Happy Birthday to Mary Travers this month. Doncha love Peter, Paul and Mary? I don’t go to a lot of concerts. But I remember one at the Irvine Bowl, sitting outside on a summer night under the stars, with a group of good friends, on a picnic blanket, watching these grandparent-looking folks singing great songs. Oh sure, we’re all getting older. But their voices aren’t. And their music still stirs you.
Today’s headlines start with Unemployment rate leaps to 6.5%, 14-year high (which dovetails nicely with today’s Money Funnies); Blizzard pummels South Dakota, stranding motorists – more potential for IRS disaster relief locations; Rahm Emanuel Is The Hot To Obama’s Cool – and other headling showing Obama moving quickly to build his transition team to get a running start in January – very exciting. From all signs, I think we’re going to see one of the fastest, most effective transitions in history.
There’s nothing in Google News about the major traffic snarls all over Los Angeles last night. Do you ever just have one of those nights? My husband was out last night ferrying a volleyball team to their match. Usually, he’s pretty good about finding the fastest and best route through the maze of LA’s gridlocked freeways. Not last night. Up in Westwood, just off the 405, traffic was snarled as the pro and anti gay marriage factions battled it out in front of the Mormon Temple. Near downtown, traffic was stopped because there was a major Madonna concert. There were 2 or three other major disturbances all over town. And it wasn’t even a Friday night! Somehow, he managed to get the team there on time. How he performs these miracles, I’ll never understand.
There’s that show about the worst jobs in America (I don’t know what it’s called. Haven’t seen it.) But, for me, any job that involves driving around Los Angeles or New York City these days would be harrowing, nerve-wracking and lead to major road rage. I’ve asked it before – how in the world does Rick do this every day and come home smiling and happy? [shiver]
I used to love to drive in Southern California. There were times the freeways would be wide open and you could just cruise to your destination among the orange groves and bean fields and strawberry farms along the highways. (Ooops, that was 20 plus years ago…has it been that long since I left the house?)
We did pass a ballot measure to build some rail lines to places like the airport and to/from other areas around Southern California. I pray they actually start to provide paths to meaningful destinations and get people off the roads. Way too many vehicles at one time.
Moving on, our Job Advice of the Week suggests that you track your accomplishments. And if you keep reading, I’ll tell you how it worked for me.
Today Money Funny tells you all about Joe’s day – and why he can’t find a job.
In today’s IRS News you get see the newest Small Business Tax Calendar – and learn more about avoiding incorrect self-employed retirement deductions.
Incidentally, here’s a link to IRS’s disaster site – for the latest updates.
TaxQuips this week started out addressing what to do when you report too much income, how to deal with education 1098-Ts that show some of the tuition was paid by an insurance company, there’s an explanation of how the Stimulus Rebate will affect the 2008 tax return you’ll be filing soon, and we end the week discussing how to handle the reporting of an installment sale that was never fully paid.
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