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Saturday, July 15, 2006
INTERBLOGATORY WEEKEND GRAB BAG
Nurse G and I have always loved horror-scopes and psychics, so we were excited when a psychic set up shop locally back in 2002. Like all new entrepreneurs in a small town with a paper needing filler, Amber, the psychic, got a splashy mention, with picture, in the local paper. Although she wasn't located on the main business drag, that store front still must have cost her a pretty penny, which was why she charged more than just a pretty penny for a simple reading. I think it was $40. Whatever. G and I decided "Why not?" I got the basic tarot card shuffle and can't recall a single thing. But Amber went all out with Nurse G. She gave G the full-court psychic press. Apparently G's chakra was in dire straights and needed healing badly. Amber prescribed chakra-healing candles -- or maybe it was bath salts or incense -- costing $400.
Of course, G never shelled out another penny and we never returned to Amber the scammer. We chalked our readings up to entertainment. We did, however, begin to hear stories about her. Of how she scammed some bubblehead out of $800 for bath salts to cure her wounded chakra. Of how Amber was seen shopping for these mystical supplies at Sam's Club. Then her store front closed and she set up shop in her home right down the street. I passed it every day to and from work. I recall that there was a tussle with city ordinances about her lawn sign. Then one day I noticed a U-haul in the driveway, and the next morning she was gone. Poof! I heard she left creditors in her wake, not to mention lots of p-o'd suckers.
She was petite and pretty with dark features. She had an accent, and depending upon whom she told, Amber was either from Texas or Romania or Cuba or all three. She was married with two young children. Her last name was Marks, which is why the following caught my eye.
Judith Regan's Tarot Cards Didn't Mention Anything About a Fake Psychic: Regina's real name is actually Gina Marie Marks. And Marks isn't actually a psychic but "part of a notorious Gypsy criminal family that has personally been involved in well-documented fortunetelling scams" who turns up in police records tied to swindling with $75,000 price tags.
h/t Grumpy Old Bookman
Of other interest ...
8 Pat Hynes, of Ankle Biting Pundits, has written a book (pictured right). You can read a chapter by surfing over to APB and clicking on the picture of his book in the left sidebar.
8 Dave has posted some spectacular photos: Vic Pomel, sent me these pictures of an air show held over Jones Beach in the New York City area.
8 Boy speculates on The *C* Word: Corrupt, crazy, crooked – and something else ;~)
8 In case you ever wondered, this is the original Mr. Big on Sex & the City.
8 Without the makeup artist and the hair stylist and the wardrobe lady and the lighting director and the photographer who’s also proficient in Photoshop, she looks like any other hausfrau.
8 How could I not link to this! Kitty Litter: When I finally thought the time was right, I asked her to marry me. She said that she wasn't quite ready and she wanted to hold off on marriage plans until her cat died.
8 Ahhhh, I'm her daddy ;~)
Just for the weekend fun of it ...
8 BORDER PATROL : There is one simple objective to this game, keep them out at any cost!
8 Trunk Monkey videos
8 And, to help keep you cool, you can always play these classics:
1) Shuffle the Penguin and 2) Penguin Swing.