PSA-220819-Book Report

This morning I finished reading a book titled “The Lies I tell” by Julie Clark. I opened GrumpaJoesPlace on WordPress to log the book into my booklist page. Surprise, surprise, my list has been corrupted. Some electronic gremlin has removed all of my 2022 reads and two thirds of my 2021 reads. No one ever looks at this list, except me. I use it to refer books I have read to friends. The page serves as a history of my reading. I show the title, author, the type of reading it is, such as fiction, history, etc. and my rating. Usually, if I like a book I give it five stars. I’ve noticed that many non-fiction books only have two or three stars. It tells me that I’d rather read stories than factual accounts. After fiction my next favorite class is history or historical fiction.

I’ve contacted the happiness engineers at Word Press to help me restore this file. I was able to locate a back up which has 28 entries for 2022. I read a book a week, and at this point I should be on number thirty, this back-up is not too far away. The good thing is I found the back up, the bad thing is I am too stupid to know how to actually restore it to the Blog site.

A few years ago, our library dumped the Dewey Decimal system of classifying books. I complained bitterly to the director, but my voice rolled off like water from a duck’s back. I had to join the modern age of computers they said. Since then I notice that the books come with a label that classifies the type of reading it is. Hmmm, it finally sunk in that putting books on shelves at random would only cause chaos. The moderns have finally realized that even computers need some classification scheme to help them locate material. Dumping Dewey has made it easier for library staff to shelve books. Shelving by a simple class and the author alphabetically removes the strain caused by trying to determine decimally which slot a particular volume fits into. Anyway, I have joined the moderns and have accepted their new system, I had no other choice.

I’ll end with a short synopsis of The Lies I Tell. Although it is fiction, it has to be based on history because the author has told a story about a lady conman with such detail that it had to be taken from an actual source. The principle character in this tale is a young lady who becomes homeless because her dying mother was desperate for funds, and fell prey to a man who stole her savings and her home, then evicted her and her grammar school kid. Mother and daughter wound up living out of their car. The mother dies and the daughter is left to her own choices, she chose to become a grifter. The story held my interest throughout simply because of the uniqueness of this grifter’s style. Her motives for selecting marks made me think of Robin Hood who stole from the rich so he could give to the poor. She picked on men who take advantage of women. She did it in a way that kept them from getting police involved. This is a five star read.

Mystery Solved

People who know me know that I am a gullible fool.

I fall for scams regularly. During my time blogging I have been trying to answer a question that has plagued me. Just how does a politician making $178,000/yr retire a multi-millionaire? Even if a Senator serves for thirty years his lifetime earnings are five million three hundred and forty thousand dollars. If he is as honest as we are expected to believe, he pays taxes which generously cuts that by 28% or down to three million eight hundred thousand dollars. How about having to live in two towns? If he keeps a separate home in his home state and one in Washington he cuts it down to two million seventy-two thousand dollars. At this point we have to wonder if he eats because that amount of money over thirty years gives him $69,066 dollars a year to travel between homes, provide sustenance for his family and and the expenses of running two households. Don’t get me wrong, a huge number of people living in the United States never earn that much in a single year, yet they survive, they raise families, they own cars, and sometimes go out to dinner. So with this simple analysis of a politicians lifetime salary, the mystery of how in the world he retires a multi-millionaire has been revealed.

That answer came to me over the news this week. It seems that poor Joe Biden, who was forced to use public transportation to commute to his job in Washington, has been running a simple scheme that is padding his pocket. Once it was exposed, I am satisfied believing that many politicians are using the same procedure. The rumor is that Joe was selling his influence as Vice President to foreign nationals by booking appointments and meetings through his son’s company. There was never a link to the politicians until now. It is against the law to take money from foreign governments by US politicians who may or may not give them information that may or may not be classified. If, however, the politicians is booked by a third party, the politician is absolved of wrong doing. The politician gets paid by the third party and not by a foreign government. There is never any linkage to the politician to the foreign government. The ruse is so simple I firmly believe every politician in Washington is using it. It also gives the politician total deniability because he simply claims there is no evidence that he met with the foreign government. I only wish my own ethics and morals were so decayed as to have thought of a similar scheme to have exploited my long term employer. Actually, I can’t make myself believe I could do such a thing.

That is why I am so gullible, I truly believe that every one is as simple as me when it comes to honesty and character. I am finally beginning to realize that the world is loaded with people who have no morals or scruples, but I believe they do. That is why I am an easy mark for a scam.

SCAM WARNING

Wal-Mart Supercenter Torreon

Wal-Mart Supercenter Torreon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First things first, Thank You Mike for sending this warning, I am forever grateful. We all know how careful we must be during the Christmas shopping season. Parking lots are creeping with predators hungry for our cash. Be very aware.

OLDER MEN SCAMS
Women often receive warnings about protecting themselves
At the mall, parking lots, etc.
But this is the first warning I have seen for men,
And I wanted to pass it on in case you haven’t heard about it. A ‘heads up’ for those men who may be regular customers at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Costco, or even Wal-Mart.
Last month I became a victim of a clever scam while shopping. Simply going to get supplies turned out to be quite traumatic.
Don’t be naive enough to think it couldn’t happen to you or your friends. Here’s how the scam works: Two nice-looking, college-aged girls will come up to your vehicle as you are putting away your purchases.
They both start wiping your windshield with a rag and Windex, with their breasts almost falling out of their skimpy T-shirts.
(It’s impossible not to look). I should have known better because it was 30 degrees outside.
When you thank them and offer them a tip, they say  ‘No.’ Instead, they ask for a ride to McDonald’s. You agree and they climb in the vehicle and start undressing. Then one of them starts crawling all over you, While the other one steals your wallet. I had my wallet stolen October 4th, 9th, 10th, twice on the 15th, 17th, 20th, 24th, & 29th. Also November 1st & 4th, twice on the 8th, 16th, 23rd, 26th & 27th, and very likely again this upcoming weekend.

 Wal-Mart has wallets on sale for $2.99 each. I found even cheaper ones for $.99 at the dollar store and bought them out in three of their stores.

Also, you never get to eat at McDonald’s. I’ve already lost 11 pounds just running back and forth from Lowe’s, to Home Depot, to Costco, Etc. So please, Send this warning to all the older men that you know and warn them to be on the lookout for this scam.

(The best times are just before lunch and around 4:30 in the afternoon.)