Today’s post is a little random but no more bizarre than sitting at the computer listening to one of the many German language movies SU has taken to watching lately. I’m finding it kind of odd than hearing all that German being spoken in Panama. SU claims that there is no good shows on television lately and so is reverting back to his mother tongue, 50% of which is forgotten from his childhood, but between the Spanish subtitles, the action and his language memory he seems to be able to follow the story line. Me, I’m doing a lot of reading.
Back to today, April the 15th. Tax Day for those of you who pay some of your hard-earned Balboas to Uncle Sam. We Canadians don’t have to file until April 30th but this year we’ve been given an extension because of security weaknesses caused by the Heartbleed Bug and the ensuing stoppage of the Canada Revenue Agency’s online services. The CRA has said it will extend the filing cut-off date and will not charge interest or penalties on taxes submitted by May 5. Of course all of that is a moot point if the government owes you money. Then you can take your own sweet time while it gathers interest in the Federal Government’s coffers. In any event May 1 is normally a day when income tax preparers/accountants get to celebrate the end of personal tax season, this year their gratification will be a little delayed.
I’m always interested in different celebrations and “National Days”. Some of them are pretty bizarre. Not only is tomorrow Tax Day but it is also Rubber Eraser Day. It’s a strange coincidence that these two ‘celebrations’ fall on the same day. But then, we’ve all had to use an eraser at some time in our lives and taxes are as inevitable as well, having to use an eraser so maybe it makes sense. So let’s celebrate the invention of the eraser and forget about the other stuff! Or maybe not if you’ve waited until the last-minute to file your taxes, then just get it done with our friend the eraser to help you out.
April 15 is also National Glazed Ham Day. Get all that other stuff done with the pencil and the eraser and then have a celebration of ham. Some may call it National Glazed Spiral Ham Day. Either way, glazed ham is a traditional celebration food. The call is out to serve a succulent glazed ham for dinner in honour of National Glazed (Spiral?) Ham Day. Sounds good to me.
National Take a Wild Guess Day is also today (this may not be an official holiday, although when I Googled it I did come up with a few hits). The creator of the day is Jim Barber who planned it to correspond with National Tax Day in the US. Now I’d suggest get your pencil and your National Eraser Day eraser and give it your all on National Take a Wild Guess Day.
On a more serious note, today is also Titanic Remembrance Day, devoted to the memory of the Titanic and the over 1500 people who died on this day in 1912. RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City, US. The wreckage of the Titanic still rests on the seabed disintegrating. After its discovery in 1985, thousands of objects have been recovered and put on display at museums. Titanic has become one of the most renowned ships in history, her memory kept alive by books, folk songs, films, exhibits, and memorials. I have a confession to make here, I’ve never watched the movie all the way through and I think it’s because I’ve never had a desire to.
With all these things being celebrated today I find it interesting that tomorrow is National Stress Awareness Day and National Eggs Benedict Day. After filing your taxes and thinking about all the other stuff it will probably be a good day to destress, do a little meditation, and eat a plate full of Eggs Benedict made with good Canadian Bacon or maybe some of that leftover ham. My mouth is watering as I think about it…in the campo.