Those Three Five-Letter Words

Every year at tax time I am reminded of my high school history teacher who had a sign posted above the chalkboard in the front of the classroom that read “Life can be summed up in a series of five-letter words: TOUGH, TAXES, DEATH.” He was a total hardass. And sometimes I actually wonder why I am a pessimist, as if somehow there is no answer to that question. Then I do taxes, and then I’m all “Oh, yeah…”