Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Taxing Meetings or Taxing and Meetings

It was that time of year again, the two things we all look forward to eagerly (she says with as straight a face as she can keep).

The annual Civic Association meeting for the neighborhood was held at the Baptist church across the highway last night.

With the usual mixture of sheriff's reports, monetary accountings, and to add to the fun this year, a nice, long speech about the sewer work that will be done in the neighborhood soon, i cannot say a good time was had by all, but it was certainly informative.

Now i know more than i ever did before about how the phone tree works, as well as who has taken over it since Ms. Lily died.

We do have a great neighborhood, and a great Civic Association, so i go to the meetings even though it's not my idea of a fun way to spend the evening after work.

The other thing is tax season, which means Brother-in-Law, The Mouth, is already on me about when i will get his taxes done.  No, he can't do it himself.  Like Sweetie, numbers make his eyes roll back in his head, and like Bigger Girl, he can get lost in a shoe box, literally and figuratively.  To prevent mayhem, and to keep from having to answer seventy-seven questions per hour from him about it, i do it for him.  He wants it done as fast as possible, because he always gets a refund that he immediately spends on getting his old truck repaired.

This year will see no difference in that, i'm sure.

For those who may be interested, Rory Bore of Ink Interrupted is holding a coffee chat this week, but i chose not to participate (although i will eagerly read her post).  That's because i do not have a theme song, at least not that i know of, although perhaps i should consider the Looney Tunes theme to be mine.  Sometimes my life sure seems like it would fit.

Today is:

Ati-Atihan Festival -- Aklan, Kalibo, Panay Island, Philippines (main feast and final day of the vivid religious carnival/feast dating back to the 13th century to honor Santo Nino [Baby Jesus])

Australia Day -- Australia (National Day); Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Norfolk Island; (Commemorates Captain Arthur Phillip's arrival at Sydney Cove with the First Fleet, on January 26, 1778.)
     Australia Day Cockroach Races -- Brisbane, Queensland (the greatest gathering of thoroughbred cockroaches anywhere, with competition proceeds going to charity)

Dental Drill Day -- George F. Green, of Kalamazoo, MI, US, patents the electric dental drill, 1875

Duarte Day -- Dominican Republic

End of the Fifth Quarter of the Ninth Dozen of the Thirteenth Set -- Fairy Calendar

Liberation Day -- Uganda

Lotus 1-2-3 Day -- released this day in 1983

National Peanut Brittle Day

National Pistachio Day

National Speak Up and Succeed Day -- become one of those people who aren't afraid of public speaking, practice! originally sponsored by Polished Presentations International, but they no longer have a website, but i'm sure Toastmasters International can help 

Republic Day -- Delhi, India (pompous and splendid celebrations through the 29th)

Sailing of Anubis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (celebration of the god of the dead; date approximate)

Spouse's Day -- an internet generated reason to tell your SO how much he/she means to you

St. Paula's Day (Patron of widows)

St. Timothy's Day (Patron against stomach and intestinal disorders)

St. Titus' Day (Patron of Crete)

Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement -- begun at Toad Hollow School in Kalamazoo, Michigan in the 1800s, a day to encourage your friends

Up-Helly-AA Day -- Lerwick, Shetland (the largest fire festival in Europe, with tomorrow as a day off so everyone can recover)

Anniversaries Today:

Establishment of Rocky Mountain National Park, 1915
Michigan becomes the 26th US state, 1837

Birthdays Today:

Kherington Payne, 1990
Kirk Franklin, 1970
Andrew Ridgeley, 1963
Wayne Gretzky, 1961
Anita Baker, 1958
Ellen DeGeneres, 1958
Eddie Van Halen, 1955
Lucinda Williams, 1953
David Strathairn, 1950
Gene Siskel, 1946
Angela Davis, 1944
Scott Glenn, 1942
Bob Uecker, 1935
Father George Harold Clements
Jules Feiffer, 1929
Paul Newman, 1925
Anne Jeffreys, 1923
Jimmy Van Heusen, 1913
Maria Augusta von Trapp, 1905
Bessie Coleman, 1893
Douglas MacArthur, 1880
Mary Mapes Dodge, 1831
Julia Dent Grant, 1826
Emperor Go-Nara of Japan, 1497

