What it feels like to go crazy

If you’ve ever wanted to know what it feels like to go crazy, look no further than this book. It’s so vivid and emotional in its depiction of a person’s brain losing grip on reality.


via What it feels like to go crazy.


Blenda will surely find a gentleman worthy of her independent spirit

I thought it was odd that she uses the same email address as Idris, but [shrug].

Hello Idris,

Please allow me to introduce you to the lovely, wise and independent Miss Blends Rosemary Bakari. I am certain she will be interested in your well-endowed bank account.

Visit www.dunkablog.com 

Begin forwarded message:

From: “Idris Ngari”<SENDER6666@earthlink.net>
Date: March 23, 2015 at 11:12:16 PM PDT
Subject: Please accept my apologies if this request does not meet your personal
Reply-To: <info_info1900@yahoo.co.jp>

Please accept my apologies if this request does not meet your personal ethics as it is not intended to cause you any embarrassment in whatever form. I got your contact email address from international domain directory and decided to contact you for this transaction that is based on trust and your outstanding. I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of ($58M) million to your account. The transfer is risk free on both sides hence you are going to follow my instruction till the fund is transferred to your account.
If you are interested in this deal, kindly send me your complete information, your full names and address, Your Private telephone and Fax numbers, Your Private email address, Your Age, Your Country, Marital Status, Your Occupation and Your Personal Mobile Number.
Having gone through a methodical search, I decided to contact you hoping that you will find this proposal interesting. Please on your confirmation of this message and indicating your interest, I will furnish you with more information also note that you will have 30% of the above mentioned while 70% will be for me.
Endeavour to let me know your decision.
Best regards,
Idris Ngari
Business Project

Native Gardens of Los Angeles – Cudahy Surprise

I went on the Theodore Payne garden tour this weekend.  The tour features a number of gardens all across Los Angeles with beautiful landscaping that incorporates a minimum of 60% native California plants.  Gardens ranged from dreadful to delightful, but none topped the garden I visited in Cudahy.

Where is Cudahy?  Right next to HP and South Gate.  Where is that?  Okay, that means you’re not Latino.  Almost nobody has heard of Cudahy, 1 square mile of Los Angeles that has its own teeny tiny school district.  It also boasts the lowest per capita income west of the Mississippi.  There is one school in Cudahy called the Elizabeth Learning Center.  The school is K-12 and has a whopping 98% graduation rate, which is higher than almost any other district in the nation.  The school is so astounding that it prompted a visit from Al Gore during his campaign.

Elizabeth Learning Center (ELC) has an AP Environmental Science class.  Teaching the class is George Nanoski, an LA Native with roots in Baja California, Poland and the Ukraine.  He has been teaching in Cudahy for several years now.  In 2006, he found out that the school was going to tear out a big concrete flag circle to make way for something ugly and uninspired.

George saw opportunity where few would see more than an eyesore.  The concrete bowl, approximately 30 feet in diameter, was filled with trash and weeds of the non-native variety, such as European mallow, clover dandelion and foxtail.  In honor of Earth Day, George put his students to work clearing the trash and yanking out all of the weeds.  George turned off the irrigation system to ensure that they wouldn’t return; and George’s class began their first experiment – the Coast/Chaparral garden.

George collects seeds on all of his trips to nature, and he had handfuls of Channel island plants and seeds to give each student, who threw them, much like a biblical mustard seed, to see which grew, which died, and which thrived.  The resulting garden includes a native Ash nearly 30 feet tall after 9 years, local mallow, pyrophilic manzanita, penstemon, and a gaggle of California coastal shrubs I had never heard of or even seen because they live on the Channel Islands and not the mainland.

To survive drought, many of these plants go through a dormancy period, and suddenly wake up when there has been a good amount of rain, like LA had in December and January.  The garden was wide awake, with some species competing for resources with others.  The Indian Paintbrush, a beautiful orange brushlike plant with green bristles, is a semi-parasite.  It requires other plants nearby to break down the food, so it can feed off of their roots.  It does however photosynthesize, so it isn’t considered a complete parasite.

When this garden was completed, the next was a desert habitat that was built after some grass had to be torn out to make way for a handicapped ramp.  George jumped on it, turned off the irrigation (a critical factor in Environmental Science learning gardens) and planted species native to all of the Californias, including Baja and Baja del Sur.  As George talks about the garden, you can see that glimmer of native plant geek in his eye.  He knows more about native plants than most of the people’s gardens I visited.  He probably knows more than some of the botanists at the Theodore Payne nursery, and he definitely knows more than any other nursery owner I have ever met.

