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November 2008

If you want someone to think you’re smart…

When my older brother was teaching at Cal State Northridge…back in the 20th century…he had an office mate who was famous for his Kentucky wisdom. One thing he said a lot was, “If you want someone to think you’re smart, tell them you think they’re smart.”When I first heard it, I thought it was just an ism from a glad-hander. But over the years, I’ve seen it work. And work. And work. And, there’s a flip side. If you know you’re going to have to come up with a plausible support for the claim that somebody is smart, you start…

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Shake and Howdy.

Last weekend, we saw three awesome bluegrass (well sort of) shows at The Peace Center Bluegrass Festival. I hope they keep having the festival, because it is an awesome place to hear good music, and because a little Bluegrass is a good foil for the high culture we usually find there. Cherryholmes. There is a lot to like about this family group. The dad’s beard is a work of art. The mom is obviously an excellent musician, and should be hugged for home-schooling an entire bluegrass band. The older sister plays a pretty good banjo and is a solid singer.…

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I wanna be a plumber.

I found out last night that there’s a plumber in Ohio, Joe the Plumber, who has a taxable income over $250,000 a year. Hey, I’m from Ohio. I think I could learn to be a plumber. Sounds like a great deal to me. But if I were a plumber, with a taxable income over $250,000 a year, I think I would use some of it to hire a good tax accountant and develop a tax strategy. The deduction for those professional fees alone would knock down the taxable total by a couple thousand. Maybe I could write off some wrenches.…

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