Sunday, May 24, 2015

Reflections of a Lawn Sale

Although I have been working steadily to downsize the house, it has been a few years since I’ve held a lawn sale.  During this stint of downsizing I have largely relied upon either donations or Craig’s List and both have been good resources to knocking down clutter, but each has its limitations.  For example, Craig’s List is great for ticket items over $5 or $10, but isn’t so good if you have a lot of “small” priced items.  Donations are great, there is the intrinsic value of contributing to a good cause; however, financially you will need to itemize to benefit which means record keeping and also keep in mind that a deduction only reduces the amount that you are taxed on.  (For example, if you donate $100 worth of stuff and your tax rate is 20%, the value of the tax deduction is $20, not $100).  With this being said, I am going to hit some of the high notes from my recent lawn sale experience.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

If you don't have anything good to say...

There's a saying, "if you don't have anything good to say, don't say nothing at all".  Sometimes that might be good advice and this frame of thought may partially account for my absence in posting.  (A contributing explanation is that I've found other things to occupy my time such as reading David McCullough's, "The Path Between the Seas" and other activities).  Regardless, I am well aware that sometimes the views expressed on "My Turn Quips" are not the politically correct rubble that is so often postulated ad nauseam elsewhere.  This post will more closely approximate a rant of miscellaneous thoughts.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The many faces of giving up

Giving up - we all know the words and we all feel the negativity associated with the notion of "giving up".  We embrace perseverance - those we point to and say "he's a fighter...".  But what about those of us who aren't fighters?  And does "giving up" deserve the dread and negativity that we attribute to the phenomena?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Craig’s list rental scam

I mentioned in a recent post that my daughter is graduating and (even better) has a job lined up in Rutland, Vermont.  With graduation just around the corner she needed to secure housing to begin her career and it was during this housing hunt that we stumbled on an example of a rental scam that, unfortunately, arises on Craig’s list.  My wife and daughter spotted a small house being advertised for rent.  The background story was that the alleged owner had tried to sell it but ran out of time and was transferred to California.  The advertised price was very attractive – not a “give away,” but lower than market.  This was somewhat explained by the alleged owner who related that they wanted to find the “right person” – at times referring to wanting a “god fearing person” and a “clean freak” who would take care of their property.  The alleged owner followed up with a number of pictures and a simple rental application which was a series of questions.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

I’m confused, you’re confused, we’re all confused

I've rather enjoyed the banter and great ado being expressed regarding Indiana’s recently passed religious freedom law.  As is customary, the yellow media has once again been quick to give great coverage to the protests, but little has been shared in regards to the facts.  In this post, I’m going to explore some of my thoughts and questions in regards to religious and sexual freedom.

There is an allegation that the law will lead to discrimination against gays…maybe so and maybe not… If this is the case, my first question is how would these businesses be able to determine sexual preference?   Are gay-dar detectors available that can be purchased and installed at the entry ways so that lights and alarms will sound?  Or are scantily clad mannequins of each gender installed and if someone appears aroused by the wrong mannequin they are asked to leave?  I suppose if a couple broke out in a full scale sex show in the store that would be a giveaway, but I’d venture to guess that this would be objectionable whether it be hetero or homo.