George’s most recent experiment with his students is the “Vernal Pools.”  These are ponds that I remember from my childhood, that would warm up in Spring so you could swim, but they were only about 3 feet deep at their deepest point.  By the end of summer, the pond was dry and many of the plants appeared to have died, only to come raging back to life as the Autumn rains began to fall.  The class created three pools – shallow, deeper, and deepest.  The first two were dry, and the third was home to tadpoles and fairy shrimp – a close relative of the Sea Monkey.  These are species of freshwater beast that can survive in egg form for over 100 years until they are submerged in water, when they hatch and continue their cycle of life.  The whole cycle lasts a few weeks for many species, so they must be born, reach sexual maturity, and lay eggs before the water dries up.  According to George, there are only two vernal pools left in Los Angeles besides the pools he and his students created.  The rest have been paved and parked and landscaped out of existence.  George has one of the rarest vernal pool plants in existence, the elusive Otay Mesa Mint, growing on the edge of the deeper pool.

The visit to Elizabeth Learning Center made me cry.  My good friends know I’m a bit of a cry-baby anyway, but this was unexpected.  What I realized as George was showing me around the beautiful gardens he and his students had lovingly created from seed, there was a specter looming over them.  One was poverty.  The cycle of poverty had led some students to come to the school in June 2014 and destroy the gardens.  Some plants were the only ones left, and they are gone forever.  That made me cry.

But what also made me cry was George’s un-daunted determination to continue the work he is doing, because he knows that it is the right path for him.  As someone who has wandered down wrong paths lured by glittering toys and lurid vice, I envied George’s single-mindedness of purpose, and his determination to change the lives of these children whose only wealth may just be the education that they receive from him.

What made me cry the third time was when I asked how many visitors he had that day, and he changed the subject, remarking how “almost nobody knows where Cudahy is.”  I think we may have been a very small subset of the chi-chi garden set who chose to seek out the learning center and discover its vast treasure trove of California gold. How dare that crowd go to Santa Monica and Huntington Beach and skip the most important, most amazing, and most beautiful set of gardens in the whole Southland!  They will never get to see Otay Mesa Mint.

This dude sounds like a good match for Miss Blenda

i really should start a dating service. This guy lives near Blenda because he is in Africa. Sailor F Guido was a sailor with any port in a storm…

It turns out that F Guido was a mail order groom looking for gay marriage.  Perhaps Sam Jonah is straight. Still, I wonder what he means when he talks about his huge capital and his intense desire for “a business relationship.”

My friend told me to be careful of the internet because “there’s a lot of shady people on the World Wide Web.” 

Here is Sam. What do you think. Should I take a peek under his investment kilt to check out his huge funds?

Mr. Samuel E. Jonah
Executive Chairman
Jonah Capital and Equity Fund
Johannesburg, South Africa.
Re: Business relationship with mutual benefit
It is my pleasure to inform you that I have chosen to introduce you to a business relationship, hoping that you are willing to execute transactions which will generate huge amount of capital/funds.
I will introduce you to the business if you are capable and interest to get involved. If you are, please, indicate your interest by sending me an email and I will acquaint you with vital information about the business.
This is a legitimate and verifiable government transactions here in South Africa. I hope to have a wonderful business relationship with you soon.
Please, check my profile on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_E._Jonah
and/or you may Google my full name if you need more information about me. Thank you.
Mr. Samuel E. Jonah

Can my good fortune be chalked up to mere luck?

between Blenda and Guido the sailor, I thought my share of good luck went from monstrous to obscene. But now I have won the Rwandan supermarket lottery!!! Will wonders ne’er cease?

Dear Beneficiary 

Based on the random selection exercise of internet websites and millions  of Super market cash
invoices worldwide you were selected among the lucky  recipients to receive the
award sum of US$1,500,000.00 as charity Cash donations

Please endeavour to quote your Qualification numbers (UN-U32, N-900-10)in all discussions.  

Executive Secretary, 

You will provide him with the following information: 

First name: 
Last Name: 
Telephone/Fax number: 

Sincerely Yours
Promotion Coordinator, 

Not one but two potential suitors

should I just cut to the chase and give them my social and my mother’s maiden name? Or perhaps introduce them one to the other?  If you have a computer that reads aloud, I strongly recommend playing these two letters together.

Dearest One,  
Besides being interested in living and investing in your country, I am Ms.Blenda Rosemary Bakari the daughter of Mr. William Bakari of Kenema District My father was killed by his business partners on a business trip. Following the problem that cost his death, I was forced to live my country to Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire where my late father deposited the sum of $(1.5M united state dollars) in one of the Banks here in Abidjan. The money he made during his time as coco merchants in my country. To be honest with you, this is the only inheritance left for me by my late father which I am with the necessary documents concerning this deposit. Now I have succeeded in locating the Bank here in Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire and I am soliciting for your assistance to help me to transfer this money into your country for investments so that we can invest it in any lucrative business in your country because this is my only hope of life. I have promise to gratify you with 10% of the total sum if you assist me. Awaiting anxiously to hear from you so that we can discuss the modalities of this transaction.  
Thanks for your kind attention.  
Most emphatically,  

Miss Blenda Rosemary Bakari

Hello Dear

How are you doing today i hope all is fine with you over there ?

