Thursday, November 26, 2015

Highriser busts a drug ring

Me? Prone to exaggeration? Maybe.

A place I often go to for coffee in town has free newspapers to read. I go there because I like to sit outside, the coffee is good and only $3, the staff nice and it is a great place to perve on hot guys people watch.

The first time I noticed some red biro markings in the paper I was flicking through, I gave it no further thought and forgot about it. The second time, I wondered what the markings were all about, remembering I had seen them before. The third time, I suspected there is a message to someone who later reads the same paper. I don't know what though. Given there is usually three copies of the same paper, how would someone who was reading know which paper was marked?

Here we have $4 and ice marked.


This page, six.

This one, to.

Birdie, and, The model.

This one, complex.


Am I on the right path here?

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  1. I think I see a new career for you when you retire.

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    1. Yes Marie, reading newspapers.

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  2. Maybe a secret spy gang, no that's to much trouble it would be easier to send a text.
    Merle...................

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    1. Merle, but there are no electronic records with this method, except now this is a record here and its electronic.

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  3. Haha ~ maybe you are on to something. Ring the anonymous police hotline (ours is called Crimewatch and it is a 1800 number) and see whether they are interested. Perhaps it is just a way for hot guys to be picked up.

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    1. Carol, I like the way you are thinking, a pick up code. Ours is called Crimestoppers. I doubt it is anything much really.

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  4. Andrew great idea sit outside and read magazines

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    1. Gosia, it is usually quite pleasant there.

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  5. I think it is a secret plot to mess with your mind.. :)

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    1. Snoskred, certainly had me wondering.

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  6. You could be on to something, or it could be a different message altogether. We'll never know.
    Did you send this post to the Police as an anonymous tip? it could be fun to sit drinking coffee and watching a couple of weeks worth of coppers staking out the place 'just in case'.

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    1. Particularly if those doing the stake-out are young and hot. Or even just hot.

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    2. River, no. I really doubt there is anything in it.

      EC, don't encourage me.

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    3. But...but...young and hot coppers. In uniform!

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    4. Hmm, I did not think of that River. So unlike me. They might be unhappy that I did not inform them straight away. They might take me back to the police station and 'punish' me.

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  7. Oops. Since university days I have always mark magazine and newspaper articles, if they have anything of interest. That way I can read the entire magazine or newspaper quickly, then go back to the beginning and focus just on the marked bits.

    No drugs, no spies, nothing illegal or dodgy!!! Promise!

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    1. Hels, don't tell me you are the one who marks the paper. It is so close to your work place.

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  8. Are you sure you were drinking coffee?

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    1. Jah Teh, you know full well of my teetotal inclinations, so that is uncalled for.

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  9. Detective Andrew - ice six to model complex -
    could mean something indeed, and I wonder what will the next red marks be, better check that one out and see if it's similar.

    That's a small fee for coffee and a free newspaper to read..

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    1. Margaret, that was over three consecutive visits. My last visit had no red markings in the newspaper. I was so disappointed. I was all ready to code break.

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  10. Hmmm.. I think it could be a little game two people play with each other. I wonder if it is related to something illegal? Worth mentioning to the staff without looking paranoid? Something innocent like "what are these red marks on the paper - is it a competition?"! The new enigma code breaker is alive and well and living in a Melbourne high rise.

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    1. Craig, I think I will ask staff about the markings. It is a Chinese Asian run business. I recall them once complaining about drug addicts walking past and picking up a teaspoon for heating up their smack, well liquefying it.

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  11. $3 for a coffee... Incroyable! Definitely 'Hels' work :)

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    1. Grace, coffee is starting to approach $4 here generally, possibly already in some places. The $3 coffee is excellent, otherwise I would not go there.

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  12. P.s. I will have another baby announcement in a few weeks, how did you guess :)

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    1. Grace, the gap just seemed to be be about right.

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  13. There are underlines, a slash, a large backwards L, then circled words, circles with an upward line and circles with a downward slanted line. OMG. This must be a code about something horribly terribly important. We must solve it to save the world. Put on the coffee!

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    1. I've got it. $4 million in Ice, at six, to The Motel birdie complex. Only Birdie means the motel has a bird name, like Pelican or Peacock, or Parrot. Whether "ice" means frozen water or drugs or diamonds. 'The Model is close enough, (one letter off) to "the motel" I say.: $4 million in Ice (diamonds). Meet at 6:00 at the Parrot Motel complex. (or bird named motel).

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    2. Strayer, good sleuthing. In Australia ice is definitely a drug in such a context. You know what you have done now. I am going to spend the evening trying to think of a motel with a bird name.

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