April 14th, 2004

Toronto

Movin on' up

Have I mentioned just how thoroughly non-evil my new employer is? We're still on hold for my work permit, and we theoretically needed to have gotten word to my apartment complex by last Thursday to avoid someone else from renting our apartment out from under us. I was starting to tear my hair out over the whole matter, when my boss stepped in and volunteered to pick up the cost of breaking the lease if something goes wrong. So we'll be coming to Toronto on Saturday to sign the lease, and possibly to move some stuff, depending on how logistics involving the border wind up working out. Phew.

We'll wait to have our actual housewarming until we actually get our stuff there, but if anyone would care to see the new digs and sit on the floor to eat some pizza, our door should be open for most of the afternoon, at least. If I do have the work permit (and the ability to start work on Monday), we'll probably move at least a few essentials: bedding, toiletries, computers, and whatnot. Plus, we need to get renter's insurance, and health insurance, and phone and hydro and cable, and I need liability insurance for my contract, and and and.

(Oh, and curiousangel, the O's are in town this weekend.... :-) )
New York

I <heart> NY

In the US, there's a quirk in the federal tax system that lets small business owners (including doctors, lawyers, and the like) claim a fairly sizeable tax credit for vehicles over 6,000 pounds which are used for business purposes. The original intent was to give farmers a break on tractors, combines, farm trucks, and the like, but in recent years, it's become a huge handout to rich yuppies, because the tax break for a top-tax-bracket person can equal or exceed the cost of the vehicle. Which is why the Lincoln Navigator, Ford Expedition, Hummer, and the like are suddenly so popular on US roads.

It turns out that New York has a special state tax to recapture this, thereby ending the free monster SUV handout, if only in one state.