Friday, October 03, 2008

A Lot On My Mind

I've had a lot on my mind lately. Isn't that a phrase that seems out of vogue lately? I haven't seem to have heard it much. Or maybe I'm just not listening. But it's true with me. I have a lot on my mind.

There's our old (1983) Thunderbird that is in the shop, awaiting repairs. I know that repairs are an everyday part of life but what's going on there seems symbolic of something. In the seven years or so I've had that car I had dreams of parading it in the Woodward Dream Cruise, a Detroit area gathering of classic cars.

But the car's never been trustworthy enough to take the 70 miles or so to Detroit. Now we're just hoping to make it drivable enough to sell. So goes another of my dreams. Just the way it goes with me lately.

Then today our government is set to enact a government bailout bill that is supposed to cost taxpayers like myself over $5,000. "Experts" say our financial system needs $700 billion to cover bad loans that banks made to people who can't or won't pay back the money.

So, let me get this straight. I have preached to my kids and others about avoiding stupid taxes--everything from speeding tickets to running up credit card bills with ungodly monthly interest--and now I'm being essentially assessed a $5,000 "stupid tax" to pay for foolish bankers and people who got in over their head borrowing more than they could afford to pay back.

And to make it worse, my representatives in government added $100 billion more in tax breaks, of course I don't get any of them, to make it more likely the bill will pass this time. So I'll in all likelihood will be paying more in taxes to give others a break on their's. Just the way it goes with me lately.

Even the fortunes of my fantasy football team Da Blogs have gone south, being winless in four tries thus far. This, after the Blogs finished in first place after the regular season last year. Do you think that my winless Blogs garner any sympathy from my fellow family members in my league?

Here's smacktalk my brother-in-law posted on-line after he beat me: "Woo hoo, I beat the Blogs. Then again, hasn't everybody?"

And from my nephew whom I play this week: "I still respect you, Blog. And I totally mean it without even snickering at all...Oh that is sooo hard to say with a straight face."

And so it goes with me lately. My Detroit Lions are 0-4 also. Even my beloved Michigan Wolverines have been struggling this season, only 2-2 while our cross-state rival Michigan State Spartans are 4-1. Some are predicting that the Spartans may actually finish better in the Big Ten this year, something that hasn't occurred in something like 40 years.

I think I'd rather pay for the bail-out.


Blogger jan said...

Gosh, Dave, I'd like to say something consoling about peaks and valleys. But I'm a Wolverine fan, a 49ers fan and my fantasy football team has tanked. And Congress has put us all in a never ending valley it seems.

6:33 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Well Dave, they didn't listen to me when I said, "NO" to the bailout.....How many more companies are we going to bail out before all of this is over?.... Did they do anything to fix the problems that caused the bailout? NO!!!! All they did was add some pork! Don't get me started.....

Sorry you are having trouble with your sports teams, sometimes they just have a bad year....

8:07 PM  
Blogger Babette said...

SPARTANS love a little smacktalk.

You'll need to bottle up some Juice and make Threet a threat today, Dave.

Or just come over to the winning GREEN side!

8:02 AM  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

No, no, Dave. It isn't that bad. Yo, it's NEVER as bad as that.

4:51 PM  
Blogger Betty said...

I must be a little behind on something here. How did you find out how much this bailout is going to cost you? I want to find out how much it's going to cost me. Is there a website where you can fill in your salary info and get your price?

And your distress over your teams makes me glad that I don't follow sports. I avoid them as much as possible. And you know how impossible that is, considering where I live. My house is just north of the university. Even I know that right now, in the 3rd quarter in Wisconsin, they're tied 10-10. You just can't avoid it.


7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheer up, you have a lot to look forward to. For instance, you you don't have that to look forward to; well there is always....nope, I guess I can't say you have that going for you either; Oh, I know, you've got.... well wait, you don't have that either.

Umm, I guess you always have the golden years, or are you past them already?

9:18 PM  
Blogger Babette said...

Sorry to hear that you got Juiced today, Dave. At least there is a new Michigan Stadium record.

