Out There

April 15?

Posted in Uncategorized by Pete on April 15, 2008

Tax day! Hooray! I love doing my taxes. How can you not? Refunds baby! Well, I guess if you’re extraordinarily wealthy you probably dislike them, but hey then you have little to cry about. Plus I’m an anal, pencil-necked accountant so I just loooove fillin out all those forms. In addition, I tend to think things like schools, libraries, roads, and runways are good.

Completely off-topic rant: As opposed to many Alaskans (oh, those wacky ADN commenters!) who believe we should dissolve state government entirely and send every Alaskan (or is that just “real” Alaskans?) a check for six figures and then we’re all on our own forever. (Or better yet seize the pipeline by force, secede, and bring the lower 48 to its knees. These are real suggestions by “real” Alaskans I’ve seen in editorials of the ADN. Oops, way off topic.) Back on topic:

Alaskans get worked up every spring about taxes, this year in response to massive spending by the legislature that just adjourned. Although they also saved something like $5B for the inevitable, impending, fateful, imminent, inexorable, inescapable, unavoidable, unstoppable, looming, rainy day eternity when the oil revenue goes dry.

Don’t get me started on those comments in the ADN. In fact, I’ll make that a separate post sometime. CRAZY stuff they write. “Even me!” : – )

Now for something completely different, what is up with the COLD weather? Nengllirtuq! The ambient temp was subzero this morning, and we’ve been averaging about 30 mph sustained winds all day (as I type this it is blowing at 37.8 mph). That makes for one mean windchill, like -30 to -40. Which is pretty much par for the course in winter, but on April 15th????? Come on, enough already! UNCLE!!

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