Five things that made me happy today – 1/13/22

We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1. It was 45 deg. and raining (again) when I got up this morning. The sun came out, with puffy white clouds before noon. The temperature got up to 52 deg. Very pleasant in the sunshine.

2. As an accountant and economist I get pretty angry at the news media and congress (and others) who are screaming about inflation. If you are uncomfortable about the current state of our economy, I suggest you read Paul Krugman in the NYT. His column is worth the price of a subscription (and you get the daily crossword thrown in).

3. My kids (just the boys, no spouses or progeny) have scheduled a visit to see Big Al and me in April. We’ll take that time to review our finances and end-of-life wishes with them. It’s important to them and to us that everyone be on the same page when the time comes (hopefully, in 20 years, not soon.)

4. After a trip to the Wellness Center, I ran to Burger King and picked up a Whopper for each of us for lunch. (Intentions for 2022 for the win.) Even though we are being super-careful, and not eating out until this Omicron wave passes, we can still enjoy the small things, like a Whopper.

5. HCR’s History Chat today reminded us of “Why does the Voting Rights bill matters, anyway?” We all remember “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” from the Declaration of Independence, but this speaks to the government “deriving its just powers from the consent of the governed.” Not the rich people, no longer the just men, no longer white people only – ALL the people.

How about you? What made you happy today?