Am I the only person on the planet who doesn’t like Betty White? Even if I was the only person, I still wouldn’t like her. Oh, I’m sure she can be a nice person and all, but I don’t think she is very funny and she seems very crude and vulgar at times.
I read a very interesting article at How recently: Emotional Distress: How It Affects Your Income. According to the (very, very) brief article, it says that you do not have to pay income taxes on certain compensation income from emotional distress.
Well, I get severe emotional distress from paying my taxes. Can they then somehow cancel each other out?
I found a cute Internet quiz called What Downton Abbey Character Are You? I’ve always like Masterpiece Theatre (it’s called “Masterpiece” now). Since I downloaded the PBS app for the iPad I have been riveted to one of their series, Downton Abbey. I’m a big sucker for British history (I study it in my spare time) and so obviously I am nuts about this series. I loved Season 1, as it really blended the historic period (sinking of the Titantic, the Gilded Age, etc) so well with typical British aristocracy (the lords and ladies, castles, entails, etc). Season 2 has become more of a soap opera and there have been a few lewd scenes in it, so the luster has cooled a bit. Still, I love the general history and I LOVE that castle! I have GOT to see Highclere Castle someday. I recently discovered that Highclere is the home of the Carnarvons! Lord Carnarvon discovered King Tut’s tomb in the 1920s– I studied that discovery thoroughly as a kid. I’ve seen a few documentaries of the castle…. oh, what a beautiful place.
Anyway, I took the little quiz. Cute. My first result was Anna.
Oddly enough, the scenes with Anna and Mr. Bates are the least interesting to me! My favorite characters are Violet (who doesn’t love Violet), Matthew, Edith, and O’Brien.
I took the quiz again because there were a few questions that I could have answered differently. I always got Matthew as a result after that.
Don’t I wish I could inherit Highclere!
Spring is almost here. It’s a two-edged sword for many of us in Upstate New York. It’s usually our rainiest season, and we sometimes suffer severe flooding. Two torrential spring rains and late summer hurricanes wiped a lot of us out last year. I recently saw some numbers from last year.
Last year, my area experienced almost 52 inches of rain, total.
April had over 7 inches of rain. Normal is 3.5 inches.
May had over 10 inches of rain.
I don’t know how much Hurricanes Irene and Lee brought, but it was a lot. I have never seen such terrible flooding.
Rainfall is only part of the problem. There’s just nowhere for the rain to go anymore. It used to run down small ditches and rivulets into the creeks. But excessive development in rural areas (we suffer from suburban sprawl here) and regulations by the Department of Environmental Conservation have made our area a swamp. The DEC forbids us from dredging the creeks and restoring the artificial banks. It’s not “natural,” they say. Uh huh, but 10 feet of water in our homes is “natural.” Bah, bureaucrats!