No, wait, THIS is my lucky day!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

You guys! Listen to this....

It feels like Christmas today! First, I get this email:

I am Barrister Zaid Ibrahim , an attorney at law. A deceased client of mine, 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. And in the record there is no known successor to this deposit of the deceased who died without a will.

I have contacted you to assist in distributing the money left behind by my client before it is confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this deposit valued at Eighteen million dollars is (US$18million dollars) lodged. This bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin, I can be reached on ( for more information.

Best regards,
Zaid Ibrahim
Attorney at Law.

Pretty cool stuff, huh? Just when I thought things couldn't get any better, this next bit of news made me positively giddy!

My city, Cleveland, O-HI-O, is rated by Forbes magazine as the 14th hottest city to live in if you're single.

You can view the results here.

They ranked 40 of the largest continental U.S. metropolitan statistical areas in seven different categories: coolness, cost of living alone, culture, job growth, online dating participation, nightlife and the ratio of singles to the entire population of the metro.

For the "Coolness" category, a market research company (aka, people at the mall with clipboards) gave adults a list of cities and asked them to rank them in order of coolness.

We are a very culturally rich city with our museums, playhouse, orchestra and sports teams so I'm guessing that our high ranking here balanced out our likely low ranking in coolness.

Cleveland Museum of Art

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Theater District

We do have a large number of restaurants, bars and nightclubs per capita so we do have "Nightlife" but I'm sure that when they counted ALL the restaurants, that the 3000 Chuck E Cheese's must have been inadvertently added.

Here's Chuck E doing a line after the kids go home

As far as "Online Dating" goes, those stats are determined by the percentage of active profiles on I would venture to guess that at least half of the male profiles that say "single" are actually "married" and "just looking". Need I remind you? Click here

And when they were tallying up our museums, along with the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Museum of Natural History, that they must have added in the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and the Children's Museum of Cleveland. I don't think either one of these has a Friday Happy Hour.

Accordian exhibit at Polka Museum

Now don't get me wrong, I love Cleveland! And yes, there are lot of things to do here but I wouldn't necessarily rank them all as "single friendly."

But you know what, I'm not worried. When I have my 18 million dollars, the men will all be looking for me!


  1. Me too! Miriam from the Ivory Coast has asked me to accept a transfer of $20,000,000 on her behalf, of which I'll get to keep half! :o)

  2. They must have polled the people on YOUR side of town...
    'cause it ain't cool on this side of town. It's humid. And the guys sweating aren't just hot, they're gross.

  3. I've never been to Cleveland but from the photos it looks cool. But I can say that since I don't live there. Are there hot guys there? Just curious.

  4. Clearly, I need to get in my car and drive 3 hours north for a date.

    On my way.

  5. I had no idea that Cleveland had so much cool stuff. I thought it was just where Drew Carey was from.

    Thanks for the picture of Chuck. I always knew something was up with that cheeser. Now I know.

  6. You're aware that you will now see many, many hits from google searchers putting in "Zaid Ibrahim" keywords and then you'll get people asking you for a DNA sample to prove that you're really related them THEM, as THEY are certainly the intended, sole heirs to that fortune...and then they'll wanna cut you a deal and as an afterthought they'll ask if you happen to know how to reach Chuck-E-Cheese's connection.

  7. OMG...the photo of Chuck E made me HOWL!

    Go, Chuck E...GO!

    I've gotten a similar email in the past. I mean do these people actually think we believe them?!

    Honestly, Cleveland looks fabulous! The photo of the theater district really caught my eye. I've met several people here in Philly, who have either lived there or visited and shared positive things about it.

    I love to POKLA!

  8. With you about to be rich and my budding movie career, the future will be so bright we'll have to wear shades!

  9. Happy Belated Birthday, Chirssy!

  10. Anna! We're going to be rich, I tell you!

  11. Nancy,

    Right. The people on my side of town delusionally think they're cool.

  12. @Peach Tart, Yes, it's a hidden gem. Are the guys hot here? No, but there are plenty of 'em!

    @Julie, C'mon up! Like I told Peach Tart. It's like shooting fish in a barrel. Unattractive, insecure fish.

    @Theresa, Ugh. Drew Carey. Can't Paul Newman be the first Clevelander people think of instead?

    Of course, why do you think Chuck is always happy?

    @Kathryn, Crap, you're right. I never thought of that. I'll shut them up with Chuck's connection.

    @Ron, I've seen people on talk shows that are actually duped into believing this stuff. Huh???

    You would love Cleveland! It has so much to offer.

  13. Judge,

    Yes! And we're not talking about those cheap ass two-fer sunglasses that I currently buy from Walgreen's, either!

  14. Thanks, Funny Girl! Sorry you missed the cake.

  15. Hey, I just recently got a letter like that from his brother, his cousin & his aunt's father!LOL! Looks like we're all gonna be rich!
    Being from the Detroit (Hamtramck, surrounded on 3 sides by Detroit-UGH!),I still don't know how you got the Rock-n-Roll hall of fame. HRMPH!
    I will have to check out the Polish museum one day as I am a full-blooded Polack & proud of it! My Uncle still plays accordian when he gets the chance. Have a great day!

  16. Collette,

    We ARE gonna be rich, aren't we?

    It's funny but after all the fighting we did to get the rock hall, I don't even know of many Clevelanders who have been there..

    Growing up, one of closest friends was Polish and her mother used to CRANK the Polish radio station. I know every word to every Bobby Vinton song. I loved him!


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