Ruminations on reading, writing, rural living, retirement, aging—and sometimes cats.
And maybe a border collie or other critters.
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- Name: Becky Mushko
- Location: Rural Virginia, United States
I'm a retired teacher turned writer. Ferradiddledumday (my Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story) and Stuck (my middle grade paranormal novel) are available from Cedar Creek Publishing.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Horse Trailer Scam
Recently, my husband found an ad for a horse trailer on the Roanoke Craigslist. Doesn't it look great for a 1999 model?! And ONLY $1,500!!!!!
Now, we don't need another horsetrailer. We haven't used our 1995 aluminum Starro since we moved here in 1999. (A horse trailer makes a great moving van.) I've been using the Starro as a storage shed for years.
Figuring we could always use another reasonably priced storage shed, he emailed the seller. "What are you asking, and where is it located?" he wanted to know. Well, he already knew how much the trailer was from the ad, and he wanted to know if it was really in the Roanoke area. Here's the reply to his question. See if you can find some, er, suspicious things in it:
From: eva bond < email@example.com >
Date: May 13, 2015 at 7:11:24 PM EDT
Subject: Re: Horse trailer
She attached lots of lovely pictures:John ,thanks for asking! our '99 EquiSpirit trailer is still for sale! is aluminium made and is in perfect condition, maintenance has been carried out at regular intervals. weights 3,000 lbs and 12 feet total length. also, has ramp, dressing room, 7'8" Interior height, 6'8" Interior width and 11' stall area. sell it because my boy of 24 died 3 months ago in a car accident, a drunk driver hit him and his fiance. he was with fiance's car coming to our home at his little brother birthday. it was my son's first car and brings me bad memories and it is for this reason that I sell so cheap ($1,550).I travel a lot with my work, and that is why i decided to sell using Online Services of eBay. they would protect both us and also gives you 5 days of inspection. all the documents and title will be arriving at your address at the same time as the vehicle in 2 business days. shipping is also PAID by me so it doesn't worry about.If you are interested let me know, Eva!
|Notice the truck's bumper?|
The license plate is blank.
|And the trailer has a blank license plate, too.|
|That white interior is really clean.|
Doesn't even have any dings or scuffs on it.
|Those floor mats look in mint condition.|
|Even the spare tire is in mint condition!|
The ad is no longer on Craigslist. It was already flagged as suspicious when John last saw it. Here's how we knew it wasn't a real ad:
*The description in the email sounds like a cut and paste job from an actual ad.
*English doesn't seem to be the seller's first language.
*"11' stall area" for 12' total length? So the dressing room is only one foot?!
*The sad story about the death of her son (and his "fiance") and the fact that this horse trailer "was my son's first car and brings me bad memories and it is for this reason that I sell so cheap." Uh, how did the son drive the horse trailer????
*The ad was on Craigslist, but she seems to have forgotten that: "that is why i decided to sell using Online Services of eBay."
*The vehicle will arrive in only two business days and she pays all the shipping. Yeah, right.
*Plus all the documents and the title will arrive "at the same time as vehicle."
Wouldn't it take way more than two business days to get this trailer from Nigeria? Because I have a hunch that's where this ad came from.
This scammy ad has been floating around for a while and other sites have noticed. Here's one from February in which she says, "I'm selling it because my boy of only 25 died 5 months ago in a car accident." Wow! She lost two sons to car accidents!? And that site mentions the trailer is in an eBay warehouse in Dallas.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Really Bad Writing
|Tanner: "Why did someone give me this lousy book?"|
|Tanner: "Maybe if I ignore this book, it'll go away."|
Nekkid Came The Swimmer FAQ
A. It’s the culmination of a 2014 writing project undertaken by certain members of Lake Writers. These members wanted to see if they could come up with the worst novel ever written that's set at Smith Mountain Lake. Consensus is that they succeeded.
A. It’s the worst book ever written that’s set at Smith Mountain Lake.
Q. So it’s fiction?
A. Absolutely. Really, really bad fiction.
Q. Is it based on real happenings and real people?
A. One member of Lake Writers—who wishes to remain anonymous—suggested it as kind of a writing exercise. Oddly, several other members were amenable to the idea. The thing just grew. Contributing writers found it fun to break as many rules of good writing as they could. Plus there was a 1960s dreadful book, Naked Came the Stranger, written by a group of journalists using the name Penelope Ashe. . . .
Q. If this book is so bad, how did it ever get written?
Q. What is the premise of Nekkid Came The Swimmer?
Q. Does Nekkid Came The Swimmer have any redeeming qualities?
A. Very few. But it can serve as a warning about how not to write. In fact, included is a study guide at the back. A few contributors discovered that deliberately writing badly actually helped them to write better. And any proceeds from the book will be donated to the Smith Mountain Arts Council’s scholarship fund.
Saturday, May 09, 2015
When Iris Eyes Are Smilin'
Sunday, May 03, 2015
Before comments are posted on this blog, I choose whether or not to approve them. Usually comments are made within a couple days after an update. It’s rare to see a comment appear seven years after a post, but that’s what happened the other night when someone took issue with my 2008 post, “A Matter of Choice,” in which I wrote about choosing to be happy.
Here's another picture of George: