Monday, March 21, 2011
I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has visited Grumpy's blog over the past several months. Your support has been incredible (and wholly unexpected). Your comments very much appreciated, and the personal joy that has come with putting down the foolishness that I find in everyday life into words has been immeasurable.
However, my situation has changed and I will not be able to spend time with you in the future.
It is with great sadness that I announce that my long-lost uncle has passed away. He died of a non-descript heart ailment due to the strain of 'multiple deaths' of other Hanson family members in the 2004 tsunami. I feel that I must dedicate my efforts full time in tending to his affairs.
It is with mixed emotions that I write this post today. I must leave you all now. But I will not leave without explaining why...
First, please know that I will miss all you 'regulars' terribly.
Second, I will probably be able to stop back every six months or so just to see how things are going here in Binghamton since I consider this my 'fifth' home away from home.
Third, I feel a great sense of personal responsibility to taking care of my late uncle's affairs (we were so very, very, close...)
If I'm being honest (which I almost always am), I wasn't aware that I had an uncle in Sumatra until this past weekend. I guess this has added to the shock I experienced when I learned that not only did I have an uncle (who I never knew about), but that he was REALLY, REALLY, REALLY WEALTHY!
While I will miss ALL of you terribly, I will be winging my way to Sumatra, Indonesia (NOTE TO SELF: buy a map before I get to the airport to find out exactly where it is) to take over his estate valued at $18,000,000.00! (I'm pretty sure that this would qualify me as 'wealthy'... So, you won't be seeing me in the U.S. ever again...)
Before I jump onto the plane, I do have one final favor to ask you folks. Since I do not have an 'Attorney on Retainer' (NOTE TO SELF: I've got to get me one (or more) of these 'cause they sound really 'cool to have'), could you please look over the following e-mail and confirm that it looks legitimate to you also? My son said it looked 'fishy' but with $18,000,000.00 riding on it, I'm thinking that it's got to be true!
Who'd make something like that up? That would be 'mean'. And I loved Uncle Andrew so very, very, much...
I do, however, have a question nagging at me quite a bit. No one in my family has ever had the last name of, 'Hanson'. Perhaps 'Kane' in 'Sumatran' is spelled 'Hanson'? Other than this typo, the rest of it looks legit. But if you could just give me a quick sanity check before I book my plane tickets, I would REALLY appreciate it!
Here's the message which I received. I hope that you never get one that conveys tragic news for you as this one did to me...
PETER LEONG & ASSOCIATES
SOLICITOR AND ADVOCATES
NO. 101, JALAN PUDU RAYA,
TAMAN DESA RAYA
TEL: +60122473440 or 011 60122473440
I am Peter Leong, an attorney at law. A deceased client of mine, Andrew Hanson, that shares the same last name as yours, died as the result of a heart-related condition on March 12th 2005. His heart condition was due to the death of all the members of his family in the tsunami disaster on the 26th December 2004 in Sumatra Indonesia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Indian_Ocean_earthquake
I can be reached on (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
My late Client has a deposit of Eighteen Million Dollars ($18,000,000.00) left behind.
Barr Peter Leong
Attorney at Law
I will be reaching out to Barr Peter Leong to make sure that the amount quoted is in US Dollars, not in Indonesian Dollars (maybe it's worth MORE than $18 Million US? That would be EXCELLENT!). I may stop back from time to time to let you know how I'm spending my money, but I think I'll be really busy buying stuff that I really, really, need. It's a great year to be me! But like they say, "It couldn't happen to a nicer guy!"
p.s.: If, in the unlikely event that this turns out to be some kind of 'scam', I guess I'll see you guys around.