Archive for August, 2009

Location and friends

August 5, 2009

Another weekend spent at the new house. Once again, it was hard to leave. I assume that is a good sign. Particularly after last week in which we had dinner three different nights with different friends from church, which was fun yet something of a bummer. My wife and I both said “why didn’t we know these people sooner?” I suppose that sort of thing happens all the times–memories for cleaning out my freshman dorm and talking to the other guys in the hall more that week than the rest of the year come to mind. Why does that happen? (If it is not common, why does it happen to me?) I’m guessing that knowing that you’ll “never see these people again” opens up and avoids the temptation to try and impress people. Regardless, we are blessed by good friends here in Minneapolis. I pray we will find good friends as we move.

On Politics and Health Care

August 5, 2009

I approach things far more from a personal liberty perspective than from a trust in the government perspective. I have been accused that this perspective is invalid because I grew up white and middle-class, so I never could understand what it was like to be anything else, and therefore could not appreciate how important government handout programs are. (usually by people who grew up in the same type of environment that I did. They apparently are capable of empathy, when I am not.) Regardless, the push for the national health care plan lately has me rather mystified–not in that health care changes are unneeded, because I do agree the current system is maddeningly complex and difficult, and costs are clearly spiraling–but in the attitude that the government will “make it all better”. I wonder, have people who desire this ever filled out a tax form? Have they ever been to the DMV? Where is the evidence that government can do a good job with such programs?

Having bought a house this year, I am eligible for the $8000 tax credit. I don’t agree with the program, but obviously I will take advantage of it. I see no hipocracy in that previous statement. Regardless, I received a letter three weeks ago regarding my tax filing this year, something was wrong, and I would receive a further explanation within three weeks. The government needs further proof that I purchased a house (follow-though that makes sense, I’d hate for 8 grand to go to someone who does not qualify for the program) but the heavy-handed IRS forms are never plesant to wade through. I must copy and notarize some forms and send them back, along with the appropriate forms describing what I am sending back. I believe this is an excellent glimpse at how our country’s future is going to be–we will have these wonderful benefits on paper, the grandness of everyone getting money and proper insurance, but each and everyone will be at the whim of an anonymous bureaucrat. Someone, somewhere going over the forms and marking each incorrectly filled out field, and then stamping “REJECTED” across the top.

Challenges: Cell phones

August 4, 2009

AT&T has no coverage at our new house. I will have to give up my iPhone. I will miss it. It appears that Sprint has coverage at our house based on some testing. The decisions regarding a new phone are tough–I’ve become used to a nice phone, but I could probably live without it pretty easily. I think. The shiny-ness of the Palm Pre appeals to my gadget-fixeated mind. But as we are trying to live a simpler life I don’t know that the best choice is to go that direction. For my current job, I do need email on my phone, and maps are very nice when trying to find a new client. But I could probably live without one.