April 8th, 2014


Let The Lords Of COBOL Protect Us

Monday night while UConn was winning the basketball game, we finished our 2013 taxes. It went pretty well this year. Oh sure, there are some complexities with the HSA Health Savings Account, but mostly straight forward. Hell, I didn't even buy and download TurboTax until Saturday afternoon.

Had to do some digging. Going electronic with banks means you don't always get papers for things like 1099-INT statements. But we've got a handle on the usual things we itemize and keep good track of charitable contributions during the year. For the first time I did not check the box for the Presidential election financing -- Congress and the White House are messing with the fund and I don't have to like it. Pb-thbbt!

With my long hospital stay, the writing business did nothing in 2013, as opposed to 2012 (DW) (LJ). We'll do better in 2014.

TurboTax suggested it might take two days for the IRS to acknowledge our Federal E-file. In reality it took about 45 minutes.

The hardest part of filing was putting a new HP96 black cartridge in the HP Deskjet 6980. It's a very good professional printer we've had a long time, but Mrs. Dr. Phil discovered last year that it can get fussy when you change cartridges. It's a known problem and there's a workaround solution on the Internet. But it's a little annoyance.

We don't E-file Michigan. We could, but TurboTax would charge $24.95 -- four sheets of paper and a check and a stamp cost a helluva lot less. In TY 2012, Michigan got rid of a lot of allowable charitable deductions, especially public TV and radio, so we went from getting a modest refund to paying a small amount. Bastards.

Anyway, taxes are done.

Dr. Phil
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P.S. The blog post title is a play on the old Battlestar Galactica line. Uttered in tribute to the IRS computers, which very well may be running COBOL -- COmmon Business Oriented Language, I believe is the acronym.

UConn, Two

#1 Notre Dame v #1 UConn. The only battle of unbeatens (ever!) in either NCAA Division I March Madness tournament happened in Nashville, not Dallas. And the University of Connecticut in Storrs CT sweeps both tourneys. 2004 all over again?

Think the women are riding on the men's shirttails? Think again.


That's the final score, UConn's unbeaten season, Coach Geno's record in the national championship game and the number of unbeaten seasons.

Well played, Lady Huskies. Well played.

Whew. Sigh. And now we put March Madness, in April, away for another year.

Dr. Phil


Home opener for West Michigan Whitecaps of the Single-A Midwest League, against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

And the home team won.

It would always be news here in West Michigan, but with the fire that destroyed part of the stadium on the first base side during the winter, it's good that they're open and they have facilities and they have a home win.

And being minor league, they got the food.

This year's debut was the Auger Dogger. A long hot dog wrapped in a spiral cut potato and deep fried. Sort of a potato chip enshrined hot dog. On a stick.

I'm sure they have things to dip it in, though I've always like potato chips and ketchup. But it looks ungainly to eat -- and I'm a klutz.

Not to worry, if I make to one game this year, it's likely to be the Michigan Tech alumni outing. And we'll have burgers and stuff on the third base deck. And a lovely game. Who knows? I don't need an Auger Dogger.

Dr. Phil