April 9th, 2004


I knew it was going to be bad.

I didn't think it was going to be this bad, though. Just finished doing my Federal, State and property taxes for 2003 - sweet bleeding Jesus, did I ever get hosed. For the first time in years I didn't generate more deductions by itemizing than by taking the standard deduction, and that really hurt since I pulled a couple grand out of the IRA last year to make mortgage payments so I could sell the house. Wound up owing a little less than a grand to the IRS and a little less than $200 to Governor Tim and the lads in St. Paul. About the only bright spot is that I got all of the state tax back and then some when I filled out the property tax refund. First time for everything, I guess.

I think I'll grab a yogurt and console myself with some baseball stats, especially since I have my Yahoo! fantasy draft tomorrow.

down (but not out) with the sickness

Dr. Swendroski prescribed amoxicillin for the crud in my sinuses and lungs, which ought to put paid to the infection if I can just get myself to bed at a decent hour for a few days in a row instead of staying up until all hours several times a week, as has been my all-too-frequent habit.

The increased dose of fosinopril (blood pressure medicine, which I'm taking not for my BP but because it apparently helps the other meds do their work) or the diet changes have kept my blood sugar mostly in the yellow (121-150 mg/dl) this week, with all my dinnertime readings in the green. The one last night before the meeting was 97, a number I haven't seen in months. I'd prefer to think it's the change in diet, because I really hate the permanent tickle in my throat that the fosinopril gives me. Another incentive to get the weight and the blood sugar down, as if I needed more of those.

Unfortunately one of the side effects of the antibiotic is that it hoses up some types of glucose test kits. I guess we'll find out if mine is one of them.

cons and rumors of cons

Did the usual Good Friday lunch with Jeanne and John at City Center today - we've been getting together these last few years for lunch since the Incredible Shrinking Minicon's been downtown - and talked a lot about Anime Detour and Minicon 40, which they tell me will be run by Greg Ketter. They also put the kibosh on the rumor I'd heard and relayed in a previous post, which was good to hear because I didn't think Greg was that kind of guy. Some other MNSTF types, maybe, but not Greg.

John did get annoyed with me when I mentioned that we might schedule AD 2005 opposite Minicon, since the population of fans we're drawing on is 99% unaware that Minicon even exists, and probably wouldn't care to go even if they were aware of it, since Minicon gave up trying to attract that kind of "fringefan" long years ago. I know John would like to attend both AD and Minicon (and I'd like him to attend) but staff has to do what's best for the membership, and if that means going head-to-head with Minicon 40 I don't think it's going to affect either convention all that much. Some people will get their noses out of joint, and some other people will see it as a thumb in the eye of MNSTF, in reality it will be just a matter of getting a good hotel at a time that suits our guests and our membership. And that has to be my first priority.

Speaking of which, the second part of the post-mortem is tomorrow at 1 PM, and we'll probably get through the rest of this year's problem before moving on to the fresh problems of the 2005 convention. Whee.