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Small smuggeries [Mar. 27th, 2004|07:58 pm]
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We did our taxes last weekend. We owed some money, but not a tragic amount, and everything has been filed and taken care of.

I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am about this.

Generally I am one of those people who is scrambling on April 14, sweaty-palmed and shaking in terror that I will miss the deadline. There is absolutely no reason for this; we aren't waiting for a windfall or searching the couch cushions for change. I'm just really bad about getting them done on time. I'm not generally a procratinator about other things. Taxes are just a bubaboo of bad behavior. This year, though, and at the loving and sexy Ferrett's insistence, we got them done instead of stewing about them.

The effect is fascinating. When I see the Yahoo! ads for tax help or get spam offering extra savings or have to close a tax-related pop-up window, I feel exactly the same satisfaction that I experience during NPR Pledge Week when I have already made my donation. A warm glow suffuses me and I smile, feeling that I am one of the blessed, the fortunate.

I am part of the in-crowd.

Now, you needn't tell me how utterly stupid this is. Intellectually, I know. Continual begging still disrupts my Morning Edition, and completing my taxes early didn't win me a special prize or even a discount. Even as that satisfied grin lights up my face, part of me is thinking, "Wow, this is dumb."

But, hey, I will take my little happinesses wherever I can get them.

[User Picture]From: futurerelics
2004-03-28 01:27 am (UTC)
On a completely unrelated note (if you don't mind me asking) what law school do you attend? I'm contemplating a move to Cleveland in the fall to attend Case Western, but have little to base my decision on, outside of the brochures and school websites. Any words of advice from your perspective?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-03-28 05:26 am (UTC)
I'm going to Cleveland-Marshall, because Case does not have a part time program. Case is a good school, though.
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[User Picture]From: kellirose1313
2004-03-28 02:16 am (UTC)
We get ours done by mid-Feb every year. Then again we never have alot of info to use anyway.
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[User Picture]From: dreagoddess
2004-03-28 02:57 am (UTC)


See, I did my taxes in early February and have had my refund for a good month now. so I completely understand the smugness. It gets better on about April 13th... :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-03-28 05:36 am (UTC)
It's a knife, silly. It's from "Much Ado About Nothing." Tch!

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From: poeticangelx
2004-03-28 04:37 pm (UTC)
I love that version of "Much Ado About Nothing." When I was younger, I wanted to live in Italy in a villa type thing like the one in it and wear cool white dresses. Emma Thompson is awesome, and Kenneth Branagh is good at adapting Shakespeare through keeping the spirit of the play in the film without just filming a stage play. Sort of like the difference between Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. (Not that the HP movies are bad)

Oh and a previous comment about Case Western reminded me... My uncle lives in Cleveland. He's a pathologist who graduated from Case. We visited and I was surprised that Cleveland was rather beautiful.. and has such good art at the museum there! I mean, I never really expected Cleveland to have such recognizable pieces.. The only exception to that was a winged horse with a purple electric guitar which I thought was rather bizarre.. but amusing.

Eh, enough of my randomness...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-03-28 06:39 pm (UTC)
Cleveland is a remarkably cool place to live. I was leery about moving here, but I actually love it. Much good art, much good music, beautiful parks with miles of bike trails. It's awesome.
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From: williaej
2004-03-28 09:51 pm (UTC)


Wish I could say that I was done with my taxes. Things are complicated because I don't get a W2, just at 1098t, so no one knows what the fuck I'm supposed to do. My parents struck a deal with their accountant where he'd give me a student discount on my taxes, so I gave them all my paperwork...

And it's been sitting in their house for a month. I've demanded it back to get them done here at full price since they're obviously of the "ignore them and they'll just go away" school of taxation, where I am of the "I need to pay off my computer but might owe this money to Iraq instead" school.

Pehaps someday I'll find out just how much I actually owe this year.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-03-29 12:05 am (UTC)

Re: Taxes

Hmmm, painful. Good luck...
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[User Picture]From: ladycathead
2004-04-05 07:08 pm (UTC)
Aah! I love your Much Ado "Knife's Point" icon!!! Cool times three. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-04-05 08:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I rather adore it myself. [g]
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