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“Great” Thoughts of the Past
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Now we’ve made it to Spring Break
Push through to the end.
You know the ones. You just can’t get to sleep, and there’s no good reason for it. It wasn’t stress. If that was going to happen it would have been Monday when I was still uncertain of the bottom line on our taxes. But that turned out fine, better than expectations, actually.
No, last night was just a bit too warm, and I simply couldn’t get comfortable. All I can say is that 3AM is not what it used to be.
What is it about some dates that seems to make them more consequential than others?
April 15 seems to be one of those dates that just keeps popping up throughout history. It’s the birthday of, among many others, Leonardo daVinci, Nikita Khrushchev, Seth Rogen and Emma Watson.
It’s tax day, here in the U.S. (Have you got yours done? I did ours yesterday and they turned out better than expectations.)
But it’s the events that fascinate me. Here’s a sampling:
Abraham Lincoln died from his wounds in 1865.
The Titanic sank in 1912.
Jackie Robinson made is debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
The B-52 made its maiden flight in 1952.
McDonald’s was founded in 1955.
The first Ford Mustang left the showroom in 1962.
The Boston Marathon bombing happened in 2013.
200 Nigerian girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014.
All these things, and many, many more happened on April 15.
Now, I will readily admit that the Wikipedia entry for pretty much any date will have similar lists of events, births, and deaths. I get that. I also get that, as a taxpaying American, April 15 already stands out on the calendar. Therefore, I will naturally be more inclined to take note of other events on that same date.
Still, these are some pretty significant events, and today is the anniversary of all of them.
P.S. Want to hear something funny?
I was a seasonal tax preparer for H&R Block for 4 years, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012. In none of those years, did tax season end on April 15. Whether it was due to a weekend, or Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C., something always pushed the end of tax season out to April 17 or 18.
The Dodgers and Mariners are squaring off this week in L.A. Harry has been trying to get me to declare an allegiance. The neat part is that, aside from setting the tone for the season, these games won’t decide who plays in October. I just need to enjoy some good baseball. No matter what, my team wins.
You’ve heard the saying, of course. Two things in life are inevitable: death and taxes.
I suppose tonight was about the inevitable.
We attended a doggie funeral for our friend’s beloved dog. There’s a lot I could write about that, but it’s not really my story to tell.
Then we came home and I got to work on taxes.
Yes, I’ve been procrastinating.
Now it’s time to call it a night.
Well, I can’t say today was a day of rest. There was lots of church stuff, however. I started out with teaching children’s church, which was pretty nice. It was a small group of regulars, and it was the first “normal” week in a while. It’s always great to see the questions they come up with. And questions about faith are protective against a blind faith.
Then there was the actual service. Our small group had been invited to serve communion, and Alissa and I were two of the servers. I hadn’t recalled serving in this way before, but Alissa tells me that we did it once in our old church.
I was actually kind of stressed about this, but it was not for any deep spiritual reason. No, I, well we, actually, have been fighting through the last stages of this nasty cold that I’ve been blaming on nights when I’m too tired to write anything meaningful. We’re not contagious or anything, but our voices do go out at inopportune times. Or worse, I feared offering someone one of the elements just as I was wracked by a nasty coughing fit.
I spent a lot of the service silently praying that we would both hold up through the process… and sucking on couch drops.
Fortunately, God came through and everything went as planned and without incident.
Our next stop was Costco for lunch and to pick up stuff to bring to our small group for dinner. Lasagna never fails.
That’s where the plan broke down. We had planned to m pick up a desk from a Craiglist seller, but we figured out that we wouldn’t have enough time to do that and make dinner. So we rested a bit instead with plans to pick up the desk after small group.
Small group was nice. Dinner was had, along with cake for Alissa’s birthday. Then we were off to get the desk . The seller was being very nice by offering to drive the desk in her car as long as we did the lifting.
Naturally, the desk did not fit in her SUV, so we agreed to plan B. Alissa’s parents are coming over next week, so we can use their truck for the move.
I was pleased with this development.
It’s been a nice weekend, filled with a sort of casual busy-ness. I like that.
Now onto a new week.