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Friday, 02 April, 2004

I was reminded by Jon that today is John K's last day at PMA Re.


But since he's starting work next week at ACE Reinsurance Services [erroneously reported to me as RSI originally] I guess we won't have much time to feel his absence.

Translation: we'll still have to go out for drinks to celebrate his last day. Or his first day.

[Or whatever.]

This story kind of defines self-control. Or stupidity, but why quibble.

Canadian lottery winner sits on 30 million ticket for year

TORONTO (AFP) - A Canadian holding a winning 30 million dollar (23 million US) lottery ticket, waited a nearly a year to claim his windfall --

[Wait for it . . .]

-- because he didn't want to do anything rash.

Raymond Sobeski, 47, scooped the largest single prize in the history of Canadian lotteries with his Lotto Super 7 win.

But he secreted his winning ticket away in a safety deposit box until claiming his prize on Thursday -- 12 days before the expiry date on his win.

"I didn't want to do anything rash," Sobeski, from Ontario, told reporters, adding he wanted to take legal and financial advice before claiming his prize.

What will 30 million dollars buy Canada's newest multimillionaire? Travel, golf, a farm and gifts for Sobeski's brother, two sisters and aged parents.

I can understand caution. I can understand not wanting to rush into things before getting legal and financial advice.

But I would HOPE that my financial advisor would not be a person who said, "Now, the best thing for you to do would be to just let the government keep the interest on the 30 million dollars for about a year. Anything else would be rash."


House news. They got ALMOST all the carpeting installed. Everything but the Master Bedroom closet. The padding is in, but the installers claim that someone stole the last roll that they had cut to fit the closet. The installers - and Home Depot - are saying it's my responsibilty, even though my contractor and subs all said that there was a roll there when the installers showed up and they took carpeting with them after they finished the Master Bedroom. The manager of HD was supposed to look into it and call me back, but I haven't heard from "Rocco" yet.

On the bright side, the rest of the rooms look great, the doors are hung and hardware installed, except for the closet doors upstairs, and the steam room WORKS.

[Maybe someday I'll even get to use it. *sigh*]

Quote du jour:

"It is never any good dwelling on goodbyes. It is not the being together it prolongs, it is the parting."

-- Elizabeth Asquith Bibesco (1897 - 1945) British author, poet

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