We just mailed our check to the IRS. Once again, we owe. The good news? It’s only five bucks. I believe we owe something like three dollars to the state of Pennsylvania, and our accountant praised us for being in the “sweet spot.” Meaning, I guess, not owing and not getting a refund. That’s what you’re supposed to strive for, correct?
However… we used to get big(ish) refunds, and they came in handy. You don’t need to lecture me on how it’s better to have that money in our account throughout the year, I get it. But when it arrived in one lump sum, back in the day, we’d book a vacation, or have some home improvements done. An extra $87 per paycheck just disappears into the black hole, and we don’t really notice it.
On the other hand, we went through a period — back when I was making home video money — when we owed every year. That SUCKED.
So, the sweet spot ain’t a bad place to be, I guess. But, to tell you truth, it doesn’t feel all that sweet. How’d you fare with your taxes this year? Did you have to write one of those clenched-jaw checks? Tell us about it, if you feel like it.
There’s some guy who’s advertising that he’ll mow any lawn in our town, weekly, for $75 per month. If it’s a legitimate offer, he’s got himself a new client. Money well-spent, I say. I’ll take it from our make-believe extra $87.
I hate mowing, I work all the time, and my kids half-ass it. If I can outsource that shit, I’m gonna do it. I’m excited about this dude’s approach — he certainly distinguishes himself from the pack — but will believe it when I see it. Stay tuned.
When we lived in California I paid some guy to mow our lawn, but it was super-cheap. It’s expensive here, partly because the yards are so much larger. There are other reasons, as well. But I’d love to get back to a situation where I never have to walk behind a mower again. I used to feel mildly guilty about it, but not anymore. Funk dat. I’ll celebrate the day it happens.
Do you outsource something that makes you feel a little guilty? Something you simply hate to do? If so, please share. My goal at this point: outsource as much as possible. Sure, my grandfathers are looking down at me and frowning, but they need to mind their own business from beyond. Go mow a cloud or something, and get off my back.
We actually have a few things in the works here at Chez Kay. We MIGHT go to New York City on Saturday (it still seems to be an unknown), the boys and I are going to see the Eels in Philadelphia on May 30, and we have a condo in Myrtle Beach reserved for later in the summer. I don’t think we’ve been on an actual vacation since London in 2007. Myrtle Beach is a downsize, but it’s better than nothing. People like to turn up their noses about that place, but we’ve always had fun there.
Do you have anything scheduled for the summer? We’re squeezing blood outta stones up here… blood outta stones.
See you guys next time.
Have a great day!