By simply glancing at the morning newspaper or flipping on the TV, one can gain a sense of how the current climate of our economy is impacting the personal finances of Long Islanders.
About 10 years ago, I wrote a column concerning “Where does the lost love go?” in a bitter divorce. The couple was enthralled with each other when they said, “I do.” They vowed love and kisses forever when they stood before the minister or rabbi.
I have always enjoyed a sincere list of gripes.
I found such a group of petty irritations in an article in the Jewish Week, Jan. 15, 2010 edition. It was written by Mark Pearlman of Jinsider.com. Here is the list with a bit of “Over 60” commentary:
The heartbreaking news of the catastrophic earthquake that hit the small island nation of Haiti on Jan. 12 has caught the attention of people the world over. The great melting pot that is New York has a large Haitian community and many of our neighbors are suffering in heart and soul along with their friends and relatives on the devastated island. Many people with no personal connection other than a concern for their fellow man are looking to aid the victims of this enormous natural disaster.
Bills Determine How Birds Eat
We humans use our hands and a variety of utensils to eat. By comparison birds have one tool: their bills. The sizes and shapes of Gulf Coast birds’ bills determine how they eat the plentiful supply of fish available to them. Last winter on Beer Can Island, Longboat Key’s northernmost tip, where my wife and I are spending our fifth winter, I watched the dining habits of an osprey, a great blue heron and a brown pelican. The osprey’s cruelly hooked bill was made to rip and tear, the great blue heron’s long bill was made to stab and to hold wriggling fish while the brown pelican’s huge ungainly bill was made to plunge into the water and trap fish.
Four senior citizens, on a Friday night, trying to decide on a place to eat. Two couples, in a car, not knowing whether to go east or west to the dining place of choice.
View number one – “Let’s go to a diner, you can get tons of food for a reasonable price.”
View number two – “I worked all week like a dog. Let’s find a dark place with ambience and a good bar.”
View number three – “Let’s find a restaurant with a prix fixe menu. I might even have a coupon.”
View number four – “Let’s go somewhere, I’m starving.”
Needless to say, the price-fixed place was the winner.
Don’t miss out on your opportunity to grab up to 80 percent of the penalty and interest on your New York State Tax debts this new year. Senator Kemp Hannon (6th Senate District) is alerting taxpayers of a simple way to receive a significant tax savings.
“Brrr … It’s freezing outside!”
“We are definitely not going out in that weather.” Lorraine says, “Let’s spend the day putting all those loose pictures into an album. I say, “We only have 24 albums of photos. We definitely need at least three more.”
Even though their last raise was in 2006, our Town of Oyster Bay officials certainly made up for it by giving themselves an average 10 percent in raise. In private industry, the average annual salary increase is between 2-4 percent. So the Town of Oyster Bay really didn’t forego anything because they made up for it this year.
As we arise to face the day, we have to be aware that the smaller, everyday things rule our life. “Boy, that orange juice tastes good!” It wakes up your mouth, and not long after, your whole being. Coffee and half a bagel are the next order of the day. Take your five pills and you are ready to go. I get my “good morning kiss” from Lorraine and I’m off.
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