bjarvis: (Default)
The good folks at the Office of the Comptroller of Maryland, Compliance Programs, Business Nexus Unit, have sent me an interesting letter.

Apparently, they've been told of a purchase for $739.96 made on 5/26/08 by me at Ira Wood & Sons of Owensboro, KY. Maryland believes I owe them $44.40 for our 6% sales tax on that purchase.

The snag is that I have no idea what they're talking about. The firm sells home furnishings, according to their web site. I've never heard of them before. I have no record in my credit card statements or checkbook for any purchase remotely that large 60 days before or after 5/26/08. In short, it would seem there's either an error in processing somewhere, fraudulent accounting or I've been purchasing stuff in my sleep while simultaneously erasing my own paper trail.

I've left telephone messages with both the vendor and the tax office asking for more information.
bjarvis: (Honda Civic)
Not mine, the car's.

Maryland requires vehicles to have emissions checked every two years. This particular test was only to check the gas cap for a proper seal and to check the car's on-board diagnostics. There was no treadmill test or actual testing off emissions from the tailpipe; I'm not sure if my car isn't due for a more thorough check or if they're simply relying on the car's sensors to confirm there isn't an issue.

In any case, my humble 2001 Civic passed the tests required and is good until 2010.
bjarvis: (Honda Civic)
Not mine, the car's.

Maryland requires vehicles to have emissions checked every two years. This particular test was only to check the gas cap for a proper seal and to check the car's on-board diagnostics. There was no treadmill test or actual testing off emissions from the tailpipe; I'm not sure if my car isn't due for a more thorough check or if they're simply relying on the car's sensors to confirm there isn't an issue.

In any case, my humble 2001 Civic passed the tests required and is good until 2010.
bjarvis: (Maryland flag)
Today is voting day for the US mid-term elections. It's been damn near impossible to miss: one can hardly see the forest --or anything else-- for the honkin' huge campaign signs everywhere. Entire rain forests have vanished feeding the electoral machine: billboards, roadside signs, mailings, flyers, handouts, brochures, "fact" sheets and so on. I don't get telephone calls from human beings anymore, just robo-dialers extolling the virtues of one candidate or maligning the character of another.

As a tax-paying resident but not a citizen of the US, I don't get a vote. I'm OK with that... voting is a special privilege not to be dispensed cheaply or trivially. Not having a vote however doesn't mean that I'm without opinions. Indeed, I maintain a surplus with extra warehouses of freeze-dried opinions ready to be rehydrated should an inconvenient opinion drought occur.

In fact, here are some now! )
bjarvis: (Maryland flag)
Today is voting day for the US mid-term elections. It's been damn near impossible to miss: one can hardly see the forest --or anything else-- for the honkin' huge campaign signs everywhere. Entire rain forests have vanished feeding the electoral machine: billboards, roadside signs, mailings, flyers, handouts, brochures, "fact" sheets and so on. I don't get telephone calls from human beings anymore, just robo-dialers extolling the virtues of one candidate or maligning the character of another.

As a tax-paying resident but not a citizen of the US, I don't get a vote. I'm OK with that... voting is a special privilege not to be dispensed cheaply or trivially. Not having a vote however doesn't mean that I'm without opinions. Indeed, I maintain a surplus with extra warehouses of freeze-dried opinions ready to be rehydrated should an inconvenient opinion drought occur.

In fact, here are some now! )
bjarvis: (Maryland flag)
[livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I went out to Edgewater yesterday, a small town neighbouring the Maryland capital Annapolis on the Chesapeake Bay. I had never been to Edgewater before: it's actually a small and very pleasant town very much like most other small towns across the US.

On a small stretch of waterfront, the town has preserved Londontown Park, a lovely green space with several historical buildings from the late 1700s when the municipality was a thriving port. In this park, the locals were hosting Chesapeake Pride, a small community-based LGBT pride festival.

I much prefer smaller festivals like this: a couple of dozen vendors and/or display booths, a small food & beverage area, a sound stage with a handful of performers and perhaps a total crowd of 500 people across the course of the day. IMHO, this is a vastly more comfortable and community-oriented event than the mega-spectacles of DC, New York City or Toronto.

Donning my square dance caller hat for a moment, Chesapeake Pride might be a suitable recruiting space for both Chesapeake Squares and DC Lambda Squares: it's about equal distance from each city although I suspect CS would have the shortest transit time advantage. Perhaps a joint table next year might be useful...

Click for photos... )
bjarvis: (Maryland flag)
[livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I went out to Edgewater yesterday, a small town neighbouring the Maryland capital Annapolis on the Chesapeake Bay. I had never been to Edgewater before: it's actually a small and very pleasant town very much like most other small towns across the US.

On a small stretch of waterfront, the town has preserved Londontown Park, a lovely green space with several historical buildings from the late 1700s when the municipality was a thriving port. In this park, the locals were hosting Chesapeake Pride, a small community-based LGBT pride festival.

I much prefer smaller festivals like this: a couple of dozen vendors and/or display booths, a small food & beverage area, a sound stage with a handful of performers and perhaps a total crowd of 500 people across the course of the day. IMHO, this is a vastly more comfortable and community-oriented event than the mega-spectacles of DC, New York City or Toronto.

Donning my square dance caller hat for a moment, Chesapeake Pride might be a suitable recruiting space for both Chesapeake Squares and DC Lambda Squares: it's about equal distance from each city although I suspect CS would have the shortest transit time advantage. Perhaps a joint table next year might be useful...

