Friday, April 18, 2014

JUST A JEEP GUY ANSWERS: TAX TIME 2014

TAX TIME 2014
1. Have you finished your taxes or are you just getting started?
Since I'm technically not working, I didn't have to file. Years ago I left my home and career in DC to move back to NY and help care for my dad, then my mom and now my dad again. I never thought or planned that I would be doing this for more than 6 months but at the time I was able to and since I had zero debt, a month-to-month lease and no relationship it was the logical thing to do. The few expenses I had were a fraction of what in-home nursing care would have cost my parents even with insurance. 
2. Do you do your taxes yourself or do you use a service?
When I did have taxes to file, I first used my dad (a CPA) and then a tax program.
3. How are you at keeping records and receipts?
I'm pretty good. At the start of each year I make 12 envelopes, one for each month and list the receipt on the envelope. Since my finances were fairly simple, keeping receipts usually wasn't necessary. 
4. How 'creative' do you get?
You can't get creative when filing a 1099 but the few times I did itemized, I might have exaggerated a bit.
5. What do you think about the amount of taxes you pay?
I think its mostly fair.

6. What do you plan to do with your refund?
I always got a refund bc I'd claim zero exemptions rather then risk having to owe anything and would always go on vacation which was usually a tennis tournament I wanted to play in.
BONUS
Have you ever paid an IRS agent personally?
I've never needed to but giving up my ass to save my ass seems like a good deal. :)



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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WONDERLAND BURLESQUE ANSWERS: TAX TIME 2014




TMI Questions: Tax Time 2014

People are so weird about money.   I have two business partners that react very badly whenever I want to talk about it. They get defensive and angry and I don’t get it. My former partner used to, also.  It was one of the many things we used to argue about .

People weird out about taxes, too.  Big babies.  Grow up.  Pay your share.  You’re a part of a bigger picture – you owe your community, and paying your fair share is the only way to keep the whole ball of wax from melting. 

And it’s always the ones that either have nothing or have way too much that whine.  The former are merely parroting what greedy conservatives tell them about the world via the likes of Fox News, and the latter are just greedy creeps who give humanity a bad name.

Shame on both; those that have nothing for being ignorant, gullible, and out of touch with reality (you have nothing!) and those that have too much for being such a bunch of over-privileged, whiny, greedy bastards.

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TMI Questions: Tax Time 2014

Have you finished your taxes or are you just getting started?

Finished two weeks ago and already got my return.

It’s a complicated process that I start putting together (along with my accountant and business partners) starting in January.  I say that and it makes it sound like I am an integral part of this process, when nothing could be further from the truth.  I provide what is needed and wait… and wait.

Do you do your taxes yourself or do you use a service?

For the business, we have an accountant who does everything.  Once he is done with his stuff, then I get to file my personal taxes. 

In the past, I have had someone keep track of my personal stuff, but I think that all changes for 2014.  I’m not sure.  It depends on what happens with the business. 

We’ve been discussing some major changes.  Whether any of it comes to pass remains to be seen. 

As for my personal taxes, that definitely changes in 2014, though I will continue to have someone else do my taxes. I get more back that way.

How are you at keeping records and receipts?

I guess we’ll find out. 

When it came to my theatre company I was a disaster.  The woman who inherited the company wags a finger at me every time I see her.  I can’t blame her; I was reckless and absent-minded. 

I think I’m better about such stuff now, but then I’ve always had someone looking over my shoulder when it comes to my personal stuff.  That will be an adjustment, but I’m up to the task.

How ‘creative’ do you get?

Not at all. 

I have read and heard (first hand) horror stories regarding dealing with the IRS in an audit situation.  There’s good reason to toe the line, here, folks. 

If you want to read a particularly harrowing case of IRS misconduct, I suggest you check out singer Janis Ian’s autobiography.  If her story is to be believed, then take heed, as certain agents are allowed to take out their personal issues on citizens caught in arrears. 

My luck is not good, so I know better than risk an audit.  It would not go well.  In such cases, I now do my best to not invite trouble; trouble has a way of finding me all on its own.

