Tuesday, August 31, 2004

I'm a Tar Heel, woo hoooo!

Well, not really. I currently live in the great State of North Carolina, where they have 4 main religions: NASCAR, College Basketball, Barbeque and Christianity. It's not uncommon for folks to claim membership in all four, but you don't see the NASCAR and Basketball people hanging out together - at least not in public.

NC is also famous for hurricanes and their lesser counterparts (not to be confused with the NHL Carolina Hurricanes, who don't even rate Tropical Depression status), which seem to find our state with regularity throughout the late Summer and Early Fall. In the last 2 weeks alone, we've had 3 storms come through Central NC. Now we have Frances on the way. It keeps things exciting, but I can do without so much excitement!

So, what do I do? In terms of State and Federal Income tax, absolutely nothing. It seems I've found the best tax dodge in the world - and it's LEGAL! It's called...drum roll, please...sitting on your ass at home writing web logs while your wife works to support your family! No, I'm not happy about it, but my attempts to find work over the past year have come up empty.

In my previous life in New Jersey, I was a successful PC/Network tech, network administrator and manager of a technical group. What happened? I gave up my awesome job to move to NC so my wife could take an even more awesome job! Which leaves me here, studying the Microsoft books and taking exams (free retakes from Pearson Vue, woo hooo!) so I can prove to the world that 2 years out of the work force don't make me stoopid.

Well, those are my ramblings for today. If you enjoyed them, feel free to comment. If not, keep your opinion to yourself :).