My Son’s 1st Birthday The First of 3 Celebrations in 11 Days
What I do vividly remember is being discharged on the fifth day. I pulled up in the car, and the hospital staff brought my wife out in a wheelchair, holding our newborn son in her arms. As I got out of the car, I looked at my wife, who looked straight back at me, and as we looked at each other, we had the same thought: “They are letting us take our baby home to take care of all by ourselves? What the hell is wrong with these people?”When we were both finally loaded in the car and on our way home, we both had a nervous chuckle, still in disbelief. Even though it was hard, we’ve made it a full year. We have had the joy of watching him grow up. He’s going to get bigger and learn even more about life and himself. I guess I always took it for granted that I had two hands. Then, I watched him figure out that he had two of his own. By the time this newsletter comes out, I’m sure our plans for February will be in motion. For his 1st birthday, we’re obviously planning on throwing him his very first birthday party. We’ll have the little cake that he’s sure to smash, eat, and throw everywhere. This will all be complete with the bright, loud, and obnoxious “revenge toys,”my wife’s siblings and mine will get for us as payback from when we bought the exact same things for their children.
February is a pretty big month for my family this year. My son’s 1st birthday, my wife’s birthday, and Valentine’s Day are all within 11 days of each other. This is the first year that my wife and I will have to plan for two birthday celebrations in addition to the romantic holiday. That also means I have a lot of shopping to do. Becoming a dad has been a wonderful but exhausting experience. This first year of being a dad has been a huge blessing, but it has also been hard. Mostly, this is because my wife and I didn’t quite know what we were doing. We had to figure out what parenting was on our own. But, even after just a year, watching him recognize us, hearing him say “mama” and “dada” for the first time, and watching him feed himself have been some of the most momentous experiences in my life. I remember when he was born, my wife and I spent five days in the hospital. Thinking back, I don’t know if I had ever felt more excited, afraid, and tired, all at the same time. The two of us barely slept; it was only the excitement and adrenaline that kept us going. I was so tired — I could hardly remember what happened around me. My wife told me about certain conversations with the doctors and nurses at the hospital (that I was obviously a part of). Somehow, I didn’t remember them at all.
For my wonderful wife’s birthday and Valentine’s Day, I know she’ll probably want to get out of the house for a while for some quiet time. I might take her out to dinner, or maybe she’ll want to get away from both of us for some much needed “me” time. My wife has been an incredible mother. She is, without a doubt, the best mom in the world. Even when our boy wears us out, she is such a trooper. While we had to figure out parenthood on our own, we were never completely alone. My wife and I are lucky to have such supportive family and friends who surround our home and our son with constant love and affection. The people we have in our lives have made such a huge impact. Thank you all for such a wonderful year.
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Meet Conan THE DOG WHO HELPED TAKE DOWN AL-BAGHDADI
“To me, they’re the first line of defense,” United States War Dogs Association President Ron Aiello told Vox after the news about Conan came out. “They’re such a great asset to our military today.” Military dogs are put up for adoption after 6–8 years in the service, which means a lucky civilian could take Conan in as early as 2022! Meanwhile, dozens of other smart canine heroes are looking for homes. To learn more about military and other working dog adoptions, visit MissionK9Rescue.org.
In college, arriving late to class might earn you a stern look from your professor, and turning in homework late normally results in a docked grade. For one student, however, these actions resulted in veneration from the academic community and a story that has become legend. George Dantzig, a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, arrived late for a graduate statistics class one day in 1939. He saw that his professor, Jerzy Neyman, had written two problems on the board, and guessing they were the homework assignment, he wrote them down to solve later. A few days later, Dantzig delivered his answers to Professor Neyman. He apologized for turning them in late, remarking that they seemed more difficult than usual. When Neyman told him to just throw the answers on his desk, Dantzig reluctantly did so, fearing his homework would be lost forever in the sea of papers already there. He couldn’t have been more wrong. Six weeks later, Neyman went to Dantzig’s house and excitedly asked him to read the introduction he had written on one of Dantzig’s papers. Of course, Dantzig had no idea what he was talking about. Over the course of the conversation, however, he found out that the two difficult problems he had thought were homework were actually examples of famous unsolved statistical proofs — and Dantzig had solved them! On Oct. 28 last year, President Donald Trump tweeted a photo that quickly went viral. It showed an adorable snapshot of a bright-eyed Belgian Malinois, tongue lolling, still wearing its camo military vest. In the caption, President Trump explained that the pup, Conan, was a national hero who was instrumental in taking down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. With four years in special operations forces and roughly 50 missions under his collar, Conan was selected to be part of the team that pursued al-Baghdadi through a network of underground tunnels in northwest Syria, where the terrorist ultimately died. It’s unclear whether Conan was there to track al-Baghdadi or to spot improvised explosive devices that may have been planted on the route, but either way, he performed well. According to NBC News, Conan was injured by some live electrical cables during the mission, but he recovered quickly and was back on duty within the week. Meanwhile, President Trump invited the brave pup to the White House and tweeted out a doctored photo that showed him awarding Conan a Medal of Honor. President Trump captioned the photo “AMERICAN HERO!” and he’s not alone in his appreciation for the hardworking dogs that have been helping our military since WorldWar II.