What do you think about the amount of taxes you pay?

More than fair. 

I don’t care, really, as long as my world continues to function within certain guidelines.  I don’t see the government as some evil entity taking money that doesn’t belong to them.  We live in a democracy and as part of the community I am more than happy to contribute my fair share. 

But I’m not stupid, either.  I take advantage of the benefits available, maxing out my contributions to my 401 K, stock options, and the like.  That’s about ensuring some kind of retirement, if I should choose to retire.   

What do you plan to do with your refund?

The bulk of it goes to pay down my credit card (I only use one). 

I am also getting an expensive, brand new bike – my first since the mountain bike accident where I broke my neck in two places.  Yep, I’m ready to face that demon. 

And I’m getting my piano tuned, because I’m tired of it sounding like a honky tonk.  It also detracts from my ability to play, because my ear keeps getting hung up on things that are ‘not quite right’. 

Bonus
Have you ever paid an IRS agent personally?

Ummm… is this a sexual question?  Bonus questions typically are, right Sean?

I have never met an IRS agent, let alone gotten naked with one. 

You see, in my world, these phantom people do not really exist.  They are like the boogieman or the concept of hell.  In other words, they exist in name only to scare the crap out of you and get you to do the right thing.  By doing the right thing, you ensure that you will never come face to face with one of these foreboding creatures. 

So, again… take heed.  Do the right thing.

Now, pay your taxes, bitch!

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TMI Tuesday – Tax Time 2014 Edition

TAX TIME 2014
1. Have you finished your taxes or are you just getting started? Had them done in March and already got my refund.
2. Do you do your taxes yourself or do you use a service? I use a service.
3. How are you at keeping records and receipts? Does “oy” answer your question?
4. How ‘creative’ do you get? Creative is not in my vocabulary when it comes to filing taxes — I’ll suck it up and pay what I owe. I do not look good in orange — and jumpsuits only accentuate my hips.
5. What do you think about the amount of taxes you pay? I think it’s ridiculous considering I don’t enjoy the same rights as heterosexuals.
6. What do you plan to do with your refund? Keep $180 out for a Gwen Stacy sketch by Todd Nauck at C2E2 and put the rest in savings.
BONUS
Have you ever paid an IRS agent personally? No, and hope to never do so either.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TMI QUESTIONS: TAX TIME 2014

TAX TIME 2014
1. Have you finished your taxes or are you just getting started?
2. Do you do your taxes yourself or do you use a service?
3. How are you at keeping records and receipts?
4. How 'creative' do you get?
5. What do you think about the amount of taxes you pay?

6. What do you plan to do with your refund?

BONUS
Have you ever paid an IRS agent personally?

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

JUST A JEEP GUY ANSWERS: :...THOUGHTS OF LOVE."

"...to thoughts of love"

1. Who was the first person to say, "I love you!" to you?
Of course there were family and friends but the first person to say "I love you!" to ME was Ross. I was 32 he was 27 and I was the first person he fell in love with.
2. Who was the first person you said, "I love you!" to?
Ross. I said it first and he wasn't ready to say it yet. About a month later, I was taking care of him while he was sick and as I tucked him in for the night, I said to him what my mom always said to me, "Good night. Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite. I'll see you in the morning and I love you very much." Ross said, "I love you too."
3. Love at first sight or a love that grows?
The few times I've fallen in love, it was at first sight. A spark, butterflies, goosebumps, something that grew into love. There was a spark or two that never ignited but there never was a friendship or relationship that grew into love for me.
4. Who was the love that got away?
Troy. I had seen him one night with his then boyfriend and wanted him. A year later, on my first night out after a breakup, Troy appeared out of nowhere, after a guy had given me his number, and said, "You can call him tomorrow because tonight you are MINE." And I was. Talk about sparks - with us it was like the 4th of July on steroids. But neither of us was looking to be or ready to be in a relationship (he had been with his bf for 5 years). It was the best relationship I was never in. I decided I wanted more from him but knew he didn't and I didn't ask, I just moved on. 
5. One true love or more than one? 
I believe, hope, pray that we get more than one. I've been lucky enough to love and by loved by three wonderful men and they will forever be in my heart but I don't think I've met my true love yet and am afraid that I never will. 

