Taxes and Tourney Final

Thursday, 12 Goodenuf 2013

This weekend’s To Do list included a brief struggle with Turbo Tax and a lot of adrenaline packed american college basketball.  Due to some changes in my personal situation – due to the four year drought in gainful employment – I have been utilizing some of the excess space in my house to a friend of a friend for an extremely reduced rent*.  I am also taking a loss on the small business I have been forced to dissolve as of the first of this year.  Apparently this combination is unusual enough and / or considered enough of a red flag to set off a number of warnings in Turbo Tax.  The problem came when the automated software lost me and my personal information and so I got tossed into the ignore pile.  when their pseudo accountant finally got on the line it was only a matter of minutes to go through the contentious issues in my taxes this year and complete filing them electronically.

After turning into a Grump Bunny over the delays in my tax work digging in to my nap time, I got set up in front of the idiot box for some fantastic college basketball.  The entire process was relatively painless except for the extra time spent helping to finance Charles Barkley’s gambling excesses and Alec Baldwin’s child support, and hearing over and over about the benefits of the Capital One credit card.  At least one armchair colege basketball coach was vainly trying to influence the behavior of (in particular) the coach of the Michigan Wolverines – that I can attest to** – adding to the overall infotainment quotient of the event.  Now we can all look forward to the Maize and Blue going up against the Cardinals of Louisville on Monday night in Atlanta.  Whoever wins, let’s all hope for no more seriously painful looking major injuries to take place in the tournament.

Of course, the moment I decide to start trying to add some more bloggy goodness to the internets on a regular basis, things manage to get somewhat more exciting in my personal space.  It is quite nice to find out that you are not quite the overfed long haired leaping gnome that you cannot help but picture yourself as*** – at least it’s not quite what at least one someone else sees when they peer in your general direction.

I will be speaking more of the other major upheavals in my personal space as I find the words and time to let you know all about them.  Suffice it to say (for now) that getting past fifty and into the golden years of retired bliss could be somewhat more difficult than originally thought, but I have embarked on a number of areas of potential profitable retirement activity.

Hope life is treating you at least half as well as you deserve.  Stay tuned to these pages for the answers to our first quiz, and more trips down memory lane in the days to come…

* – due to her being on Social Security Disability and living (cough) on under 700 dollars a month.

** – not including myself…

*** – especially considering the plethora of times life, the universe, and everything has smacked you upside the melon and reminded you that life is neither fair nor particularly forgiving…

edited slightly for typos by Your Humble Narrator on 13 Goodenuf 2013