Solving the Unsolvable THE BEST CONSEQUENCE EVER FOR ARRIVING LATE TO CLASS
Neyman published the first of the two proofs soon after. Then, a year later when Dantzig was struggling to decide on his doctoral thesis topic, his professor just shrugged and told him to wrap the two problems in a binder. Neyman said he would accept them as his thesis. Dantzig’s story has been retold in various versions over the years often as an illustration of what a person is capable of when they think positively. After all, Dantzig may not have solved these proofs if he believed they were “unsolvable!” However, even though some versions might lean more toward urban legend, it’s still an impressive story of the best consequence a student ever received for arriving to class and turning in homework late.
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FROM ZERO TO 300 Meet the Women Who Pioneered Motor Sports
While Danica Patrick and Courtney Force are well known as modern faces in motor sports, they’re far from the first women to cross the finish line. Since the early 1900s, women have been a constant fixture of automotive racing, including the following three who each left their marks on the sport. SHIRLEY MULDOWNEY Shirley Muldowney is professionally known in the drag racing community as “The First Lady of Drag Racing.” In 1973, she was the first woman to earn a Top Fuel license from the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and, despite backlash from competitors, went on to win the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series an unprecedented three times. Twentieth Century Fox documented her trials and accomplishments in the 1983 biopic “Heart Like a Wheel.”Muldowney famously loathed her own characterization but still lauded the film as required viewing for anyone interested in the sport of drag racing. JANET GUTHRIE Janet Guthrie had her sights set on the stars from day one. A skilled aerospace engineer, she began her racing career in 1963. After taking home two class wins in the famed 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race, Guthrie became a well-known figure among racing gurus. In 1976, she became the first woman to compete in the NASCAR Cup Series when she finished 15th in the Coca-Cola 600, then called theWorld 600. To date, Guthrie’s storied career has landed her in the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, and the Automotive Hall of Fame.
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DOROTHY LEVITT Dorothy Levitt is known for her driving skills on both land and water, setting the first water speed record and an early women’s world land speed record. Her motor racing career started slow in 1904 due to illness and various car troubles, but Levitt eventually went on to garner a reputation for her speed and earn the nickname “The Fastest Girl on Earth.”When she wasn’t racing, she spent her time writing. In her book “The Woman and the Car,” Levitt recommended that women carry
Make date night simple with this easy shrimp scampi recipe.
1/2 tsp oregano
4 tbsp butter
1/2 cup dry white wine
4 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp minced garlic
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1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup parsley
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a small mirror with them for driving in traffic, effectively inventing the rearview mirror five years before it went into production.
If you want to learn more about these women and others in motor racing, pick up Todd McCarthy’s book “Fast Women: The Legendary Ladies of Racing.”
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Discovery of the Hands
Meet the Dog Who Helped Take Down al-Baghdadi The World’s Hardest Homework Assignment
Easy Shrimp Scampi Fearless Women Who Pioneered Motor Sports
A Slippery Crime
STEALING MISS HELEN ‘OCEAN’S 3’ ATTEMPT A HIGH-STAKES HEIST
The Animal Welfare Act, which was adopted in 1966, is the only federal law that regulates the treatment of animals in research, exhibition, transport, and by dealers. Interestingly, it only applies to warm-blooded animals, so if Miss Helen had needed further protection, she would be left out in the cold.
The aquarium staff was grateful to have Miss Helen back unharmed, despite her ordeal. “She’s a tough little horn shark, I’ll tell you that,” affirmed Jamie Shank, the assistant husbandry director at the aquarium. NO MINOR CRIME While many animal lovers might disagree, animals are considered personal property, so stealing them is a crime of theft, not kidnapping. The penalties for stealing animals vary depending on each state’s laws, and some states have specific laws regarding animal theft. In Texas, larceny law designates the theft of property valued between $1,500–$20,000 as a felony. In the case of Miss Helen, who’s valued by the aquarium at $2,000, the thieves committed a felony. Also, transporting certain animals requires special permits, which led to additional charges against the three thieves.
