Earth day is tomorrow, what will you be doing to celebrate it? Our world is much like our bodies if we abuse it, it won’t be around forever. I know we do many things to the earth that we shouldn’t but I want to just focus on one thing, one little piece, the cigarette butt. I hate let me repeat that I hate with extreme prejudice when someone who smokes tosses out the cigarette butt out the window of a car, tosses that butt on the ground, basically doesn’t dispose of the cigarette butt in a way that litters. While I am on it I really dislike any litter, it annoys me to no end. You have garbage find a receptacle do not just toss on the ground, you are making needless work for someone else and you are polluting our world. Also remember to pitch your gum where someone isn’t going to be stepping on it.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015
I am not sure what 4:20 means when the dope smokers use it. I have asked a few times never got a straight answer. I really don’t think that they even know, it is just something that has been said. I have brought this topic up before and what better day than today to bring it up again. Legalize pot and tax the hell out of it. I don’t smoke, nor do I plan on it, but I am unsure why we don’t tap into this seemingly bottomless pit of funds. I also look at it this way that we would be getting tax dollars from some who never has, nor ever will pay taxes, I am talking about the pot pushers. The money raised will be able to pay off some of America’s debt; it would also allow much of the extra funds to go toward treatment for those that have problems, much like the lottery has gone to help those with gambling addictions. Just look at the amount of funds that have been brought into the states that have legalized marijuana. I know much of the argument is that it is the gateway drug, I disagree, I feel that smoking tobacco is the gate way drug.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Not sure if you read the paper? I do. If you do, do you dislike the sticker ad that started out as a Sunday only thing then creeped into the Saturday paper and now graces the paper each and every day. I get that advertising needs to be sold, but at what cost? I would think that the paper wouldn’t want that placed over the front page, headline and story. Plus when you go to take it off, if you have big clumsy hands like I got, you rip the paper and then what do you do with the scrap of paper with semi-sticky stuff on the back? I know there are much bigger issues out there but this has been bugging me for a while.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
I don’t know how many stories that I saw pop up yesterday about the 15$ minimum wage, and how many around the country want it. I don’t, let me repeat myself I do not want the minimum wage to go to 15$ an hour, and it is not because I want to hold anybody down, it’s not because I wouldn’t like more money for myself. It is for the plain and simple reason of if the minimum wage doubles won’t that mean that every price will double, rent, gas, food, electricity, internet, cable, hospital visits, everything. I wish that we had business leaders who instead of huge profits rolled some of that money into wages. I heard of a local business that had such a great year last year that they bumped everyone’s wage up a buck. You know that those employees are happy. The federal minimum wage isn’t a maximum wage, and if we impose a 15$ wage as a minimum I fear that many who are in the ball park of that now will see their potential for higher wages. A fifteen dollar an hour minimum wage will stifle the economy.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
This is it; you have until midnight tonight to send in your taxes. Since 1955 tax day has been on April 15th. What started out as a simple thing, turned into a complicated pile of mess. I am glad I have an awesome tax accountant, and would suggest that everyone get someone that they trust to look over personal and business taxes. If you cannot get your taxes done by today you should submit IRS Form 4868 so that you can get an automatic six-month filing extension, you can find that form and others at irs.gov. As for the scammers and cheaters that are out there, shame on you there are lots of people depending on your money. See yesterday’s entitlement Daily Dose of BS. Happy Tax Day, here’s for many happy returns. Get it?
Monday, April 13, 2015
Its construction season! On your mark, get set, STOP! I for one am not ready for the backups and hurry up and wait mentality of the spring fix up the road time that comes our way every year. It seems sometimes that there are construction projects that happen just to slow the traffic down. Have you ever driven from Minnesota to Chicago, through Wisconsin? Has there ever been a time where there wasn’t construction? I honestly think that they are still working on the freeway in Rockford Illinois that they were working on when I was a little kid. I think lets finish the jobs we are working on and then put new things on our plate. What do you think? On the bright side of this spring driving, gas prices are down again a few cents from last week, which is good since we are going to be idling while waiting for construction this summer.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Couple things I am thinking about today. Today is Election Day, meaning you should go to your polling place and cast your vote. Here is where I am going to back track just a bit, I do feel that you should vote to bitch, but if you don’t know who or what you are voting for then maybe you shouldn’t vote. I think that is the first time I have ever said that. I kind of feel a little dirty saying it, as for the past um-teen years I have been pushing you should vote. All too often people just vote the populace without doing the research or thinking of the retributions. Second thing on my mind today, congrats to the Badgers and making it to the big game, the outcome wasn’t what you wanted but you did the state proud, and you got a guy who normally doesn’t watch basketball to root for Bucky. Also, it was nice to have a local athlete in the starting lineup.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Yesterday was April Fools day, I saw a few online photos, read a few stories about how Brett Farve was coming back to play for the Packers but that was about it. I remember when April Fools day was something more than just a few print jokes. Oh well times change, I also recall when I was a kid we never had cable tv, all my buddies did, but the Schmidt Family did not. That changed once I got out on my own, I for a while had it all, but never used it. Dropped to basic, had kids got some back and about a year ago decided to cut the cord all together, at first the kids weren’t happy but it is funny how things change. Now they are ok with it having found other things to do with their time. For me cutting the cord was easy, the shows I liked were all on the networks. I bought a few antennas, got Netflix and hooked up PlayOn and PlayLater, combine the PlayOn and PlayLater with my Tivo and all is well and good at the Schmidt house. How do you get your tv?
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Remember the pet rock? How about the chi-pet or the clapper? Ever thought how did that ever get to market? I have had lots of ideas that I thought could be the next pet rock, guess what none of them ever hit. All it takes is the right place and right time for many products to go from insignificant to significant and then back. What makes someone buy a pet rock or a chi-pet or any of the other millions of things that we as consumers buy, but don’t need? Because who ever needed a pet rock? I guess they are a lot easier to clean up than a dog, right? By the way this week is International Pooper Scooper week, again, a job that who would have thought would have existed.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The Schmidt family made it through the parking debauchery again this year. Tonight we are going to be able to park on either side of the street, for the first time in five months, and I for one am glad. I am always happy when April 1st comes around as it is the end of the joke perpetuated on the tax payers of the city of La Crosse, April 1st means no more alternate side parking, well at least until November 1st. We didn’t really have much of a winter snow wise this year, and for us to have an additional fee of parking in front of our own house, well that kind of sucks. I can see if we get big snowfalls but this past winter our biggest snow came this month and it was melted within 24 hours. I am guessing that all our parking money helps to subsidies something, but I am not sure what, as my taxes are still through the roof. Every year I wonder how many alternate side parking tickets will litter the windshield at the Schmidt house, and I am proud to say that this year we got none, zero, zip, nada, and that includes my 16 year old and that makes a dad proud.