Wednesday, June 07, 2006


I received an e-mail from Dr. Vincent “Wally” Bole ( after signing up at the Retriever of Truth website. The transcription reads:

“You're about to enter...

First let's start this by saying, “thank you.”

There's a word into which dreams can come true. This email is your gateway to that word and more that will open your mind and your consciousness.

Imagine a field - a field of yellow... yellow labs running free, playful, and enjoying each other's company. But in their hearts they are not complete. They miss an integral part of their being and the thing that makes their existence complete. That one thing is the “word” for which we all search - mankind and labkind.

But first a story.

I was checking into a hotel and a dapper porter escorts me to my room. As we’re going up the elevator in total silence I decide to ask him his name. He replies, “Mandrake Wig” and immediately starts to explain the odd name, his German ancestry, and his mother's preoccupation with botany. He ends the story by saying, “my friends just call me Manny.”

We continue talking about our lives, hopes, and dreams as I'm getting settled in my room. When he's done I offer a generous tip but he refuses saying, “Let me give you a tip, a single word that will enrich your life, as it has mine.” I accept.

The next day I go to the front desk to leave a tip for Manny. They tell me no such person works there. I question everyone with no luck. I think about what he told me and write down his name so I don't forget it. As I write I see something in the letters. I rearrange a few and create the words, “waking dream.”

The word he gave me that day was - YOU.

Yours truly, Dr. Vincent “Wally” Bole”

Observations concerning the e-mail:
1. The word “world” is misspelled as word four times.
2. Possible passwords for later: waking dream, porter, YOU, thank you, yellow lab
3. Possible new character: Mandrake Wig (this may have been an elaborate way to pass on a password and may not be an “in-game” person at all.)
4. Mandrake Wig anagram = “waking dream”
5. Wally Bole anagram = “Yellow Lab”

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