Monday, July 16, 2007

It's MADNESS! I tell you!

There’s madness everywhere right now. Who comes up with some of the crap I’m writing about today???
Here in Brindisi something that’s maddening to me is the fact that there is a plan to drag up tons of sand from a beach just outside the park where I go and then deposit this sand down by Lecce. I guess the good news is that they aren’t taking it from the park. The thing that really gets me is that you can’t beat Mother Nature. If the beach down there is losing sand then this isn’t going to do anything except give them a place to play for a few months. Next year they will need more sand and the cycle will go on forever. So there is a protest today to try to stop this waste of time, energy, and destruction of the environment for some idiots. Legambiente has already come out and said that this move is technically and ethnically unacceptable. I think only someone with a lot of money thinks it’s a good idea.
Speaking of technically and ethnically unacceptable (and money), on the other side of the ocean I’m getting screwed by a different kind of madness. The biggest news story in Indianapolis is what happened to property taxes this year. Indiana has reassessed property values and raised property taxes at the same time. Doesn’t that sound like a good idea? People in Marion County, where my house is, “are feeling more of the tax burden” to quote the politicians, “are getting screwed more than ever” to quote me. The property taxes almost doubled on my house and there are others where the increase was more than double their current taxes! Now NO ONE has come out to look at buying the house. Me selling my house is nothing compared to the rumors of people on fixed incomes loosing their houses. The housing market that already wasn’t doing too well is getting an extra kick while it’s down. There are even protests going on in Indianapolis to try to get the property taxes lowered and that’s something because Americans don’t go protesting as easy as Italians. Property values are going down, taxes going up. I really, really picked the wrong time to try to sell my house. I guess the good news is that the house may still be waiting for me by the time I get back. I always liked that house.
So in Italy people are trying to steal the beach and in the USA politicians are stealing my money. Not a good Monday. Therefore in the middle of this madness post I thought this would be a good time to use the photo of the worst mime in the world. I swear this guy is talking every time I go by and he’s always out. He does the same stupid 10 second routine of bowing and waving his hands around every time someone gives him change. It’s madness!


Shelley - At Home in Rome said...

Mimes are creepy... you have one in your neighborhood? Madness is right! And sorry about the property taxes. That is awful timing.

Jeff Gromen said...

I need to write another blog just to push that mime picture down the screen so no one get's scared off!