(*%^$&^#@$ Taxes!!!


tracy
#31
Oh no you di int!

As far as I'm concerned there is little enjoying of the seasons the way it exists back east. I didn't enjoy the 4 seasons in Toronto a bit. We got 6 months of freezing cold, followed by a month of spring, then 4 months of disgustingly sweaty humid summer, followed by one month of nice fall weather, then back to freezing our asses off again.

California does have seasons, you just aren't stuck with one like in NY. If I get too hot on the beach and want to enjoy cold weather, I can just drive (yep, drive) up to Big bear and go skiiing that same day. Silly NYers think they have the world at their doorstep, but the world exists further away than a subway ride and involves more than concrete beneath your feet.

Fishing at the beach? Not appealing. My grandpa may enjoy that type of thing, but it isn't for me (and even he wouldn't go icefishing)! As far as I'm concerned beaches are for swimming, tanning, surfing, sailing and relaxing. If I want fish, I'll go to the sushi restaurant down the street.

OK, gotta go get my sunglasses and take the dog for a walk
 
I think not
#32
tracy tracy tracy, what am I going to do with you? I know you LOVE your driving simply because there isn't anything to see in LA if you don't drive AWAY from it :P

We still have 4 seasons in NY, yep the real four, Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall as the old song goes. I start to plane my vegetables and flowers in the Spring, shoot off to Montauk in the Summer, do some fishing, some swimming, some relaxing, yep with sunglasses :P. Then in the fall, all the leaves fall down and give me a dam headache as I have to rake them up for weeks until there are no more left and then my favorite season comes in, Winter!

But we don't need to stay indoors, why WE have a subway :P We also have museums the likes of the MET and Natural History. But no need to run to museums all the time, we can also take a hop (yep via subway, again! :P) and go to the Bronx Zoo, or the New York Aquarium, yep they are open all year round.

Hey tracy! Seen any good Broadway shows lately? Ooops, sorry again


:P
 
unclepercy
#33
Quote: Originally Posted by tracy

Quote: Originally Posted by I think notQuote: Originally Posted by tracyDon't worry Haggis, I won't start a fight. People who live in California can recognize the bitter syndrome that causes New Yorkers to criticize us. He's just angry because it's probably so cold and nasty outside where he is .... We know California has everything a person could want.Except electricity? :PI have electricity at the oh so expensive cost of about $30 a month. Course, I don't turn on the lights much since it's usually so sunny around here We don't get the fun of spending months in the cold darkness like you NYers do, but that's something I'm willing to accept :P
Come to think of it, the last time I was without electricity was in Toronto the summer before I moved here. Remember that big blackout that affected the US and Canada? I saw a lot of pictures of NYers walking home... No cars I guess... I'm glad that I now live in a place where I can afford a car!
Personally, I don't see the...

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Damn, you must live in a shoe. Multiply that times 10 + - and in Texas, that's what your electric bill would be for a medium sized nice house. Not to mention about $200 for the gas bill. However, can you afford a nice big house in LA or San Diego? AHA. There's the rub.

Uncle
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#34
On a briefly serious note, I would love to live in New York for awhile. As for California, I have lived in San Diego, seemingly a zillion years ago, and I loved it. Can two places possibly be more opposite, I wonder, with both being such great places to live?
 
Said1
#35
Quote: Originally Posted by tracy

I owe the government almost $2000!!! I am so bummed. Look like there will be no gallbladder operation for me in the near future... I was also planning on starting graduate school in the fall, but between this, the gallbladder and a few other unexpected expenses, January 2007 looks like a more realistic start date.

I feel your pain, I got dinged for $750. Not as bad as you, but like you the return I usually get was already spent. I'm owed back child tax thank Gaawwwd, otherwise I'd be up that creek without a paddle.

Oh, and Harper, I'll take that $1200, now.
 
tracy
#36
Actually, we have a lot of good shows here too if that's your thing. I was surprised about that when I moved here, but I guess I should've known that being so close to Hollywood there would be lots of plays and musicals and such. I'm supposed to go see Madame Butterfly next week in OC I think. I'm looking forward to Hairspray in May and Wicked is supposed to be showing again this summer. Les Mis and Joseph will be on too... Not every night like in NY, but I wouldn't want to go everynight anyways. There are a lot of other ways to spend your nights out here!

No offense, but aquariums and zoos suck. Real nature isn't in a cage or a tank. City dwellers seem to have forgotten that. Mind you, if I wanted to go to those I could. I know SanDiego is supposed to have a great zoo and I've done the whole SeaWorld thing and Long Beach has a good aquarium too... but it just isn't the same as going whale watching or diving in the actual ocean or seeing nature in the wild. I'd put up Yosemite or Sequoia against anything you'll see in the Bronx anyday. Even a day trip to Catalina Island is better than that. I just think the notion of a bunch of people bundled up in their puffy jackets in the middle of a freezing cold winter to look at an animal in a cage is sad...
 
tracy
#37
Quote: Originally Posted by unclepercy

Quote: Originally Posted by tracyQuote: Originally Posted by I think notQuote: Originally Posted by tracyDon't worry Haggis, I won't start a fight. People who live in California can recognize the bitter syndrome that causes New Yorkers to criticize us. He's just angry because it's probably so cold and nasty outside where he is .... We know California has everything a person could want.Except electricity? :PI have electricity at the oh so expensive cost of about $30 a month. Course, I don't turn on the lights much since it's usually so sunny around here We don't get the fun of spending months in the cold darkness like you NYers do, but that's something I'm willing to accept :PCome to think of it, the last time I was without electricity was in Toronto the summer before I moved here. Remember that big blackout that affected the US and Canada? I saw a lot of pictures of NYers walking home... No cars I guess... I'm glad that I now live in a place where I can afford a car!Personally, I don't see the...Quote has been trimmedDamn, you must live in a shoe. Multiply that times 10 + - and in Texas, that's what your electric bill would be for a medium sized nice house. Not to mention about $200 for the gas bill. However, can you afford a nice big house in LA or San Diego? AHA. There's the rub.
Uncle

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I live in a fair sized apartment, I moved here from my former shoe sized studio. This one is a one bedroom, about 1000sq ft and fits nicely into my "rent can't cost more than 25% of take home pay" rule. I couldn't afford a big house and wouldn't buy one if I could. I couldn't afford a cleaning lady for a big house and I'm not giving her up. Loraina is a fabulous woman and I will not live without her.

