The Fine Line Between Strategy And Luck: Pro Battleship Tour

Written by Dusty Applegate

I've coveredrepparttar U.S. Professional Battleship Tour since its beginning in February 2005. I know that's not a lot of time for this sport, but believe you me, I can't think of a more backbreaking or grueling sport to watch, cover or think about.

What is Professional Battleship? It's making a living playingrepparttar 105574 classic Milton Bradley board game. Some ofrepparttar 105575 best players include: James "The Fat Blacksmith" Sheppard III, Gadda Hagga-Hagga, Texas Slim, Texas Hank, Carlrepparttar 105576 Floridian, Scrupulous Kentucky Lou, Mad Oklahoma Johnson, The Idaho Shocker, Lou "Shoulders" Padowski, The Green Hornet, Infomercial James and El Presidente De Lo Ricardo Montalban Fan Club.

In order to berepparttar 105577 best in Pro Battleship you have to be good, but you also have to be lucky. Sometimes you have to be real lucky.

"I was in a best-of-99 match and couldn't finish my opponent until he made a series of F1-F15 blunders in round 77 that, frankly, I didn't understandrepparttar 105578 logic behind," said Mad Oklahoma Johnson. "But at that point I didn't care. Ultimately, I ended up winning with little effort."

Preparation and execution of my income tax return

Written by Rev. James L. Snyder

April 15th isrepparttar time ofrepparttar 105573 year when Americans can communicate with their government. I cannot testify for anyone else, but I look forward to this marvelous opportunity and I am careful not to waste it. This year, for example, so much has happened to me since last year it took 15 single-spaced typed pages to include everything.

However, to be perfectly honest (and who's perfect), I am a little disappointed. Allrepparttar 105574 years I have included a personal letter in with my tax returns, I have yet to get a personal letter in return.

I'm beginning to think this is a one-way relationship and it wouldn't take much for me to quit this correspondence entirely. Then what would my government think? How would they know what I've been up to all year long?

I am not one to complain, but filling out my income tax return seems to be getting more complicated each year. When I familiarize myself withrepparttar 105575 rules for one year, someone changes themrepparttar 105576 next year.

What could not be deducted last year can be this year; and what was not deductible last year I must pay twice. Why can't someone inrepparttar 105577 government make up my mind and quit all this unnecessary fluctuation?

On April 16, each year, our government immediately destroysrepparttar 105578 tax books to keep them from falling intorepparttar 105579 hands of a foreign power. By "foreign," I mean Canada.

Heaven help us if our neighbor north ofrepparttar 105580 border ever got their hands on this information. Canadians are not usually known for their joviality, but once they see these books,repparttar 105581 entire country would break out into uncontrollable laughter. Who knows what this would do torepparttar 105582 delicate relationship now existing betweenrepparttar 105583 two countries.

Because of this important precaution, we need new tax laws each year.

Right afterrepparttar 105584 New Year's Eve party, someone inrepparttar 105585 Internal Revenue office asks his assistant to "bring me those tax books." When informed there are no books, this same person (who shall remain nameless for obvious reasons) says to his assistant, "Bob, write me a new tax law book for this year and have it on my desk by 5 o'clock."

This setsrepparttar 105586 wheels of government to whirling and by golly, by 5 o'clock that new tax law book is onrepparttar 105587 desk. The reasonrepparttar 105588 tax laws differ from one year torepparttar 105589 next isrepparttar 105590 assistant responsible for this is fired every year and a new one hired.

The only requirement forrepparttar 105591 assistant is that his name must be "Bob."

I wish one year Bob would call me. It seems he has overlooked many legitimate deductions every year. I would like to submit some recommendations to be considered for next year.

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