Death and Taxes

15 Apr

Oh my goodness, will you look at the calendar. It is April 15th already. In the United States folks are scrambling to submit their federal taxes. I never get why people who are going to get a refund put this off. Sure, if you have to pay, do it at the last minute. But plenty of people just make it a habit to wait until the last minute even though they are getting a refund.

Maybe they’re into delayed gratification.

Or maybe they are really invested in their identity as procrastinator.

This year might be a little confusing for the procrastinators. If their “let’s wait to do that” body clock is attuned to April 15 as tax day, they may accidentally not wait until the last minute after all. This year tax day has been moved to April 18th. That’s right–procrastinators have the entire weekend to put off filing their taxes and can then enjoy the scramble of doing it all on Monday.

April 15 is a very significant day in history. Lots of important things happened on this day. In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball. In 1783, the Continental Congress ratified the peace treaty with Great Britain , moving the United States one step closer to ending the Revolutionary War. On April 15, 1865, President Lincoln died from the gun shot wound he sustained the night before.

April 15th is also the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.  Damn, iceberg. Jack and Rose and the steamed up car window…that erotic sketch…the Heart of the Ocean…History is so fascinating, huh?

Speaking of history, the world’s oldest man died yesterday. His name was Walter Breuning and he was 114 years old at the time of his passing. He offered some advice for the rest of us on how to live a long life–he said you should “embrace change”,  ‘eat two meals a day”–Walter claimed that’s all you need, “work as long as you can”, “help others” and “accept death.” For Walter, at least, accepting death kept death at bay for a significant amount of time.

I bet Walter didn’t wait until the last minute to do things. I bet he took care of his taxes well before the deadline. The only thing Walter procrastinated on was dying itself. He put that off–but, according to his own philosophy, he did that by accepting it all the while. Benjamin Franklin said, “the only thing certain in life is death and taxes.” So, I am sure there is a lesson in the life and philosophy of Walter Breuning that ties this whole thing together nicely.

Someone figure that out and get back to me, OK?

Until then, remember, the heart does go on and on and…

Happy Friday.

3 Responses to “Death and Taxes”

  1. That Weather Girl April 15, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    If embracing change is part of the secret to a long life I am in luck!

  2. Fred Lehman April 15, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    Happy Friday!

  3. Gay Groom April 15, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    Al Capone killed like a thousand people and they put him away for tax evasion. You guys don’t fool around down there. Loved that chubby girl as Rose… not so much as Mildred Pierce. I don’t want to live to 114. 82 1/2 is enough for me.

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