April 15th, 2005



According to the IRS (via MPR) this morning the average American spends 27 hours on their taxes every year. I'm one of those folks dragging down the average - spent an hour or so last night plodding through TurboTax and a couple of hours earlier in the year roughing things out. At the end of it all, I still owe money to Uncle Sam and Governator Jr., but not nearly as much as I had feared. Next year, though...next year is going to be rough. With phoenixalpha presumably moving out this summer to her own place, I'll be filing single instead of head of household, which means I'm going to get nailed pretty hard. Nothing for it but to tweak the W-4 form and take fewer deductions, I guess.
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Climbing out of a hole

Registration for the summer term at St. Mary's has been delayed by all the Incompletes I've accrued since last summer. I can knock most of them out fairly quickly, and these next two weeks will be a good time to deal with them since classes don't start until early next month. As for the summer term, I'll be using that to retake some of the classes I flunked last year. Maybe, if time, money and energy permit, I'll deal with some of the prerequisites (such as dveelopmental psych) that I managed to not take during my eleven years of undergraduate work while wasting time on stuff like ballistic missile defense seminars.

I'm a little surprised at how calm I am about this, considering how much is at stake. The MA program I'm in now is my ticket out of Wells Fargo, where it's obvious I'm never going to move up to anything better than the Customer Accounting position I've held for a little over six years. That's the long term; in the short term, the student loans are doing wonders for my cash flow and tax situation. Granted, it looks like I'm going to be stuck here until at least 2007, but at least I finally have some friends up here.
Boss Coffee

Good news from Japan

Well, it looks like Full Metal Panic is getting a second season. I liked the original series and the fansubs of Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu! that I saw a couple years back at ICon, so this ought to be more comedic coolness mixed with some neat mecha battles. (You'll need to do the Ctrl-F thing at AnimeSlice; there's no links to the individual articles.)

Via Chizumatic, which means it's probably old news to the dedicated otaku out there. You know who you are.