Dear Friend, Good day and compliments, I know this letter will definitely come to you as a surprise, but I implore you to take the time to go through it carefully as the decision you make will go off a long way to determine my future and continued existence,Please allow me to introduce myself.I am CAPTAIN GREG, in 4th Battalion, 64th Armored Regiment unit here that Patrols the helmand province, Afghanistan. I am desperately in need of assistance and I have summoned up courage to contact you. I am presently in Afghanistan and I found your contact particulars in an address journal. I am seeking your assistance to evacuate the sum of $25m (Twenty five Million United States Dollars) to you,as far as I can be assured that it will be safe in your care until I complete my service here. This is no stolen money and there are no dangers involved.
SOURCE OF MONEY: Some money in US DOLLARS was discovered and concealed in barrels at a location in helman province when we conducted a foot patrol and it was agreed by all party present that the money be shared amongst us.This might appear as an illegal thing to do but I tell you what? No compensation can make up for the risks we have taken with our lives in this hellhole.The above figure was given to me as my share and to conceal this kind of money became a problem for me, so with the help of a Canadian contact working with the UN here (his office enjoys some immunity) I was able to get the package out to a safe location entirely out of trouble spot. He does not know the real contents of the package as he believes that it belongs to an American who died in an air raid, who before giving up trusted me to hand over the package to his close relative. ‎· SaeedTheGiraffe ?
I have now found a secured way of getting the package out of Afghanistan for you to pick up. I do not know how long I will remain here, as I have been lucky to survive 2 suicide bomb attacks by Pure Divine intervention. This and other reasons put into consideration have prompted me to reach out for help. If it might be of interest to you then Endeavor to contact me immediately and we would work out the necessary formalities but I pray that you are discreet about this mutually benefiting relationship. Respectfully, Capt Greg Schneider. United States Soldier:Afghanistan ‎· SaeedTheGiraffe ?
^ ^^ interesting recent spam :D ‎· SaeedTheGiraffe ? ‎· 2
Millions of dollars stashed in barrels is not entirely unbelievable: (The spam could be a creative response to the news.) ‎· John B. ‎· 2
@dendroica: I didn't know of this news :))), gotta hand it to the spammer, they are creative :))) ‎· SaeedTheGiraffe ? ‎· 1
come and go, like the great unknown
is the future of the world as dark to you as it seems to me? I know about the politics in Iran, and we have got to be very lucky to survive the power struggle that will ensue after the current supreme leader dies (he's old and has cancer). a lot of corruption because of petrodollars :|
Tehran was 42 degrees Celsius today (107.6) and it's not even summer yet :(
Yuck. That's even worse than the predicted high here (New Jersey). ‎· John B.
@benav: my pleasure, yeah, it is expensive, but you can find stuff a bit cheaper than this on the real markets not the virtual ones, though that also takes some expertise, they don't mind overselling at all. ‎· SaeedTheGiraffe ? ‎· 1
this is me, in the ancient city of Persepolis, which is around one hour car ride from Shiraz, I was in a beard phase back then, usually prefer clean shave or mustache :D
this was inside the holy shrine of Shah Cheragh. the thing about these shrines is, they usually let tourists (who are not muslim) enter the courtyard, but they can't enter the shrine itself, the full hijab, with what we call Chador is mandatory for women to enter even the courtyard .
it feels like an eternity since I posted a proper feed here, lemme change that by posting some photos from my trip to Shiraz, two months ago :D p.s I just realized you cant add photos after posting the feed
how's life? mine is very busy, I miss this place though, should visit more often :D
It's treating me well. ‎· John B. ‎· 2
@weekend: batman? ‎· SaeedTheGiraffe ?
how are you doing fellow internautes ? :D
Not bad, my friend. You? ‎· MoTO Babycakes
ok ‎· Arman Sabz
of the things I have learned recently, non can beat this: I have learned that I don't know how to live in a metropolis anymore, I have to learn from scratch again.
today I visited an old house in Tehran, and there I saw this, thought you guys might appreciate it as well :D
it doesn't have an English wiki page, yet the Persian one does contain photos, soخانه_و_موزه_مقدم ‎· SaeedTheGiraffe ? ‎· 1
it was actually three days ago, but I've been busy with celebrations and with some delay, Happy New Persian Year everyone :)
Happy Nowrooz! ‎· Spidra Webster
@spidra: happy Nowrooz to you too :) ‎· SaeedTheGiraffe ?
I want to go through a series of posts, covering what are ... that you live by, because you guys are from other worlds, I could get a taste of those worlds
like books, songs, movies, etc. ‎· SaeedTheGiraffe ?
