Thursday, February 14, 2008

It's the War, Stupid

Oh Bush, thanks so much for signing your band aid bill to avoid recession. I'm sure it will work like a charm!
Uh, it's for sure gonna fix the sub prime mortgage crisis. We all know that you & congress can save us, and the economy.

Or maybe not. How did we get here, on the brink of recession? Sure, all those funky mortgages had something to do with it.

But, where has the real error been made? I believe it's the misbegotten war that Bush/Cheney started under false pretenses and pushed on the world over the past few years. What an incredible, very large, waste of money (not to mention lives).

We are in a situation similar to the aftermath of the Vietnam war. It took a good ten years to pay for that war and shore up the economy.

I think we should cut the "defense" budget in two, and spend a bit on health care, education, housing (especially for low income people), infrastructure and education. Now that is an economic program I'd support.

In conclusion, Bush and his ilk are not only bad actors, they are really shitty accountants.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Breakfast & Taxes with a Squeeze of Lime

This is ostensibly a blog about self employment for artists & creative types, but right now, I feel like writing about breakfast.

Goddammit, I just had the best breakfast—sitting here in the back courtyard behind our rental in San Felipe Del Agua (a neighborhood in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico), I took the world's most perfect ripe avocado and a few slices of juicy red tomato and layered them over some crunchy wheat toast. Something wasn't quite right after the first bite... I know what it needs, a squeeze of fresh lime!

Holy Shit, suddenly I feel like the luckiest man alive, enjoying the most delicious meal in all the ages of mankind! The day is ahead of me, the sun is just about to break over the backyard wall, the sky is blue, birds are chirping, etc.

Sorry if I have lapsed for a moment into the precious little world of the “foodie” blog, but maybe I can dig a point out of this, pertinent to “Self Employment for Bohemians”. Here it is: It dawns on me that I must be doing something right. See here how everything leads up to this day (apologies to Robert Hunter).

Even thought I'm going to spend the rest of the morning working on my taxes, my dedication to the life of the self employed art bum has brought me to this sublime moment—I have no complaints.

And never forget, folks—when it comes to taxes, it's nothing but a good time! Proper planning throughout the year and close attention to the wonderful possibilities of the Schedule C (write off every cent you can, within the confines of the tax code) can help you enjoy your breakfast too!