Wellington Street

In which we take a stroll down a very strange lane.


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"The Old Man"

He is clothed plainly in a olive green suit, with a alabaster colored tie and shirt. His skin is a sickly pale, with deeply colored age spots dotting his sparsely haired scalp. His eyes are a very light pink color, and deep wrinkles run all across his skin. It is hard to not notice his lips. They are black, as are his gums that hold his deeply stained teeth.

It starts as a simple conversation. He refers to you by name, and asks you how you have been. Always be honest with him, and never try to hide the truth. He loves to dissect people, to work his way under their skin and find out what truly causes them pain. If you lie to him, and if you try to deny the pain you are experiencing, then there is no hope for you. Because he will find it out, and he is wrathful for those who make it difficult.

This is a reported encounter with the specter known as The Old Man.

I was waiting around my home, looking forward to a night out with my friends from work. I looked around, trying to decide what I was going to wear. I finally found something tasteful, and made my way to the kitchen. And it was at that moment that I screamed.

He was sitting there, in the dining room, a deep frown on his face. The room itself is covered by dark brown woods, causing the overhead light to make his skin seem to glow. He turned and looked at me, and with a gentle motion he offered the chair adjacent to him. I didn't know what to do. I had heard stories of him since I was little. So I did the only thing I could think of, and took the offered seat, my hands shifting nervously in my lap.

Travel Smart: 5 Scams To Avoid

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When planning a trip, it's so easy to get caught up researching local attractions and fun activities—but there is more to planning a trip than visits to tourist attractions. Scam artists prey on the starry-eyed tourists who let their guard down and often play on the traveler's kind and trusting nature, desire to save on holiday purchases and lack of local knowledge. Nothing can ruin a trip faster than getting scammed out of your hard saved travel funds, but if you keep your eye out for these five travel scams, you’ll make sure your next trip is hassle free.

Bracelet Scheme

Picture it. You’re roaming around a local souk looking slightly lost and kind person comes up to you offering directions or sightseeing advice when, suddenly, he or she ties a woven bracelet around your wrist in a double knot then demands payment. If you refuse, the scammer starts yelling that you’re stealing the bracelet and basically attempts to scare you into paying them. Seems so silly, but it happens more often than you think. Be wary of overly friendly people offering services you neither want nor need and tell them to remove the bracelet before you call the police.

Tricky Taxi Drivers

If you thought taxi drivers in NYC had tricks up their sleeves, think again. Unfortunately for all the good ones, cab drivers have a bad rep for ripping travelers off and it’s not uncommon for travelers to pick up a bad seed (even from the airport)! Some of the most common tricks drivers play: inflating fares or telling passengers their selected hotel/bar/restaurant is closed, (but they always know a better one just down the road). Many taxi scam artists will refuse to turn their meters on and try to tell you that they are off shift so they can’t turn it on. Lies! Always travel in licensed cabs and if possible, agree on a fixed fare. Also, insist on going to your original destination and see if it is actually closed for yourself. If all else fails, have the local police number handy.

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