This week, I like banana-flavored Tootsie Pops. Who knew that Tootsie Pops came in flavors other than chocolate (brown wrapper), cherry (red wrapper) and grape (blue wrapper)? They now have exotic flavors such as lemon lime, pomegranate and my new favorite – banana. Don’t get me wrong…this banana flavor does not taste like a banana at all. It tastes like a syrupy chemical version of a banana. Mr. Owl never knew what hit him.
This week, I love our new microwave. Our old microwave had been around since Julie’s house was built. We’re talking early-1990s. I tried to cook something in it this past Saturday morning and it made a sound like no microwave had ever made before. I’m all about trying to fix something before replacing it but I knew my simple skills would be no match for a microwave. Julie and I bought a new one and installed it that very night. The new microwave is so much more advanced than that older model. I feel like George Jetson every time I use the new fangled microwave oven!
This week, I don’t like the delay we’ve experienced receiving our state tax refund. I know…we always receive our state refund after our federal refund. But it’s been over a month now. And we filed online. I’m most troubled at the signal this delay is sending me regarding the fiscal health of the state of Alabama. Methinks times aren’t good for the Cotton State*. Alabama officials probably aren’t unlike any other politicians in their inability to manage funds without waste. That’s what frustrates me most about the ongoing gambling issue and those that cry for taxation of gambling. But that is another post for another day. I’ll close with a thought shared with me a few years ago: Governments need to be run like businesses but can’t because politicians try to please too many people. Politicians don’t make for good businessmen.
*I was not aware that one of Alabama’s nicknames was the "Cotton State". See for yourself here.