A rambling entry about the last few days

I had some more blood taken today. Not as much as last time, because today’s test was a simple one, but it took a lot of poking to get it out. That’s unusual because I have overtly prominent veins, so being prodded for four or five seconds before the blood starts squirting into the tube rarely happens. The “good” news is that because of my constant pain level, were I not looking at what the phlebotomist was doing I wouldn’t have known since being pierced with a thin needle is below my pain threshhold and I actually can’t feel it at all. That’s my “cup half full” interpretation, ha.


I was at the doctors as well to get all my prescriptions set up so I’d be ready for our upcoming trip — we’re spending two weeks traveling in Costa Rica and Panama in October, exploring beaches, forests, volcanoes, and so on. We’re all (Nefarious especially) looking forward to it a lot.

I don’t really get recognized on the street much these days, in part because I have a tiny media profile in comparison to the past, and in part because I have long hair and a beard and look quite different than I did a couple years ago (sadly… I was so much more fit back then and not so fat). First, Nefarious and I popped into a Pizza Pizza out in the ‘burbs to grab a chocolate milk and a couple teens followed us in and said, “nice car!” about the zombiemobile. Then they looked me over, and said, “Were you at the zombie walk? Weren’t you the zombie being lead around by the little girls?”

“Yeah, that was me, and she was one of the little girls,” I said, gesturing at Nefarious. They told me they loved my costume and told me that they’d be going to the big zombie walk in October, with the girl going as a mad scientist and her raver buddies being zombies that she was experimenting on. I didn’t even know that ravers still existed. But it was a lot of fun for both Nefarious and I to be recognized.

Speaking of my truck, I’m thinking about welding a round turret into the roof — my neighbor is a welding artist and has offered to help — so someone can stand up through the roof (sort of like a much cooler sunroof) and shoot zombies in the brain in relative safety. I think it should look wild and will be a pretty simple mod. If I do it, I’ll do it very soon, because I’ve been asked to include the truck in one of the Nuit Blanche parades. It’s the renegade parade, and Nefarious is planning on throwing candy out the windows… Don’t miss Nuit Blanche if you’re in Toronto!


Anyway, recognition number two… We had a doctor’s appointment last night and the receptionist in the building (who didn’t know us because she works for different doctors), looked at me with her brain obviously scanning through its records, and was like, “Don’t I know you?” — “No, I don’t think so…” — “Aren’t you the guy that wrote ModBlog? (short pause) Shannon, right? And that must be Nefarious?” and then she said some very kind words. So that was very nice, because it really doesn’t happen that often.

Other than that, I almost bought a new car. Here’s a picture of it:


It’s a 1970 Iso Grifo, a really beautiful coupe designed by ex-Ferrari folks. If you follow the link, you’ll see that it sold for about $125k, which is far more than I want to spend on a car. However, I saw it advertised for $16,500, and, not immediately recognizing the car or knowing what it was worth, I opened a dialogue with the so-called “seller”. His English was poor, as he claimed to be a French speaker, and he told me that the car was located in a somewhat remote area of Quebec. He suggested that I pay for the car via an escrow service and that the car would be shipped to me, and he wouldn’t get the money until I inspected the car and approved the sale. Then I did a bit more research on the car and realized that it was radically underpriced. Radically. Then I noticed that his IP address was hopping from an AOL dialup in Virginia to a cable modem in Houston. He’d said he was travelling and thus could not meet me in person, but the IPs were still fishy. Then a bit more searching and I found the website (the one I linked) that he’d taken the pictures from, and knew for sure it was a scam.

Still, a well set up scam that could easily snare someone. The car is rare and hard to find good info on. The northern Quebec location eliminates the risk of someone asking to see the car in person. The Quebec thing also covers up the language barrier — I assume this was a Nigerian scammer like the one I interviewed ages ago. Judging by the warnings on Craigslist and elsewhere these types of scams are quite common, and I’m guessing that a lot of people get caught in them. Glad I didn’t. Of course I did report the scammer to everyone involved (I assume he’s using a botnet to send mail), and on a positive note I had fun looking at lots of pictures of Iso Grifos (and investigating him too).

Other than that I have been having crazy nightmares the past few days, I think because I’ve been doing a pile of programming work and it’s probably stimulating parts of my brain that I haven’t been using, so at night it’s doing all sorts of reordering or whatever it is that dreams purpose is. And now, off to get Nefarious from school… I think we’re going to stop by her old school and say hello to her old teachers and younger friends who are still there.


  1. Edurus_Fas wrote:

    I miss popping up to Canada and visiting you. You are a very cool friend :)

    Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 5:52 pm | Permalink
  2. estrojenn wrote:

    i had my bmw motorcycle on craigslist, and had a “buyer” contact me asking me to send basically every identifying piece of paperwork for the bike including photos of the VIN and the UVIP package. and then he asked me for the exact address of where is was located…he then called me to follow up, and i saw the number was from utah (he originally claimed to be from toronto).
    i emailed him and said the next time he was trying to steal a motorcycle, he might want to be a little less obvious. he basically said “ok, have a good day”…didn’t even deny it!

    Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 6:05 pm | Permalink
  3. Elizabeth wrote:

    I’m *really* not a car person. But wow, that car is absolutely sexy.

    Friday, September 25, 2009 at 5:30 am | Permalink
  4. Scott wrote:

    Yeah I see these on Kijiji all the time. People claiming to be over seas at war or in a divorce. All there emails follow the same lines as yours did.

    Friday, September 25, 2009 at 11:17 pm | Permalink
  5. Laura wrote:

    I bet a lot of people recognize but are too nervous to say hello/Don’t know what to say to you.

    Friday, September 25, 2009 at 11:34 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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