What the beholder said

In Animals, Current reading, Drafts, Hautvoir on December 27, 2013 at 5:03 am

A brief news item, yesterday. An eighty-three-year old pensioner came across an envelope lying on the sidewalk. Fifty-euro bank notes peeking up at him. He brings home the envelope, counts the notes: two hundred and three, in all. No name, no address. The gentleman walks over to his neighborhood police station. The ten thousand euro now in safekeeping for six months with astonished boys in blue. If no one claims the money, they return it to the pensioner.

In the comment section below the news item, my favorite response: scam, scam, scam, claims Mr or Mrs You-Can’t-Fool-Me. As any fool can see, the man is a drug dealer who’s found a quick and easy way to launder money.

Therefore, law enforcers everywhere, be on the lookout. An eighty-three-year old drug dealer, passing himself off as a pensioner, may show up in your station, claiming he’s found two hundred and three fifty-euro bills in an unmarked envelope. Other distinguishing features: he refuses to identify himself to the media, and claims to have saved a small boy from drowning, some forty years ago. Arrest him. These scammers and dope dealers must be stopped.

Yes, I’ll go back to bed, now that I’ve cleared this concern from my mind. (I’m looking forward to completing the file transfer on to this computer. Who knows; may even clear up the phone and email account mix-ups before the day is done.)

To the current activities, apart from paper sorting and file transfers, add brief visits to James Joyce’s Dubliners (Two Gallants, to be precise), and the Arrest of Toad episode in Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. Plus news snippets, of course.


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