January 26th, 2003


my parents need babysitters.

I overslept again today. So again today I feel like shit. Too much sleep makes me feel like the walking dead. With a headache.
I awoke to this bizarre smell that I really couldn't place and the sound of my father talking rather loudly on the phone downstairs (that isn't peculiar. He always talks really loudly on the phone. Especiallyy when it's someone from work). I got up, brushed, brushed, spritzed, dressed, and found him still on the phone.
I went to track down the source of the smell.
I found a pfaltzgraft plate in the microwave with a freezer packet of creamed chipped beef on it.
The plate looked like someone had applied a black crackle finish to it. I remember them microwaving these plates before and them being fine. This time though, for some reason, the glaze gave up. Brown pools of... stuff... were on the plate and a crunchy black dust was all over it.
When he came out to the kitchen I informed him that the weird chemical smell was the glaze on the plate in the microwave. He looked around confused for a minute because he couldn't smell it.
In very gentle tones I had to talk him out of going ahead and using the plate anyway.
"it's sterile," he said.
Because it had been cooked.
That's uh... how he thinks.

Then he made his toast, pulled out a different plate, and tried to arrange the toast on a plate that's half the size of the plate he started out with.
"Uhm... dad. Why don't you get a bigger plate? it's never going to fit on that one."
"yeah... that's what I was just thinking.... hmmm...."
"you could use another one of those TYPES of plates that you originally used... just not that ONE that you used."
"hmmm yeah, I could."

Now he's happily eating his icky creamed chipped beef stuff.
And I washed the plate and put it aside. Well aside.

It's uhm.. scary, really. They need babysitters. They need help finding their glasses and remembering where they put their glass down. They can't get things out of the high up shelves anymore and they can't pick things up off the floor.
They're getting to an age that...
yeah I don't want to think about that, really.

hmm.. I *thought* I was in a fine mood. Apparently I'm morose. Hehe.

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I was going through my NYTimes news alerts and found an article about state officials wanting to collect sales tax on online sales because of how much money they're due to lose nationwide this year becuase of their own budget shortfalls.

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( I removed some links there. I refuse to link to Amazon and Wal Mart. For very different but just as important reasons)

Now, I understand their point of view. 10 years ago, if something was being sold, someone was collecting tax on it. That tax was going into the coffers of this or that state. Now that online retail establishments have such a foothold, more and more people are drawn to onlines sales *because* of the lack of sales tax. Of course they're going to feel that pinch. And they've done nothing about their budgetting and spending practices to take that lack of revenue into account.
However, it amazes me that state and federal governments seem to be dead set on the crushing of upstart internet business while at the same time they constantly decry our sorry economic state, much of it based on the flagging growth of upstart internet business.
Don't they see the cause and effect?

Even if the states do manage to simplify their tax plans (not likely) into something that congress can see as not being an unfair burden (not likely), the only companies online that will be able to take the hit of having to charge taxes are the ones that are already behemoths.
Mainly, Amazon.
And very very few others.
So the buying options for internet shoppers will dwindle even more and all online shopping will soon become Amazon shopping (even more than it already has). Of course that's a worst case scenario. But it's not exactly far fetched or paranoid of me. With the current trend of government imposing unfair and sometimes outlandish standards on internet commerce (or trying their damndest to anyway) it's not really a leap to see them pushing this through and finding themselves fucked when online sales plummet and they fail to get their revenue plug.
And while I'm all for a simplification of the state to state tax systems (becuase they are just *so* all over the board), I'm rather opossed to it for this purpose.
When christmas time was here, most of my shopping was done online. One part was due to cheaper prices. Another was due to greater availability of the products I was looking for. And even adding in the shipping costs (a lot of online retailers were cutting deals on shipping and I took advantage of those deals), the products, shipped to their destinations and purchased without having to go into a store and deal with holiday shopper traffic, were still less expensive than they'd have been had I bought them on sale at a local retailer and shipped them myself. Had they been charging sales tax as well they probably wouldn't have been and I'd have been an unhappy shopper having to carry my ass to best buy to pay MSRP and sales tax and then having to pay for packaging and shipping. Thinkgeek.com probably saved me a few hundred dollars this year. And for someone like me, whos yearly income rests well below the poverty line, that's incredibly important.

I dunno. I'm certainly not an expert in either the economics or the internet business fields. This is just one chick talking.