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Those Who Believe Cats are Standoffish

Have never actually known too many cats. True, some cats CAN be a little standoffish, but cats DO love their owners and can be, in their way, quite demonstrative. And now, there is scientific proof. Hee.

Another nifty cat video. You might have to have a hanky handy for this one, but it's sweet.

Also in today's news feed, some TOTALLY AWESOME THINGS!!!!!

An UNDISTURBED South American tomb!

Ancient African coins found in Australia.

Both of those are amazing discoveries and I want to learn more; I have to see if the National Geographic story on the Wari tomb is available yet. (I can't find it anywhere on the online magazine, but having now found that, I foresee a great time-waster... at least it can be somewhat educational.)

I are an archeology geek. *dances*

It's 110 in Phoenix right now, the forecast for tomorrow is 118 or 119, depending on which station you're watching -- it will likely be MUCH more down on the street (the official temperature is taken 40 feet in the air). But hey, it's gonna be 129 in Death Valley, so I guess we're getting off light. It's going to stay above 110 now until the monsoon actually begins (which I'm not real sanguine about).

On the plus side, the figs are getting ripe.

I actually PERSONALLY KNOW someone who was on The Late Show With David Letterman this week (Monday night) -- while I believe Dale Watson to be the best country music singer currently living, it rather surprised me that he made it to the Letterman show before settling for Ferguson (who, despite his own self-deprecation, has a great knack for having TREMENDOUS independent musicians performing on his show). I not only have met Dale, but I've also interviewed him AND exchanged emails and telephone calls; I'd even say we were buddies! :)

And the big news this week? Well, of course I'm elated that in some instances the Federal Government, as well as 13 states and D.C., will now recognize my marriage -- but since I live in a state which may NEVER do so, there may still be a number of those vaunted Federal benefits which we will never see, depending on how the laws shake out in the end. I'll still talk to my accountant and see, since I heard SOME people (possibly in states like Massachusetts or New York) will be able to go back over the years since their marriages have been legal in their own states and have their Federal income taxes recalculated with the marriage benefits included. That probably won't be an option for us, but it's worth looking into; we were married in 2008, so that's four years of being legally married but having to file as "single."

And now, your Moment of Zen.

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empresspatti
Jun. 28th, 2013 03:28 am (UTC)
I've calculated over the last 4 years - just for the frustration of it - that my hubby & I prolly pay about $8k more in taxes because we are married. So watch out for the marriage penalty.

wildrider
Jun. 28th, 2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
I've heard pros and cons on the whole thing (married filing jointly, married filing singly, etc.); apparently in Virginia there is a requirement that if you file as married on your Federal taxes, you MUST do so also on your State taxes, which is going to be tough for married gay couples in Virginia...

Not sure what the laws are going to shake down as in Arizona. There's an email from my accountant in my box; I'll have to see.
ljs
Jun. 28th, 2013 10:58 am (UTC)
Cheers for the end of DOMA, and hopes that it does make a financial difference for you and Barb. :)

[hugs]
wildrider
Jun. 28th, 2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
Hugs and happy weekend!
nutmeg3
Jun. 28th, 2013 11:52 am (UTC)
That study cracked me up. I could have told them that for way less money. And I have to check out that tomb when I get home later. So cool.
wildrider
Jun. 28th, 2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
I know. Cairo knows my voice and comes to his name (or a "smootchy noise"). And you can't tell me he doesn't love me, even when he feels like being standoffish! :)

Very, very cool.
sillymagpie
Jun. 29th, 2013 06:57 am (UTC)
I remember one fellow telling me how cats were standoffish when Toccata came running down the steps to meow and greet me. He stammered and said, "Well, maybe not all cats." All my kitties have known my voice and have come to meet me at the door, sometimes just knowing the sound of my car or my step on the stairs. I always feel you get from a cat what you give.

Love the story of Willow. What a sweetie.

I love the archaeology. Did you follow the links about the tomb in Peru and the lost cities found in Cambodia and Honduras?

Loved Dale's song tonight. He's doing well for himself.
wildrider
Jun. 29th, 2013 04:02 pm (UTC)
I had followed the link to the mystery mummy and got on reading that. I'll have to take some time and read a lot more on those sites -- there's a LOT of interesting stuff. :)

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