The scam

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You don’t fool me

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The scammers are out there!

Recently I have listed some items on eBay for sale. One was this folk art sculpture, listed at auction with a starting price of $215.

Navajo Brama Bull

Shortly after being listed I got an offer of $350. That made no sense. Why would you offer $350 when you have a starting bid of $215 available? I knew it was a scam but I decided to play along.

The scammer: clinton goodwin <clintongoodwin3@gmail.com> included the following message with his offer:

“Hello seller, am so much interested in your item and i want it shipped to USA I will like to make a request kindly get back to me on clintongoodwin3@gmail.com or +1 770 829 0550 then i can reply immediately and make the payment.”

I replied that I would accept his offer, adding “What is your request?”

Scammer: “Great. I would have to have it mailed to my daughter in VIRGINIA as a birthday present, please can you get an eBay gift card of $600 insiade the package before you ship,would appreciate you assisting me with this cause i work away from home on a business trip and i won’t be back until December and i’m not in the right position to have it mailed out myself. I will add $600 to your payment for the eBay gift card and $50 to cover the shipping handling.”

Me: “You tried this scam on me on another item.  Go away.”

It is a common ruse. I have received inflated offers three times from various scammers all asking that I buy them an eBay gift card to include in the package when it was shipped, explaining they were away on a business trip and could not do it themselves. I imagine some people fall for that.

Anyway that is the scam. Don’t get caught.

Another recent development

As I sit here musing I am waiting for a call from our electrician.

This morning I was in the garage and detected an unpleasant sort of fishy smell. At first I thought it was coming from a cold bag, you know one of the insolated grocery bags used to carry frozen purchases. There was one that had been left hanging to dry on a table nearby.

But, no, it was fine.

Then I looked at the freezer. The outside power light was not on. “Oh no!” I thought as I opened the freezer door. Crumb! It was a stinking mess. Several hundreds of dollars of food spoiled.

The freezer is connected to an outlet that has a feature that shuts it off if there is a power surge. Sometime this last week we must have experienced a spike and it flipped the switch.

We have worried about that happening but have never lost power long enough to cause spoilage. Now we have and we have decided to change the outlet.

So I am sitting here waiting for our electrician to call back and see if they can squeeze us in. “We are very busy right now and it is a short week because of Thanksgiving. I’ll call you back”. So here I sit.

We need to go grocery shopping.

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Childhood

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Oh, to be a kid!

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On the Subject of Childhood

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Recently I was listening to National Public Radio while in the car.  The conversation was about modern childhood and how it has changed in the last several generations.  The speaker made the point that “childhood” as a period of exploration, development and play is a recent concept, becoming the norm only in the last 70 years or so.  Before that most children were expected to work in the family enterprise, be it a farm, store or trade.

Today children are often scripted with arranged activities like soccer, TaeKwonDo, ballet,  T-ball, piano lessons, etc.  They  are supervised and protected from risk or possible harm.  Gone are the days when they were shoved out the door and told to “go play” and be back by “suppertime”.

The gist of the interview was the belief that children should be given the opportunities to explore even when there is a risk of possible harm.  The speaker advocated exposing children to tools to build things, even power tools.  Letting them have a pocket knife.  Allowing then to build a fire to roast marshmallows and such.  He went on to talk about a summer camp he has run the past twenty plus years in the Bay Area of California that provides children these exposures.  Apparently it is quite successful and popular.

So, to the point, this got me thinking about my early childhood and how different it was from that of kids I see today.  I’ll bore you with it a bit.

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kingman-neighborhood

When I was five my mother remarried and the family, my brother, mother and step-father, moved to Kingman, Arizona where my “Dad” was working as an engineer on the construction of the highway.  It is about this time that my memories become plentiful and coherent.

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Kingman-house

The first year we were there Dad built our house.  It was on a sloping hill and next to us was a large vacant property, home to cactus and mesquite.  At the base of the hill was a road running along a dry wash.  Along the road, were houses with chicken coops, mules and, of course, kids and dogs.

This was my playground.

I remember playing in the chicken coops (our fort) and riding the neighbor’s mule (a special treat) and running down the road as my older brother raced after me on his bike with a lasso (I got to be the cattle).  I had a pocket knife and Dad had tools everywhere that I could use.

Pretty much kids were left to their own.  Go play.  Come back for dinner.

