If you've ever played Trivial Pursuit, in all likelihood, you have a "color" you're best at. If you haven't played, the colors represent categories (i.e. History questions are yellow, Science are green, and Geography are blue).
I used to study the globe quite a bit as a kid, partly because my uncle was in the foreign service working for the State Department in a bunch of distant countries and because my older sisters didn't want anything to do with me. Bottom line, I did pretty well at the blue category.
However, everyone now and again, I still find myself vexed when presented with geographical locations. Like, for example, in the email below, where "Anna and Raman Sule" have $18.4 in blood diamond revenues from their late father that they want me to help transfer. They want to know what percentage I want to make the transaction worth my while. And they write that their father's death and the whole conundrum of finding a place for their money is leaving them in a "state of delinma."
When I sketched this blog post out in my head, I promise it sounded funnier than I feel I've written it.
Oh well, after 201 days, sometimes you're entitled to a dud.
Just hit delete.
From: Anna & Raman Sule [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 2:19 PM
Subject: Hi Dear,
May the peace of gracious God be with you.please We have a problem and needs your help.We have decided that it is a good thing to write you for help.We have a proposal for you-this however is not mandatory nor will We in any manner compel you to honour against your will.We are in a state of delinma and your profile pushed us to send you this mail,Iam Anna & Raman Sule the Daughter and Son of Dr.Sule Kamara who was the former Director of Finance,Dr Sule KAMARA Sierra-Leone diamond and mining corporation. With regards to our through study of your business profile,We therefore decide to engage you in this proposal.
It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously on friday 5th febury 2003 during a some illness suspected to have been masterminded by his uncle of his, who travelled with him at that time. But God knows the truth ,Before the death of Ourlate father on February 5th 2004 he called us together and inform us about sum of Eighteen million,four hundred thousand United State Dollars.(USD$18.4M,000)left in one of the leading BANK.
He further told us that he deposited the money in my name, and finally issued a written instruction to his lawyer whom he said is in possession of all the necessary legal documents to this fund in the BANK.We really don't know what to do.But because of incessant political crisis here in Sierra-Leone .The death of our late father actually brought sorrow to our life. After everything we decided to live the country because of the present government gets to know about this money we are finished.me and my brother are now in Ivory cost as refugee. We are in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards.Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.
Now permit us to ask these few questions.
What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the money is transfer in your bank account?
Please, Consider this and get back to us with your full details
Cell phone number
Our greetings to your family.
Our sincere regards,
Waiting to hear from you urgent,
Anna and Raman Sule