Archive for June, 2006

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida at the Mansion

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Strap on your seatbelts, and get ready for some pretty sensational dancing to the sounds of that fantastic lounge band, Iron Butterfly, as they entertain the guests at Hugh’s house one late evening with a few, snazzy tunes… Grab a pencil and paper to keep track of how many of the fashions you happen to spot that you have tucked away in your guilty pleasure closet. After all, somebody bought those knee-high boots. Oh, and see how many future stars you spot in the crowd.

Today’s IDGAS List

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

Star Jones’ mental state or business decisions. Naomi Campbell’s blathering about her return from the dark side. Tyra Banks – just on principle alone. Ashlee’s nose. Pictures of celebrity babies and the idiots who pay money to buy the magazines to see them. Who will lead Tommy Lee’s new band.

Big Irritant: Interviews where the interviewee is intentionally looking away from the camera. Not artsy – just annoying.

Have a nice day!

Somebody Congratulate Me!

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

It’s gotta be my lucky day… look what I received in my email today:

The Coca-cola National Lottery
1 Queen Caroline Street
London, W6 9HQ
(Customer Services)
Ref Number: UK/9420X2/70
Batch Number: 074/05/ZY345

Dear Winner,

We are pleased to notify you the draw (#1032) of the COCA-COLA INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY, Online Coca-cola International Lottery Program held on Saturday.

Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from a pool of over 25,000 names of distinguished professionals drawn from Europe, America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle-East, parts of Africa, and North & South America as part of our international promotions programme conducted every week, to encourage the consumption of our commodity (Coca-cola). The internet emailing idea was used, since most people do are not able to purchase tickets and play outside the UK. We hope with part of your prize awards, you will pathronise the coca-cola commodity with all means, as the most refreshing drink for all seasons.

The result of our computer draw (#1032) selected your name and email address attached to e-ticket number: 56475612545 187 with Serial number 5368/03 drew the lucky numbers: 02-03-13-16-18-20 (Bonus number 23) which subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category i.e. match 6.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of #1,000,000 (One million pounds sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/07.This is from a total cash prize of #2,000,000 (Two million pounds sterling), shared between you and one other winner in this category i.e. Match 6.

Your prize award has been insured in your email and is ready for claims. To begin your claims therefore, you are advised to expeditiously contact our licensed and accredited claim agent for Overseas Lottery Winners within a period of 13 days (date of this email inclusive) for the processing of your winning and remittance to your designated bank account after all statutory obligations have been satisfactorily dispensed with.

This promotion takes place weekly. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your #1,000,000 (One million pounds sterling) would be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.

Please be informed that claims not processed within the stipulated period may be forfeited to the pool without further notice. Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. You may wish to establish contact via e-mail with the particulars presented below sending the batch and reference numbers and these informations below for quick verifications and release of funds. between the hours of 8.00am – 7.30pm on Monday through Sunday

Overseas Claims Unit
United Kingdom Coca-cola Lottery Fiduciary Contact Person: Agent. Mrs Liane Johnson
Phone: +447024055717
Fax : +447092864131

Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and press anonymity until the end of proceedings, and beyond where they so desire. Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems associated with fraudulent claims. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Any lottery double claim dedected by our monitoring committee will lead to the Uk national lottery cacelling the winnings. making a loss for both the real winner, and the fake (intended) claimer.


At your disposal, we remain.
Very Truly Yours,

Susan Moore
The Coca-colca Lottery organizers
1 Queen Caroline Street
London, W6 9HQ.
Tel: +447024055709
Fax:+44 871 661 8831

Applying What You Learn

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Ralph Hake

Ran Maytag: June 2001-March 2006

Was chief financial officer and executive vice president at Fluor Corp., but he spent 12 years at Whirlpool Corp., one of Maytag’s chief competitors and the company that ended up buying Maytag in March 2006. The company stock value, market share and profitability waned to the point that it began entertaining buyout offers in 2005. Contractual agreements Hake had signed with the company allowed him to leave Maytag April 3 with a benefits package worth an estimated $20 million. The nearly 1,800 Maytag workers in Newton would learn 37 days later that they would no longer have jobs.

Sources: Maytag Corp. history, Maytag Collectors Club, Jasper County Historical Museum, Leonard Hadley.

Another nice guy leaving a legacy to be proud of. Dweeb.