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Thoughts From Abbott’s Inbox March 26th, 2021

Thoughts From My Inbox
March 26th, 2021

Walnuts, Chips, and Instagram Scams

I’m rather surprised that not one person questioned the lack of  thoughts from my inbox last week. I was in NYC for three days, and as it happened,  there wasn’t much interesting news coming through, anyway.  So, for those of you who missed me, I’m back!


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Sorry- we’re talking about computer chips, not Ruffles.  You might have seen the news that there’s a huge shortage of semiconductors, and that it’s effecting numerous industries from heavy duty trucks to cars and consumer electronics.  Thanks to Paul Holter from Plymouth Church (Ashton swag will soon be on its way!) for pointing out that this might be a good item to share with the crowd.



Instagram Scams

According to the BBC, reports of Instagram scams have increased by 50% since the outbreak of COVID. With over 100 million photos shared on the platform every day, it’s no wonder that the bad guys have decided to put some focus on Instagram users.  The company (owned by Facebook) has recently published a list of the eight most common scams.



Stadium Living

It seems that an employee of the concessions and parking vendor at the old Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia lived in a concession stand inside the stadium.  That might actually have been kinda cool.  For a week or two. Reminds me of a former co-worker whose dorm room at Ohio State was actually inside Ohio Stadium.  Sadly, that’s no longer an option.



$4 Billion

According to the FBI, Americans had over $4 billion stolen via cybercrime in 2020.  The most common ways were through phishing, non-delivery scams, and extortion.




LinkedIn data shows that Cleveland has been a popular place during the pandemic.  According to research, the Cleveland area ranks 5th in new resident gain over the past year.  With our low cost of living and  affordable housing, this makes sense.



Walnut Smashers

I can’t even come up with anything witty to say about this one.  But walnut smashing is evidently a thing.  Why on earth is this in my inbox?


Real Estate

This week’s real estate email listed properties in NYC, London, Ireland, Texas, and Aspen.  Since I still have skiing on the brain (until fishing season gets here), I figured I’d highlight the $75M property in Aspen.  Looks like a cool place, but for that kind of money, I’d expect the bowling alley to have more than just one lane.



Back when I was a little kid, I was absolutely terrified (TERRIFIED!) of streetsweepers.  I’d see one coming and couldn’t run back to the house fast enough.  In the past two days, I’ve seen two of them right near the office, including just now on the way back from a lunch meeting. I think they’re out to get me.  Anyhow, it got me to wondering about their history.  So in case you ever wondered how they came to be, now you can find out!

Have a great weekend,





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