I recently ran across a blog post called Have enthusiast taken the fun out of Roller Coasters? where the author wonders if enthusiasts have forgotten the reason they became enthusiasts: because they love roller coasters. Everything has become debates and nitpicking and overanalyzing of coasters to the point where it doesn’t seem fun anymore. The point of it was going to a park and riding a roller coaster you enjoy or riding a coaster you haven’t had the chance to enjoy yet.
I kind of feel the same way. I’ve been running a website for 15 years centered around the only amusement park here in Utah: Lagoon. For the most part, I enjoy it and have enjoyed it, or I wouldn’t have been running it that long. The problem is there are those that are so invested in wanting to know everything and being right about everything that the enjoyment of the park that brought us together as a group kind of goes out the window. Instead it becomes this debate. The past few months on my site have been very tedious and annoying because of all the fighting that goes on. I’ve never understood it myself because we are there to discuss something we love. It really does make it hard to want to continue.
I’m actually considering phasing out of the enthusiast side of my life and just going back to enjoying myself again. No worries about getting the latest pictures or wondering what is going to happen next. Just show up, enjoy some rides and the park atmosphere, and go home. I had a similar experience of that back in October. I went to Disney World for the first time in my life, and it was the first time I had ever been to a Disney park. I went with my wife and we went and just had fun running around experiencing things. I took pictures because I wanted to not because I needed to get them to share with others on my website. I rode rides and made comments about them on social media when I felt like. It was so refreshing and it allowed me to experience things in a way that I hadn’t in a long time: as a normal fan.
This year is going to be an interesting one for me. I haven’t decided if I’m going to get a pass to my local park this year or not. I’m leaning towards not getting one this year and doing others things instead and getting some new experiences for myself.
I was browsing through my Twitter feed when I came across this tweet that had been retweeted by someone that I follow:
I then read the article which talks about how Amazon is not going to pay anything in federal taxes for 2018. I then started reading some of the comments about it, and I noticed a trend. It seemed like many people wanted to take this news and attack rich people about it, but I had a completely different takeaway. The article mentions all the loopholes in the tax code that companies like Amazon use to avoid paying as much taxes as possible, and I agree. This has been the case for many years. Most people will use this to say we need to raise taxes on people, but I have another suggestion. Why not simplify the tax code? The reason Amazon can get away from not paying any taxes is because the tax code is too complicated already, so they can hire a massive team of people who spend too much time trying to figure every oversight written into the tax code to figure out how to benefit the company.
I really think we should just make it simple. Imagine telling every business in America that they needed to pay somelike like 10% in federal taxes on their profit? That is it. That’s all the tax code needs to say and 10% of Amazon’s $11.2 billion is now $1.2 billion in taxes. That seems like a simple solution. I don’t understand why this can’t be worked out. Then we don’t have to fret over are they paying enough or too little.
That’s just my random thought after reading Twitter today.
Today ended up being a pretty good day.
I had an interesting night with dreams that kept waking me up. I wouldn’t call them nightmares, but they weren’t pleasant either. More shocking in nature to the point that I would wake up. I had planned to write down some of what I could remember, but I was woken up by my parrot wanting attention. The few minutes I spent with the parrot made what I could remember of my dreams go away. Now I can only remember the feeling.
Regardless, I’m hoping today will be a good day. It will all depend on the first 30 minutes at work because I had to make a decision last night before I left that I’m not sure my boss will agree with. I left a note explaining what happened, and I didn’t pass anything off to anyone else. I made sure to state that I would pick up where I left off when I got in today. Crossing my fingers that he understands my position on this.
I must be getting old. I picked up three new games in the last few weeks, and I haven’t played any of them.