Snow Jobs and Other Cons

Wednesday January 22, 2014

Outside the sun reflects on the drifting snow making it hard to determine how many inches fell in my area. As you can see from the rooftops across the street, some are covered in snow while others have none. It's not deep here in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn ... just frozen.

A lonely little tugboat pulls a barge towards New York Harbor, while another ship looks like a still life waiting to be painted ... not moving since the storm began. It's the Polar Vortex that has us frozen in time ... until another day.

For me today is about phone readings and socializing with neighbors I rarely see as most work and get home late. For others it's about taking a day off from work and catching up on things. Having lived in a house for decades, on snow days, I'm always happy not to have to clear away the snow.

Talk about "Snow Jobs" ...

Last night ... as the snow fell ... I watched American Hustle. No one can appreciate the opening scene as much as I did, because I lived it. There was Christian Bale, as Irving Rosenfeld, putting on his wig. The year was 1978 and he was Jewish from Long Island. At that time I was married to Ralph and guess what he did for a living? Ralph was the best hairpiece salesman in the business - sometimes appearing on TV and doing hairpiece demonstrations in the Catskill Mountain Resorts - with a celebrity clientele. Ralph's best friend was Irving Z. from Long Island going back to Lincoln High School in Brooklyn.

My first thought while watching Irving Rosenfled was, "Was that one of Ralph's hairpieces? No way! Ralph would never have sold him a hairpiece that bad." The rest of the film had to do with con artists and FBI stings - reminiscent of The Wolf of Wall Street set in 1987 and based on Jordan Belfort's memoirs. "American Hustle" is loosely based on the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and early '80s.

Jordan Belfort (July 9, 1962 - Jewish from Queens, NY) was a great salesman and master con artist who spent three years in a white collar prison in Nevada - (interesting bio). He has divorced twice so far. He is charismatic.

Irving Rosenfled (Jewish from Long Island) is a fictional character who was a great salesman and con artist. He got immunity, didn't go jail, and opened an art gallery. He divorced once. He is charismatic.

Ralph Levine (January 5, 1938) was a great salesman who never cheated anyone. He was a colorful character in his own right who could sell anybody anything ... kept it legit ... but met a lot of "interesting characters" along the way. If we're talking about major con artists ... Ralph sold several hairpieces to Robert Toussie - linked to GW Bush - Robert wearing one of Ralph's Hairpieces. Ralph wound up living happily ever after in Arizona until he died of cancer because he smoked for 50 years. He still visits his family and remains full of surprises even in another dimension. He was divorced twice. He was charismatic and still is.

Bernard Madoff (April 29, 1938) is another charismatic Jewish Con Artist from NYC ... who will soon join Ralph on the other side ...
Bernie Madoff has heart attack in prison   Market Watch - January 22, 2014

Everybody cons themselves about something just to keep going ...
This reality being the biggest con of all.

Script writing follows precisely timed patterns ... as does Reality.

The Wolf of Wall Street   Crystalinks