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June 29, 2013

Swinging summertime thoughts

Summertime,

And the livin’ is easy

Fish are jumpin’

And the cotton is high…

—George Gershwin

So there I am on a hot Sunday afternoon, rockin’ in my hammock, listening to Avi Nelson on WRKO, just taking a sip of my diet Dr Pepper, when I hear Avi say … “As you’re in your hammock, sipping your beverage of choice, listening to the show, you can call in at … “

After 40 years of listening to ‘RKO I know the number. I called immediately on my cellphone, demanded to know how he knew I was in my hammock, sipping my beverage of choice! Avi insisted it was just a wild guess; he didn’t really know where I was. But I told him I don’t believe anyone anymore: The National Security Agency is watching me! Through the leafy branches of the maple tree!

It was otherwise a good show, as usual when Avi is the host. And I felt better later when we all learned that the NSA couldn’t find what airplane whistleblower Edward Snowden was on, going to what country.

But imagine my dismay when I got a letter to Citizens for Limited Taxation from the IRS on Monday! You may recall I wrote a negative column about that agency recently. I took the letter to Chip to open while I cowered in the corner of his kitchen.

Well, silly me. It was just a nice note telling me that although I had not submitted our quarterly taxes “correctly” in April (I think I got busy ranting about “Tax Freedom Day” and filed electronically a day late), “we decided to waive the penalty for this period,” which would have been 2 percent of what was owed. I am truly grateful and will be nicer to the IRS in the future.

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