Christmas shopping and the art of antagonism

I went Christmas shopping today…finally. Oh, I’ve been picking up things here and there as they kind of struck me, but there were things left on my list that still needed to be picked up, and since I wasn’t particularly stressed about it, made an event of it with Jonathan and Christy.

For the record, it’s impossible to go anywhere around here without running into somebody we know, so the game was predicting how many people we’d run into. I came up short every time.

Anyway, things seem to be getting a little tense around here. I witnessed a fight break out between a shopper and a harried clerk. For. Real.

Merry Christmas y’all. Merry. Christmas.


I won a lottery that I didn’t even enter!

Check out this lame scam complete with disclaimer at the end. My personal favorite part of it? The scammer “works” for Yahoo and uses a gmail account:

Yahoo Awards Center
          124 Stockport Road, Longsight, Manchester M60 2DB – United  Kingdom
This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of Eight Hundred, Twenty Thousand Great Britain Pounds (Ј820,000,00.) for the month of August/ September, 2008 Prize  promotion which is organized by YAHOO AWARDS  & WINDOWS LIVE.

YAHOO collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail and few from other e-mail providers. Six people are selected monthly to benefit from this promotion and you are one of the Selected Winners.


Winners shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Centre. Yahoo Prize Award must be claimed no later than 15 days from date of Draw Notification. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.

Stated below are your identification numbers:

BATCH NUMBER:          MFI/06/APA-43658
PIN:                              1206

These numbers fall within the London Location file, you are requested to contact our fiduciary agent in London and send your winning identification numbers to him;

Below you will find a Documentation Form, requesting you’re required Particulars.


FULL NAMES:__________________________________

ADDRESS: _________________________________________________


STATE:__________________________________ ZIP: _____________________





MARITAL STATUS: _________________

OCCUPATION: ________________________

E-MAIL ADDRESS: _____________________________


You are required to fill and submit the above particulars to our Overseas Claims/United Kingdom Payment Unit with the below email address.

Overseas Claims/Exchange Online Payment Unit 

Lottery Fiduciary Agents:
Dr. Tony Don  (Foreign Service Manager
Overseas Subscribers Agent
62 Islip Road Oxford, London OX2 7SP
United Kingdom
Tel: + 44 702 406 2858



At your disposal, I remain.

                              Yours in service,
  Dr. (Mrs.) Monica Martin
Do not tell people about your Prize Award until your money is successfully handed over to you to avoid disqualification that may arise from double claim.

You may also receive similar e-mails from people portraying to be other Organizations or Yahoo Inc. This is solely to collect your personal information from you and lay claim over your winning. In event that you receive any e-mail similar to the notification letter that was sent to you, kindly delete notify us and give no further correspondence to such person or body.

Yahoo shall not be held responsible for any loss of fund arising from the above mentioned!