(But first, an announcement...)
Released yesterday, 4/17/17, fourth book in my Games People Play series.
Someone in the crowd of spectators has to wonder the same things I did when I saw such a sight many years ago at a theme park in Florida:
WHY would you do this?
WHAT led you to signing up for this job?
You'll never guess what triggered today's subject. I checked the date, as I always do so my posting date is accurate, and printed on the calendar square for April 18 are the words INCOME TAX DAY. Like anyone in the United States of America is going to forget we have one of those every April, generally the 15th but because the 15th was a Saturday and because the District of Columbia normally celebrates Emancipation Day on April 16 which was a Sunday, AND Easter Sunday at that, that celebration got bumped up to Monday the 17th, thereby bumping up tax payment deadline to Tuesday, April 18.
Three extra days for taxpayers to file their returns. Yippee.
However, talking about taxes isn't what I want to do today, but before I leave the subject, let me just say that if you must point a finger of blame at someone about having to dig into your pockets to pay out more taxes above those you’ve paid on your wages all year, you'll have to go a long way back in history to do so. All the way back to President Abraham Lincoln. Now, it wasn't Honest Abe's intention for the taxation of income to become the monstrous nightmare that it has. All Mr. Lincoln was trying to do was raise funds desperately needed to pursue the Civil War. Strapped for cash, on August 5, 1861, Lincoln imposed the first federal income tax by signing the Revenue Act, which imposed a 3 percent tax on annual incomes over $800. Simple as that.
Road Kill Remover - there are two different types of removal jobs available for someone who this profession appeals to: (1) removing the smashed critter (2) cleaning up what detritus is left of the smashed critter. Both require playing in traffic
Mosquito Researcher – I am not making this up. MRs use their skin as bait, trap the mosquito and watch how it behaves after it bites. And they get paid to do this, unlike me who is a reluctant MR and mosquito pincushion every time I walk outdoors.
Crime Scene Collector - if you've watched any of the cops and bad guys shows on major TV networks then you know what I'm talking about. BUT a CSC's job isn't limited to human evidence. They get to muck around with animal and chemical evidence too.
The rest of these What Were They Thinking? jobs aren't dangerous or hazardous (unless some dimwit attacks Buckingham Palace wherein things could get dicey for the guards - and the attacker), but invoke from me the question of Why?
Like the Buckingham Palace guard job, I can kinda sorta understand wanting to be a Horse Stable Cleaner-Upper. Can't afford a horse but want to be around them one or several anyway you can? Clean stalls. Or you're a large animal veterinary student and need to experience being in the equine world. Or you want to learn how to groom and/or train horses and have to work your way up from the ground. Literally.
Including the much maligned and under or never appreciated IRS personnel. I wonder if a hiring requirement is being able to pass a Thick Skin test.