Had the pleasure of docking at the Oregon Department of Revenue this morning. Made an appointment beforehand. I admit… I don’t quite understand how it all works. They couldn’t tell us how much we owed but they were willing to take our money!
“You can take my payment even though you can’t tell me how much we owe?”
“Yes.” He said. “Does that make sense?” He asked.
“Well, no. It doesn’t.” I said. “But I believe you.”
Just then the woman in the adjacent kiosk says, “Hey! You’re the Stardate Post lady! You’re funny. I’m not even a StarTrek fan and I find your posts so enjoyable! I feel like I met somebody famous!”
I must say, her remarks lessened the sting of taxes. Just when I was feeling confused and discouraged she lifted my spirits and inspired me to write.
We returned to the Geppetto’s van, realizing we had forgotten to “feed the meter.”
“Roger, I said, I don’t understand how the Department of Revenue works.”
He replied, “ Honey, you know how a department store has a Men’s department and a Women’s department? They are separate for a reason. The difference is, department stores are private companies and all departments actually communicate.”
Now, I understand.
Important side note… Our one day off since January was spent doing a variety of things. We found another “vacation spot.” It’s called the Graystone Lounge. It happens to be owned by faithful Geppetto’s customers. They have gone above and beyond with the renovation of Silverton’s oldest bar. Felt like we were in Key West! The cheeseburger we shared was fresh and delicious! The crab cake before hand was out of this world! Check them out I know it’s “Salem Eats” but Silverton is not far and Graystone Lounge is way worth the trip!