My school was about a mile and a half from our house.  I walked, age 6, by myself each day each way.  The movie theater . . . same story.  Every Saturday I went. 14¢.  The Dairy Queen was down by the highway not quite as far.  I would fish out a nickel from my piggy bank and off I would go.  In the summer my mother would buy me a pass for the municipal swimming pool which was about six blocks away.  I would go there by myself for the day almost everyday.

Now

Today if a child walks to school by himself the parent is accused of being negligent, unfit.  I don’t know what is right.  Today there seems to be more indiscriminate violence, like drive by shootings.  But whether or not the child is accompanied by a parent in that case, I don’t think would matter.  I do think children should have the freedom to explore and grow.

On a different note:

These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published by court reporters.

ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, ‘Where am I, Cathy
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan!


_______________________________
ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS: Gucci sweats andReeboks.


____________________________________________
ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?
WITNESS: No, I just lie there.


____________________________________________
ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?
WITNESS: July 18th.
ATTORNEY: What year?
WITNESS: Every year.


_____________________________________
ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?
WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can’t remember which.
ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?
WITNESS: Forty-five years.


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ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget.
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?


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ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?


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ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He’s 20, much like your IQ.


___________________________________________
ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Are you shitting me?


_________________________________________
ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS: Getting laid.


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ATTORNEY: She had three children , right?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
WITNESS: None.
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?

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ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death.
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.


__________________________________________
ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I’m going with male.


_____________________________________
ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.


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ATTORNEY: Doctor, how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?

WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.


_________________________________________
ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?WITNESS: Oral.


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ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM.
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.


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ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?


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And last:
ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

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Check Mate

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the Queen’s Gambit

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OH MY! WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE?

In my last musing I wrote about cleaning house and getting rid of “stuff” I have accumulated over the years. I discussed putting several small Folk or Outside Art sculptures up for sale on eBay.

Hell’s Angel by Ronald Cooper captured the interest of a collector right away and sold the second day.

Hell’s Angel stands about 3 feet tall. I took it down to the UPS store to be packed and shipped. In the store I placed the sculpture on the counter waiting to be helped.

Hell’s Angel by Ronald Cooper

From in the back, a young woman, the only other person in the store, came forward to the counter. She looked at the sculpture and paused.

“Oh my,” she said. ” What do we have here? Ah . . . did you make this?”

Too funny!

Art is in the eyes of the beholder.

On a different topic

Trending on Netflex right now is The Queen’s Gambit a miniseries which tell’s the story of a young woman competing in the male dominated world of Chess. It is quite good.

Watching it got me thinking about Chess. At one time I played it a lot and was moderately good.

When I was ten or eleven my father took my step-mother, Skipp and step-sister, Joan, and me down to Guaymus, Mexico on the sea of Cortez. Today it is a city of more than 110,000 people, but back then it was quite small. We stayed in a hacienda style hotel, the Hotel Playa de Cortes. It still exists.

One day we went into town, a nearby village. I remember it was hot and dusty. There were only a few streets. There was a cantina which had an impressive carved wooden bar that was a block long. That impressed my Dad too. Other than the bartender we were the only people I saw . . . until we came to a tourist nicknack store.

In the window I saw a chess set. It was beautiful. I didn’t know how to play chess but I really wanted the set. I asked my father to buy it for me. He didn’t want to do so . . . it cost $8.50 US about $82 in todays money. I must have whined and thrown a fit because he eventually relented.

I remember playing poolside with another boy at the hotel for days and days.

When my grandmother asked my mother what I would like for Christmas. She said, a book about Chess. I used to study the games of past champions, Paul Morphy in particular. I learned the Queen’s Gambit.

I played during high school and college. Later as an adult, when I moved back to Phoenix I had a game by mail with a friend in West Palm Beach. I was surprised at how good he was. He told me he had just started playing but he was coming up with really sophisticated attacks and defenses. When I learned that he was screening all his moves through a computer program I quit. Hah!

I still have the set my father bought me. It makes me think of him. It is probably the only material thing he bought me still have.

When I was in college I decided to design and make a set. My stepfather had a workshop.

First came the board.

Even after all these years it looks pretty good.

Next came the pieces. I decided to use a geometric theme.

Putting it all together we get a Chess Set.

Now I learned something doing this. If you think about any chess set you have seen, the pieces are round and occupy only about half of the square.

Mine, however, are square and occupy almost the entire square. This makes the game visually very difficult. It is hard to see the path of diagonal pieces such as the Bishop or the Queen.

So it is a pretty set, but not one I would call a success. Keep with the round!