6. Have you ever regretted saying, "I love you."?
No. When I told them I was being true to how I felt, how they made me feel. To not say it would be like game playing - to me anyway. 
7. Are love songs silly?
Not at all, but some are better written then most.
8. What's your favorite love song?
There are a lot of songs about love that you'd find on my list of favorite songs but I don't have a favorite love song.
9. Are you a romantic?
Yes. I believe in romance and believe actions speak louder than words - flowers, notes, opening car doors, anticipating needs and desires, compliments, noticing. I think actions come from my virgo nature but I do say the words too.

BONUS
Have you ever said, "I love you." in the heat of sex? Does that count?
Yes, but only after already having told him. If you mean it, it always counts.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

WONDERLAND BURLESQUE ANSWERS: "...THOUGHTS OF LOVE"

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TMI Questions: In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love…

I have been working on this since the questions were published.  It could be ‘the state I’m in’, which is subject to change without notice, but I am really struggling with these questions.  A kind of grey cloud has settled inside my chest and doesn’t seem to want to dissipate any time soon.

I thought the answers would have come so easy, or that I would have a lot to say about this particular subject… but they didn’t and, while I may have a lot to say, I have no desire to share.

Whaaa???

Me? The great over-sharer? 

But it’s true.

This topic is too hard for me.  I’ve never been able to wrap my head around why love works or why it doesn’t.  I think that may be true for many of us.  Perhaps the key is to not overthink the whole thing.

Typically, my reaction when faced with something like this would be to remain incredibly glib and slip by without revealing anything; it may not be truthful, but it tends to be entertaining enough. 

But this? 

This simply hits too close to something things that should remain buried.

Children shouldn’t play with dead things.

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TMI Questions: In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love…

Who was the first person to say, "I love you!" to you?

Probably my Mom. 

The first gay guy to say it was an actor from the Guthrie.  Hoo-boy, did we fall in love.  Hard.  Crazy, stupid love.  I was such a drama queen.  I was seventeen, a freshman in college, and he was 18 years older than I, and only the second dude I’d ever had sex with.  A full-blooded Italian with eyes to die for, I thought (and still do) that he was beauty personified. 

He wanted me to move to New York to be with him and I freaked out big time, so unprepared was I for life; it terrified me.  My mother also figured in there somewhere, as well as the whole Catholic / going to hell thing. 

I broke his heart.  And mine.   

I was such a stupid kid, but then, he really should have known better… I mean, given the same circumstances, I would know better than to get involved with a small town youth, especially after learning how naïve I was.

Still, I often wonder how my life would have turned out if I had grabbed that particular brass ring. 

But I don’t kid myself.  With my luck?  I’d have died in the mid 80’s.

So much for romantic notions.

Who was the first person you said, "I love you!" to?

Probably my Mom.

First lover?

The actor.  I don’t know who said it first, but it was horribly mutual.  And horribly sincere.

It scarred me, and I did not attempt another relationship with a man for seven years. Part of me kept hoping he’d make some grand gesture and try to rescue me, but, fact is, I was beyond rescuing. 

I spent a large chunk of that period on life support.

Love at first sight or a love that grows?

First sight.  Always. 

If the attraction isn’t there from the get go, the whole soufflé is destined to fall.  And that goes for sexual compatibility as well.  I mean, you can nurse something that isn’t quite right for a long, long time – if you’re stubborn, or are certain that some aspect of the relationship is worth overlooking the rest – but in the end… it’s gonna end. 

Been there, done that.

But, love at first sight?  That stuff sweeps away everything in its path, like a tsunami. 

Everything… including common sense.

Ah, fools get lucky.

I know, I did.

Who was the love that got away?

Josh.

