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Nickel, meet dime
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Nickel, meet dime

During our trip to Arizona over the summer, Paul and I stayed at the Ritz Carlton at Dove Mountain, a resort and spa that was every bit as glamorous as it sounds. Because of that glamour, I wasn’t quite prepared for the nickel-and-diming that goes on at joints that charge $800 per night for a […]

The tax you don’t pay
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The tax you don’t pay

Back in October, Paul and I drove through Casper, Wyoming on our way home from the Midwest. A billboard caught my eye: “Support the three percent lodging tax. It’s the tax you don’t pay,” it read. I sat there, stunned, realizing how emblematic of human stupidity that billboard was. Do people believe these things? They […]

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

It’s one of the first phrases we learned in 7th grade Latin class, and it sums up┬áthe fundamental conflict facing the world. Paul and I were recently in Arizona for one of his astronomy conferences. (Ironically, it’s a cheap state to vacation in, since it’s desperate to recoup tourism losses due to boycotting over recent […]