Today’s schedule looks like this:
9:40 Appointment at the Georgetown VA
11:00 Go to work at the Inn to fill in for Mike who is going to a food fair for Sysco (Slower Lower couldn’t survive without Sysco)
3:00 Return home and update my address list for my 50th high school class reunion
Yesterday Bill took me to my dental appointment in Dover. It was for a fitting of a new partial plate in the upper left side of my mouth. That set me back another thou. While we were up in Dover we stimulated the economy by dropping dollars in Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club. Say what you will about Wal-Mart but they do offer the best prices for the best products. I don’t lay awake at night racked by guilt because they don’t offer domestic partner benefits. I shop where my dollars go the farthest. Just as I’m not moving out of the state of Delaware because they won’t pass the anti-discrimination bill nor offer same sex marriages, I will not discontinue shopping at Wal-Mart.
At lunch yesterday I read in the local newspaper (the Cape Gazette) where the town of Lewes is raising property taxes 25 percent. Now there is a way to stimulate the economy. Kick the peeps when they’re down. Talk about squeezing blood from a stone. Also in the paper was a story about the town of Milton beginning a property reassessment. You know what that means, higher taxes. Sure, they say some reassessed properties will have a lower tax bill. Uh huh. When is the last time you heard of a local municipality lowering property taxes? And just for good measure, Tidewater, our local water company will conduct public hearings in regards to their proposed 33 per cent increase in water utility rates. Yipper. That’s what you do when the economy is down……raise taxes and utility bills. God forbid that the employees of the local government and utility companies might have to pay part of their medical insurance coverage.
I still haven’t heard anything from the Census Bureau as to where I am to begin taking census class training. When I was offered the job of census enumerator a couple of weeks ago I was told classes were to begin March 30th. I haven’t heard a thing since. March 30th is this Monday. I don’t have a good feeling about this. While I could use the extra money and the job sounds interesting, I don’t know if I want to go chasing after some minion at the Census Bureau to find out where I am to begin training. I could probably make better use of my time around the house unpacking the remaining boxes from my move down here a year and half ago. And then there is the springtime yard work. So far this spring we’ve had very few warm days. This morning the temperature was 28 degrees. Not conducive to yard work, especially when the wind is whipping around my head and shoulders.
Time is running out, especially this morning. I have to end this posting and get ready for my semi-annual visit to my nurse practitioner at the VA. If I’m not mistaken, I think it’s time for the prostate exam. What a way to start a day.