April 1st, 2009

chicken fries

Taxes, Palisades Center lunchtime trip, and Johnny Rockets again

Yantacaw Brook Park

Finished my tax returns, both Federal and State, last night. I had already done nearly all of them earlier this month but I was waiting until the end of March to see if any more 1099 corrections would come in. Also, if I submit the tax return after midnight on April Fools' Day, then when the IRS asks me if this is a joke, I can point to the e-file date. :) Seriously though, I think the numbers are correct. I spot-checked the Taxcut output and went through the checklist of dividend and capital gains worksheet items a few times, although I'm not really sure why I should go to so much trouble any more considering that Treasury Secretary Geithner is a tax cheat.

Anyway, it appears I paid too much estimated taxes last year so I have a Federal tax refund. However, I'm applying it to this year's estimated taxes. I won't get a check but I'll pay less in the Q1 1040-ES. From the state tax return, I'll get back around $700. I e-filed the Federal tax return last night. E-file for the state tax return is not included in the Taxcut package so I went to the Palisades Center post office to mail it. After that, since it was lunch time and since they keep giving me that big returning customer discount, I went to Johnny Rockets and had a Rocket Single and a Mr. Pibb Float. (They ran out of root beer and had to improvise.)

I started thinking though. If Johnny Rockets is an homage to '50s-style burger joints, does this mean that 50 years from now, people will recreate restaurants from today for nostalgia value? What eateries from this era would people reminisce about? "Back in my day, we had Mall Food Courts with Real Plastic Trays." or "We used to go to this place called Dunkin Donuts, sonny, but that was before caffeine and pastry release implants." Maybe there'll even be sit-down restaurant theme parks where you can see cheesy replicas of Chili's, Olive Garden, Bennigan's, Ruby Tuesday, and TGI Friday's with Authentic Junk on the Walls, all under one roof.