Sunday, March 18, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The City wants to repave the road that my driveway leads to. It needs to be repaired, but it wil mean that I'll have to park on the street for at least a month. And 95% of the people who use the street don't live on the street, they just avoid the stoplight a block over. And they speed, rather fly down the street on the way to work. I put in my two cents on the business reply card, hoping for sped humps or something - in my best 4 plus pitcher handwriting.
Why isn't the REAL first day of the NCAA tournament a national holiday?
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Sunday, March 04, 2012
Saturday, March 03, 2012
I called the FA tonight around 10:00. Granted, I was on my third stint of drinking for the day (started at 2:00 AM), but after several texts I just wanted to hash out some March Madness plans. Typically, the Renter, the FA and I will hang out at Champs in Brookfield, WI, for at least the first four hours of the opening day of the college basketball tournament. But this year we have an ailing friend in Chicago and might go visit her instead. Anyway, always single B to thee... thinks nothing of calling a friend at 10:00 PM while my married freinds are settling down for the evening with their wife and kids.
I'm so glad I don't have a wife. Or kids. But props for those who can deal with all that. More than I could handle.
I didn't mean to sound pompous in the last post. I work hard to keep my expenses at a minimum. I'm wearing $10 jeans that I bought three years ago at Old Navy. I drive a 10 yr old Jeep Wrangler. My dentist wants me to visit him every 6 months but I put it off for a year and a half. Sadly, the same goes for the Puppy. My biggest expense, besides the mortgage, would probably be beer, but I can't realistically cut that out of the budget, at least not right now. Maybe when I grow up a bit, or grow older, or when the liver calls in sick. Man, lot of commas in those last two sentences.
As it is, 4:00 am, I'm wide awake and watching an old 007 (James Bond, duh) movie. But I shoveled the four inches of snow we got, hope that's the last of it. My heart can't take much more.
I'm not a 1%er. I have a $800 snowblower that ran out of oil that I've put off getting fixed (while my grandfather died shoveling snow). My dishwasher won't drain so I've done the dishes by hand for the past six months (gasp). The tires on my Jeep are 10 years old and have major signs of dry rot. I've lifted weights in my basement for two years now verses paying for a gym membership.
But I've always scraped up $5,000 to send to the FA for the yearly Roth IRA contribution. I used to think that was the best option. But after talking with some of my older and (hopefully) wiser friends, I'm thinking this is not a good decision. Why pay taxes now on the $5,000, when I'm paying taxes on my income, when I can pay 15% on the $15,000 I'll need a year once the house is paid off and all I do is play golf for six months out of the year? When, if, I retire, I won't be in a higher tax bracket than I am now. Why pay the taxes now?
And I just mailed my federal tax return yesterday. Will have to do an amendment.