Monthly Archives: July 2011

Free pickup for sale

I decided that since we got the Ford Focus to use as Kate’s commuter car we really didn’t need the pickup parked out there all the time.  If I needed to go to town I could use the 2004 Ford Escape which we didn’t trade in.  So, I listed it in the local paper:

“87 Chev pickup – basic work truck, V8, no air, no radio $1400” (plus my cell number)


So today I got this text message:

“Do u still have the 1987 Chevrolet available for sale if so get back  to me with the price and pictures via email. peter”

Sounded promising, so I sent a short email with pictures, re-stating the price.


Then I got THIS email from the prospective buyer/ripoff artist:

Thanks very much for your response. I would be buying the 87 Chevy
Pickup you have for sale so kindly reserve it for me.I am sending you
this email to make final reconfirmation of the 87 Chevy Pickup which
am willing to buy form you and I also want to let you know that
payment will be by certified Check . However, I want to alert you on
the fact that you will be receiving the Check this week or next week
and payment will cover your cost and as well as the shipping cost to
be paid to the person that will take care of the pickup in your
place..So please as soon as you receive the payment,get it cashed
immediately, deduct the money that accrues to you and send the
remaining balance to the Head Office of the company that handles the
shipment via Western union. More so, I will pay you an extra $50 if
you can reserve this for me.So in view of the above, Here are some of
the details I will need for final issuance of the Check to you.

(1) Full Name
(2) Mailing address, no please
(3) your direct telephone number both home and cell.?
{4} Acceptance of my offer
(5} Final asking price

Once you get back to me with all the above information’s, the check or
money order will be issued out immediately and it will be sent to you.



After reading this, I figured out that all I needed to do would be to cash his  certified check and deliver the truck somewhere for him.  Then, all that needed to be done would be to have a chat with the bank when they called me reporting that the certified check didn’t clear and that I needed to bring them the money right away.


Here’s the response I sent the prospective buyer(?):

Hello Peter,
   There are a number of conditions on your proposal that I find perplexing.  At any rate, here is what I propose:
1.  You or your agent come to see the truck, make sure it runs(yes, it does) and that you are satisfied that it is reliable (yes, it is – it always starts, even in the coldest weather), and that it is suitable for you.
2.  You bring me cash, and I will give the pickup to you and hand you the title.
I do not wish to be cheated, nor do I wish to cheat anyone else.  If you are not happy with my proposal, I will plan to sell it to the next person who inquires.
Thank you.
Oddly enough, he has not responded to that missive.  So, I decided to list on Craigslist, and while I was doing that, this warning notice came up:
Avoid scams and fraud by dealing locally! Beware any deal involving Western Union, Moneygram, wire transfer, cashier check, money order, shipping, escrow, or any promise of transaction protection/certification/guarantee.
Pretty good advice, I’m thinking.

Travels up Nawth

We got to hankerin’ for a family visit, and it was a-comin’ up Canada Day (July 1st), so it was time to head for Ontario.  Bret’s adopted Mom & Dad (Lisa’s parents, Judy and Richard Dickins) throw a holiday bash every year and we got to GO!  🙂  Dick and Judy have a nice place close to Maitland Ontario and they always have a great group of family and friends there.  Fireworks, food, bonfire, mosquitoes (!), they have it *all*!  And, did I mention, fireworks?  🙂  We drove most of the way on Wednesday, June 29th, arrived on June 30th, and checked in at The Dewar’s Inn in Prescott, Ontario.  It’s a nice establishment right on the St Lawrence River – nice folks run it, and our room was very comfortable ($78 per night – quite reasonable!).

We spent most of our time on our visit at the Dickens’ house, visiting with all the gang.  Friday, July 1st, was ‘set0up’ day, followed by the main event on Saturday.  I won’t attempt to list all the attendees, but they were expecting around 60 people – it was a ‘milling around mob’, but everyone enjoyed themselves.  I’ll throw in a few pictures at this point so you can sample the flavor of the event.

We also had lots of opportunities for ‘family time’, including trips to the St Lawrence in Prescott, and visiting with Bret and Lisa at their house, also in Prescott.

We loved our visit, hated to have to leave, but Kate’s work schedule was the determinant on our departure.  We had intended to take 2 days to drive back, but once we got on the road we just kept going, arriving home at around 1AM.  You’ll find this hard to believe, but we were EXHAUSTED  😦  I’m only just now starting to recover – next time we find a MOTEL!!!

Anyway, we had a wonderful time, wished we lived closer so we could see them all more often, but I’m just not sure we’d be able to deal with the weather and the voracious mosquitoes they have up there.  We’re already looking forward to our next visit to see our Canadians, eh?  🙂