week thus far. Monday flew by at work, then we had the big party for Pop’s 80th b’day. Great party, was he ever surprised. He thought he was just going to dinner with a couple of people, ended up with 24 total. And you just can’t hardly beat the Spaghetti Warehouse for either food or nostalgia. Just had to get a picture of him sitting at the bar in a barstool, couldn’t resist that one. Oh the scandal of it all, especially the beer chili spaghetti, if only the blue hairs heard him order that. And none of the fussiness that stemmed from the recent nastiness of a couple of family members.
Haven’t been feeling too swuft the last couple of days, after the party, I thought I was havin’ the big one as Fred Sanford used to say, kept SU up all night. Feels like a pulled muscle under my right shoulder, kind of but not really. Just overall feeling poorly too. SU got me into the doctor yesterday, been 3 years since the last visit. After being scolded for that, the PA ordered some tests and away I went. Felt like they sucked out a couple gallons of blood. At least the meds helped me sleep last night.
Went visitin’ with Pop last night, very productive. Found 2 out of 3 at home and both like the church and both say they are going to come to our class this week. We’ll see, I get that response sometimes and they don’t quite make it. Sent them a copy of our latest paper today.
Going to file the form to protest our property tax appraisal again this year. They have it increasing 7.7% over last year (depending upon which stat you like, inflation was somewhere around 3 – 3.5% last year). Property tax appraisals are such a joke, just another way to fund the crap we shouldn’t be funding in the first place. There is just so much waste in government at all levels its ridiculous. And I still haven’t quite figured out the whole idea of a “progressive” tax policy. I mean, why should I have to pay more for the same services as the guy across the street with a lower priced home? Does the school district, city, county or state spend more on me? No, of course not. Yet they charge me more across the board. And every year the appointed appraisal boards try to increase our appraisals so that the elected politicians can lie and say that they didn’t raise taxes. We NEED a 3% appraisal cap but I guess it’s just too hard for the masses to understand that.
Just think what would happen if everyone was required to learn the Rule of 72 in kindergarden. Then, they could look at my appraisal increase and say hey, there’s no way his house is going to double in value in less than 10 years, who are they kidding? But for some reason, people just don’t get it. I remember arguing with our mayor in a council meeting a couple of years ago, she kept saying that they didn’t increase taxes. I kept pointing out that the budget was larger, so she had increased taxes. But she just kept saying that she didn’t increase taxes because the tax rate didn’t change. If you give her 11 dollars this year and 10 last, your taxes have increased, my friend.
If only I could rule the world. Late.