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Scam Warning: DON’T Dial 90#

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 This is true, and also applies to cell phones!)&nbs p;


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!!!

Elegant Woman or Christmas Tree?

I tend to bite my tongue in order to not offend people. However, I feel it is relevant and helpful to broach the topic of jewelry (spelled “jewellery” in Britain). I only wear earrings and a necklace together on rare occasions–like when Hell freezes over!

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

Women’s Warm Winter Slippers at Target

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.

Chandra Slippers at Target

These comfortable slippers are the next best thing to sheepskin, very comfortable and warm, with a non-skid sole to keep you from slipping and falling on slick floors. Ladies’ “Chandra” scuffs are faux-fur lined, real suede mules; they come in several colors. They’re a good deal at $16.99 per pair. My tests prove that they will not put scuff-marks on floors, despite their name!

Chandra Scuffs at

Chandra Scuffs at

My Chandra Slippers from Target

Happy Birthday, Elegant Survivor Dianne Lennon

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.)

Elegant Survivors: the Lennon Sisters

Official Website of the Lennon Sisters: Talented, Tasteful, Elegant Survivors

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.

The Lennon Sisters by First Name
The Lennon Sisters by First Name

Kathy and Janet Lennon Design Rag Dolls Inspired by their Grandmother:
Best Pals

Her Majesty Queen Rania al Abdullah

Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jordan

Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jordan

We frequently report on the Queen of Jordan’s benevolent activities. Here is the latest from Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jordan.

The King and Queen of Jordan

The King and Queen of Jordan