Kids and Their Test Answers

F in Exams

How to get an F in tests.. Answer this way.

My Brother shared this link with me today and it truly shows the uniqueness of how kids answer test questions.. Some of the answers are truly off the wall. Some would venture to say they are very very clever. Even if you have no clue to what the answer is, these kids answered with their unique brand of logic..

When a child’s answer to a question on a quiz or test is incorrect but clever, should they get credit for it? Here are 30 clever test answers that will make you wonder what’s better – the correct answer or the answer the kids gave.

Test Answers from Smart Kids

I wish I knew some of these answers when I was in school, perhaps I’d have done better with my grades..

 

Dad

2013 Tax Time Blues

ImageNot only is this never ending winter not ending, I have to do the taxes for 2013! After my first run at our the taxes for my family, I realized that my tax situation to put it mildly is sad. Turbo Tax says I made too much money (which I didn’t) and the federal and NJ state insists on me paying more to live the sub-standard life of the barely surviving month over month, in the state (NJ) where the standard of living is so high!

I tell you every year taxes get more confusing and the more Turbo Tax gets “easier” to use, I end up paying more. As I do my 2013 taxes for me and my kids, I see more and more that the more you make the more punishment you will have to bear.. 

I don’t want my readers to think I’m well off. I’m far from well off. Image

In 2013 I finally became “debt free”.. Yeah! Of course this was not because of my ability to pay bills or pay down debt in a logical and systematic manner. Only with my dad’s passing was I able to gain this status  “debt free”. What I couldn’t do when he was alive, I was able to do with the gifts he left for me. 

I also refinanced my mortgages to a more efficient low rate 30 year mortgage (since the rates were at their lowest in many many years).

As usual, I’ve strayed way off tangent.. back to my tax time blues.. 

As every gift has hooks, my gifts had huge hooks. The gifts my dad left me sent me into the supposed status of “not qualified” for the basic deductions of child care credit, tuition credit and others. 

I need to closely look at what I did wrong in 2013 by making “too much” and “not paying enough” and make sure I don’t do it again in 2014. I was reading Forbes 2013 tax guide and was getting more and more depressed… but such are the tax laws of this glorious country.. 

So as I sit here thinking how am I going to come up with the tax bill Uncle Sam wants from me..

The only thing I can really do is say…

  • Hey it’s only 22 days till spring!
  • Pitchers and catchers reported for spring training and I actually saw the grass in the front and back of my house.. 
  • Spring time is the season for hope and renewal

Oh well. all is well.. Now I just have to finish my taxes and pay the tax man at my door… 

How are you doing with your taxes? Having fun yet?

 

 

 

Winter of our Discontent – Enough Already

Panoramo of the Quiet of the Snow

I have not experienced this kind of winter in NJ for years.. With El Nino where each winter was mild for the past few years, this year is wetter and colder than I’ve ever seen. The winter of 2014 in Central NJ has been one storm after another dumping snow and ice and when its not snowing, it’s frigid.

I noticed that this year the weather channel named each storm. Today we are in the middle of Storm Pax. Not sure what that means, but I guess we are on the letter “P” with storms.

I don’t really mind the snow, as long as I have my monster snow thrower to clear the snow, but gosh enough is enough. The kids in NJ are really having fun, as they have now had 4 or 5 snow days.. Of course I look forward to the 4:30 AM call from the Middletown, NJ Board of education to tell me that there is no school today due to ANOTHER Snow Storm!

I have to admit that this town is so wonderful with communications by telephone blasts, email’s and text messages. This township is also amazing with snow plowing.. Even before the snow finishes, the main roads are cleared!

I was just talking to my daughter and she tells me that dad’s taxi is slacking off and not posting enough. Well, things are going on in Dad’s life that really cannot be shared here (for now)….

Whenever it snows, I sit in my semi “man cave” in the back of my house and work.. Yep that’s me, sitting and watching my neighbor’s horses frolicking in the back. This is how boring my life has become.

Horses lounging Horses out for a walk in the Snow

What dad really needs is a vacation.. A vacation where he can just let loose and chill. Now the question arises, is where do I go?

Since my daughter told me I need to write about more interesting things, I’m going to have to reflect and write about interesting things.

For now, I’m going to watch as much Curling as possible at the Olympics in Sochi. I’ve gotten obsessed at watching the men and women slide the rock down and sweep to get points. I still don’t get the scoring system, but the intensity is worth the wait.. BTW, I found out that Curling has become the latest “must see” sport in the schools. One Child even had her phone confiscated because she was watching Curling in math class! I got a chuckle out of that.

At least it’ll be an interesting spring (when it arrives in the next 35 days!).

Hey, pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training next week, so as a NY Mets fan, the annual rite of hope for my metsies starts anew.

Dad’s life is changing and he’s headed for a hard reset of his life. More on this later in postings when the time is right.  For now, Dad has to just get over this endless winter!

 

Endless Winter of 2014 in NJ

I haven’t written much here over the past few weeks, because every time I think of a topic, it snows again. Tonite as I sit here we are getting another few inches of snow.

