The Knife Rules For A Moment!
Posted on: Monday 03/13/2017 10:08:16
So I had my taxes done on Saturday. I had told someone related to something else about how the pendulum of karma can at times swing widely and swiftly. It was my freaking turn.
I found I was able to claim my alimony as a deduction. I was also able to go back in times and claim last year's as well. The result- my total return amount is sinfully large. I'm still awestruck. I will completely recoup what I spent on the lawyer, PI, and so on, and still have a whole lot beside that to bank.
Also, if the ex didn't claim it as income, which know her she probably didn't, once the IRS and state see my deal, they will be going after her. I still don't have bad feelings towards her or wish her any harm, but if I were to find out that was happening, I would smirk.
I will now be looking at the possibility of taking a short trip to Iceland this summer, which I have wanted to do for a while now. There are some pretty good package prices available right now from what I have seen just glossing through things in the interwebs. I have to do a deep dive. I won't mind going alone, if that be the case. I mainly want to take in their culture, art, and history. I want to talk to the people and see how they think and what they are like. I have heard some strange things about their diets and foods. I will not be eating whale meat on principle.
Yesterday was the second attempted meeting of my poetry group. Two people showed up, which is a real start. One is a writer friend who has a lot to input and offer. The other is a guy my age who has never written, but has been studying it. He is very enthusiastic and inquisitive. This is partially what I wanted with this group- to draw in some newbies to help turn into confident poets.
Tonight is supposed to be a blizzard, in case you didn't know. We here in South Jersey are supposed to be hardest hit in the state. The estimates for my area are anywhere from 14-36 inches with a layer of sleet slotted in there at some point. They are saying after 8:00 PM we will get 2-4 inches per hour. If that happens, I will not be making work. Around here, they don't plow shit until it all stops, and residential areas are the last to be plowed. I live halfway up a hill, which is problematic. Then there is the long commute. Who knows what the freeway, highway, side and country roads I travel will be like. Finally, I do leave for work at 4:30 AM. If I am out shoveling and digging my car out at 4:00, my neighbors will gather into a mob and kill me. The senior manager says they may call a delayed 10:00 AM start. That probably wouldn't help me any. I'm hoping he is human and sensible and just closes the operation for the day. If it's that bad and we work, the trucks won't go out on their multi-state routes anyway.
Ah, cool! I am so glad you had a couple show up for the poetry group - keep at it and I bet it will grow.
So glad about the alimony. I totally forgot about that; I remember during my first divorce the lawyer suggested it in part because it was a tax deduction for the husband. But I just don't believe in alimony on principle - I couldn't do it.
Quent's good scouting buddy Mike went to Iceland last year with his parents; they all loved it (and travel is a bit more difficult for them as Mike is in a wheelchair). Hope you get to do it!
Evil Fury Says:
I'm happy you're getting some dough, man. You've put up with enough shit.
In 1992 my parents came here and we all went to Massachusetts- Salem, Boston, Horsehead, Glouster, and so on. That was the last vacation I have had that did not entail going home to Ohio. I need and deserve something like this trip./homepage
Iceland is on my list. my friends took their kids around Christmas and loved it.
stay safe on that snow!
Fuck Iceland bro!
But congrats on the Tax refund - great news!!!
Head down to Oz - Res and I will sort you out
Being Lerm's wingman for a while would be a dream vacation....
Seriously, though, if you've ever wanted to go to Europe, a colleague of mine always does a stop-over in Iceland because it makes the overall price of the air fare go way down compared to just flying directly from US.
Yes! Jon and I were planning Cuba for this summer, but we moved instead.
I'd love a real Cuban cigar, not like the fake ones people get in Jamaica.