The wind is cold and wild indicating a possible storm - hopefully - no Tornadoes this time.
As you know today is a very auspicious day.
First off today is Tax day- the last day to file for that refund the government owes you or worse the last day to pay any taxes you owe Uncle Sam, from the previous years withholdings.
“People want just taxes more than they want lower taxes. They want to know that everyman is paying his proportionate share according to his wealth.” . . . Will Rogers
Don‘t ask me why - but I was always one of those last minute folks - driving out to put my tax return in the hand of the post man, who used to stand outside the post office till the final stroke of midnight. (At least they did in Chicago and the suburbs.) No I didn‘t have to pay - so it wasn‘t that I wanted to keep earning interest till the last moment . - I think I just liked the slightly naughty feeling of waiting to do as I was commanded, till I had to.
“If Patrick Henry thought taxation without representation was bad, he should see how bad it is with representation“ . .. Old Farmers Almanac
Sir Knight likes things filed ahead of time and with all this E-filing - we already have our refund in the bank. So now in my old age tax day doesn’t mean as much as it used to- it's kind of anti climactic.
It is also the anniversary of the Titanic tragedy. I’m sure you know her story - even if it is only what you saw in the Movie of the same name. She was the largest passenger steamship of her time and was on her maiden voyage from Southampton England, to New York City, NY when she hit an iceberg at 23:40 on her fourth day out ( April 14th) and sank at 2:20 am April 15, 1912. Though new and supposedly well equipped the Titanic carried far less lifeboats than needed and this resulted in the loss of 1,517 people - mostly men as the crews protocol loaded women and children first.
Last but certainly not least - Today in 1955 - the future was changed for good or bad - time is still to tell. The first franchised McDonald fast food restaurant was opened in Des Plains, Illinois using the business philosophy of the McDonald Brothers - who ran a small restaurant in California. Well I think we all know how that’s going - there are now McDonald all over the world.
“It's almost seems as though there's a battle going on between the public and all the fast-food establishments, and, believe me, I think it's very tasty food.” . . . Regis Philbin
Have a really great Friday and a wonderful weekend.