The one good thing about the snow is that from one of the rooms in my house, I have an amazing view in my backyard. My neighbor has a few horses and the horses just love the snow. Every Time it snows, they are out there frolicking and playing in the snow.

Horses Frolicking in My back Yard

A view to the back of my house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We expect to get another storm in the middle of this week, but hey, such is the winter of 2014 in the NorthEast this year.   

Horses 3

Good news is that there are only 38 more days till Spring!

 

Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget?

As we end 2013, is there anything or anyone that you wont to forgive and Forget.. Dad has many people that he would love to forgive AND forget..

Who is on your list and what wrong has been done? Don’t give names out.. just general things.

 

Black Friday: Deals and Steals

Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast (Photo credit: Scott Beale)

 

As I start my on-line trek for the best deals, I just found my first one..

 

 

 

  • Google ChromeCast at Amazon for 29.98. You really can’t go wrong with this plug in to get your fix.

 

Apple TV on display, Apple Store Chicago

Apple TV on display, Apple Store Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

  • Next on my list is Apple TV. Best deal I’ve seen thus far is for $84.95 again at Amazon.

 

My goal this year is to not do any bricks and mortar shopping and to do all my Black Friday splurging on-line.

 

 

 

Gizmodo is a good site that I’ve used to find deals.

 

 

 

Leave the sites you think are great for Grey Thursday (Today), Black Friday (Tomorrow) and Cyber Monday!

 

 

 

I’m going to compile a list!

 

 

 

Happy shopping!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving 2013 – End Times

For Dad’s Taxi, Thanksgiving is always the start of new beginnings and the end of times. I know many will say that makes no sense at all. Well the answer to that is Yes and No.

I was looking at the empty screen of my posting board and thinking that perhaps I’ll write about what I’m thankful for this year. Yet I knew that would just be a rehash of things that I’m thankful for every day. So I’m taking a left turn and writing more about that things that I found closure in this year, or as I call in my own way.. “The end of the Beginning”.

End of Times:

  • Debt: Many of my readers know that the pervasive thing that I write about on this blog is Debt. Well in 2013, I finally become debt free. Yes! I did it. Yet to be perfectly honest, this did not come free of cost. I lost my dad this year because of him I am now debt free. Everything he said about debt rings true in my ears and a part of him (unfortunately) still lives inside me.
  • Forgiveness and letting go: With my dad’s passing in January of this year,  I learned many important lessons and if not the most important was forgiveness and letting go. I struggled for so many years with not being able to forgive him for the perceived and some real injustices he had done to our family as we were growing up. In the last 3 months of his life, I saw him every day becoming more and more frail and losing touch with reality. He was dependent on my visits as he lay in his hospital bed’s unable to control his life, with flashes of memory of his past. May god rest his soul.
  • Self actualization and understanding: This year I became more aware of how much ingrained personality traits I had as a result of my childhood and adulthood growing up in the dysfunction that I call Dad’s taxi of life.
  • Moving forwards and not looking back: Understand your past and you will be able to move forward. If you continue to regret “what if’s”, you will never be able to treasure what you had and move on with the next part of your life.. I guess this is an ongoing
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    epiphany that have on a daily basis.

I’m grateful to my wife and kids for giving me all the materials that I get to write about. Without Dad’s Taxi and the postings I make here, I’m not sure whether, I’d be as thankful as I am today for what I have, regardless of where tomorrow takes me.

To all my family, friends, readers, supporters, and I’m thankful to each of you for making my life so interesting..

What are you thankful for?

Black Friday 2013-Great Tips

Black Friday(Mansfield)

Black Friday(Mansfield) (Photo credit: George Artwood)

 

I love to shop and that is a fact. Black Friday is the one day where Dad goes out and tries to by new toys.

 

I’ve not been very successful over the past few years, so this year, I’m going to try something different. I’m going cyber-shopping for Black Friday deals. I want to minimize my efforts and get the best bang for the buck.

My goals:

  • Best deals for least effort. This includes free-shipping
  • Avoid the masses at brick-and-mortar
  • Get new toys.. (iPad, iPad Mini, Roku, Apple TV)

 

Not that I need much in my life in terms of new toys, but everyone knows, you can never have too many toys..

 

I came across this Clark Howard  guide-to-black-friday-shopping posting that really gave some really sensible tips for going cyber or being the bricks and mortar shopping.

 

You be the judge. What are your best tips or Black Friday Shopping?

 

 

6 days of Shopping for XMAS 2013

This shows a walmart rollback/unbeatable price...

This shows a walmart rollback/unbeatable price that is the lowest I’ve seen. It’s for folders and spiral notebooks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I heard yesterday on the news that there are 6 days less this year for XMAS shopping. I’m also seeing for the first time in such a long time, Black Friday price being available in the first week of November.

 

What do you plan to buy this year with 6 less days to shop and are the early Black Friday Prices worth the leap in?

 

I heard that Walmart gets the award for the best computer Glitch for 2013. Yesterday, they had on-line prices yesterday that were so wrong that people bought treadmills for $20 and monitors for $10!

 

Dad obviously missed out on these deals, did you get anything?

 

What is on your XMAS shopping list this year?? I just want an iPhone 5!

 

I’d like to hear from you…

 

Dad