When I went to download all of the various instruments whereby the Feds decide just how much of my money they get to keep, I noted something odd about Form 1040. It seemed to be missing stuff. I offer as Sarge Exhibit 1 -
Well, all those lines are on the second page, and there's only 23 of 'em. Compare that to the 79 lines of last year!
As you might well imagine, I got the Federal taxes done PDQ. So I decided to therefore take a break and calculate what I owed to Little Rhody on Tuesday night. Which was also fairly straightforward, not to mention downright easy!
While I owe my Uncle Sam another fair chunk of change, Aunt Rhody has offered to pay that back to me plus a little extra to compensate me for mean old Uncle Sam's desire for a bigger chunk of my earnings. (Which is, truth be told, a smaller chunk than last year.) Not that I begrudge the old fellow that, paying the gubmint money beats having to maintain my own roads, airports, bridges, infrastructure and the like - not to mention having to shoulder my musket in times of war - that's what my tax dollars are supposed to do. What about all that other crap? (I can hear your plaintive cries all the way up here beside the Bay of Narragansett, fast by the border with the Bay State, why we're called the Ocean State puzzles me, but I digress...)
As we don't live in a perfect world, some iniquities are to be expected.
Anyhoo, all that tax stuff aside (did I mention that I have a net gain this year?), this is a new idea which came to me in the dead of night, and dontcha know all the cool kids are doing it - the "Open Thread" thing. Y'all can decide what to talk about. Or ignore this humble blog all together and come back "when the fat bastige decides to put up a real post."
Sigh, you just can't please everyone...
At any rate, continue to talk quietly among yourselves but I will throw a topic out there for y'all to chew on -
If I was to throw the names Yamashita and Homma at you, what does that bring to mind. (Other than, "Huh, couple Japanese dudes, so what?")Think people, think! This stuff will be on the final!
No seriously, what do those names bring to mind. Points for big words, first comment gets to set the tone for the day (as in, "I don't want to talk about Japanese dudes, it's freaking snowing in International Falls!").
Go for it. We'll be back to our regular blogging on Thursday...