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Meters running – open mic features three local poets

Scene to be Seen column
By: Kathy Dorsey and Jeeves
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On Sunday, Poets Club of Lincoln will celebrate National Poetry Month by featuring three great local poets Lisa Augustine, Jim Fulcomer and Jeanie Robertson. The poetry celebration takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Willow Room, Twelve Bridges Library, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive. All are welcome. All poets may read up to three poems during open mic. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Daub, daub, daubing along ... Mary Weir reports that Lincoln Golden Club is holding a scholarship Bingo Saturday, April 21 at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 541 Fifth St. Doors open at noon and Bingo starts at 1 p.m. To buy in, cost is $20 per person. Light refreshments, including coffee and tea, will be served. In addition to Bingo, a raffle will be held for many great prizes. Admission is limited to age 21 and over. Please remember to bring your daubers. Proceeds will go to fund Lincoln High School scholarships. To learn more, call Mary at 645-2818. Saucy ... Don’t forget Saturday’s “A Taste of Italy,” sponsored by Rotary Club of Lincoln. Doors open for the 12th annual family-style pasta feed at 5:30 p.m. The evening will also include appetizers, dessert, live and a silent auctions, 50/50 raffle and no-host bar. Those attending must be 21 years of age or older. Tickets are $25 per person and are available to those 21 years or older. Call Claire Luke at 253-3711 for tickets and more information. Take it away ... Lincoln High School’s drama department students are busy rehearsing for its upcoming comedy, “You Can’t Take It With You.” The first performance takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27. The next two performances take place at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4 and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Playwrights Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman won the Pulitzer Prize for “You Can’t Take It With You.” Tickets for all performances are $7 per adult and $4 per student at the door. Lincoln High School is located at 790 J St. Call the school at 645-6360 for more information. Just in from Jeeves ... Jeeves learned that this time year is called spring — one of four seasons. He also learned that this time of year is called tax season. Jeeves has found that tax season creates anxiety. He overheard someone quote Benjamin Franklin to whom it is attributed, “In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes” (Bartlett’s Quotations). Jeeves can’t imagine equating death with taxes. Perhaps that’s why there’s anxiety. On Sterling Parkway, Jeeves has observed a young man dressed up as the Statue of Liberty. He’s promoting the services of a tax-preparation company. Jeeves hopes that this company can liberate everyone from the fear of death due to taxes. In Jeeves’s household, tax filings are prepared by a certified public accountant. Sometimes, accountants are called bean counters. Jeeves wondered what types of beans they count. He has heard of lima beans, green beans, fava beans and jelly beans. Jeeves could find no beans to count in his household. But he has found many piles of paper Jeeves discovered that these piles make up a paper trail. He wonders why it’s called a paper trail. When Jeeves last created a trail on paper, he was a puppy. Jeeves has heard of trail mix. Trail mix is a snack food consisting of many things like nuts, raisins and sometimes chocolate. Like all dogs, Jeeves can’t eat raisins or chocolate. They can cause death. Jeeves doesn’t know why anyone would create a paper trail to take to the accountant. Between his house and the accountant’s office, there are plenty of paved roads. There’s even a nature trail. But there’s no paper trail. Thankfully, there’s no trail mix. Jeeves set off to find answers to these perplexing questions. He began to understand the anxiety that tax season brings. Jeeves learned that “bean counter” is a disparaging term for accountants. Ironically, he knows one accountant who refers to himself in this way. He even offers jelly beans to his clients. According to phrases.org, the term dates back to 1907. The earliest reference to the use of bean counter in connection with accountants occurred in a 1919 edition of The Fort Wayne News and Sentinel. In 1975, Forbes Magazine referred to a “smart, tightfisted and austere bean counter accountant from rural Kentucky” (word-detective.com). After more than 100 years, bean counter has become part of the vernacular. Jeeves discovered that the term paper trail has a more recent history. According to merriam-webster.com, the first known use of the phrase occurred in 1955. Merriam-Webster also defines paper trail as “documents (as financial records) from which a person’s actions may be traced or opinions learned.” Jeeves is happy that we have bean counters to reduce anxiety during tax season. But he will always refer to them as accountants. After all, Jeeves knows that they went to school and passed examinations to earn their professional designation as CPA’s. In his opinion, they should receive recognition for their efforts. Jeeves is also happy that paper trail means documents or financial records. He couldn’t imagine anyone wanting to look at his paper trail. That would be taxing in any season. Jeeves and all the Downtown Dogs extend their very best wishes to Anna Jatczak. They hope that Anna has a speedy recovery and look forward to her return to City Hall where she serves as assistant city manager/chief financial officer. If you have upcoming events that you wish to appear in Scene to be Seen, please call Kathy Dorsey at 645-0660 or e-mail JustInFromJeeves@gmail.com. This column may or may not necessarily express the opinions of The Lincoln News Messenger.