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29Feb/040

Friday evening she was on the train again. "Will someone help my children?" I recognized the voice and turned around just before we pulled into the station. Determined to help, I fumbled for a dollar, but I was on the other side of a sea of bodies, and she was out the door quickly and into the next car. I considered giving up but guiltily rejected the thought. As the train pulled into the next station, I darted out the car and moved up the platform looking for her without any luck. To my chagrin, the doors closed, but I didn't mind. I kept looking through car windows for the baby blue coat, but she was gone. The doors reopened, and I got back on the train to Fulton Street.

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19Feb/040

San Francisco Mayor Exults in Move on Gay Marriage.

Mr. Newsom said he had no patience for a long court battle.

"It was an easy argument, I imagine, between 1948 and 1967, when we all waited around for the courts of this country to recognize interracial marriages," Mr. Newsom said. "There are certain principles in life that transcend patience, and one of them to me is the obligation not to discriminate against people."

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11Feb/040

Oops, I goofed as the Roth IRA income limits are much higher than I had remembered. Unless your income is very high (over $110k single or $160k joint filing), Roth is a better choice than non-deductible traditional IRA. You can have both, but the total contribution can't exceed the annual limit ($3k in 2003-04).

10Feb/040

I relented and bought TurboTax Deluxe 2003 over the weekend since Best Buy offered a $10 gift card, which made it effectively the same price as TaxCut Deluxe. It also helped that Intuit promised to remove the activation technology from their software.

While I have read a number of negative Amazon reviews, I had no serious problems generating the federal return. Had to jump through some hoops to import data from Quicken Basic 2001 (export to TXF format from the tax reports), but thankfully the procedures were well documented. Downloaded the latest tax updates last night so I will soon find out how well the state return process works.

6Feb/040

Just noticed this recently. According to the Amex site:

Effective March 15th, 2004 significant changes to the Membership Rewards® program will be implemented.

Point Transfers:

For each transfer of points into the Frequent Flyer program of a US airline, a fee of $0.0004 per point, with a maximum fee of $50, will be charged to the enrollee's Card account. We charge this fee to offset the federal excise tax we must pay for such transfers. (The fee may be more or less than the actual amount of the excise tax we pay on any individual transfer).

3Feb/040

Finally caught the Super Bowl halftime show (and the infamous breast shot) on tape last night... *yawn*

Maybe it's a reflection of my schooling, but I can't help being irked when I read a headline like "Airlines slip on oil prices, terror fears" which to me says "fear fears." Guess I can thank monkey-prez for perpetually confusing terror (extreme fear) with terrorism (use of violence to coerce/intimidate).

N.Y. has new tax surprise on sales. Similar story appears in today's Daily News...

The state has done practically nothing to publicize the move. But there, on line 56 of the New York state tax form, is an entry for taxes on out-of-state goods.

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