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Well, with the new status updates in the "New" dA page... is this Shoutbox thing obsolete?
Sun Oct 19, 2014, 6:38 AM
Hey, Cowprobe! :wave: Needed a reminder YOU existed!
Sun Jul 6, 2014, 10:23 AM
Forgot this shoutbox device even existed.
Thu Jul 3, 2014, 5:32 PM
Been about a year and a half since anyone posted anything here... folks, is anyone looking at the Shoutbox, or has Twitter made it redundant?
Mon Jun 30, 2014, 8:29 AM
Got the job almost three months ago... WHOA, this thing needs an update!
Thu Jan 31, 2013, 1:11 PM
The job search continues. Keep praying for me, peoples.
Thu Sep 20, 2012, 7:09 AM
Feeling pretty blue, you guys. :( Please pray for me.
Sun Jun 10, 2012, 10:14 PM
If anyone actually reads the Shoutbox, I haven't fallen off the edge of the earth. Trying to get myself to sit and post to the Journal. :work:
Thu Feb 16, 2012, 3:56 PM
Sitting pretty in Hong Kong's YWCA Anne Black House, in case anyone's reading this thing. Wi-fi was a bear to start.
Tue Jan 17, 2012, 4:34 AM
As they sing around here... "Deck the harrs with boughs of horry, fa ra ra ra ra -- ra ra ra ra!" :D :holly:
Sat Dec 24, 2011, 4:41 AM



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One day, a big factory had a breakdown on the assembly line that stopped production cold.  The plant manager sent for an expert mechanic to go search for the problem and repair it.  Soon, after going up and down each conveyor belt and checking each part, the mechanic found that there was one little sprocket about three inches wide which had broken in half, fallen off, and stopped everything.  After a quick call to a parts store, he got a replacement, installed it, and the whole assembly line was rolling again.

The plant manager asked for and got the repair bill...

...and that's the lead in to my own little experience today.  

Two things are certain in life.  Thankfully (for the most part), this was the one that didn't involve the funeral home.  Over the weekend, I'd gotten my W-2 forms and tried to figure my taxes.  Accent on "tried."  In simpler times, I was able to figure it out on my own with a bit of tedious but not excruciating head-work.  Always on paper, too.  I'm old school/hacker-phobic that way.  And I'd been able to get a decent refund without any intermediaries.  

But this year, the dreaded "Affordable" Care Act came into play.  And to make it short, even with research on the web, the only thing I got for my own trouble was a headache.

So I had to do something I never had to resort to before:  I took my tax forms to a professional preparer's office.

My preparer was... how do I say... a seasoned, experienced woman who looked of an era that'd be less comfortable using a computer for figuring taxes than I was.  Heck, I thought she would've preferred using a Burroughs adding machine.  But surprisingly, not only did she figure it all out, she was able to find me an exemption that I couldn't before, and got me a great refund from los federales.

No refund from the North Carolina Department of Revenue.  I owed them a dollar.  I fished a buck out of my pocket ready to pay up, but no, I had to send them a check.  Little more than double the stamp's price to send it.  My preparer thought it was pretty pathetic on the NCDOR's part, but I was amused.  Could've been way worse.

Then finally, I got everything signed, got a little insurance/protection in case something went "audit," and headed to the cashier to pay up.  Total was... $164.  

Eep. :faint: I wasn't expecting this much.  That cut into the refund a bit, but hey, it's like the end of that little story before...

"WHAT?!" the plant manager shouted.  "Ten thousand dollars for replacing a lousy eighty-five cent gear?!?"

"Eighty-five cents for the lousy gear, sir," the repairman said.  "$9999.15 for knowing about it and finding it."

Well, I'd rather THEY get a chunk than the IRS get it all, and more.  And I'm glad to get it over and done early this time.  And to quote Friar Tuck...

  • Mood: Questionable
  • Listening to: Left Behind: the Kids, Vol. 3
  • Reading: My stuff from H&R Block
  • Watching: Clip from Disney's Robin Hood
  • Playing: The Last Stand: Dead Zone
  • Eating: Chick-fil-A sandwich
  • Drinking: Peppermint milk shake

We're at Disney's Magic Kingdom! Let's go to... 

6 deviants said Tomorrowland
5 deviants said Fantasyland
1 deviant said Main Street USA
1 deviant said Adventureland
No deviants said Liberty Square
No deviants said Frontierland


The Jolt Cola of Web Writing
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
United States
I'm an overweight, over-educated, under-mature hick in North Carolina's Greater Metropolitan Mayberry Area, back from teaching English in Guangzhou, China. I'd introduced the ABCs, the 123s, and the rights and wrongs to Cantonese kindergarteners, and am now seeking full time employment closer to home.

Current Residence: Surry County, NC
deviantWEAR sizing preference: XXL
Favourite genre of music: Demented
MP3 player of choice: iPhone 4S
Shell of choice: Reese's Pieces coating
Skin of choice: KFC Original Recipe
Personal Quote: "If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans."


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ObeseQueen Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for :+devwatch: watching! 
CJShadorunner Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for watching! :hug:
JimmyDimples Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Happy to do it! :) Hope you'll break your slump and get your groove back for your great artwork soon! :w00t:
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:woohoo: :party: :iconcakelickplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconcakelickplz: :party: :woohoo:

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We hope you had an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!

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Jasperinity Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Happy birthday! :D (Big Grin)
JimmyDimples Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks very kindly!
Jasperinity Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
You're very welcome! :3
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JimmyDimples Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much. :)
JoeyLiverwurst Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday, Jimmy!
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