For books, there are some groups like @booklines and @readingroom that might be a starting point. Not sure about the others. ‎· John B.
thanks, that is helpful, but I should do the posts in proper format, introduce mine and ask for yours :D, like books that I live by, songs that I live by, and so on. @dendroica ‎· SaeedTheGiraffe ?
just wanted to let you guys know that I just finished writing that blasted essay, 21 full pages, sigh of relief.
it seems like I have enough material to make it to 20 pages, sigh of relief :D
is there any way to increase the volume of one's writing? as far as I can remember I've had problems with minimum word limits for essays, for an essay of say minimum 1000 words, I'd finish all I had to say in less than 400, when it got to 10 pages, I would finish all I had to say on the matter in 4 or 5 pages, if I write more than that, I feel redundant and repetitive, and now that I have to write chapters of minimum 20 pages, I'm banging my head against the wall.
Depends on the topic, I guess. Do you have an editor? ‎· MoTO Babycakes ‎· 1
@dendroica: I think my problem with long essays is a personality thing, like I don't talk a lot, specially on subjects that I'm not passionate about, so it's sometimes reflected in my writing too, I guess I should try that exercise as well, thanks. ‎· SaeedTheGiraffe ?
Liza Minnelli - Ring Them Bells "Liza in the Detroit leg of the Ultimate Event tour, 1988."
learned helplessness sucks, same way a vile snake figure in dark fantasies never dies, but each time is reborn with tenfold strength
this is the souvenir my cousin brought me from Shiraz, and I just replaced the inside thingy that has ink in it with a proper bic pen, and now it works very well :D
how's your December coming along? I always prefer December to November.
Not bad. Working in the auto industry, we always get the time between Christmas and New Years off. So I'm looking forward to that. Also, to Waif's homecoming. Wife found a new roll recipe and experimented yesterday. So my belleh is very happy. Slowly getting into the holiday spirit. And this cold has moved from the runny nose/sneezing/headache phase to some bronchial constriction. Coughing a bit, but if I'm careful, I think I'll get through it in the next day or so. #TooMuch ? ‎· MoTO Babycakes ‎· 2
@barrywynn: wow you got a lot going on then, I really like the Christmass vibe when it gets to its peak in December, also get well soon #NotTooMuchAfterAll ‎· SaeedTheGiraffe ? ‎· 1
I'm looking forward to May or similar, when the sun starts to creep out and my gas/electric bills go down because it's so cold at the moment! Having said that the weather is a little odd, we've been having random very icy cold days and very mild days. It's just perfect for people to get ill because they either underdress or overdress and get all hot/sweaty. ‎· Halil ‎· 2
@halil: May is the best month of the year, the weather is the same in Tehran, shifting between too cold and the mild days. I hate climate change, the weather's gone crazy. ‎· SaeedTheGiraffe ?
around two years ago, I had a course with my favorite professor on the Psychology of Prejudice, and in that course we saw that after people were educated about racism, their racist behavior was reduced. however, there was also this notion of aversive racism, in which people are still racist, but they just don't show it as much as a classic plantation owner of old would do. at the end of the course I had the feeling that what those racism education does to truly racist people, is to teach them how to hide it better instead of how to leave being a racist person. I asked the professor the same question, that don't these programs just teach them to hide their real thoughts better, and she laughed and said no, I hope not.
p.s: it was a great course, I truly enjoyed it, and it left me with uncertainty, whether I too, am racist in some occasions or not, since sometimes it's completely subconscious. ‎· SaeedTheGiraffe ?
Implicit bias is a real thing, unfortunately, and it's hard to avoid unless we're aware enough of it to try to avoid acting on it. ‎· John B. ‎· 2
Toriko's Manga will end next week, I have not found a good replacement for it yet.
این چی چیه؟ ‎· میر آق دایی آرش جونی ®© ™
مانگا، معادل فارسیش داستان فکاهی مصوره :)) ‎· SaeedTheGiraffe ?
I think you guys need some hugs and relaxation, so here's some peaceful tea
we went through a similar process when Ahmadinejad was "elected" (later it became known that even the first election in 2004 was also rigged). so I kinda know the feeling, I hope you don't go through the humiliation and division our nation went through. ***hugs everyone in the vicinity**** ‎· SaeedTheGiraffe ?
that feeling when you transition from a virus based cold to a bacteria based cold.
how does one tell? ‎· MoTO Babycakes
for me it was a painful burning sensation in my upper throat, for the doctor it was the signs of infection in the phlegm @barrywynn ‎· SaeedTheGiraffe ?
Yeah, very chesty coughs that are persistent can sometimes mean bacterial, get well soon! ‎· Halil ‎· 1
@halil: I am taking antibiotics and I feel much better, thanks :) ‎· SaeedTheGiraffe ?
today, in the subway, I finally finished reading "for whom the bell tolls". it took me a whole year to read it, as I read a third of it last year and the rest this summer. I don't agree with what's written on the back of the book : "Hemingway's best work" I would always prefer a farewell to arms.