Share Your World time again! Check with Melanie to see the rules and this week’s questions.
What’s something you really resent paying for? This will take a minute to explain: When you work through the Health Insurance Marketplace (as I do for Mary’s health insurance), they calculate a “premium tax credit” based on income and tell you how much you qualify for. So, if we select a plan that has a monthly premium of $1000 and the monthly tax credit is $800, I pay $200 a month for Mary’s insurance. That’s all well and good until tax time, when they tell me, “oh, you have to return some of that tax credit” and I end up having to fork over a couple thousand dollars because they came up with this generous estimate that was too generous. I wish they could just get the tax credit right so I didn’t have to do that.
What was the most unsettling film you’ve seen? Angels With Dirty Faces with James Cagney, Pat O’Brien, Humphrey Bogart, and The Dead End Kids. It’s a standard “two kids grow up together, one becomes a gangster, the other a priest” movie. At the end, the priest (O’Brien) asks the gangster (Cagney), who’s been sentenced to the electric chair, to act frightened when they walk him into the death chamber, because the local kids have made him out to be a hero. Cagney is his typical cocky self as they’re leading him off, then when he gets in and sees the chair he starts struggling and fighting and yelling “no, I don’t wanna die!” It left me hanging: did he jut put on an act, or was he really scared?
Do you judge people? Of course. Everyone does that; it’s a lizard brain thing. But I keep it to myself.
Finish this sentence: “Back in my day, we. . .”? …”said ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and always washed our hands.” All I can think of is Dana Carvey on Saturday Night Live with his “Grumpy Old Man” routine. Three videos ahead, sometimes unsuitable for younger or more sensitive viewers.
Please feel free to share an uplifting photo, thought or meme to show your own gratitude. “Any day spent above ground is a good one.” (Anthony Robbins)
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