Click for photos... )
bjarvis: (Maryland flag)
E-mail I received from Equality Montgomery County here in Maryland...

---
From: scott@emcq.org
Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2006 21:48:02 -0500
To: EqualityMontgomeryCounty@yahoogroups.com
Subject: E=MCq Save the Date -- Equality Montgomery County Fall Festival -- Sept 17


We're back -- it's time for EMCQ's annual fall frolic! Join us for Equality Montgomery's Fall Festival. EMCQ is your social and advocacy organization in progressive Montgomery County. Here's a unique opportunity to meet and socialize with couples and singles from your town. Learn about the LGBT-friendly social, political and support organizations serving our county. Free hot dogs and ice cream sundaes...
Fun for all ages -- kids welcome...
Music and celebrity scoopers...
Bring your friends! Sunday, September 17th -- 2-5 pm
Rain or shine...See you there!
Clara Barton Community Recreation Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John, Maryland

Here's what you can do.....
1. Save the date -- mark your calendar today!
2. Forward this email to family and friends -- the more, the merrier!
3. Print the attached flyer -- post it on the fridge, tack it to a community bulletin board or pass it to a co-worker.
4. If you are with a LGBT-friendly organization serving Montgomery County and environs,
contact EMCQ about staffing a table to tell our members about your group -- drop a note to famvalues@aol.com. See you in September! AND DON'T FORGET our candidate forum on August 28 at 6:30PM at the Town of Kensington Community Center (3710 Mitchell Street)
---

They had me at "Free hot dogs and ice cream sundaes..." :-)
bjarvis: (Maryland flag)
E-mail I received from Equality Montgomery County here in Maryland...

---
From: scott@emcq.org
Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2006 21:48:02 -0500
To: EqualityMontgomeryCounty@yahoogroups.com
Subject: E=MCq Save the Date -- Equality Montgomery County Fall Festival -- Sept 17


We're back -- it's time for EMCQ's annual fall frolic! Join us for Equality Montgomery's Fall Festival. EMCQ is your social and advocacy organization in progressive Montgomery County. Here's a unique opportunity to meet and socialize with couples and singles from your town. Learn about the LGBT-friendly social, political and support organizations serving our county. Free hot dogs and ice cream sundaes...
Fun for all ages -- kids welcome...
Music and celebrity scoopers...
Bring your friends! Sunday, September 17th -- 2-5 pm
Rain or shine...See you there!
Clara Barton Community Recreation Center, 7425 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John, Maryland

Here's what you can do.....
1. Save the date -- mark your calendar today!
2. Forward this email to family and friends -- the more, the merrier!
3. Print the attached flyer -- post it on the fridge, tack it to a community bulletin board or pass it to a co-worker.
4. If you are with a LGBT-friendly organization serving Montgomery County and environs,
contact EMCQ about staffing a table to tell our members about your group -- drop a note to famvalues@aol.com. See you in September! AND DON'T FORGET our candidate forum on August 28 at 6:30PM at the Town of Kensington Community Center (3710 Mitchell Street)
---

They had me at "Free hot dogs and ice cream sundaes..." :-)
bjarvis: (Maryland state)
While stopping at a state welcome center to pick up a new map of Maryland --our prior one vanished when the 1998 minivan was stolen back in March-- I noticed an announcement on the desk: Maryland has a sales tax holiday on clothing coming up!

Click for details. )
bjarvis: (Maryland state)
While stopping at a state welcome center to pick up a new map of Maryland --our prior one vanished when the 1998 minivan was stolen back in March-- I noticed an announcement on the desk: Maryland has a sales tax holiday on clothing coming up!

Click for details. )
bjarvis: (casaloma)
I submitted our tax filings on Tuesday morning of this week. Our Maryland state returns were deposited in our accounts this morning. Whee!

Alas, no mad shopping spree for us: these funds have been pre-allocated to cover our Callerlab membership renewals and registration for the IAGSDC convention in Denver in 2007, both of which went into the mail this morning.

BTW, no one won the Powerball lottery on Wednesday so the jackpot is now $365 million. I have better odds of having an evening of mad passionate lust-filled sex with, say, Ricardo Chavira. sigh
bjarvis: (casaloma)
I submitted our tax filings on Tuesday morning of this week. Our Maryland state returns were deposited in our accounts this morning. Whee!

Alas, no mad shopping spree for us: these funds have been pre-allocated to cover our Callerlab membership renewals and registration for the IAGSDC convention in Denver in 2007, both of which went into the mail this morning.

BTW, no one won the Powerball lottery on Wednesday so the jackpot is now $365 million. I have better odds of having an evening of mad passionate lust-filled sex with, say, Ricardo Chavira. sigh
bjarvis: (Default)
While this is a significant victory, it's only from a circuit court in Baltimore. The chain of appeals will take a long time to complete so I'll save the celebration for a positive ruling from the state's highest court.

Full press release from Equality Maryland here. )
bjarvis: (Default)
While this is a significant victory, it's only from a circuit court in Baltimore. The chain of appeals will take a long time to complete so I'll save the celebration for a positive ruling from the state's highest court.

Full press release from Equality Maryland here. )

September 2017

S M T W T F S
     12
3 45678 9
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930

Syndicate

RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Sep. 26th, 2017 04:19 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios