Saturday, June 23, 2007

Casey Serin: An Off-Blog Topic Post

I know the focus of this blog is about my adventures into home ownership/ remodeling but since being let go from my job I have actually taken the time to get somewhat caught up on the Serin Saga. I promise a return to the normal boring posts of my own little saga but I would like to give my opinion of this whole mess.

Am I a hater? You betcha. Casey has been totally unrepentant in the fact that he has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars, committed numerous counts of fraud, and worst of all, he has lied to, taken advantage of, and willfully destroyed the credit, dreams, and trust of the one person he VOWED to protect and cherish, all the while telling the entire world of it. Unfortunately those are only the grossest examples of his sordid story. Do I even have to go into the fact that he taints and abuses anyone that actually tries to help him out? Not to mention the fact that he has humiliated and dragged his entire family through the muck of semi-notoriety, and actually thought so little of his own mother that he dragged her into his sea of debt.

When I first found out about young snowflake through the USA Today article back in September, I admit I felt sorry for him and his situation. I thought that he had been brainwashed by the dregs of society, those infomercial, money grubbing, scam artists that take advantage of naive people hoping to get rich overnight and call themselves gurus. As time went by I began to shake my head at his obvious refusal to face reality and eventually began to despise his callous behavior towards his finances, family, and morality. However, as more information has been discovered about young Serin it becomes more and more obvious that he has had origins of becoming a scam artist himself since he was a teen-ager.

Opinions seem to differ greatly at the intelligence of Fliptard. He has screwed up everything he touches. I remember someone on Exurban Nation once referred to Casey as having the fecal touch vs the Midas touch. While I had a good laugh at this reference, it did seem to fit. At the same time, I admit, from the beginning, it has crossed my mind numerous times that there is just no way all this is real, it has to be an elaborate scam. Then Casey would blog about how he had screwed up yet another opportunity to help himself out of his situation and I would waffle back to the idea that Forrest Gump was a mental giant next to Casey Serin.

It's easy to get caught up in the drama of the day to day or week to week spiral into the gradual descent deeper insane situations, improbable relationships, and what has become the constant trolling that has become the IAFF blog. All though, I have been out of the loop somewhat over the last 2 months because of our house and my loser w-2 job and got out of the habit of following every little post about Murse Boy. I have only been scanning the threads for the most pertinent nuggets of information. Since losing my job this last week I have been taking the time to get caught up on the story.

I think Casey is more intelligent that a lot give him credit. I think Casey studied the gurus and their "success" stories and decided he could be like them. I think he went into the house buying orgy with the idea that if it worked and he flipped them great, wonderful. If he didn't and lost them, wow, what a great story.

How many of the so called gurus actually have walked the walk and talked the talk of what they feed to the masses? How many of them are rich not because of all the "hard" work to get where they are but because of their own charisma, charm, and the frenzy of the millions of people that dream of getting something for nothing, becoming rich over night without doing the work to get it?

I know a lot of people disagree with me, and I admit it is even hard for me to swallow but after thinking over everything that has come to surface about Casey Serin, it just seems more than probable that this whole thing is an elaborate scam to be the next guru. I also believe that part of the reason that more people refuse to even entertain the idea that Casey is pulling off one of the biggest scams ever is because everything he does (or in Casey's case doesn't do) and blogs about can only be explained by the fact that only a moron of stupendous proportions could make the decisions that Casey has. He is such a moron that we all sit back and marvel that his brain has enough function to allow him to breathe in and out so we couldn't POSSIBLY be fooled by someone with such a mental incapacity. YET how many people that have actually had occasion to be in the same proximity as Casey marveled at how charming, intelligent, and coherent he is? Pink's song Stupid Girls keeps coming to mind. How much easier is it to play stupid than intelligent?

Just think about it. If you follow everything about Casey that the haterz have found out through their own due diligence about Casey's background and largely ignore anything that Fliptard has blogged about you can almost see the chain of events that has him on the brink of being the next guru. The practice blog, the research on having a successful blog, being a media whore to get his blog ratings up, now the book and selling the blog?

