also , that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue “. —Barry Goldwater
I put this Goldwater quote in here for the benefit of an old friend , Tony , who commented on Goldwater appearing in my previous post about stealing the neighbors’ plants . Yeah , who knows who or what might show up for any of my posts ! I’m as surprised as you are , half the time .
MULTIPLE CHOICE QUIZ : Who said this : Everybody’s business is nobody’s business , and nobody’s business is my business .
a. J . Edgar Hoover
b. Clara Barton
c. Wyatt Earp
d. all of the above
I’m not going to give you the answer . Sorry , but they say it’s the questions that matter and not so much the answers . I think they say that . Someone says that . Maybe it’s they . I will say , in passing , the answer is not (d) .
I’m a little distracted as I write this . The man on the phone wants to get me rebates for just about anything : painting , yard work , solar panels , heating and air-conditioning , dog walking , home security …………………………………. I’m considering getting all of the rebates since he’s so nice and simply wants to do me a favor ; but I’ve got to get him off of the phone soon because I’m expecting an important call from the IRS .