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Phantom of the Opera"(Musical), 1988
"The Dukes of Hazzard"(TV), 1979
"Duchess of Padua"(Oscar Wilde play), 1891
"Cosi Fan Tutte"(Mozart Opera), 1790
"Esther"(Racine play), 1689

Today in History:

The fifth recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet, 66
Vicente Yáñez Pinzón becomes the first European to set foot on Brazil, 1500
The Council of Trent issues its conclusions in the Tridentinum, establishing a distinction between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, 1564
Isaac Newton receives Jean Bernoulli's 6 month time-limit problem, and solves the problem before going to bed that same night, 1697
The magnitude 9 Cascadia Earthquake took place off the west coast of the North America, as evidenced by Japanese records, 1700
The British First Fleet, led by Arthur Phillip, sails into Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) to establish Sydney, the first permanent European settlement on the continent of Australia, 1788
The Rum Rebellion, the only successful (albeit short-lived) armed takeover of the government in Australia, 1808
Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States, 1838
Hong Kong is proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain, 1841
The first US income tax, passed to raise funds for the Civil War, is repealed, 1871
Muhammad Ahmed ("Mahdi") rebels conquer Khartoum, Sudan, 1885
The World's largest diamond, the 3,106-carat Cullinan, is found, 1905
The Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Mk III is officially introduced into British Military Service, and remains the oldest military rifle still in official use, 1907
Glenn H. Curtiss flies the first successful American seaplane, 1911
Richard Strauss' opera Der Rosenkavalier receives its debut performance at the Dresden State Opera, 1911
Former Ford Motor Co. executive Henry Leland launches the Lincoln Motor Company which he later sold to his former employer, 1920
Rioters burn Cairo's central business district, targeting British and upper-class Egyptian businesses, 1952
Danny Heater sets a worldwide high school basketball scoring record when he records 135 points for Burnsville High School (West Virginia), 1960
Ranger 3 is launched to study the moon, but misses its target by 22,000 miles (35,400 km), 1962
Hindi becomes the official language of India, 1965
The Great Blizzard of 1978, a rare severe blizzard with the lowest non-tropical atmospheric pressure ever recorded in the US, strikes the Ohio – Great Lakes region with heavy snow and winds up to 100 mph (161 km/h), 1978
Israel and Egypt establish diplomatic relations, 1980
An earthquake hits Gujarat, India, causing more than 20,000 deaths, 2001
President Hamid Karzai signs the new constitution of Afghanistan. 2004
The 41st World Economic Forum convenes in Davos, Switzerland, 2011


  1. always laugh at your 'the mouth' commentaries. :)

  2. I hated this time of year while I was the bookkeeper for our company. All I do now is collate all the year's info, i.e., put it into bite-sized morsels for the accountant who then earns the big bucks for preparing the taxes.

  3. Oh hubby used to do my brothers taxes and he's just like the mouth. Bless their hearts. And yes he could get lots in a shoe box too. Probably something even smaller.

    Have a fabulous day my friend. ☺

  4. Mrs. C. once worked in an accounting office and always does our taxes. My job is to look appreciative and hand her the stapler when she asks for it.

  5. I applaud you for your citizenship and wish there were more like you...including myself. I also do not do my own taxes, but since you do BIL he certainly should reward you in some way!!

  6. It's good to live among wonderful people.

  7. LOL - my kids have recently discovered RetroToon and have been watching Looney Tunes. They love it! My favourite was always the Tasmanian devil - and I bet we have felt that way with our busy lives: going in dizzy cirles. I don't froth at the mouth though. Just in case anyone worried about that. :)