Friday, October 1, 2010
“Because he's a nuanced man prone to attacks of conscience and introspection, Albert Haynesworth didn't immediately deposit the $21 million bonus check he received from the Washington Redskins in April.
"Yeah, the check sat at my house for a couple weeks before I cashed it," Haynesworth said. "I was weighing my options about what I should do...“ (Chris Chase, Yahoo News)
Haynesworth, don't I know, and get in line.
I have a $3 refund check from the State of California Franchise Tax Board, and it has been sitting on my commemorative Charles and Diana Love Forever plate for two years. (You keep financial records your way, I’ll keep mine.)
And it sits there, not due to my laziness. Like Haynesworth, I have some moral issues to consider. He waited two weeks, I’ve waited 2 years. I think we can agree who weighs moral issues with greater care. I use grams. It’s a scale left over from a previous job, but never mind about that.
Here’s what I mind: Where will my money do most good? Should I turn it over to the wildlife fund, or the healthy family fund? If I cash it, am I a party to our appalling California deficit? Should my $3 go to improving our failing infrastructure?
And if I cash it, in the grand scheme of things, will this contribute to my overall happiness and well being. Will it improve my life? Aye, there's that rub again.
Don’t cry for me, Argentina, but these decisions are harder than you think.
And perhaps you understand just a particle of what I deal with anytime my eye falls upon my financial files.
Until I decide, Charles and Diana have a permanent houseguest.