Thursday, April 14, 2016

Snowed Under

Yes, friends, that's right...

A big snowstorm is coming to Colorado. Oh goody.
    I don't know if it will be as bad as March's rendition on the theme. People are sure fussing, though. Even the CDOT flashing signs on the highway are thundering, 'ARE YOU READY?' Considering we live at 6250 feet (a thousand feet higher than even Denver), the odds are good that we'll get more than our share of the white stuff.

Or the end of the first month.  Whatever.

We have our own snowstorm to deal with inside -- we're still hip-deep in taxes.
    Paper, notes and receipts are everywhere, along with scribbled reminders to do this or remember that.

(And for those of you who finished weeks or months ago, and are really smug...
     I don't want to hear about it.)

Did you know why the tax deadline this year is April 18, instead of the traditional April 15?

Because Friday the 15th is when Washington, D.C. celebrates Emancipation Day this year. Normally they'd celebrate on the 16th, but that's a Saturday.

And what exactly IS Emancipation Day? 

April 16, 1862 is when President Abraham Lincoln signed the order to free American slaves. (Yes, I'd forgotten this too.)  It's a big whoop-tee-do in D.C., with offices and banks closed. The rest of the country doesn't celebrate this holiday.

An iconic black and white photograph of a bearded Abraham Lincoln showing his head and shoulders.
Abe, good for you. From Wikipedia

Shoot, I didn't even know it WAS a holiday. 

But as the Brick says, it gave us the weekend to get taxes finished. He'll be happy to celebrate it this year!

Might as well enjoy the moment. It will be gone in a few days, anyways. 
                  Along with those !*#@ taxes.

At least some places run tax specials -- especially restaurants. 
    Go here for one list.
    Another list is here.
    And a list for more things besides food is here.

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