June 20th, 2004

I won $615,810...

...or better yet, I get to keep the money I already have because I'm not stupid enough to fall for a scam.

I received a *letter* yesterday--that's right, an actualy paper letter in the actual US mail--claiming that I had won the El-Gordo Sweepstake Lottery Program in Spain. The envelope even has Spanish postage and a Spanish postmark.

As I read the first few lines, I considered the possibility that this was a scam. So I immediately scanned for the part where they ask me to send them my bank account information for the "transfer" of my winnings. ... Hmm...yup, there it is. Nice try, ass wipes. If you're going to try to scam me, try harder. I'm a little more skeptical and a little less gullible to fall for this old technique. The fact that the graphics on the letter are low-res and obviously printed on an inkjet printer didn't help either.

Out of curiosity, and to confirm my suspicions, I did a search to see if others had seen this. Here's one I found, complete with a picture of a letter which looks essentially the same as the one I received. http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark%2C7861413~mode=flat

In the weeds

That's server slang for overloaded or really behind. Also sometimes referred to simply as "weeded." And that was me this afternoon at the restaurant. From open at 11 until around 2, I wasn't hardly busy at all. I think I had maybe 3-4 tables in that time. But around 2, they cut all the other servers and it was just me. And of course that's when it seemed like everyone decided to come in...and they all seemed to be big tables of 6 people.

Fortunately, the managers as well as some of the servers on break helped me out and some relief came in at 3. But it was solid busy all the way until I was off at 4, and it didn't seem like it was letting up any when I left around 4:45 (had to finish my last table and do sidework stuff). But I made it through, and it ended up being a good thing since I only had about $20-25 in tips going into the big rush and came out with $85 for the day.

The hardest part was that I got really hungry right when the rush started and was literally shaking for about 10 minutes or so. I didn't have time to eat anything, so I just suffered through and it eventually passed. But I think I'm going to eat like a pig at dinner later on tonight! :P