I am F Guido divorced with no kid. I am an American German Citizen and working with a Cargo Shipping Company USA. The nature of my job makes me travel usually once a week, so I try to travel as much as I can.

I found you, I really like you and will want us to build a relationship, so I decided to write you this short mail to express how I feel about you.

What is your full name?

How old are you?

Are you presently in a relationship or divorced?

Have you ever love and been loved before?

Honestly I really want to know much about you. Presently I am working in the ship. We take Cargo to Europe countries, Dubai and Japan. I can only communicate to you through email because; I am using the company computer inside the Ship.

You can reach me through my e-mail for faster communication, I will let you know more about me as soon as I hear from you.

Love always,

F Guido

My luck just keeps getting better!

on the heels of the USGAOI accounting error for 16 million dollars in my favor, it appears I have won the lottery in Denmark! I can’t believe my good luck. But something smells…rotten?

From: “Richard west”<custser.vices@yahoo.com.hk>
Date: March 19, 2015 at 10:25:12 PM PDT
Subject: Eastgate Loterijen
Reply-To: <Eastgate@workmail.com>


Your email address  attached to ticket#82435197 & Serial#7792/11 drew the lucky numbers: 13-8-47-21-33-9, 
which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category of Eastgate lottery promotions You have therefore 
been approved to claim a total sum of Ђ1,500,000.00 ) in cash credited to file KPC/9080118308/02/TCA. Please 
contact the fiduciary agent below to begin your claim process:

Richard west
email address:Eastgate@workmail.com

I won 16.5 Million Dollars from the USGAO


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i could not get them my Swift number and Socisl security etc fast enough! I can really use the money right now. Easy Street, here I come. 

It is amazing 

Visit http://www.dunkablog.com&nbsp;

On Mar 19, 2015, at 3:10 PM, Credit Union (USA) <teste@yama.com.br> wrote:

Attn: Fund Beneficiary,
This letter will definitely be amazing to you because of its realistic value. Sorry for the delay and inconveniences that was rendered to you in your line of Inheritance Payment transaction with some African Banks/Officials a while ago. This is to let you know that we received a credit instruction from the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) to credit your bank account with your pending contract/inheritance fund payment in the tune of US$18.5million from the Federal Government reserve account with our bank, California Credit Union. However, what we require from you in order to commence the necessary formalities for onward release of payment to you is a re-confirmation of your information/bank account details where you want your fund to be transferred.
{1}. Your full name and address===========================
{2}. Your telephone, and fax==============================
{3). Bank name and address================================
{4). Name on Acct — and Acct numbers========================
(5). Swift code / routing number===============================
(6). Your current occupation===================================
(7). Scan Copy of Drivers License or Working ID=======================
Be informed that transfer arrangement of your fund will commence immediately we hear from you. Note, the California Credit Union will not hesitates to release your payment within 72hours in accordance with fund release order regulations.. Note that we have to obtain Letter Of Authorization from the United States Attorney General before your fund is transferred into your account. For more details on how this Letter Of Authorization can be obtained contact me direct on my private email. (cacreditunion@gmail.com)
Yours Truly,
Dr. Francis Nakano
California Credit Union
NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder that is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider,

I shall wear my trousers rolled


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I should have been a pair of ragged claws scuttling across the floors of silent seas. That’s how depression feels. T.S. Eliot may have been depressed.

I have a coworker who used to be my boss. He’s got an aggressive, confrontational style of communicating. He takes every opportunity to bully me.

I am an introvert, with a strong non-violent, passive streak. This guy brings out the worst in me: passive aggression. He is down in the boxing ring with his gloves on, waiting to throw a punch, when he suddenly realizes I am in the control booth, and I turned off all the lights.

Working with people like my ex-boss is draining. I suppose they are inevitable in every environment. My current boss suggests that I take some assertiveness training. I will.

I found out today that my eyesight is getting worse because of cataracts. They have not formed, but they are in the stages of forming. My prescription for reading glasses more than doubled. I used to have perfect vision at long range, so there is no need for bifocals yet. I guess I will have to undergo Lasik, or else wear glasses for the rest of my life. Part of it is just a symptom of getting old. Some of it is medication and being overweight.

“I grow old, I grow old. I shall wear my trousers rolled.” T.S. Eliot