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What I like about you

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Was listening to some old tunes and the Romantics’ “What I like about YOU” came on. A very upbeat tune that might have been a little loud for the neighbors at 6:35 am but my better half left of the day and as the shirt, she brought me says. “It’s not my fault, I was left unsupervised.”

Jukebox Photo by Mike Hartley

A Friday with many choices ahead. Should I blow caution to the wind and just enjoy the day, go burn some fossil fuels in the go-cart (it is very clean), catch lunch out, take some pictures and continue to listen to music. So much for caution to the wind.

I ended up working in the yard most of the morning and into the afternoon. Before I knew it I had overdone it so I came in showered and a quick nap. I turned on some music and now it’s time to go burn those fuels because it’s one of those warm summer nights in the 70s and the top can be down in comfort. And while I missed the lunch out I think I’ll take some night shots and just enjoy the drive like I intended to earlier.

I hope I don’t get arrested for disturbing the peace. I do like my music with volume. I’ll stick to the highways instead of the back roads.

Student Loans and forgiveness. My politics lean towards the liberal side of the fence but this is an issue I think they get entirely WRONG. This family, kids included was responsible for every PENNY of their college education. All loans were paid off on time or ahead of schedule. And no, I’m no well-off middle-class family. Many sacrifices went into paying for those years and now you’re going to give everyone else a free ride. Well, you should have told me before this you A-holes. Damn straight I’m pissed off and I think I’m going to voice my opinion on it more than here. Hell, with all that money I might be retired now, but NOOOO, you’re going to give others a free ride and raise my taxes to pay for it.

There is some argument that 40% with loans didn’t even complete the 4 years. Again, so what? They had one example of a woman who had a 20K loan for the 4-year part and then went and got another 20K to get her masters and didn’t pay either off and now has interest on top of that. Well DUHH, you shouldn’t have taken the second one because you couldn’t afford to pay off the first one. And the dumb-ass lenders should be stuck with that debt for handing it out like candy.

I mean when are people going to learn about financial responsibility. Are we going to support them all the way to retirement? I’m not saying don’t look at people’s cases. Some might have real ligament cases for having interest wiped out or entire loans reduced significantly. Family crisis, personal accidents, or medical changes. But just to clear everyone’s debt is WRONG and poses my next question. Is the government going to give me a 6 Digit tax deduction for the education we paid for? Well, ARE YOU?

I got a few better uses of those BILLIONS of $ you’re going to forgive. Maybe you can start to pay for the funerals of those killed in senseless violence being you can’t stop it. Maybe give hard-working people a break on their taxes because of medical costs? Maybe give they more substantial deductions for the charitable work and donations the common working man gives and plug the loopholes for those really rich A-holes who can afford to donate much more than they do and don’t need more tax breaks for it.

I’m sure I’m ignorant on several aspects of this, but on the surface, it rubs me the wrong way on so many levels. Personally, I’ve seen others abuse it and I’m sure they aren’t the lone exceptions. So I guess I better get busy notifying my party that I’m against this.

All I know is when I ran out of money for me I stopped going to college. Maybe not the best choice I ever made but it was the financially responsible move to make at the time and that has led to more responsible decisions down the line also.

The treasure of a life
Is a measure of love and respect
The way you live, the gifts that you give

From the song “The Garden” by Rush

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Old habits are hard to break. Thank goodness, I’d have no fun if they were.
  • Imagine being born now and only knowing electric transportation in your future. Never the smell of gas or oil on your hands. The sound of an internal combustion engine. The smell of burning rubber and smoke show. The exhilaration of shifting a manual transmission and popping the clutch from a standstill and feeling the front end try to point skyward. The future generation has my sympathy.
  • I love to smile. Because when I do I usually can make others smile also.
  • I was raised in the generation of POWER CORDS. Yes, I’ve been listening to some Who tunes.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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