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June 1, 2013

TUCKER: Bogus trip to Philippines

Tonawanda News — Thursday was a kind of crazy day at the News, considering that someone was able to get my email addresses and sent many people a note saying that I’m on “an impromptu tour in the Philippines and misplaced our wallet and cell phone on our way back to the hotel we lodge in after we went for sight seeing. The wallet contained all the valuables we had. i will be indeed very grateful if i can get a short term loan from you ($2,300). this will enable me sort our hotel bills and get my sorry self back home. I will really appreciate whatever you can afford in assisting me with. I promise to refund it in full as soon as soon as I return.”

How about that for a scam? Thanks to all who called or emailed to see if I’m still here. Anyone who knows me knows that if I carry $5 in my wallet, I consider myself rich. The bright side was that I heard from old friends, one of whom actually was going to send the money. She stopped because as a retired teacher, she noted all the gramatical mistakes and knew I hadn’t written the email.

Actually, last week I was away, but only to Baltimore for our grandson Brennan’s high school graduation which took place in the Baltimore cathedral.

The cathedral is narrow and very long and seats about 1500 people (300 of which were graduates.) My son, daughter and I sat near the back (and were fortunate to even get a seat as many stood.) The event started with a Mass and although we could see the altar, it was a great distance away. The woman sitting next to me asked if we had an iPhone. My daughter had hers and the woman suggested she go online to the school’s website and click on “graduation.” Lo and behold, the school had set up cameras near the altar and broadcast the whole ceremony. Because the acoustics were so perfect in the cathedral, we could hear everything and watch it on iPhones. My daughter texted her brothers here and they, too watched it. When Brennan received his diploma, my daughter-in-law here took a photo and then emailed it to us in the church.

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