You guessed correctly regarding skunk bear nightmares here. We play the Bellevue Wolverines in a couple of weeks. Our guys are taking extra yoga classes to power up and stay focused. Here is a photo of Malcolm from last night's rainy (of course!) game:

No double overtime needed for my beloved SPARTANS to halt the Hawkeyes this year!

9:56 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

JAN--Thanks, Jan. Misery loves company too. It helps.

LUCY--I agree with you on the bail-out. And everything seems to be laden with pork in Washington. Me suspects it could get a lot worse soon too.

BABETTE--You seem to have a lot of time on your hands lately to be spending it here picking on me. Don't you have children to tend to, yoga to teach, other Wolverines to harrass?

Great photo of your son. Put it in his scrapbook. I'm guessing he's one of the defensive standouts this year. We could have used someone like him yesterday.

HOSS--Never that bad, eh. I'm assuming you mean Babette's suggestion that I climb on the MSU bandwagon. Very true. It'll never get that bad.

BETTY--Seems like I just heard a news report that this bail-out would cost each taxpayer $5,000 or something like that, or $2,000 for every man, woman and child in America.

Awwww, you had me excited there, thinking that OSU might have lost. But I just checked and they pulled out a last-minute victory.

ANONYMOUS--This sounds like Vic. I do have today's fantasy game against you to look forward to. So as a McCain-Palin supporter, you say you'd rather see an Obama victory than lose to me today. Very likely that you're going to be doubly disappointed, dude.

6:41 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

When it rains, it pours, eh?

Why the heck did the Lions keep Millen for so long? He should have been gone a few years ago.

Anonymous up there is talking some smack...I chuckled when I read the comment.

12:15 PM  
Blogger Carine said...

ah Dave, so you're also having a bummer of a week I hear. Maybe it's something in the air?
Things will look up and get better, maybe not in the near future, but they will improve.

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave's Dad here.Hey everybody, Daves up, Daves up, He just beat his Nephew in fantasy football.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

FRED--I don't know why they kept Millen as long as they did, other than the guy really does want to win. He just doesn't know how.

I believe that smacktalk came from my nephew whom I'm playing this weekend. So far I'm winning going into tonight's game, but he has Adrian Peterson on his team (Minnesota's running back), so it could be close.

CARINE--Let's hope things get better all over--the economy, the war(s), the job picture, etc. I just need to be more optimistic.

DAD--No I didn't win, not yet. There's still a game to be played tonight. You still have an outside chance to win too if your QB Drew Brees has an outstanding game. You've been lucky so far.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops,I mean he is beating his nephew.But I,ll bet he is still up. He may be biting his nails a little right now.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

STUPID TAX now that is what they should name it.. I agree.. disgusting to say the least.. Hope your week is great Dave..

9:38 AM  
Blogger Kacey said...

We are are standing about with horrified looks on our faces, Dave. Some of us are retirees with apparently unfixed incomes. I think I'll be like Scarlet and wait until tomorrow to think about the whole thing...
One thing that ought to get a smile out of you....Michigan is going to play Yhe University of Toledo. That should raise their win/loss ratio. Toledo Tom is having a bad year (even though he goes to our church and we all pray for the team.)
We're heading for FLorida this weekend...I'll think of you when the sunshine is falling all over our sidewalks. (You don't have to shovel sunshine)

5:06 PM  
Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Big Dave ~
I think you hit the nail on the head with this comment...

"and now I'm being essentially assessed a $5,000 "stupid tax" to pay for foolish bankers and people who got in over their head borrowing more than they could afford to pay back.

But as for that NCAA football stuff... think Big XII or SEC! :-)
~ jb///

9:00 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

DAD--Turns out that I didn't have to sweat out the Monday night game. I finally won a game. The "enforcer" is next. Boo-yeah!!!

CAROLDEE--Just saw my doctor today and he said my latest tests were my best yet. So in the "if you've got your health you've got everything" world of our's, I guess I had a better week.

KACEY--My Wolverines need a win any way they can get it. Plunder the Rockets!

LZ--You hit the nail on the head. College football prospects don't like to come north to play in the cold anymore. The SEC and Pac12 always get the cream of the recruiting crop.

3:12 PM  
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