On a hot summer day in late July 2018, three people entered Miss Helen’s home, forcibly removed her, put her in a stroller, and ran toward their getaway vehicle. This might sound like a typical kidnapping story, but Miss Helen is no ordinary person. She is a 16-inch horn shark living at the San Antonio Aquarium. Fortunately, their fishy behavior didn’t go unnoticed, and someone alerted the aquarium staff. One perpetrator drove away with Miss Helen in tow, but the other two were stopped by aquarium staff, later confessing to their involvement. Thanks to some observant witnesses and aquarium surveillance, police were able to identify the third thief and obtain a warrant to search his house. As it turned out, he had an extensive aquarium in his home and possibly hoped to add Miss Helen to his collection. After being identified, Miss Helen was returned home safely.
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Breaking News: The‘Stretch’ IRA Is Dead! Federal Government Passes Sweeping Changes to Retirement Account RulesWith the SECURE Act
On Jan. 1 of this year, the SECURE Act, which provides new benefits for people who use retirement accounts to save for when they quit working, became effective. However, the government also added provisions that will limit the options for anyone who inherits a retirement account after the account holder passes away. Here are four major highlights of the new legislation. 1. Delays inWithdrawal Requirements Previously, once an account holder reached age 70 1/2, they were forced to begin withdrawing money from that account each year (known as required minimum distributions, or RMDs). The SECURE Act has delayed this requirement, and an account holder is now able to wait until age 72 before they are forced to begin taking withdrawals from their retirement account (without penalty). The rule that allows (but does not force) someone to begin taking withdrawals at age 59 1/2 from their account without penalty remains unchanged. 2. Age Limit for Contributions to Traditional IRA Before the new legislation, once they reached age 70 1/2, an owner of a retirement account was no longer allowed to contribute to a traditional IRA, even if they were still working and earning income. Under the new law, an account holder is allowed to continue contributing to a traditional IRA at any age as long as they are still working and earning income. 3. Withdrawals for Birth and Adoption Expenses A new exception has been added to the list of “allowable” reasons someone can withdraw from a retirement account before age 59 1/2 without paying a penalty. The SECURE Act includes a new exception that allows an account holder to withdraw up to $5,000 for qualified expenses associated with the birth or adoption of a child.
4. Death of the ‘Stretch’ IRA Under the old rules, once an account holder passed away, a beneficiary who inherited the account could slowly withdraw only the minimum amount required each year (based on the beneficiary’s life expectancy). By making these withdrawals over time, one could defer tax, allowing what is left in the account to continue to grow for decades. This was known as a “stretch” IRA, since the beneficiary could stretch the length of time the IRA account was in place. The most significant change in the SECURE Act was to kill this tax benefit. Now (with a few exceptions), once a beneficiary inherits a retirement account, they are required to withdraw all funds from the account and pay tax on the amount within 10 years of inheriting the account. This is a complete change from the rules that were set up before. Luckily, there are a few exceptions to this rule. If someone inherits a retirement account from their spouse, they do not have to empty it within 10 years (and can follow the old rules). Also, the new 10-year rule does not apply to those who inherit an account from someone who was within 10 years of age from their own. There are also exceptions for minors and persons with disabilities as well.
Rosenbauer Law Announces New Estate Planning Podcast
The Rosenbauer Law Office has officially launched “Complete Estate Planning,” our new podcast! In each episode, attorney Nick Rosenbauer will discuss various estate planning topics, strategies, and myths to help you understand the best ways to protect your family and preserve your legacy for future generations. Nick will also break down complex legal topics and trends in the estate planning industry in an informal and entertaining manner. You can find more information on “Complete Estate Planning” and links to download each episode at our website, CincinnatiEstatePlan.com. You can also subscribe to our podcast and download past episodes on all of your favorite podcast apps (Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, etc.).
Spring 2020 Public Education Program
We have officially begun our 2020 Public Education Program here at The Rosenbauer Law Office. If you are in need of a refresher course or if you have not taken the time to protect your loved ones with a proper estate plan, then sign up for one of our free classes today. Seating is limited, and registration is required. For more information, please visit our website at CincinnatiEstatePlan.com and click on the “Workshops” page. You may also call our office directly at 513-463-6789.
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