I just realized why it was that I have been dragging my heels, answering these questions; this topic, it’s not about love… this is about heartache.

I guess, on this side of life, that’s to be expected.  If one has lived.  And, I did, Mrs. Burnside… I did.

So, Josh… sweetest man.  I was a dumb bunny at the time; convinced that theatre was more important than anything else in the world.  So prideful was I, I moved away following a total career-killing disaster, to isolate myself in the quite of Iowa.  I thought he’d follow – that was the plan, only he didn’t. 

Anyway… I did a number on his heart, I fear.  He’s gone now… died ten years ago?  I never got to own all my shit.  I would visit him in Seattle and start to talk about it, but he would sweep it under the rug – not because I was blameless, but because I think it was too painful for him to talk about. 

He fell of the wagon and then fell of the face of the earth.  I made attempts to rescue him, to reason with him, but he was really so tired of life by that point, he couldn’t  bother with it anymore.

I will never be so careless with another human being as long as I live.

Hmmm… hindsight is a great teacher, but it is also one hell of a buzz kill.

One true love or more than one? 

More than one… fortunately.

I tend to be ‘all-in’, if I see potential.  That can be off-putting, I’m sure, but I’m more cautious these days. 

I’ve been very fortunate, in love. That anybody thought to love me at all? 

A freaking miracle.

Have you ever regretted saying, "I love you."?

Nope.

Even when it hurt.  Even when it wasn’t respected.  Even when it wasn’t returned.  Even when it ended in humiliation. 

What’s life without taking a few risks?

Are love songs silly?

Love them. 

Of course, my definition tends to run a little bittersweet. 

I think that is the nature of love.  We get love, but it costs us, somehow / something.  We sacrifice our time, our focus, our desires… there’s always some kind of inner-conflict running beneath the whole affair.

But, hopefully, that’s part of my past… part of the learning curve.

For the first time in my life I’m allowing it to be easy.  The whole concept of ‘easy to love’ has escaped me… but at this late point in the game, I think I might be getting the hang of it.

And that’s the thing about love… and love songs.  Hope.  Love always holds out that hope… and love songs – they promote it. 

I would like to think that life was all about work – what we accomplish here.

But if it’s not love-based, then what the hell are you doing with your life except satisfying your own ego? 

What's your favorite love song?

Hmmm.  That is a hard one. 

I will give you a list of my current faves:

Come to Me – Goo Goo Dolls
Say Something – A Great Big World
End of the World – Matt Alber

And some classics:

You Can Close Your Eyes – James Taylor
Heart Like A Wheel – Linda Ronstadt
Intimacy – Bruce Roberts
Fools Get Lucky – Barry Manilow
Who Knows Where the Time Goes? – Sandy Denny
Heartbreak Warfare – John Mayer
My Valentine – Jim Brickman feat. Martina McBride
To Deserve You - Bette Midler
The Way of Love - Cher
Love Tried To Welcome Me - Madonna
You Can Have Me Anytime - Boz Scaggs
My Funny Valentine - Sarah Vaughn
I Don't Want To Fight - Tina Turner
Pretending To Care - Jennifer Warnes

There are so many more, but those come to mind today.

And then there are the really hokey ones, like “Love Lifts Us Up Where We Belong”. But I rarely go there anymore.  Some of those songs are so ‘on the nose’ they end up stinking after a while.

"Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs...

...What's wrong with that?"

Are you a romantic?

Yes.  A horrible, horrible, bleeding heart, heart-on-sleeve, on my knees, swooning romantic.

A run-up-the-credit-cards, ditch-that-class, skip work, travel-anywhere, sacrifice anything romantic.

Yep… I’m a total idiot.

I can live with that.

Bonus
Have you ever said, "I love you." in the heat of sex?

Well, it has slipped out of course (no pun intended). 

When it does I simply do a quick cover… such as…. “I love you… and the way you fuck me with your big, fat cock.”

Sometimes they buy it.

Does that count?


Ha!  Not even, bud.

CROSSPOST