I have a conspiracy theory. No, it’s not about Area 51, nor the government controlling us via contrails. Instead, it’s about personal income taxes. For the second consecutive year the amount I am getting returned in the form of a refund from the Federal Government is nearly identical to what I owe the State Government. C’mon, how is this possible if not for the two entities conspiring?

The most important thing I learned from Monday’s eclipse is that there are still a few Rax Roast Beef restaurants in existence. I may have to travel to the Midwest to see if the “Horsey Sauce” tastes the same as it did forty years ago.

I can’t even blame the poor weather for my lack of exercise yesterday, I just wasn’t feeling inspired nor energetic.

Yesterday I finished reading the book “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow”, and in returning my virtual copy to the library discovered that I had already read a novel by the author Gabrielle Zevin called “The Storied Life of A.J. Firky”, though I have no recollection about this novel’s plot.

Wordle: three, my starter was TRADE
Connections: perfect, Yellow > Purple > Blue > Green

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33 Responses to 2024-04-10

  1. Barb says:

    I’ve never heard of Rax roast beef.

    Our Federal tax refund was very different than the amount I needed to pay state.

  2. Sally says:

    Wordle in 3 starting with NYMPH. No mistakes in Connections: blue, green, yellow, purple. I had to use a hint to get me started in Strands.

    I owed the Feds more than what I received in a State refund.

    It was kind of a crappy day yesterday and a sloppy run at the mountain last night. I watched a movie, read some, walked Jasper, hit up Publix and did laundry. I never heard of Rax Roast Beef either.

    I have Women of the Woods this morning and then work. One more night with Jasper. He goes home tomorrow.

  3. As an addendum today, unless you are purchasing a book to learn about Excel or accounting written by one our ITP Readership, I highly recommend that you use the Libby app to check out books from your local library system; the Dekalb public library system also offers audiobooks to check out. I’ve also heard rumor that the library system offers physical media such as books and DVDs as well! 😀

    You might as well use the institution that some of your tax dollars is keeping in existence.

    • Barb says:

      Allan uses the Libby app all day long.
      We use it for audio books to listen to when roadtripping.

      He also peruses the DVD collection to find more movies to add to our hard drives (he’s still mad at Netflix for ending their DVD service)

  4. Steve says:

    Wordle in 5, and had I been paying attention, 2 of those guesses would not have been made.

    RAX? I seem to remember a black sign with red letters- don’t think I’ve ever eaten in one, which may explain their “failure”.

    We were done by the time we got home. There was some napping, but first some quality dog time! 45 minutes on the trainer before Zooming the Games meeting.


  5. Barb says:

    I thought Blue was going to be the Purple category in Connections today – I thought – omg – I got purple Not last!
    but – that wasn’t to be.

    Wordle in 3 too!

  6. David says:

    Thank you for the shoutout , Paulie. I’m pretty sure that I’ve eaten at a Rax, albeit decades ago. At a minimum I’m aware of their existence.

    I consider it to be a win when my net federal/state tax liabilities offset each other.

    Wordle in 4, I was 1 letter off on my 3rd attempt. I might have had it in 2 if I’d gone with the starting word that popped in my head. I got halfway through Connections and stopped caring. No Strands yet.

    I read this week that there is a 375 year gap between when an area of the planet gets shaded my an eclipse. That means the field we were hanging out in last saw an eclipse in 1649, which is 29 years after the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. Thanks for listening, class dismissed! 😉
    I read this week that eclips

    • David says:

      Forgot to mention that I bought a ticket to see Cake in Asheville in August. It’s fortuitous timing, as I’m planning do to a century ride in Cades Cove the day before. I paid $40 extra to get a “free” beer and early access into the venue. There’s no seats, so I’ll be able to very close to the stage. My brother bought a ticket too. I used to sing their song “Never There” at the top of my lungs in the final years of my marriage. I finally watched the video for that song last night, and oof, I had no idea how on the nose it would be. This will be my third Cake show. They don’t tour much these days.

  7. Debbie says:

    Wordle in 2 starting with FORTE. Whoop! One mistake in Connections and a lackluster Strands.

    Add me to the list of those who have never heard of Rax. A roast beef restaurant would have been right up the alley of my meat and potatoes loving family.

    Glad to be riding a horse today instead of hours in the truck. Although, I have to brag on our truck. It’s very comfortable for road tripping and averaged 18.5 mpg for the trip. We had discussed renting a car, but I’m glad we didn’t.

    • Barb says:

      that is great mileage for your big truck!

      and – good 2nd guess on Wordle!

      As for Rax, I do like some Arby’s – so I kind of wish I’d heard of it bacck in the day.

  8. Jenka says:

    You might be interested to know that they made “The Storied Life of A.J. Firky” into a film which is streaming on Hulu. I haven’t seen it but Hulu keeps telling me to watch it.

    I miss doing taxes. Before I got into the current marriage I’m in I proudly did my taxes every year (using Turbo Tax) in February and gloried in my refund. Now we have soulless accountants. I signed the paperwork last week which I assume means they were done.

    David Sedaris was amazing last night! We got there around 6:00 and ate in the Marquee Club. And the best part about the show is David Sedaris is as old as we are and he wants to go home too, so it was over at like 9:00.

    I did not sleep well last night and I have a looooooong day today. As I’ve mentioned before (but you have no reason to remember) our dean is retiring at the end of this year so we are having a series of end-of-year events to honor her. Today is the big academic lecture to honor her legacy followed by a reception. I put chili in the crockpot this morning so Kevin and Finn will have something to eat for dinner.

  9. Barb says:

    now I’m curious –
    “The Storied Life of A.J. Firky” into a film which is streaming on Hulu
    I will watch this today -since I know I won’t be reading the book.

    • Jenka says:

      Yes, I think I will watch it now, too. Everyone has been raving about the Tomorrow book, so she must be a good writer. I won’t read the book but I’ll give the movie a shot!

  10. Home from a long morning of chores:
    Whole Foods
    Pay accountant for taxes

  11. Harvested another head of Romaine lettuce from WLF. I’ve been eating a lot of poor man’s Caesar salads this week.

  12. David says:

    I clearly spend too much time on email. Strands was super easy for me today.

  13. Barb says:

    very slow this morning work wise -then all hell breaks loose while I’m out to lunch.
    Allan’s in a grouchy mood (not much sleep last night at the firehouse & then a boring class all day) so he’s napping.
    Trying to figure out what to make/get for dinner

    But – my work is finally back under control now –
    just in time for our team meeting.

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