Note to self:
I am driving my old 64 1/2 Ford Mustang and I am up in Big Bear. I get on a straightaway and gun the engine and drive right off the side of the cliff, continuing to pound the gas pedal as I soar into the air in slow motion.
I think about my life and my passions as I hurtle towards the ground and the dream either ends in a firey explosion, or I just go poof/black like in the old road runner cartoons.
I used to have this dream all the time, now it happens about once a year. It actually leaves me feeling quite peaceful.
While I couldn't get this Saturday, I can get next Wednesday the 20th at 6 PM. Since Lost will be over, I am jazzed to be getting it done.
But damn it's good.
I really hope I can use this icon again, but after the last two games... ugh.
I think she is also afraid of the new automated kitchen trash even though she doesn't trigger it to open.
If you’re still on the fence about acquiring a home, then Uncle Sam has just thrown an extra incentive for those of you that’s still debating on waiting further or buying — a nice fat, $8,000 incentive (it’s not $15,000 but you take what you can get, eh?).
Since they’ve been throwing around a bunch of different numbers and qualification scenarios, here’s the fairly-certain low down on the new home buyer tax credit.
To Qualify for the $8,000 “First-Time” Homebuyer Tax Credit:
- Home purchase must be made between January 1, 2009 and November 30, 2009.
- Must be a “first time buyer.” In order to qualify for this status, you must not have owned a home for the past three years.
- You must also live in the purchased house for at least three years, or you’ll be obligated to pay back the tax credit.
- Homebuyers must make less than $75,000 for single tax filers, or $150,000 for couples.
- Higher-income buyers will receive a partial tax credit, but details have not yet been fully released.
- Single family residence purchases (condominiums, townhouses, co-ops) that will be used as a principal residence will qualify.
How to Claim the Homebuyer Tax Credit:
- Simply claim it on your tax return. You will not have to filed any other forms or papers. If you’re not a procrastinator like me and you’ve already filed your taxes, you can simply file an amended return for 2008 to claim the credit.
- What type of tax credit is it? It’s one of the better type: a refundable one. This means that if you don’t owe any taxes, you will get any excess credit in the form of a fat refund check. Example: If you owe $1,000 in taxes, you’ll get a $7,000 refund check. If you’ve overpaid $1,000 in taxes, then you’ll get a $9,000 check. You can read more about refundable tax credit in the resource link below.
- If you’ve already claimed last year’s $7,500 tax credit, then you won’t be able to claim the $8,000 credit on next year’s return. It’s one credit or the other, buddy.
- Unlike the previous $7,500 tax credit, there’s no repayment required for this $8,000 tax credit! (Unless of course you sold your house within three years, as stated earlier).
Other Miscellaneous Notes:
- If you’re buying into a retirement community, unfortunately, the purchase won’t qualify for the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit.
This post will be updated as the IRS release further details upon their interpretation of the just-passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Regardless if you think the first-time homebuyer tax credit in the stimulus bill is a smart move or that it’s entirely bullsh*t — the tax credit will certainly be a nice bonus for those that are looking to purchase a home in 2009.
Anyways, she seemed unfazed by it all and I did make the joke that when you do bad things, crazy men with machetes come after you.
We also talked about:
Don't follow the man with the machete back to his camp
Don't wander off alone with there is a man with a machete outside
Don't stand in front of tall windows with your back to the window when there is a man with a machete outside
Don't ask the scary man in the hockey mask if he would like a hockey stick to complete the outfit
Don't continue standing on the shabby floor when there is a crazy man with a machete shoving it up through the floor
Overall, we gave the movie a "C" and went and got pizza afterwards for lunch and discussed the whole Chris Brown thing and how it is NEVER okay for a man to beat up a woman (she was a HUGE Chris Brown fan...)
Then I got home and we decided to use our coupon for Red Robin for dinner and hit the Verizon store in the same mall (Irvine Spectrum) since my cell phone has been dying. First we went to Verizon and found a super cool phone. (No, my phone did not cost that much.) It was more than I expected to get, but we also decided that now that we both have good cell phones we will get rid of the house line, so that saves us about $30 a month - well worth the cost of my new phone. Chris is having fun playing with it and I am wishing it came with an instructional DVD for all the stuff it has on it!
I also got a new wireless headset that wont pinch my ear and make me want to break the law by making calls on the phone and screaming at the microphone while using speakerphone with the phone in my lap. It's good to be a state employee too because there is a 25% discount on everything. (I am on his family plan too.)
Then we went to a game store and got a second guitar for guitar hero so we can rock out together. Now that is what I call a fun V-day gift.
Thankfully nothing... permanant... was severed, but he will be out for awhile and the Ducks are playing like crap in his absence. They play Dallas at 5, and I want to watch the game, but I am nervous as well. I really hope they get their shit together, find some chemistry that works on all the lines, and WIN.
Because for kids, its about playing the game, but for my Ducks, it's about the WIN!