A couple months ago, a good friend sent my wife a 100 dollar check with a note to take the two of us (her and I) for dinner on him. The letter, sent
from Upstate NY to here in the Midwest, had only one post mark on the envelope, but the original envelope had been opened, and the contents (the note
and the check) had been sandwiched between the front half of the original envelope (neatly cut away with scissors or a razor) and a 2nd envelope that
hadn't been used at all prior to scotch taping it to become the other half of a new envelope, which contained the note and the check. Extremely weird.
My friend didn't perform this bizarre surgery on his letter, and the post mark indicated that the letter never left the official postal route (as in
the original letter being caught in a machine or something) to be repaired or officially altered. In fact, the front part of the original envelope
wasn't marked or creased at all.
Okay, that was weird, but this thing that happened last night is what got me really buzzing.
My wife and I rent with Netflix, and every Saturday night, we sit down and have a movie night together. It's been this way for the last 3-4 years,
unless I'm traveling for work or something important preempts the tradition. I always defer to my wife's movie choices, since she's much more
sophisticated in her ability to find a movie that will be more than the usual big market thing (unlike me, who would just choose the latest
blockbuster). The Netflix queue is her responsibility and she's very much into populating it with movies that will be right for the time of year, and
I always wait until Saturday to open the envelope to see what the movie pick for the night is. It's just the way it's all evolved over the years.
Last night I was kind of surprised to see a movie called "Kill The Irishman" in the envelope. It was St. Patrick's Day, and my family name is pretty
notoriously Irish - even boasting of being responsible for the most malevolently haunted Irish castle (Leap Castle). So yeah, it was a bit weird to
see that title. So I asked her about it, and she has no idea why that movie came to our house. We checked the queue and it wasn't listed. So we
watched it, and its a true story about a Irish guy in Cleveland in the mid-to-late 70s who has a war with the Cleveland Italian mob and gets killed,
but his murder takes apart the Cleveland mob when all is said and done. When the movie was done, I watched the documentary (bonus feature) about the
guy and apparently he was an FBI snitch (as a lot of those types were) whose code name was St. Patrick (because the guy was gung ho about all things
Irish), and it struck me as odd that we'd have this movie about this guy who was an FBI informant with a code name of St. Patrick on St. Patrick's Day
for our movie night.
But, then I remembered the weird letter that my buddy sent us (how it got intercepted, opened and then obviously prepared to make sure I knew it got
opened), and here's where I have to explain why this stuff has me disturbed.
In 2010, I published a book and it is a true memoir about trying to figure out how to write the story of Alan Cancelino and his battle with the FBI
and DEA back in the 1980s. Alan and I wrote the book that provides all the proof anyone would ever need to know that the book's incredible claims are
all true. The truth is that it makes the feds look like idiots, and in the end, the reader likes Alan and sees that the feds were chasing a dope user
while inventing him as a big time drug trafficker to boost their local/regional budgets. The book's started to really sell recently, and I'm wondering
if there might be someone in the FBI that's gotten pissed off about the ridicule.
And yes, Alan is the guy who sent me the letter with the check for dinner (that got hijacked and weirdly repackaged) and another fact that seems to
link Al to the movie incident last night is that the feds had based their case on FBI lies that connected him (back in the 1980s) with the Gambino
family (making that Irish versus Italian mob movie last night almost relevant in the same weird way, since I'm Irish and he's Italian) I called him
about it this morning to warn him that someone who can f*ck with the mail might be either warning me or who knows what, concerning him, but he laughed
and thinks I'm making too much out of it.
To be honest, I have no idea what these two odd things might have in common - or if they have anything in common - but I do know that my intuition is
jazzed right up right now.
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edit on March 18th 2012 by greeneyedleo because: (no reason given)