A good friend of mine clicked on some sort of virus the other day, and it sent the following message to every single person in her address book:

I’m in a hurry writing this mail an emergency just came up, Information came accross to me that my cousin is very sick and if treatment dont start up immediately we may loose her,Please could you lend me $1500 this morning its very important i’m not in the position of sending the money today thats why i need you help i promise to pay back by thursday morning, I wouldnt be with my phone through out today untill tommorrow afternoon so i’ve only access to emails for now so you can just email me and let me know if you could lend me the money this morning.. Thanks i have to go now would be back soon.

Now – why is it that the person that wrote this virus is smart enough to write code to exploit a sophisticated software system, but can’t spell or use correct grammar? It’s obviously written by someone who speaks English as a second language, but why bother? Why not write stupid email hacks for your own native tongue? The atrocious spelling tipped me off that this was a fake, and my friend seems to be more embarrassed that someone might think she spells this way than that she actually needed $1500… But, in this world of SpellCheck, GrammarCheck, Text Messaging and Cut & Paste, are today’s kids even learning how to spell or write correctly? OR IZ THS AL THY KNO, THER4 THS IS THE NU ENGLSH? PWB.. TX.

My Dad’s Famous Tacos

This is the coveted recipe from my Dad’s side of the family – and it was the thing I always requested when I was home for vacations from college (much to my Mother’s chagrin.) These are the best tacos you will ever have, and probably the least healthy tacos you will ever have. But, as John Travolta says in Pulp Fiction, “it’s gooooood.” The key to these tacos is you must put all the ingredients in the taco in the order given – no substitutions. NO SUBSTITUTIONS!

TIFF’S DAD’S TACOS (serves 4)

1 lb. ground beef
1 can hot chili beans
2 cups shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 head of iceburg lettuce, chopped
3 large tomaotes, diced
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 pkg. 8 inch corn tortillas
vegetable oil
lots of paper towels

Brown ground beef in hot skillet, add salt to taste. Drain and keep warm. Warm can of hot chili beans in small saucepan, set aside and keep warm.

Pour vegetable oil in large skillet until about 1 inch deep. Heat oil over medium high heat until good and hot, using two knives or heatproof tongs, place one or two corn tortillas in hot oil for a few seconds until they bubble up, turn over and do the same to the other side. (Do not over fry – they are not supposed to be hard, just in the oil for a few seconds on each side) Place on paper towels to drain, two at a time, place new paper towel over top and continue stacking in this manner until all tortillas are fried.

Place lettuce, tomato, cheese, beans (do not drain beans), onion and beef in separate bowls on the table. Below is the proper order for the taco – NO CHANGES!

1. Place tortila on your plate
2. Add a few spoonfuls of salted ground beef
3. Add some cheese
4. Add some beans w/ a little sauce from the beans
5. Lettuce
6. Tomato
7. Onion
8. Few shakes of salt

Roll and eat – they are very messy and you will lose some of the filliing along the way, but the best part is eating the leftover on your plate with a fork. No hot sauce, sour cream, taco mix or other condiments are allowed. Try it, I guarantee you will love them. Tell them you got the recipe from my dad. 🙂

I will post a picture of them next time I make them.