Thursday, April 30, 2020

Poem in Your Pocket Day - 2020

Given the Covid-19 Crisis that's overtaken everything in April this year, wasn't sure I'd find a poem to post this month - much less have a pocket to carry it around in :O

This one has been inspired by the short bio on Houdini that I'm currently reading.  How great was it to stumble across this - and with the great fortune to have a link to the poet actually reading it!

Enjoy :D

Each escape
involved some art,
some hokum, and
at least a brief
exchange between
the man and metal
during which the
chains were not
so much broken
as he and they
blended. At the
end of each such
mix he had to
extract himself. It
Was the hardest
part to get right
routinely: breaking
back into the
same Houdini.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Back to the Northern Leg of the Bronx River Greenway

It's hard to believe this sunny and WARM run was just two days ago!  I finally made it back to the northern leg of the Bronx River Greenway on Saturday morning.  It's been a few months since I've run there; instead putting in the miles on the southern portion of the Greenway.  The start of this leg is at the Hartsdale Train Station - there is a gap between the two sections from the Scarsdale to Hartsdale stations. 

Since then it's been rainy (Sunday) and cold (in the 30's again this morning)!  Hard to believe it's Spring - and it's not expected back into the 50's until at least tomorrow!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

World Book Day - 2020

Can't pass up the opportunity to promote reading - on World Book Day!

Given that everyone is housebound during this Covid-19 crisis, what better time is there to catch up on your reading? 

Here's my latest read:

Monday, April 20, 2020

Two Very Different Weekend Runs

The first run, on Saturday, took me by one of my favorite spots - Duck Pond.  The weather was raw, gray - and the wind chill brought the low 40's temperature down into the low 30's.  As an added incentive, got to wear my running tights one more time this month.  The high point of this run was catching random bits of one of my favorite smells - wood burning fireplaces :D

The second run, yesterday, again took me by Duck Pond.  This time the weather was easily 20 degrees warmer (and the sun had fought its way out).  Gone were the tights and hat, replaced by shorts and a cap.  Gone too was the jacket, replaced by a vest.  No wood burning fireplaces this time, but some hardly souls must have had enough cabin fever to fire up the charcoal barbeques on their decks - the random aroma in my neighborhood :D

Friday, April 10, 2020

My New Article: D.C.Circuit Upholds IRS Authority to Impose PTIN User Fees

Seems strange to have my (mostly) running blog include posts about Tax... 

But, since the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal has just published my new article, "D.C. Circuit Affirms IRS Authority to Require Practitioner Tax Id Numbers & Impose a User Fee: Montrois v. United States," why not share it?

If you are interested in the topic, here is the link to the article via my SSRN Author Page.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

A pair of weekend runs --

I managed to get in an eight+ miler yesterday and another 4 miler this afternoon.  The eight miler was especially fun, and probably my longest run since New Year's day.  I've basically been running 4 days a week, with those runs ranging from 4-6 miles each.  Not a lot of mileage! 

But, with the weather getting warmer, and a bit more sunshine as an added incentive, I plan to add an extra day (5) and by the end of the month, hopefully, yet another (6).  A rather slow crawl to rebuilding my mileage base -- but having fun in the process :D