April was a phenomenal month, much better than even I could have expected. The month did get off to a slow start with a couple of really painful days that cause a few days off from the running on the treadmill and getting my taxes finished took a couple of days away from the running as well, but the second half of the month, I just stepped it up a notch and finished the month exceeding even my expectations.
As my blog readers already know, I purchased some new Nike running shoes in the last week and they’ve make the biggest difference in the world in my running. I never would have believed what a difference it could make had I not experienced it myself. A friend of mine, Antonio Roderick, recommended getting sized for running shoes and I picked Road Runner Sports to get sized for new shoes. Their evaluation of my feet determined I have high arches and and overpronate when I run, so I should pick shoes from the “Stability” category of running shoes and $70 bucks later, I had some new shoes that feel so much more supportive of my feet, and having done a few runs in them now, have relieved me of all the pain I’ve endured the last couple of months. Sounds like $70 well spent to me.
With the election of Barack Obama to the Presidency of the United States, and the election of the most liberal congress in many years, the concern is that socialistic government ideas are going to be making their way to America and turning America into another Sweden. Sweden is one of the most highly taxed nations in the world and “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” a politically minded show with a strong emphasis on the comedy of it, takes a satirical look at what they dubbed, “The Stockholm Syndrome.”
To accomplish this task of seeing out the differences between America’s traditionally capitalistic society and it’s proposed future as a socialistic society, the Daily Show sent “reporter” Wyatt Cenac to Stockholm to explore socialism. In the process he meets up with Swedish people for interviews on the street, interviews of conditions in the factory of a Swedish truck manufacturer as well as government officials and Swedish pop stars Robyn and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA. The topics include health care and high taxation. There’s even an amusing surprise revelation at the end of this two part report.
With tomorrow’s deadline for taxes to be filed with the Internal Revenue Service (aka the dreaded IRS), I’m lamenting that I usually have my taxes done by now and the refund already long deposited in my account. This last year I started a business and have been getting my records ready for the itemized deductions. It’s been a long process that wouldn’t have been so bad if I hadn’t been putting it off. As Raymond Aaron, one of my mentors says, we only procrastinate on the things we don’t really want to do anyway. How true that is.
I’m almost done with my taxes and just looking forward to being done with it. I can’t wait for my refund but all the paperwork has to be completed first. So all my wonderful readers out there will have to make due with a shorter than usual post today. To those already done with their taxes, have a drink to celebrate and laugh at those of us who procrastinated.
My celebratory cocktail is being chilled as I type, so back to the taxes so can enjoy it later today.