The sun's shining and that's a good reason to hit the streets and celebrate. Officially, it's Happy September 28th, since there's no official holiday today, but most of the denizens of AREA 51 will drink to almost anything (including potato week), so Happy September 28th it is ! I'm sure that there'll be many toasts to that and other things such as world peace.
Tonight's Karaoke night at Lakes Cafe and Pub and I always enjoy that. Since everyone's been indoors this week due to the constant rain, I'm sure cabin fever has taken it's toll and the place will be buzzin'. I hope you'll join me tonight !
CNN has a story today about Pedro Zapeta, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala wha was stopped at the airport with $59,000.00 he had saved working as a dishwasher. The money was seized by customs, mainly due to the fact that all monies over $10,000.00 taken out of the country has to be declared. Mr. Zapeta has attempted to regain his monies and due to CNN's airing of his plight, donations have been sent to him (currently held in trust). His reasoning for wanting all of his money back is that he was unaware that this particular law existed (reporting amounts over 10K).
He was offered $10,000.00 and the $9,000.00 in donations to leave the U.S. and return to Guatemala. He refused the offer. Now the IRS is holding the $9K for taxes on the donations and as taxes on the monies he earned working in the U.S. It seems Mr. Zapeta never bothered to report his income or pay his taxes. Although washing dishes is no piece of cake, I'm sure we all could squirrel away a few pesos if we didn't report our income or pay our taxes.
Mr. Zapeta said, "I no longer feel good about this country." Well, Pedro, here's the plan. When you're a playing a game you have to play by the rules. You have to enter the U.S. legally, report your income and pay your taxes. Sorry for the inconvenience, Pedro, but if we were playing the game of Monopoly, you would not pass go, you would not collect your monies and go directly to jail.
The Pictures: First and foremost, there are three fantastic pictures of flowers taken after the rains by my pal, Nancy. Then, I have a picture of the "Fall Cake" prepared by my pal, Anne. There's the Kramdens, Mama and Baby Katz, a really big katzfish, and a Siberian Husky stealing a cookie. There's also a picture of my (ex) mother-in-law's response to my request for a loan.
This Date In History: 1941; Choosing not to sit out the season's final double header to protect his .400 batting average, Boston Red Sox outfielder, Ted Williams, gets six hits in eight at-bats to finish the season with a .406 average. 1951; Quarterback Norm Van Brocklin of the Los Angeles Rams sets the NFL record for passing in a single game when he throws for 554 yards. 1960; In Boston's Fenway Park, 42 year old Red Sox outfielder, Ted Williams, hits his 521st home run in the final swing of his career.
Birthdays: Ed Sullivan, TV host (1901), Al Capp, political cartoonist and creator of the comic strip, "Lil Abner" (1909), Marcelo Mastroianni, actor (1923), Brigitte Bardot, actress (1934).
The Hits Just Keep On Coming:
An old man goes to a priest to ask him if he can help him to remove a "Curse" that he has been living with for the last 40 years. The priest says, "I don't believe in curses, but tell me what it is and I'll see if I can help you."
The old man replies without hesitation, "I now pronounce you man and wife."
The old man goes to the Rabbi and tells him, "You have to help me, Rabbi, I think my wife is trying to poison me." The Rabbi says, "Let me talk to her and I'll see what I can find out and I'll let you know."
The following day the Rabbi meets with the old man and says, "I spoke to your wife. I spoke to her on the phone for three hours. You want my advice?" The man says, "Yes", and the Rabbi replies, "Take the poison !"
That's it for today my little pea shooters. See you tonight at Lakes Cafe, have a great weekend and more on Monday.
Stay Tuned !