Adam Ruins Mattresses

A friend is buying a new mattress. I hope this helps her.

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Holiday “Snow”

I’m wondering why we having gotten any WordPress holiday snow for our blogs.

Have I done something wrong? Is the Grinch up to something?

I like festivity even in my blogging.

Sepia Saturday

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When I saw the prompt for this week (above), I immediately thought of Laurel and Hardy. Surely, there must be some fun photos of them with bikes. Here’s what I found.

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To see them in action, I’m sharing this clip with them evading someone who’s on to whatever trouble they’ve created. The duo commandeer a donkey costume and hop on a bicycle. Now that’s old time comedy.

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Poem of the Week

Love and Friendship

by Emily Bronte

Love is like the wild rose-briar,
Friendship like the holly-tree —
The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms
But which will bloom most contantly?
The wild-rose briar is sweet in the spring,
Its summer blossoms scent the air;
Yet wait till winter comes again
And who wil call the wild-briar fair?
Then scorn the silly rose-wreath now
And deck thee with the holly’s sheen,
That when December blights thy brow
He may still leave thy garland green.

Which Way Challenge

 

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Zhujiayu

The Which Way Challenge, that Cee began, has been picked up by the Sonofthebeach69 blogger.  The beauty of it is that it’s free form. You can include images of doors, gates, roads, streets exits, signs, paths, waterways, you name it.

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Pekanbaru, Indonesia

 

 

Steer Clear of Clark U’s China Program

I’ve gotten some emails about a complete mess involving income tax with Clark University’s China programs in Hefei and Jinan. Basically, the management doesn’t know what they’re doing. In an effort, to distance themselves from their employees Clark hired a Hong Kong firm to pay and deduct taxes from Clark’s instructors.

That was a mess. The company didn’t provide any paperwork stating what taxes were paid. Some where told that the company didn’t pay the taxes. It’s a complete mess because Hong Kong is separate from China, where taxes may or may not be due.

Now Clark’s deducting money for FICA and social security from the teachers’ pay. Since they’re technically employed by a Hong Kong company and not Clark, this is a huge mistake. These teachers, just like any other expat teachers, aren’t liable for these deductions.

Clark’s giving out erroneous information and making costly mistakes. Some teachers have lost half their income.

Avoid working for Clark till this is resolved, if it ever is.

Now the teachers have to hire accountants who know Chinese and US taxation. That won’t be cheap..

Programs like Fort Hayes, University of Toledo or RIT, among others with international programs are far safer. They seem to know more about what they’re doing.