Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The most $%@!# time of the year

What's in the boooooox?
--Brad Pitt, Se7en
It just arrived, delivered to my doorstep because it wouldn't fit in our mailbox down the lane. The postal carrier gave a malicious grin, as if she knew. Those government types, all the same. Her jackboots clinked on the walkway as she returned to her truck.

But how could she know? Usually a box from amazon.com holds a plethora of delights--books, CDs, DVDs--whoopee, that's entertainment!

Not today. Today the box holds:

the new version of TurboTax

If you live in the Northeast, that moaning sound wafting along on the south wind is me discovering how much we owe this year. Chris and I are both self-employed, which means, in this nation that professes to love the entrepreneur, we get to pay twice the payroll taxes.

At least in '05 we were smart and paid estimated federal taxes for the first three quarters. But it's never enough--after all, someone's got to pay for Alaskan bridges to nowhere.

So what's in the box? Insolvency, that's what. But it's better than the severed head of Gwyneth Paltrow*.

UPDATE, 2 PM: I was wrong! Not only were its contents better than the severed head of Gwyneth Paltrow, they were better than TurboTax:
  • High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, which I talked about in the comments here
  • Goddess of the Rose, by the lovely and talented PC Cast
  • Meat Puppets II by the Meat Puppets (duh)
Now I can listen to the Pups while doing my taxes, just as soon as that other box arrives.

*If you've never seen the final scene of Se7en performed by stuffed animals, watch it now.

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7 Comments:

The goverment loves the working man and woman? Since when? Did I miss a news conference or something?:-) Sorry to hear you owe Jeri. I swear every member of the IRS is related to leeches...literally. You most definately have my sympathy.

Posted by: Blogger Kathy at 3/08/2006 1:51 PM

Thanks, Kathy. I try to tell myself, hey, at least we have money to pay taxes on. And last year was only the second year I've made a profit on my writing business (the first was in 2000, when I won two contests totaling $1500), so I should be thankful.

But I'm not.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 3/08/2006 2:07 PM

Forget taxes. Go read PC's book.

Horns and hooves, lady.

'nuff said.

;)

terri

Posted by: Blogger moonhart at 3/08/2006 3:53 PM

It's next on the pile, after I finish Someplace to Be Flying by Charles de Lint, which is excellent, getting better every page.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 3/08/2006 3:58 PM

If you haven't read it yet, I highly suggest Jewel of Atlantis by Gena Showalter. And her first in that series, Heart of the Dragon too. I LOVED them. I just finished both.

Posted by: Blogger Kathy at 3/08/2006 4:25 PM

Heart of the Dragon has been on my TBR list since it came out. So many books! If I had a clone, she would do nothing but read. And clean my house.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 3/08/2006 4:36 PM

hehehe I like the clean the house part. That would be awesome.

Posted by: Blogger Kathy at 3/08/2006 5:20 PM

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