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I Have no Friends in Paris or Thailand


I received the following email. I have no idea what this person is talking about, since I never received any past email, and why am I being thanked for something I didn’t do? How does this convince some sucker to get scammed?

Hello friend, 

Did you receive my last email which i sent to you from Thailand? Anyway, the message was to inform you that I have successfully moved the funds to Paris, France. I am using this opportunity to thank you for your great effort, time and concern you showed to help me out, even though we did not succeed following one reason or the other best known to you. It was with the help of a French business tycoon who was capable of assisting me in this great venture via a diplomatic means. 

For your effort, sincerity, and trustworthiness, you showed at the beginning of the transaction, I have decided to compensate you and show my gratitude with the sum of $750,000. I have authorized my new lawyer who is now also my legal adviser in Bangkok, Thailand to issue you an International certified bank cashiers check which I signed in your favor before leaving Thailand for Paris. I will like you to contact the lawyer for the collection procedure of this international certified bank check, and below is the contact information's of the lawyer:. 

Barr(Mr): Richard Morgan 
e-MAIL: info.ricdmrr@consultant.com
Bangkok Thailand 

At the moment, I'm very busy here because of the investment projects which I and my new partner are having at hand in Paris France. Finally, remember that I have forwarded instruction to the Lawyer on your behalf to send the bank Check to you as soon as you contact him without delay. 
  
Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart. I wish you a strong and successful new year. 

Thanks and God bless you and your family. 

Regards, 
Mrs. Rose George 

Capitalization makes it clear that this is not written by someone whose first language is English. I also wonder if the names are real. Probably not.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

May 25, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Time to Remember the World’s Capitals


In this week’s issue of Time magazine, the editors show how much a basket of grocery essentials costs in the world’s priciest capitals. It lists Seoul, Singapore, Paris and London.

It also includes New York City.

New York City?

Last I checked, New York City is not a capital. Last I checked, Washington is the capital of our country (New York is its largest city), and Albany is the state capital of New York. There’s also a New York County, which is basically the borough of Manhattan, meaning other parts of New York City are in other counties: Brooklyn is in Kings County, Queens is in Queens County, the Bronx is in Bronx County and Staten Island is in Richmond County.

Now, I know many people consider New York the financial and cultural capitals of the world, but those are unofficial. I also know that New York is one of the most expensive places to live in the world, but Time didn’t say “priciest cities.”

I’ll be looking for a correction in the next issue.

Until next time! Use the right words!

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March 22, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Who’s In A Name?


Ever wonder if your city or town is named after someone? I did, and here are some of the California cities that are named after people:

Bakersfield — Thomas Baker, a lawyer and former colonel in the militia of his home state of Ohio, came to California during the Gold Rush (1848-1855) and settled near the Kern River. His place became known as Baker’s Field, a stopover for travelers who likely were either trying to get over the mountains to Los Angeles or had just completed going over the mountains from Los Angeles.

Burbank — I was certain it was named after Luther Burbank (1849-1926), noted botanist, horticulturist and pioneer in agricultural science. But I was wrong. It’s named for a dentist, David.

Cudahy — Michael Cudahy (1841-1910) was an industrialist who, with two brothers, formed Cudahy Packing Company.

Davis — Perhaps most known for the University of California there, the agricultural city was named after local farmer Jerome Davis (and the UC sports teams are nicknamed the Aggies).

Hayward — William Dutton Hayward (1815-1891) grew up on a Massachusetts farm, came to California during the Gold Rush (1848) and settled in Northern California.

Huntington Beach/Huntington Park — Henry Huntington (1850-1927) was an American railroad magnate and collector of art and rare books. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is on his former estate in San Marino, near Pasadena, and there is a hotel in Pasadena named for him as well.

Irvine — The Orange County city ranked by Businessweek in 2011 as the fifth best city to live in is named for landowner James Irvine (1827-1886). Born in Ireland, he came to the United States after the potato crop failed in 1845. Three years later, he came to California during the Gold Rush and later invested in San Francisco real estate.

Lebec — The town in southwest Kern County is named for Peter Lebecque, a French trader killed by a bear in 1837.

Livermore — Robert Livermore (1799-1858) was was an English rancher and landowner influential in the early days of California. His holdings eventually formed the basis of the city that bears his name.

Modesto — William Chapman Ralston (1826-1875) was a San Francisco businessman and financier who founded the Bank of California. He was said to be a modest man, which I find interesting since he got wealthy from the Nevada Comstock Lode then died poor following the Panic of 1873.

Perris — Although pronounced the same, it’s not named in any way for the French capital. Fred T. Perris (1837-1916) was chief engineer of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. He oversaw the last leg of the Second Transcontinental Railroad, from Barstow to Los Angeles. He also layed track from Riverside to San Diego, and various towns sprung up along the route, including the one that bears his name.

Reedley — Civil War hero Thomas Law Reed settled here to provide wheat for Gold Rush miners in the mid-1800s. His donation of land for a railroad station established the town as the center of the San Joaquin Valley’s booming wheat business. Railroad officials commemorated his vision by naming the fledgling city in his honor.

Torrance — Jared Sidney Torrance (1853-1921) was a real estate developer who saw the value of creating a mixed industrial-residential community south of Los Angeles — where Torrance now exists.

Vacaville — The city was founded Dec. 13, 1851, by William McDaniel on a part of the 1843 Mexican land grant Rancho Los Putos, purchased from Manuel Cabeza Vaca. The city was once a Pony Express stop.

Van Nuys — Isaac Newton Van Nuys (1836-1912) was an American businessman, farmer and rancher who owned the entire southern part of the San Fernando Valley–an area 15 miles long and six miles wide that would include the area named for him. But he’s not the founder.

Yorba Linda — Bernardo Yorba (1800-1858) was a native of Spanish/Mexican California who became one of the most successful ranchers in Alta California, with thousands of cattle and horses grazing on land grants totaling more than 35,000 acres. Yorba built a large adobe hacienda, Hacienda de San Antonio, near the present-day city in which RIchard Nixon was born.

You can have as much fun as I did looking up cities in your state. Or not.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

November 21, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Does Your City Need A State/Country?


When writing names of cities, one might wonder if he/she needs to include a state after it.

The rule is simple: The more familiar the city’s name, the less likely it needs a state or country.

U.S. cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Miami and Dallas don’t require a state because it’s understood that enough people know these cities are  in New York, California, Illinois, Georgia, California, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida and Texas, respectively.

Similarly, cities such as London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Moscow, Jerusalem, Cairo, Shanghai and Tokyo need no countries because enough people know these are in England, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Israel, Egypt, China and Japan, respectively.

The problems arise when you have cities that few have heard, such as Lubbock or Palmdale or Davenport. Do enough people know these are in Texas, California and Iowa, respectively? Probably not.

What about Birmingham, Athens or St. Petersburg? Are they in Alabama, Georgia and Florida, or are they in England, Greece and Russia? You need a city or country with cities such as these.

There’s no shame in needing/not needing a qualifying city/state. It just means you’re smaller but no less special.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

June 19, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment