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Fake investigation job was creepy

I have been doing small investigation jobs now and then. Gotta pay the bills ya know. Some readers might remember the story I posted on the old blog about one job I did. I have copied that post below so readers who didn’t see it can get an idea of the jobs I get now and then. After that I have the story of the fake job that was kind of creepy. If you have read the old story before then you can skip to the new story here . Here’s the old story: Secret weapon on assignment A European man contacted me through my dating site and asked if I could help locate his lost lover. He was crazy in love with her and had lost contact. He wanted to come back to Thailand and marry her and he hoped I could put them back in touch. He gave me all the information he had for her and asked what I could do. She worked at a beer bar in Pattaya and lived in a small flat nearby. Addresses often aren’t much use with all the little Sois twisting around between the buildings in places like Bangkok and Pattaya so he gave me his best description of the alley where the bar and her flat was. Ladies that work in Pattaya don’t always want to be located. So to find her I expected I might have to pay some bribes. I would also need something of value to give her as a gift from the man. This would encourage her to come forward and identify herself rather than pretend it isn’t really her. My idea was to have a prepaid international phone card worth 300 baht that I would put in a greeting card that asked her to call the man. The man and I agreed on a price for my mission which included cost of transportation to Pattaya and one night hotel plus some bribe money and the cost of the phone card. So I set out on my sortie, arrived in Pattaya mid-day, and canvased the area around the so-called Hard Rock beer bar. It wasn’t open at that hour but my plan was to try to locate the lady’s flat. No luck finding the flat based on the description the man gave. But I was definitely in the right area, because while I was snooping around the little alleys I bumped into the lady bar keeper who comes during the day to set things up for opening. I started chatting with her and right away she said she knew the lady I was looking for (people always tell me stuff right off). I showed her the photos the man had sent me of the lady and the bar keeper recognized her and even remembered the European man’s name who had hired me. So I knew I had the right person and place. The bar keeper said something very interesting, that a farang man had come into the bar one night a couple weeks ago asking about the lady, saying he was trying to find her for his “friend” who happened to have the same name as my customer. The other ladies at the bar said she had left, maybe gone to work somewhere else. I asked the bar keeper if that was true and she said she didn’t know, but suggested I come back that night to talk to some of the lady’s girlfriends who always show up at the bar at night. So I came back that night and chatted with three or four ladies who were friends of the lady I was looking for. All of them had worked at the bar before. And all of them were married now. But they still lived in Pattaya and went to the same bar every night where they used to work (what is up with that?!). And they all said the lady I was searching for had married a man and moved to England. I was skeptical at first and I was trying to figure out how to verify this story. A bribe wouldn’t work since they had already given me the full story as they knew it. The part that made it convincing was they each had a little tid bit to add to the lady’s story and all the tid bits fit together. So it seemed like they all really did know her and she really had married and moved away. I had hoped for a phone number in England but nobody knew it. Maybe that would have been a bad idea, calling her on behalf of the European man. I wouldn’t want to wreck her chances with her new relationship. So, that’s the story. It was pretty fun. I got to pai thio to Pattaya and succeeded in my little investigation job. I wrote up a report along with photos and sent it to my customer. I’m sure he was heart broken, but at least he could know that she wasn’t waiting for him to come back. I think that farang investigator left empty handed. Ok , so I have been doing small jobs like that once in a while

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Fake investigation job was creepy

I have been doing small investigation jobs now and then. Gotta pay the bills ya know. Some readers might remember the story I posted on the old blog about one job I did. I have copied that post below so readers who didn’t see it can get an idea of the jobs I get now and then. After that I have the story of the fake job that was kind of creepy. If you have read the old story before then you can skip to the new story here . Here’s the old story: Secret weapon on assignment A European man contacted me through my dating site and asked if I could help locate his lost lover. He was crazy in love with her and had lost contact. He wanted to come back to Thailand and marry her and he hoped I could put them back in touch. He gave me all the information he had for her and asked what I could do. She worked at a beer bar in Pattaya and lived in a small flat nearby. Addresses often aren’t much use with all the little Sois twisting around between the buildings in places like Bangkok and Pattaya so he gave me his best description of the alley where the bar and her flat was. Ladies that work in Pattaya don’t always want to be located. So to find her I expected I might have to pay some bribes. I would also need something of value to give her as a gift from the man. This would encourage her to come forward and identify herself rather than pretend it isn’t really her. My idea was to have a prepaid international phone card worth 300 baht that I would put in a greeting card that asked her to call the man. The man and I agreed on a price for my mission which included cost of transportation to Pattaya and one night hotel plus some bribe money and the cost of the phone card. So I set out on my sortie, arrived in Pattaya mid-day, and canvased the area around the so-called Hard Rock beer bar. It wasn’t open at that hour but my plan was to try to locate the lady’s flat. No luck finding the flat based on the description the man gave. But I was definitely in the right area, because while I was snooping around the little alleys I bumped into the lady bar keeper who comes during the day to set things up for opening. I started chatting with her and right away she said she knew the lady I was looking for (people always tell me stuff right off). I showed her the photos the man had sent me of the lady and the bar keeper recognized her and even remembered the European man’s name who had hired me. So I knew I had the right person and place. The bar keeper said something very interesting, that a farang man had come into the bar one night a couple weeks ago asking about the lady, saying he was trying to find her for his “friend” who happened to have the same name as my customer. The other ladies at the bar said she had left, maybe gone to work somewhere else. I asked the bar keeper if that was true and she said she didn’t know, but suggested I come back that night to talk to some of the lady’s girlfriends who always show up at the bar at night. So I came back that night and chatted with three or four ladies who were friends of the lady I was looking for. All of them had worked at the bar before. And all of them were married now. But they still lived in Pattaya and went to the same bar every night where they used to work (what is up with that?!). And they all said the lady I was searching for had married a man and moved to England. I was skeptical at first and I was trying to figure out how to verify this story. A bribe wouldn’t work since they had already given me the full story as they knew it. The part that made it convincing was they each had a little tid bit to add to the lady’s story and all the tid bits fit together. So it seemed like they all really did know her and she really had married and moved away. I had hoped for a phone number in England but nobody knew it. Maybe that would have been a bad idea, calling her on behalf of the European man. I wouldn’t want to wreck her chances with her new relationship. So, that’s the story. It was pretty fun. I got to pai thio to Pattaya and succeeded in my little investigation job. I wrote up a report along with photos and sent it to my customer. I’m sure he was heart broken, but at least he could know that she wasn’t waiting for him to come back. I think that farang investigator left empty handed. Ok , so I have been doing small jobs like that once in a while. For some time my friends have warned me to be careful because I might meet not-so-nice people when I go looking for them.

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50 Free Resources That Will Improve Your Writing Skills

  Effective writing skills are to a writer what petrol is to a car. Like the petrol and car relationship, without solid skills writers cannot move ahead. These skills don’t come overnight, and they require patience and determination. You have to work smart and hard to acquire them. Only with experience, you can enter the realm of effective, always-in-demand writers. Of course, effective writing requires a good command of the language in which you write or want to write. Once you have that command, you need to learn some tips and tricks so that you can have an edge over others in this hard-to-succeed world of writers. There are some gifted writers, granted. But gifted writers also need to polish their skills frequently in order to stay ahead of competition and earn their livelihood. We collected over 50 useful and practical tools and resources that will help you to improve your writing skills. You will find copywriting blogs, dictionaries, references, teaching classes, articles, tools as well as related articles from other blogs. Something is missing? Please let us know in the comments to this post! 1. Grammar, Punctuation & Co. Ultimate Style: The Rules Of Writing The web’s ultimate guide to grammar provides a database of topics and an easy-to-search A-Z list of common questions ( via ) Use English Punctuation Correctly A quick and useful crash course in English punctuation. HyperGrammar An extensive electronic grammar course at the University of Ottawa’s Writing Centre. Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty’s quick and dirty tips for better writing. Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Covering the grammar rules and word choice guidelines that can confound even the best writers, Grammar Girl makes complex grammar questions simple with memory tricks to help you recall and apply those troublesome grammar rules. Better Writing Skills This site contains 26 short articles with writing tips about ampersands, punctuation, character spacing, apostrophes, semicolons and commas, difference between i.e. and e.g. etc. The Guide to Grammar and Writing An older, yet very useful site that will help you to improve your writing on word & sentence level, paragraph level and also essay & research paper level. Writer’s Block A compact resource with over 20 articles that cover abbreviations, capitalization, numbers, punctuation, word usage and writing styles. Paradigm Online Writing Assistant This site contains some useful articles that explain common grammar mistakes, basic punctuation, basic sentence concepts etc. Worth visiting and reading. The Learning Centre contains similar articles, but with more examples. Jack Lynch’s Guide to Grammar and Style These notes are a miscellany of grammatical rules and explanations, comments on style, and suggestions on usage put by Jack Lynch, an Associate Professor in the English department of the Newark campus of Rutgers University, for his classes. English Style Guide This guide is based on the style book which is given to all journalists at The Economist. The site contains various hints on how to use metaphors, punctuation, figures, hyphens etc. Brief and precise. Technical Writing An extensive guidance on grammar and style for technical writing. 40+ Tips to Improve your Grammar and Punctuation “Purdue University maintains an online writing lab and I spent some time digging through it. Originally the goal was to grab some good tips that would help me out at work and on this site, but there is simply too much not to share.” 2. Common mistakes and problems Common Errors in English A collection of common errors in English, with detailed explanations and descriptions of each error. AskOxford: Better Writing A very useful reference for classic errors and helpful hints with a terrible site navigation. Dr. Grammar’s Frequently Asked Questions Answers to common grammar questions related to English grammar, with examples and additional explanations. English Grammar FAQ A list of common English language problems and how to solve them. This list was compiled through an extensive archive of postings to alt.usage.english by John Lawler, Linguistics, U. Michigan, Ann Arbor. 3. General Writing Skills Writer’s Digest Writer’s Digest offers information on writing better and getting published