Sunday, April 02, 2006


UPDATE: According to Paula Guran: "Taxes and drinking don't mix :-> The IRS will not allow the Evil Monkey, the alien baby, or any squid to be listed as dependents." Yes, but what about as research? If I ate any squid or mushrooms during 2005, that's got to count as research...Also, if I ate any meerkats."

It is now mid-afternoon. I have been working on taxes since noon. I need a beer. Belgian beer, preferably. Or my head is going to explode.

Thank God for Ann. Without her organized brain, I would just take all these receipts and burn them in a big bonfire out back while dancing naked around it screaming "stupid fuckers!" at the top of my lungs.

Thank God for Ann. She's gone to get the beer.


5-mile brisk walk

(Evil Monkey: "Did you see this?" Jeff: "Er, oddly enough, I did." Evil Monkey: "Do you agree your position is much different from China Mieville's and M. John Harrison's?" Jeff: "Inasmuch as I have a position...yes.")


At 1:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, unfortunately not a surreal fact of life. Loved this.

susan @ spinning

At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I myself was complaining earlier about an insufficiency of fish screening devices in my writing life, which according to the State of Oregon would provide with plentiful tax breaks and (presumably) untold riches. You have my sympathy.

At 8:33 AM, Blogger Joe Gordon said...

The excellent Adam Roberts has pioneers in orbital living in his new book Gradisil. One of the perks of being an 'uplander' is that orbital space doesn't belong to anyone, so there is no country and no taxes. Until Uncle Sam decides to move in the military and then raise a tax on the space settlers 'for their protection' to pay for the forces now occupying them... Wonder if you can dump tea overboard in zero-g? Might be a tad messy. "No taxation without... er, actually, we just don't want to be taxed..."

At 2:11 AM, Blogger Joe Gordon said...

The thought stikes me that you could do an Iain Banks and write a non-fiction book about booze, then you could claim your Belgian Beers as a legitimate research expense.

At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My god--that's brilliant!



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