Posts Tagged ‘TARP’

Pdrrrrp Pdrrrrp… (drumming fingers)

September 23, 2009

Whew – taxes are done – oh, I had extensions for corporate taxes for my consulting company and personal taxes for myself and for my parents, too – everything done, and done on time! I have even completed all the quarterly filings a week early. My parents deducted more than $30K in out of pocket medical expenses in 2008 – the healthcare system is surely broken, and I’ll be the first to stand up and say so. With all the hubbub and shouting, I’ll have to admit that I don’t know where it makes the best sense to begin the repairs, but we have to start somewhere and fast. In the case of healthcare, reform anywhere will be better than reform nowhere – my opinion. I don’t want to give the healthcare industry every penny in my piggy bank before I die.

The HOA is happy – new landscaping at the entrances, and the community property is spruced up with some fall color. My HOA budgets are in good shape and my BOD is feeling good about things. My testimony in front of the City Council regarding train noise in the neighborhood is done, and the “realistic demonstrations” are done, too. ┬áSo, on to politicking for a guarded crossing so that the trains can pass without blowing their horns (at 98 dBA in the back yard, and that’s really quite loud)! Crime the past six months in the neighborhood was almost zero, and a lot of homeowners are happy for that. Several families are being greeted by fathers and husbands coming home from Iraq this week – each in one piece, what a blessing that is, and we have their yards looking nice for their returns.

Speaking of trains, the economy has certainly taken a turn to the recovery side. “What?” you say? Train traffic before the economic collapse was several to four a night every night passing by our neighborhood. In April this year, the train traffic past our neighborhood dropped precipitously to several a week every other week. Beginning about October 8, we suddenly have nightly train traffic – one or two most nights, and that is surely a positive economic sign. Somebody is buying stuff!

My insurance bills have most all been cut in half this week – IN HALF. Thanks to AARP. The quotes are in, the new forms signed, and the old companies advised to “take a hike”.

There are about 150 Kg of periodicals waiting for the recycler, so I have regained some valuable floor space in my office!

My website has received a face lift – looking good except for the front page, dagnabit. I’m no artist – I need something simple and just a little bit dynamic with very few words to read and just three choices to dive into the website. Thinkin’, thinkin’, thinkin… I have an idea for a simple Flash animation!

I am beginning my review of a number of proposals this week for several billion dollars from the TARP funds as a “citizen-expert reviewer” after being tapped personally by someone in the White House. This will be interesting. I’ll donate a workweek to insure that some of the TARP funds are wisely spent.

So why am I drumming my fingers? Well, it was watching the UN speeches today that brought movement to the fingers. Gaddaffi rambled on for quite a while in the old style of Castro. Ahmadinejad, greeted by Canadian protesters (I was unaware that Canadians ever protested in the streets), pronounced flowery rhetoric and disruptive talk for a while but said nothing at all really to the UN Assembly (to those few who stayed to listen). These fellows seem to have nothing productive to do. So, as I look around at what I have accomplished in my own small world lately, and look at how little these two are accomplishing in their own small worlds, I am mindful that I could have done much more. And should.

I am drumming my fingers contemplating my “next great thing”. Stay tuned…

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