The old panther

Posted 2/27/18

One of the psychological truisms of life is that we all seek some way to achieve a special status or unique position relative to everybody else. We are looking for a way to set ourselves apart. I got …

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The old panther

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One of the psychological truisms of life is that we all seek some way to achieve a special status or unique position relative to everybody else. We are looking for a way to set ourselves apart. I got there last week.

We had two grandsons visiting at the beginning of last week, so BJ and I took them, and their parents, to the opening weekend of the new movie “Black Panther.” We enjoyed the visit and the movie, and then they went home, and another grandson came to visit for a few days. He had not yet seen “Black Panther,” so I volunteered to take him to see it.

As a result, I may be the oldest person in Jefferson County to have seen “Black Panther” twice in the first week it has been out. My unique status has now been fully defined. Another benefit is that I have now seen the entire movie, since I did not sleep through the same parts at the two showings.

BJ is in the midst of the AARP Tax-Aide service that she and other people unafraid of the IRS are providing. The service is available locally at the Port Townsend Community Center, in Chimacum at the Tri-Area Community Center, and in Quilcene. She works at the Chimacum location and is also spending time working the phone, making the appointments. She has been working with this program for 12 years, and this is the first time I have overheard her scheduling clients.

I have been impressed with how nice and appreciative the clients sound as they arrange compatible times to come in to bare their financial lives. Frankly, I think they believe, accurately, the tax aides are good folks who make every effort to make sure their taxes are done properly.

As H.L. Mencken notes, “Unquestionably there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he/she formerly got in wages.”

Cheryl Wheeler is putting together the “Port Ludlow Follies Revisited,” to be presented on Saturday, March 10 at The Bay Club. Performing groups include the Port Ludlow Singers, a women’s quartet organized by Stephanie Buehler; the Choral Bells; the Adorables (somewhat surprisingly); and a presentation by the local “improv” group. Proceeds of the event benefit Chimacum High School scholarships. This could be the “don’t miss” event so far this year, given all the local participation and the potential for a variety of entertainments. It starts at 3 p.m., and tickets can be procured at the Bay or Beach clubs.

Didn’t we all have fun last week trying to get out of driveways after the beautiful snow and dangerous ice? I had to make my way to Sea-Tac airport and had a real adventure!

Love a curmudgeon and have a great week.

Ned Luce of Port Ludlow writes this column weekly for The Leader.

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