In honor of Tax Day (US) and the fact that I got to work really, really late because the air conditioning guy was really, really late this morning (ever live in the south without A/C? You can't.), here are some interesting news stories.
Geezer Loses Control of Car
Shocked? An 81-year old woman buying a car in Fort Myers, Florida (otherwise known as the nursing home of the world), forgot which pedal did what in the car and ran over 1) her 88-year old husband (he probably deserved it for bringing her), 2) the car salesman (he probably deserved it for being a car salesman), 3) a parked Honda (it probably deserved it for not being as good as a Nissan), 4) a tree (this one was innocent), and 5) a wall (a martyr, for protecting innocent old people on the other side). The state of Florida, which so recently has delved into intruding on peoples' lives by trying to take custody of peoples' brain-dead wives, needs to take away this woman's driver's license immediately. See The Automotive Geriatric for more on my thoughts about old people driving.
P.S. If you were going to rank the things that were going to send me to hell, this would probably be up there.
Pay Your Taxes
If you haven't noticed, today is Tax Day in the US. Tip: stay away from the Post Offices. The title is a link to a list of common deductions people forget about. On the list is Charitable Donations and Natural Disasters. OK - first of all, if you're extraordinarily charitable, you might forget about one or two specific instances of giving. I mean, what's $10 you gave to Bobby's walk-a-thon when you're giving $2000 to tsunami relief, you know? But how can you forget to deduct your charitable donations at all? That's like, the most common deduction, after your mortgage. I mean, all the charities advertise it. If you forget this, you're just not paying attention. And natural disasters? I know it's been a busy year so far, but would you really forget that last year your house was hit by an earthquake, caught on fire, and was then looted?
Yes, Virginia, Georgia is a Backwards State
In local news, the state of Georgia today passed a law allowing the community of Sandy Springs in North Metro Atlanta to become a city, if it wants. Some background: if you don't live in Georgia, you might think that government was tiered. You have your federal government, then your state, then your county, then your city, then maybe a neighborhood association (which is a government, make no mistake). Each defers to the one above and each has its own specific rights that supersede those below. In Georgia, that's not the case. We have more counties than any other state in the union. And most counties have only 1 or 2 incorporated cities. The vast majority of land is unincorporated. So the counties act as if they were cities. And in places where you have both, they compete against each other like little bratty children. Anyway, now that I realize Sandy Springs deserves its own post, I just want to say that it's about time they become incorporated. They've been trying for 30 years and the only reason they haven't yet is because Fulton County is taking their sales tax dollars and spending it elsewhere. Opponents of cityhood are saying things like, "this will cause Fulton to lose millions of dollars." No it won't - the sales taxes will just be going to another part of Fulton - the part called Sandy Springs. Stop competing with the cities and start acting like a county. And while you're at it, incorporate the rest of the county. Damn.