I must concede that it has been far too long since I have had sand under my feet that was not of the unfortunate golf bunker variety. Beachgoers could not have asked for a more picture (or pitcher, hon’) perfect Memorial Day weekend with temperatures expected near triple digits. Although, don’t hang your head if you’re not going “down the ocean.”
I decided to keep the beach towel in the closet again this year, and I’m really looking forward to it. The town is full with fun things going on, and thanks to our neighbors heading east, the lines and crowds will be much less large.
Can’t put your feet on the beach this weekend? Try Feet on the Street instead:
Tonight marks the second Feet on the Street of the year. I for one will be in attendance and have been looking forward to it all week. I encourage anyone sticking around town to come enjoy the new Towson tradition. If you have not experienced Feet on the Street, tonight will be the perfect first impression. The event is littered with great food, drinks, music, and fun for kids of all ages… especially grown up kids over 21 years old.
Down the ocean:
For those of you who are taking the trip, I suggest reading this article from “ENLawyers” Kurt Nachtman and Jeremy Eldridge. The local lawyers put together an entertainingly comprehensive piece outlining everything you need to know when heading over the Bay Bridge. It breaks down both legal issues you need to know heading into Ocean City and Delaware, as well as a number of tips on best bars, restaurants, and events to give a shot.
Saluting our soldiers this Memorial Day:
Boys’ Latin School of Maryland senior Tyler Steinhardt is organizing an amazing fundraiser to help support the Wounded Warriors Project that will involve a Guinness Book of World Records breaking 24 hour lacrosse game. Watch the “Shootout for Soldiers” video featuring Towson High School graduate and local hero Ryan Major along with several Major League Lacrosse All-Stars including Paul Rabil.
Here is a snippet from the press release on Tuesday that was picked up by Inside Lacrosse and other media outlets: “A group of local high school students has organized what stands to be a world-record breaking event called Shootout for Soldiers. The Shootout is a 24-hour lacrosse game with all proceeds going to support the Wounded Warrior Project in its effort to aid wounded US soldiers. The event, which will be held at The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland on June 14-15, will seek to use the common platform of lacrosse to unite area lacrosse players ages 10+ in the common benefit of the Wounded Warrior Project.” For the full article, click on:http://insidelacrosse.com/news/2012/04/10/baltimore-high-schoolers-plan-24-hour-lacrosseevent-benefit-wounded-american , and for more information and to register click onhttp://shootoutforsoldiers.com .
All players age 10+ are invited to play, including parents.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could deduct your beach trip this weekend as a business expense?
It is possible. It would be wise to consult your accountant about your Memorial Day weekend getaway if you think your trip has any business ramifications.
Naden/Lean LLC is a local accounting firm that really thinks outside of the box. I have used the firm for my business each year since we incorporated. They write a number of different publications that are consistently rewarding to follow in part with the handfuls of helpful hints geared towards small businesses.
They covered meals and entertainment deductions in a recent post in their blog called “Dental CPAs.” It is a subject that frequently comes up in conversations among small businesses. This particular piece is geared towards dentists, however the message is translatable to most any kind of business. It may also provide some food for thought on how to factor in elements of your weekend festivities if you plan to travel with colleagues.
If you have ever wondered about deducting a meal, event, or trip because it had some quasi business ramifications, I highly suggest reading the article.
Don’t make a mess of it:
Despite one of the greatest weekends ever invented being upon us, some people out there are looking for additional reasons to be agitated and angry at the world. I’m not one of you, but it was a close call after reading about twenty minutes worth of commentary on the Pat McDonough piece here on Patch. If you’re interested in getting a little red in the face, have a crack at it yourself.
I have a journalism background. In journalism schools, you are taught to identify qualities in stories that are capable of generating engagement. This story had more than a few of those qualities. However, unfortunately all of the engagement is resting on a single word as opposed to the other meaningful components to the story. Forget about any reference to race for a moment.
Let’s refer to these people as little jerks.
I know as much about these little jerks as I do about Pat McDonough. That being said, I am not in a position that justifies supporting or defending either of the parties. I do know however, that I have never seen Pat McDonough running around terrorizing the Baltimore City patrons who serve as the spine of the city economy. Meanwhile, I see little jerks doing exactly that drastically and suddenly more than ever before. Simultaneously, I also hear local government agencies boast about records of lowered crime rates and safer streets. It doesn’t add up.
The story is that that the media continues to buy misused and misled statistics served up by local government agencies. If we hope to realize a better community, it starts with calling Bologna Sandwich on these reports and working to solve the problem. Even if it’s a clumsy disruption in State Budget storylines like Mr. McDonough.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend:
Wherever you decide to celebrate, remember to be responsible, don’t be a “little jerk,” and raise a glass to our soldiers who made the celebration possible.