Wednesday, August 03, 2005

A Business Opportunity

This is exciting!

I've just had this message come through on the Enterprise screen.


Dear Mr Picard,
I am a solicitor on the Ferengi homeworld. My father was killed under unknown circumstances on Diatza II. Before he perished he deposited 45 million bars of Latium in a vault in Rigel IV. I decided to retieve the goods.

This has been difficult for me as the consignment could get confiscated by the Diatza II's authorities.

I need your help to process the release, and then live a free life in the Federation. Then I can send money to my poor lonely mother.

You will get 35% of the takings as a means of your part in all this. Just send me all your financial details, and we can put the value of the Latium in there.

After that, we can divide the money!

With thanks,



Wow! It isn't often I get a great business transaction like this.

I show it to Riker.

He thinks it's it a fake; what does he know? He's just jealous because he's not going to get the 35%.

A few hours later, I get another message.


Dear Mr Picard,

The offer has been cancelled; Sorry.



Riker comes in.

"Has that offer been cancelled, Captain?" he asks.

"How do you know, Number One?"

"I made a few enquiries. Quark is a notorious con man on Deep Space Nine. Constable Odo now has him in the brig."

"Errr...thank you, Number One."

Why does he always grin when he gets one over on me?

Wait until he tries to play that trombone again; I'll have it blocked up!


Better Safe Than Sorry said...

i'm sad too because i already had that 35% spent!

Nic said...

I hate to say it dear Captain, but Will is right on this one. You give Quark your account information and you end up with zilch in there. Seems like Will saved you from loosing everything but your shirt and maybe your boxers. Maybe a thank you drink is in order? Anonymously of course.

And thanks for the welcome, it's good to be back. As Dorothy says, there's no place like home. :) I've missed reading your blog.

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

I think the good commander just saved your proverbial bacon.

BTW, I have your photo album, Captain.

Superhero Bob said...
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Superhero Bob said...

Never trust a Ferengi.

All they're after is your latinum and oomax.

Although that oomax thing comes in handy when you want something from them [like your plumbing fixed!]


Stationery Queen said...

Capt. Picard,
Tell me what a girl has to do to get you to link to her site! I've linked to the Enterprise. :-)

Trinity13 said...

What?! Riker saved the day?! And not my dear sweet Wesley?!

MommaK said...

My advice was going to be to ask Ryker and it looked like he knew best (sorry Cappy). I know we all get wound up with these things now and again but you must be careful. You are our leader and we need you.

Michelle said...

don't worry, Captain. lots of people were probably taken in by that one!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Better Safe, there are a lot of Quarks out there.

Nic, great to have you here again.

Jon, I'll take a look.

Ciera, you are so right.

Stationery Queen, consider yourself on; take another look.

Trinity, MommaK & Michelle, the trouble is Riker has that smirk on his face now.

Stationery Queen said...

Thanks, Captain. Have I mentioned lately how much I love the bald head? :-)

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