Editor’s Notebook: 12/16/10

Jeff Genung

• Sometimes I get a kick out of spam. While I don’t have enough hours in the day to read all 1,386 messages trying to lure me into get-rich-quick (or get-excited-fast) schemes via junkmail, once in a while one catches my eye – just as the spammers hope, I suppose. In today’s inbox …

Dearest Jgenung.

Warm greetings to you and your family in the name of our lord Jesus Christ. I am Eric Timothy, the only son of late Mr. and Mrs. Johnson Timothy. My father was a very wealthy Rubber plantation merchant and the managing director of J & T rubber plantation farm in Freetown, the economic capital city of Sierra-Leone. My father was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip …

… Now THAT’S a storyline I could get into! Rubber plantations? Sierra Leone? Poisoned to death by friends on business trip? Sounds like the makings of a great Lifetime movie right there, Eric. Sorry I can’t help you out with the whole foreign bank account thing, though. I can’t even figure out Chek-gard.

• So the county supervisors voted to extend the “extra” 1 percent sales tax through 2013? I’m pretty sure that when they sold us that bill of goods back in 2002, they said the increase would be only temporary – i.e. two or three years, not 11. Things that make you go hmm …

• Sad to hear about the fire that destroyed Sweet’s Station florist in West Edmeston. They were a great advertiser in our New Berlin Gazette for many years – I hope this doesn’t mean the end for them!

• Never fear, dear readers! The letters to Santa that were in the “Holiday Celebration Song Book” included in today’s paper weren’t the real Letters to Santa – they were just the ones from the kids of Snyder Communications employees. The “real” batch of letters from the Chenango populace will be in a special third section in Friday’s Evening Sun!

• I’ve gone far over my daily allotment of exclamation points.