I don't have a gas bill at all.
 
I think not
#38
See what you're missing tracy :P

Nor'easter Dumps Nearly Two Feet of Snow



NEW YORK - A major storm slammed the mid-Atlantic and Northeast states with nearly 2 feet of windblown snow on Sunday, nearing record levels as it blacked out thousands of customers and shut down air travel from Washington to Boston.

Wind gusting to 40 mph blew the snow sideways and threatened coastal flooding in New England. And in a rare display, lightning lit up the falling snow before dawn in the New York metro area.

By late morning, 22.8 inches of snow had fallen in Central Park, the city's second heaviest snowfall on record, surpassed only by the 26.4 inches that fell in December 1947.

"This is a dangerous storm," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said as he urged people to stay home.

The storm interrupted a relatively mild winter — and came right after America's warmest January on record. The country's average temperature last month was 39.5 degrees Fahrenheit, 8.5 degrees above average for January, according to the National Climatic Data Center. The old record for January warmth was 37.3 degrees set in 1953.

On Sunday, New York City had more than 2,500 snow plows and salt spreaders at work, along with snow-melting machines that could dispose of up to 60 tons of snow per hour, officials said.

Elsewhere, 21 inches of snow had fallen at Columbia, Md., between Baltimore and Washington, and thousands of customers in that state had no electricity. Hartford, Conn., and Wayne, N.J., reported 19 inches and Philadelphia's northern and western suburbs measured up to 18, the National Weather Service said.

"It's going to be a menace trying to clean it up," Wayne Mayor Scott T. Rumana said Sunday.

Radar showed snow falling from eastern Virginia to Maine as the nor'easter crawled up the coast.

Whiteout conditions were reported around Philadelphia and Trenton, N.J., with northerly wind gusting to 40 mph.

Few people ventured out into the storm if they didn't have to.

"I'm just out to get some doughnuts and coffee, then I'm going right back home," said Chris Vasili of East Brunswick, N.J. "It's not too good out here right now."

Karen Gulley of Mansfield, Mass., took her two young children to Boston to visit the New England Aquarium, but their plans changed to snowman-building because of the storm.

"It's their favorite thing to do," Gulley said.

Emil Krupczyn, a mechanic for the U.S. Postal Service, didn't let the snow interfere with his 200-mile drive home to upstate New York from Manhattan, but he figured the journey would take about six hours.

"There's no rushing in this stuff and if you don't have no place to go, don't go," he said as he waited for a street to get plowed.

The possibility of coastal flooding was a major concern for Massachusetts, said Peter Judge, spokesman for the state's Emergency Management Agency. Meteorologists predicted 2 1/2-foot storm surges from Cape Ann to Cape Cod with seas off the coast running up to 25 feet.

More than 80,000 customers were without power in Maryland, according to Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. spokeswoman Linda Foy. She said it could be at least 24 hours before power is fully restored.

"It's taking us a long time to even get to the locations where we can begin the restoration process," Foy said.

Power also was out at thousands of homes and businesses in New Jersey, New York's Long Island and Connecticut.

Most airlines canceled all flights at LaGuardia Airport, some of them until Monday, said Steve Coleman, spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Hundreds of flights were canceled at Kennedy and Newark airports.

Delta said it also canceled Sunday arrivals and departures at Washington, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Providence, R.I., and Hartford, Conn.

New Jersey Transit suspended all bus service statewide, although most rail service continued operating. Amtrak reported a few cancelations and delays but said most trains remained in service.

However, the storm was good news for ski resorts after an unseasonably warm January dragged down business.

"The best thing for us is it puts snow in customers' back yards and they think of snowboarding and down hill (skiing)," said Carol Lugar, president of Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall, Conn., which had up to 1 foot of snow by late Sunday morning.

"I personally love the snow," she said. "I like snow shoveling. If you shovel snow all winter you can paddle a kayak or canoe all summer."
 
Sassylassie
#39
That picture is the mirror image of my world at the moment. God da0m NorEaster. Tracy, stop braggen or I will start an online fund to hunt you down and bring your **** back here to NS. I have more than one shovel.
 
tracy
#40
Horrifying ITN!!!

I swear, so many people here always ask me if I miss snow. I can honestly say I don't miss it at all. I still ski here occasionally so I do see it. When I went home for Xmas, I couldn't stand the cold. It was great to see family and friends, but I think the next visit will be in August!

I hope you have a nice warm blanket and some hot cocoa ITN
 
Sassylassie
#41
The weather here is frightful, my hands are freezing and I have forgotten what the sun looks like. On a positive note, skin cancer is not a rampart problem in NS yet. Note: Have they banned Snow Birds from wearing speedos yet?
 
zoofer
#42
I wouldn't mind paying a million dollars in taxes.

With that $,2000 bill Tracy, I guess our CanCun rendezvous is out?
 
tracy
#43
Are you kidding? I'll just put it on the credit card Zoof...

Seriously though, this unexpected expense hasn't caused a change in my behavior. I went out last night (LATE) and spent waaaaaaayyyyyy too much money. A few drinks seem to change this normally responsible girl into a big spender.
 

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