I received this message in an e-mail, and it has been passed around a lot already, so I do not know who the original author is. I will reprint it exactly as it appeared in my e-mail, forwarded to me by a friend:
90# on Your Telephone
I dialed ‘0’, to check this out, asked the operator, who confirmed that this was correct
so please pass it on . . . (l also checked out Snopes.com. This is true, and also applies to cell phones!)&nbs p;
PASS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW
I received a telephone call last evening from an individual identifying himself as an AT&T Service Technician (could also be Telus) who was conducting a test on the telephone lines. He stated that to complete the test I should touch nine(9), zero(0), the pound sign (#), and then hang up. Luckily, I was suspicious and refused.
Upon contacting the telephone company, I was informed that by pushing 90#, you give the requesting individual full access to your telephone line, which enables them to place long distance calls billed to your home phone number.
I was further informed that this scam has been originating from many local jails/prisons DO NOT press 90# for ANYONE.
The GTE Security Department requested that I share this information with EVERYONE I KNOW.
After checking with Verizon they also said it was true, so do not dial 90# for anyone !!!!! PLEASE HIT THAT FORWARD BUTTON AND PASS THIS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!!
It was Coco Chanel who advised women to assess their ensembles before going out, and to then arbitrarily remove one piece of jewelry. These days, one sees otherwise presentable women wearing long, dangling earrings and several necklaces at once, perhaps a broach on the hat or coat, and then enough bracelets to open a booth in a souk. (These baubles may have sentimental value for the wearer, but to the discriminating eye, they just scream, “too many nuts and cherries on the sundae!”) Would you rather look like an elegant lady, or be festooned like a Christmas tree?
A strand of pearls or other tasteful necklace, such as one which features a simple jewel, OR a pair of elegant, non-pendulous earrings that separate you from the primitives, together with a watch, is a safe daytime jewelry scheme. A well-dressed lady may exercise a bit more flair in the evening. Beware, though, of appearing overly decorated–a person’s sterling qualities can easily be overlooked by the distraction that too much jewelry creates.
~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2009
Today’s a good time to repeat this post, since Target sent me an email to the effect that they are having some sort of sale.
My Chandra Slippers from Target
Even though I had planned to honor the Lennon Sisters here since yesterday, after I had looked up their version of “Melodie d’Amour” on the internet, I’ve just now realized that today is Dianne (“Dee Dee”) Lennon’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Elegant Survivor Dianne Lennon!
Here is my tribute to this national treasure: The Lennon Sisters: Elegant Survivors
Where are the words to describe the beauty, elegance and goodness of Dianne Lennon? (“Dee Dee” is the lady at the far right end on this video.)
This video is from 1958. Some of the Lennon sisters are still singing, including Janet, who was 11 or 12 years old at the time of this appearance on the Lawrence Welk show. Her expressions as she sings are priceless. The Lennon Sisters are an American national treasure.
Lennon Sisters Peggy and Dianne (known as Dee Dee) retired in 1999 and 2001 respectively, but Kathy, Janet, and another sister, Mimi, perform in Branson, Missouri at the Welk Champagne Theater.
Their father, Bob Lennon, was murdered in Marina del Rey by a deranged fan in 1969; their mom remarried in 1998 at age 80. One of Bob Lennon’s brothers was the elegant voice of boxing, world-famous ring announcer Jimmy Lennon.
In 1954, the girls’ sixteen-month-old baby sister, Mary, was struck and killed by a speeding car.
They have sung for seven different United States Presidents – Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan.
In 1987, the Lennon Sisters were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Kathy and Janet Lennon Design Rag Dolls Inspired by their Grandmother:
We frequently report on the Queen of Jordan’s benevolent activities. Here is the latest from Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jordan.
Boil the potato chunks for fifteen minutes. Drain but do not rinse them.
~~Recipe and Photo of Autumn Potato Salad Copyright M-J de Mesterton, 2008
M-J’s Elegant Apple Pie Recipe
- 4 cups of white flour
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 stick of salted butter, cut into 8 pieces
- ¾ cup of chilled lard (“manteca”)
- 7 Fuji or Sonya apples–cored, peeled, and thinly sliced (reserve peels and cores)
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 1/4 cup light-brown sugar (or more, according to your taste)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup of cold water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
- 1 additional half stick of butter
- An extra 2 tablespoons of sugar, either white or brown
- One cup of water
- 1. Make the dough: put one stick of cold butter into a large mixing bowl, together with the 3/4 cup of chilled lard and a teaspoon of salt. Add flour gradually, working it into the butter and lard. Add approximately 3/4 cup of cold water, then cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough forms small pea-shaped balls, and when formed into a large mound, it holds together. Sometimes less cold water is required–believe it or not, the amount needed to make a pie dough with this recipe depends upon the moon.’s current phase. Mix this by hand, since machine will create a tough pie crust. I use an old-fashioned wire potato masher and a wooden spoon. When the dough sticks together but doesn’t stick to your hands, shape it into 2 balls, wrap each in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- 2. Put all of your apple peelings and cores into a saucepan on the stove with a cup of water and two tablespoons of sugar, and boil until the liquid becomes syrup. Strain liquid from solids and reserve it. The peelings can then be eaten or ground into applesauce–it’s important not to waste any edible part of your apples.
- 3. Assemble the pie: heat your oven to 425°F. Roll out one ball of dough into a 12-inch round about 1/8-inch thick, on a lightly floured surface. Fit the dough into a 9 or10-inch pie pan. Place one layer of apple slices into the dough-lined pan. Cover them with two tablespoons of cornstarch and a quarter-cup of brown sugar. Repeat this process with apples, sugars and cinnamon. Distribute the half-stick of butter on top of the apples after slicing it into bits. Add your apple syrup over the top of the pie. Alternatively, I sometimes skip the step of creating syrup from my apple peelings, and just use some apple juice concentrate (found in grocery frozen juice section).
- Roll out the second ball of dough for the top crust. Brush the edges of the bottom crust with water or milk, and lay the top crust down, pressing the edges together to form a tight seal. Use your imagination to pierce or slice a design into the top of the pie to allow steam to escape. Bake for ten minutes at 425*F, then lower your oven heat to 350* and bake for another hour. Let the apple pie cool for a minimum of two hours before serving.
- Elegant Apple Pie Recipe Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2008
Our friends, Bookster UK, offer survival supplies for the coming ice-age.
Elegant Survival Recommends O’Farrell of Santa Fe, New Mexico
Rancho Encantado Resort, and Terra Restaurant
State Rd 592
Santa Fe, NM 87506
“Terra at Encantado is the only fine restaurant in Santa Fe where you get value for your money”~~Employee at Mikimoto of Beverly Hills
Friendly Staff and Valet Await You at the Rancho Encantado Entrance
All Photos by M-J de Mesterton
View from Betty’s Bar, a Magnificent Spot to Watch the Sunset
Terra’s Executive Chef Andrew Cooper Prepares the Best Pommes Frites this Side
of the Atlantic, Pictured here with Perfect Hamburger and Chipotle Mayonnaise
All Photos Copyright Elegant Survival 2008