So Today I’m 37…

Recently, I received a letter from a girl from my old, small home town. She was one of three in charge of the 1987 class reunion and so it had the normal, “Will you attend?” and stuff. I learned that apparently three of my classmates have now passed on (reasons still unknown to me), but otherwise the letter didn’t have…

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Rearview Mirror

You know, there are many things in life that we take for granted until they are removed from us. I doubt very many of us even think much about the rearview mirror in our car(s) beyond making minor adjustments to it as required. However, should you lose that rearview mirror, I bet you’ll learn just how much you use it…

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Rants

Why I Don’t Have Pets

I’m not an animal hater by any means. If you have a friendly dog, I’ll pet it. Ditto a cat. Of the two, I would say I’d rather have a cat than a dog, because unless you have a large yard, the dog needs to be walked. The cat doesn’t have to be walked, since it does its “business” in…

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The End of a "Rich Man’s Tax"

On April 25, 1889, the United States Congress declared war on Spain, thus starting the Spanish-American War. Since wars cost money, politicians immediately look to raise taxes to pay for the increased expenditures. As such, Congress passed a tax levy on the 1400 “rich” Americans who owned phones. This tax levy added 1-cent to the cost of each telephone call…

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