Do I think that Casey is some genius that has followed a flawless scam? No, he has too big of an ego, he tips his hand a little too often. We all know he dreams of being a guru because he has blogged about it but no one really believes he can do it because he is such an imbecile. I think he is closer to reaching his goal that we are all giving him credit for. Personally, I wouldn't be a bit surprised to find out that the REAL book, home study courses, and seminars won't have a thing to do with foreclosure but in fact about building and monetizing a highly successful blog.

However, in closing, I don't believe for one second that if I am right about any of this, that it justifies or excuses any of the pain he has caused his family, the crimes that he has committed or the total lack of common decency, morals or ethics just to accomplish his goal.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Quick Update

I am really sorry I haven't posted anything new in so long. Losing my job totally took the wind out of my sails. I have been so down about it I haven't done much of anything the last week. I really need to get out of this funk and get back to being productive.

I don't think I am going to try to get another job anytime soon though for a couple of reasons. First, I HATE looking for a job. With no formal education beyond high school and a 12 year lapse in a w-2 job situation no one will even give me a chance. It's so discouraging that I had given up after over a year of searching and nothing to show for it when this opportunity had come up. Well, I could get a job. I could go out today and come home with a job but I don't want to flip burgers or welcome people to Wal-Mart. I can type really well, I have a lot of customer service experience, a great phone voice, am very professional, and I learn really quickly. I may not be an expert at excel but I was learning it fairly quickly. I know MS Word and how to get around the Internet. I can file, copy, and scan with the best of them. Surely there is SOMETHING I can get a job doing.

I really don't NEED a job but I really enjoyed being out of the house and around other people again. It was really nice to have something in my life that wasn't about what to fix for dinner or where the kids need to be dropped off for whatever school thing they have going on.

I am really scared to get out there and start looking again though. I got rejected so much last year that I just don't know if I can handle it again.

The other reason is that I got my daughter's grades in the mail last Thursday and it looks like I am spending my summer tutoring her. She was a straight A student at her previous school but ever since we moved into this school district 2 years ago she has been struggling. So I went and got several workbooks and she and I have been spending 3 hours a day going over Science, US History/ Government, Algebra, and Language Arts.

Next year she is starting 9th grade and if she is going to have any hope of getting scholarships for college she is going to have to go into the new school year prepared. I don't think she is very happy about it but I hope she will be thinking me for it in 4 years.

Anyway, house stuff, not much to say. Hubby has been working on unpacking his hobby room. He collects comic books, action figures, hot wheels and who knows what all else. He hasn't had a room of his own to set all of his stuff out in since he was in the Air Force and that was 7 years ago. It was so fun watching him unpack stuff that he has forgotten he even had! LOL

I did finally get the main bathroom all painted. I think it looks really nice. I can't wait to get the ceramic tile laid but I am still anxious about taking that project on.

Then my step-dad came over Sat. and helped cut and nail the baseboards for my daughters room and she and I spent the day moving her from the guest bedroom into her room finally.

I hate not having our good computer so that I can upload pics of all the progress to the blog. I am working on a solution.

Other house news, my aunt is wanting to throw us a house warming party next month. I don't know the etiquette or even how a house warming party works. I have never even attended one before. She wanted me to register for gifts at places like Linen's and Things or Bed Bath & Beyond but I know a lot of the people I would invite to something like this would be more comfortable, budget-wise, at Wal-mart. So I compromised and registered online at I was able to add stuff to the registry that I actually would like to have for as little as $2.99 but also the online oriental furniture store that I have just fallen in love with sells through and I was able to add all the things that I am dying to have for my formal living room to the registry as well.

I still don't know if it's even right to register for a house warming party but if it's not at least I have a good birthday/Christmas list going for my mom and mother-in-law for the next couple of years. LOL

Anyone know what the etiquette for house warming parties is? I always kind of thought the new home owner threw the party but my aunt wants to throw it for us. Honestly, I wouldn't have even thought of a house warming party if she hadn't brought it up. I really don't even care about gifts, I mostly just want to show off how much work we have put into the place so far. What I really would like to do is take my mom's camera with all the pics of the house from the moment we closed to today over and get them developed and organize them into an album for people to look at. Is that horrible? I am just so proud of all we have gotten accomplished in the last 6 weeks.

Wow, I didn't think I had much to blog about but I guess I did. Have a great day everyone!