On Life and Love After 50 eNewsletter
By columnist Tom Blake
September 9, 2022
3 Topics from the Mailbag
1. Too good-looking to pay her restaurant tab
I read this little tidbit online Monday, September 5, 2022. Nothing surprises me anymore:
At the Harry Reid Airport (Las Vegas), a 28-year-old woman left a Chili’s restaurant at the airport without paying her tab a week or two ago. She was arrested by police.
She reportedly said that the police arrested her because they had never seen anyone so good-looking. Apparently, she threatened to spit at the police.
Delightful. I guess she felt that being “so good-looking” allowed her to skip out on her restaurant tab.
Judit Masco, a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition front-cover model, pictured above, was pretty “good-looking” and not only paid for her tab in 1990 at Tutor and Spunky’s Deli, but also left a large tip).
2. Comments from Champs responding to last week’s “Senior non-romantic love” article. (also known as senior platonic love)
Kaitte said, “Some of my best friends are men. I have met and known several women who have married younger men. One man was 17 years younger, and they are as happy as a clam.
“All of the items you listed–keeping your independence, keeping your life, and staying friends are important–they will know if their situation changes but after 10 years together, I doubt it will.”
Brenda emailed, “I have a senior unromantic love relationship. My man friend and I have played very important roles in each other’s lives and shared many laughs and tears. We have confided things to each other that we’ve never discussed with others. I wouldn’t trade his friendship for anything.”
Ted (a Jackson Michigan, high school classmate of mine) emailed, “Regarding your ‘Live at the Ryman’ article two weeks ago, I’ve always envied your relationship with Johnny Cash. I knew very little about country music until my days working at WALM radio in Albion, Michigan.
“One of my colleagues there came to Michigan from Tennessee as a young man and brought with him a love and deep knowledge of that genre.
“We had a program at WKHM radio in Jackson (Michigan) that was hosted by a guy who called himself ‘Georgia Boy Ben Worthy,’ who used Johnny’s Orange Blossom Special as his theme music.
“I have two or three favorite Johnny Cash albums that I listen to as I mow my lawn. (Yes, I still mow my lawn, maybe just to prove that I can!) My wife Marcia says that sometimes I sing along with Johnny as I mow, but of course, I attribute that to her imagination.
“I would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite Johnny Cash song, but Sunday Morning Coming Down would be near the top of the list.
“‘I Walk the Line’ always reminds me of our classmate Lee Taylor because it was on the jukebox in a tiny restaurant he and I visited during one of our extended fishing trips 200 miles or so north of Sault Ste. Marie.”
3. Senior scams. Scammers at work
On Friday, August 26, I received an email from a comcast.net address with this subject line: “question!!!!!!!!”
It read, “Please can I ask you something important?
I thought it was strange. Not only was the question grammatically incorrect–“can” is wrong here; “may” is the correct word, but why does someone need permission to ask? Normally, I would just delete an email like that, but I didn’t want to be rude in case it was one of our Champs asking the question. So, I replied, “Sure, what’s up?”
The person, using the same name, replied from a different email address(<firstname.lastname@example.org): “Thanks I’m glad you replied back. Sorry to bother you, today is my niece’s birthday and I promised her and her friend a Sephora gift card for her birthday. I’m traveling at the moment and have tried every means possible in purchasing one online, which is to no avail.
“Please, I would appreciate it if you could help me purchase it in a store around you. Am only looking to spend a $400 Sephora gift card ($100 each denomination 2 cards) on it. I’ll pay back as soon as I get back. Please let me know if you can handle this.
“Await your soonest response. Best regards, Jon”
Of course, I knew it was a scam. And then I realized that the name on the original email seemed familiar. I checked our eNewsletter subscriber list. Sure enough, the name and email address belong to Jon, a Champ. I had received 16 emails from him between 2007 and 2013, but none since 2013. However, our eNewsletters are still being opened by him.
Hence, I sent him an email to notify Jon that he had been scammed. Jon responded: “A lot of people got stuff like this. It’s all nonsense. Ignore and discard.
“I’m still seeing Sharon. Today is our mutual birthday. Going out for dinner when her cat recovers.”
Hence, Jon is aware of what happened. I also reported the scammer’s Gmail message to Google. They are investigating.
And then this Tuesday, I received another suspicious email from email@example.com, with the subject line: “Urgent.”
It read: “How are you?
“I need your help. I’d appreciate it if you could email me back. Am unable to talk on the phone right now due to a serious sore throat.
“Please let me know if you are online. Thanks. Deanna.”
A sore throat? Really? I did not answer.
These two emails are samples of methods scammers are using. Please beware.
That’s it from the Mailbag for this week. Let’s hope this heat wave eases; we all need a break.