We paid our property taxes today. For another year (actually for about another year-and-a-half since we paid them “early”), our land, home and autos are safe from being stolen by the county in which we reside. Once stolen, they would have been to be sold to the highest low-ball bidder to provide money for the county to squander and misallocate for our own “well-being” and their continued employment. That isn’t my main complaint, though. Corruption and fiscal irresponsibility are two of the things that we all hold most dear about government, after all.
No, my amazement is for the way that government offices handle their flow of customers. “Customers” is a good word, I think, since they wouldn’t have jobs without the action of separating us from our hard-earned money. Now, it’s common knowledge that most folks try their best to conduct their business with the government during their lunch break, if possible. That’s because, in its infinite wisdom, the government always keeps the same hours that other businesses do. SO, if you have to get a driver’s license, pay your taxes, or take care of any such business, you have to do so during hours when your boss fully expects you to be on the job making money for HIM. He isn’t usually concerned with your petty problems, like holding onto the roof over your head. Obviously, neither is the government, or they’d keep different hours.
Now businesses like restaurants, who KNOW in advance that they will have a rush of customers that will show up between 11 o’clock and two o’clock, make sure that they have extra employees on hand to cover that rush. So what do government offices do to deal with that same type of customer influx? Simple, they either close their office completely, OR leave behind a couple of the slowest, least experienced workers to deal with the long lines of understandably impatient people who want to do business during their lunch break. Problem solved!
The other thing that amazed me today was an article in one of the country’s “big two” hunting and fishing magazines. Now, being a former archer, I slowed down my customary pre-trash 20 minute scan of the normally irrelevant magazine to check out an article comparing bows that are currently available. The first thing I noticed was that every “bow” looked like some gothic torture device. I remember when words like “symmetry” and “flowing lines” were used to describe bows. Of course, dinosaurs still roamed the earth at the time. Frankly, the devices that I saw that were called bows would have given me nightmares. I’d be afraid they’d morph into some other life form when I was alone in the woods with them and that I would forever remain “missing in action” to my friends and family.
The other thing that I noticed was that the prices STARTED at $799 and went up to $999. Now I’m all for separating the proverbial fool from his money, but there comes a time when a company can be as corrupt as a government agency. Apparently, the selling of arrow-launching machines is one of those times. The other thing that amazed me is just how HUGE a fool some folks must be. For thousands of years, “primitive” peoples have fed their families with two sticks and a string; the “bow” companies had better hope that no-one remembers that fact! © 2013-