My stories range from the whimsical to the down and dirty of a serial killer. A balanced left and right brain with my varied life experiences make me an eccentric bird. I have been blogging two years now. I hope you enjoy my stories.
Cemeteries of New Orleans
With over 20 cemeteries in New Orleans, I was intrigued and recently took an evening bus tour to six of the cemeteries. The next day, I walked around the outskirts of several others, as most there are gated and require an admission fee. New Orleans fuels my imagination with a history of pirates, horrific murders, devastating fires and hurricanes, plagues, and culture of decadence. Having traveled to New Orleans many times, the cemetery tour was on my checklist of things to do. I will save Mardi Gras experiences and my airboat gator hunt stories for another time.
Protect yourself from IRS and SSA scams
The following stories are mainly fiction; however, the circumstances are often very real. My characterization of the situations can help you protect yourself. Today, I will focus on scams related to the Social Security Administration and Internal Revenue Service.
Love like the Galaxy
Hello, Asian Drama Fans. I have completed both seasons of Love like the Galaxy. I watched some of the episodes more than once. The intricate relationships between the noble families required my full attention. Billed as a romantic drama in some places, this is more of a battle-oriented show. Blood splatters home screens or house side panels as a lawbreaking, unethical family is eliminated by one man - the God of War - our male lead Ling Buyi. If blood being slung off a blade bothers you, this is not the drama for you. There are numerous battle scenes where legions of men are violently killed with close-ups of throat cuttings and gut stabbings.
Daebak! K-drama is teaching me Hangul
I took Spanish during high school and French in college, and languages confuse me greatly! What tense do I use? Is that a masculine or feminine object? Does the subject go first or last in the sentence? Why does a pronoun have a different verb form than the actual object? I am all mixed up in languages. Then, I decided I wanted to learn Korean/Hangul. It is one of my student’s fault. He said - I think you would like this show that is on Netflix. Hooked at Asian drama, I joined Viki and binge-watched multiple shows.
Nobody can hear a scream in the vacuum of space, or so they say. I read that somewhere when we still read. The memory popped up from my external memory feeder as I reminisced over my school days in my third retirement. As every older person must do since the dawn of time, I like to bore my offspring’s clones with tales from my childhood.
As a child, we often camped in the Northeastern part of Georgia. Nestled there in the mountains was a small town with architecture inspired by Bavaria, Germany. I was intrigued by the lake for swimming and boating. One of my favorite waterfalls, Anna Ruby Falls, is a short drive and hike up the road from Helen.
A drop of blood
“Darn, homeless people just drop their crap in our way.” Gregg Braden scurried past when an odor hit. Looking closely, Gregg realized it looked like a body. A quick 911 call and police presence confirmed a 5’ 6”, dark-skinned blonde, about 30 years old, DOA, under the pedestrian bridge. The credentials from her purse identified Stephanie Mace. Crime scene evidence suggested she was killed elsewhere and dumped under the bridge.
Serial killers have always held a fascination for me. I watched all the movies, devoured the novels, and followed the news faithfully when reported. I have a horrid fascination for the Ted Bundys of the world. I have no desire to ever met one, yet they seem to pop up in my stories from time to time. Having given a massive spoiler in the introduction, I will stop here. I hope you enjoy my short story - The Mover.
Keep your finances safe
In these desperate times when people want to work from home because of Covid, scammers increasingly use various schemes to separate people from their money. I taught high school forensics and used scenarios as a teaching tool. The following are fictional scenarios that demonstrate a couple of scamming techniques.
Jason's Bounce House
Jason Grizzle was barely making a living renting out bounce houses for children’s parties in Nevada. The hours were terrible too and took every weekend. He worked at a fast food restaurant during the week for benefits and thought he would soon be independent by starting his own business. The reality was a hard truth, as insurance and repairs ate any excess money he made after paying for the loans used to purchase the bounce houses. He was well into his second picture of long island iced tea when a lady of the evening sashed up to him and lent him a tender ear for the low cost of sharing his pitcher. He poured out a glass and handed it to her. After listening to his mumbling, she proposed a solution. She was exhausted from all the hard work every night of jumping up and down on Johns. Maybe Jason could set up the bounce house on a deserted field, and she would come out with a client and try it out? What the hell, why not? He doesn’t use the bounce houses at night anyway. He had just enough to rent a generator to set it up. The hooker came that next night with a client, and both were delighted with the results! Three months later - Jason quit his day job and focused on his five bounce houses for adults. Couples, hookups, hookers, and everyone visited his jump houses. Eventually, he built up his business and added a bar, casino, restaurant, and dance floor. It was the most popular place in the state. Jason was thinking about running for mayor as he was so popular in his town as a successful businessman.