March 30, 2006

The tax man cometh

Okay, so if you are an American and you ended up owing Uncle Sam on your taxes this year (or if you are procrastinating filing because you fear you owe taxes), you might want to stop reading now because this will only make it smart more. Pouring lemon juice on a papercut, baby.

Through some overly-eager withholding, I have just discovered that we will pleasantly be getting back like $2700 from our various federal and state taxes this year. You know what that means? Same thing it meant last year: New iPod for Heather! It’s my commission for doing all the grunt work filing the dang paperwork (well, Turbo-Taxing it).

I am getting a spiffy new 60GB iPod because my 30GB has runneth over. I get butterflies in my stomach looking at all the sexy gigabytes available on the Apple Store website. Does that mean I have crossed the line into uber-nerd?

I like the personalization thing (free), so I need some suggestions on what to etch in the back. What do you all have on yours? I am leaning towards a variation on this most excellent Pearl Jam lyric:

Turn the jukebox up he said
Dancing in irreverence
Play C-3
Let the song protest

I am thinking the first and last lines of it. What else should I consider?

In a tribute to the taxman (I know, I know, I need to adjust my withholding because otherwise it is just an interest-free loan to the goverment, yada yada yada), here is a demo version of a Weezer song from their 2002 Maladroit album (one that didn’t make the cut). Nice and poppy, with trademark Weezer “doo-doo-doot“s:

Mr. Taxman” – Weezer


  • i think a variation on a lyric is the way to go. whatever means the most to you. my ipod has a variation on a lyric from mofo by u2 “looking for a sound that’s gonna drown out the world.” i couldn’t fit all that, but it does say “mofo vox, drown out the world.” i’m jealous of that 60 GB – i myself am a tax procrastinator..

    c — March 30, 2006 @ 11:59 am

  • I really like your blog – found it through rBally. Nice work.

    B. Solomon — March 30, 2006 @ 2:44 pm

  • piss on you! :p i havent done my taxes yet but i know im gonna owe out the butt since my boss doesnt take out taxes. thank god i dont make much to start with.

    Don't Need Anything — March 30, 2006 @ 10:13 pm

  • No Beatles “Taxman”? I kept waiting for it, and nothing!

    Andy Grabia — April 3, 2006 @ 3:07 am

  • Andy, it was a toss-up, and I had the Beatles Taxman at the ready (and have been listening to it lately as tax-season soundtrack action) but Weezer won out. You know, obscurity over commercially available. Man, I am so cool. ;)

    heather — April 3, 2006 @ 9:18 am

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
"Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel."
—Hunter S. Thompson

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