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Full-year resident [Apr. 15th, 2007|03:36 pm]
Lindsey Kuper
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It may or may not come as a surprise to some of you that a great deal of my approach to life and living comes from what was permanently imprinted into my brain over the course of about an 18-month stretch of the mid-90s during which my primary activity was playing a really massively enormous amount of SimCity 2000.

In SimCity, you are entrusted with the task of building and managing cities and keeping their citizens happy. A new edition of the newspaper comes out every month. In general, reading the paper is a good way to figure out what you're doing wrong. The paper is the voice of the people, and they're always complaining about something: pollution, broken water mains ("Water Shortage Reported"!), lack of public transportation, slow fire response time, joblessness, the latest natural disaster and the government's inadequate management thereof, crime, insufficient entertainment options, poorly funded schools, dearth of museums, too few hospitals, too many tall buildings too close to airfields, or any other of the hundreds of other things that can go wrong. If they don't have anything else to complain about, they complain about taxes.

If it's newspaper-time and you're doing a really good job as mayor, your citizens will throw a spontaneous parade in your honor, which is always nice. This lasts until you click to make it go away, after which the newspaper comes out, complaining about taxes. Taxes are always the last thing off the complaint stack and the first thing back on.

Slowly, then, you come to realize that if the newspaper is mostly complaining about taxes, it means that things are going quite nicely. Your citizens are healthy. They have enough money. They have challenging and fulfilling jobs. Their day-to-day existence is, for the most part, pleasant. They live in a place they like, among people they enjoy being around. And when the occasional but inevitable crisis occurs, they're able to take it in stride. If people have nothing to complain about but taxes, then it means that their lives are really pretty fucking great.

Anyway, what I was going to say is: Man. Taxes, dude. Don't they suck?

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[User Picture]From: underwhelm
2007-04-15 11:20 pm (UTC)
NO THEY ARE AWESOME.

Did I mention I don't make enough to pay taxes?
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-04-15 11:27 pm (UTC)
Heh. I've never really had to pay them before, but I spent half of 2006 as a 1099 freelancer, so: big tax hit.

I did save in anticipation of that, but I used the time-honored financial planning technique known as "guessing", so I'm just lucky that it didn't work out any worse than it did.

I can't wait to come see you get married!

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[User Picture]From: gawm
2007-04-16 12:00 am (UTC)
and we can't wait to see you see us get married!
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[User Picture]From: underwhelm
2007-04-16 01:24 am (UTC)
I, for one, will make a point to watch her watching us. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-04-16 07:14 am (UTC)
Obviously, you should have the photographer take lots of pictures of me. You want to preserve that moment for posterity.
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[User Picture]From: timthepenguin
2007-04-15 11:34 pm (UTC)
I am also one of those people who is too poor to pay taxes. It kind of sucked when I first started working to see how much of my check was going to taxes, but that means I get excited this time of year that I'm getting a relative buttload of money back from the government. I'm like, "Woot! Taxes!"
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[User Picture]From: gawm
2007-04-15 11:59 pm (UTC)
ha!
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[User Picture]From: royhuggins
2007-04-16 12:42 am (UTC)
No parade for me. :p
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-04-17 03:54 pm (UTC)
Public services: awesome.
What the majority of my tax dollars are actually paying for: not so much.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-04-17 12:05 am (UTC)
One word: "extension".


- Derksen (http://www.chthonian.org/blog)
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