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Cleaning House

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Cleaning House

THE NEW NORMAL

The new normal is pretty limiting. Most of my routine is centered around staying home.

Yes, I do go out to the grocery store from time to time.

And, once a week we go to our club for dinner. We think it is more safe than most restaurants. All the staff wears masks. Our temperature is taken when we enter. The air conditioning system has had the ultraviolet lights which kill virus installed to scrub the air. The indoor tables are set apart and the groups are limited to six people. There is plenty of out of doors seating which we use when the weather is accomodating.

So the club is good. We have not been to a restaurant in months.

Croquet is also an outlet, social distanced and out of doors. I am part of the minority that wears masks however.

But apart from that we are generally home . . . watching the dreadful news or some other unproductive endeavor.

With all this time on my hands, I got looking around the house at “stuff”. We have a lot of it.

Time to clean house.

Over the years I have accumulated a number of small Folk Art and Outsider Art sculptures. They are fun if that is your taste. I have enjoyed them, but now is a time to move on. Off to eBay!

I’ll show you some just in case you might have a need.

Navajo Bulls

Brama Bull
Red Bull

A classmate of mine from high school, Leslie Muth, had an art gallery in Houston and later Santa Fe, New Mexico. She specialized in folk art and Outsider art. Her work helped establish a number of artists such as Sulton Rogers, now in the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. This is a piece of Sulton Rogers work:

The Bulls were created by Navajo men during the winter when weather kept them indoors away from their sheep herds. Leslie worked with the reservation elders and encouraged the artists to make the bulls to be sold through her Santa Fe Gallery.

Ronald Cooper

Another artist Leslie represented was Ronald Cooper out of Kentucky. According to Detour Art “Ronald worked as an artist from 1987 until 2012, frequently in close collaboration with his wife Jessie. Ronald is best known for his graphic, didactic depictions of hell featuring tortured sinners and naked devils, . . . .”

Hell’s Angel

Calvin Cooper

Kentucky artist Calvin Cooper was also represented by Leslie. I was told that he was a cousin of Ronald Cooper but I cannot confirm that.

According to the Kentucky Historical Society “Calvin became known late in life when he began crafting birds and animals assembled out of wood, using specially selected twigs and natural branch formations. The Cooper Rooster, typically painted in two colors, with white or other colored spots, has become highly recognizable and is sought after by collectors. He is nationally recognized for his craft.”

Horse and Rider (Cowboy)

Priest

Twenty Four years ago in some back road little New Mexico town I came across this Priest in a junk/antique store. I have had it on display ever since.

Priest

I was told that the costume, especially the head dress, indicate it came from Guatemala.

Devil

Devil

And, finally there is this colorful devil from Mexico. I bought it in the state of Guanajuato years ago. I have no idea of the craftsman who made it. I would think it dates from 1900-1940, but I don’t know for certain.

A Painting

The one other thing I have accomplished in the recent month was creating a new painting. You would think that would be a no brainer . . . being home with little to do . . . go paint! It doesn’t seem to work that way: too many distractions, too much discord. It has been difficult to be motivated.

But something happened recently and this was the result:

Prickly Pear

A friend said, “I just think you miss the west”.

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Butterfly

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How Wonderful

A GIFT

Last week our friend, Mary Shields, gave us a gift, something rather unique.

This is a Butterfly Vivarium.

Say what?

Essentially it is a prebirthing station for butterflies.

Mary said inside were the larva of two Monarch Butterflies, three Gulf Fritillaries, a Red and Orange and two Giant Swallowtails.

Here you can see some of the cocoons, though I don’t know which butterfly would come from most of them. The green ones are the Monarch Butterfly. Some of the cocoons are obvious. Others looks like leaves or twigs. Interesting!

There are more in the vivarium than these four of course, just hard to see in the photograph.

Mary says she has raised butterflies for years. At her home she has planted specific vegetation attractive to butterflies. When the insects have laid their eggs on these plants she collects them and puts them in vivariums where the larva can incubate and eventually produce the mature butterfly safe from predators.

As to our Vivarium guests, she said they would begin to hatch in about ten days. That was last week and the process has begun.

The first to arrive was this Monarch Butterfly.

Here is another view.

Here are two that have emerged. Sorry to be out of focus.

Over the following days several more have joined us.

Giant Swallowtail
Gulf Fritillary
Giant Swallowtail

We still have a few more to come. It is all rather wonderful. Thank you Mary.

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