January 8th, 2005


Good Morning

Welcome Back
Again a welcome back goes out to vidicon, shrijani, mightyafrodite, metaphorge & gentlemaitresse.

And someone is curious about my friends list still, 'cuz again today, someone beat me to the punch. So if I missed you I'll get you Monday.

Why am I posting on a Saturday?
Normally, I'm not one for weekend posts. I spend so much of my weekend at the restaurant or sleeping. Well, apparently there is a large group of people that are behind because of the holidays. So they decreed manditory overtime. And I'll admit, I am behind, but that's because they've slowly shifted my job into something that should be done by two people instead of one. But that's a different story. I'm always of mixed feelings about overtime. Extra money is a good thing. But getting up and going to work on the only day of the week I don't have to be at work in the morning, is not so good. And of course, today happened to be the only Saturday I could have gone and signed up for classes, (I missed the register by phone period.) so I'm ending up taking a semester off again. Hopefully it won't last as long as my last semester off, which ran from Jan 2000 - Sept 2004.

Weekend Plans
Finish here, go to the Star, work on teaching the managers how the office work, works. (I need to make a long post on the why of that later.) Wait tables until close. Go home, go to sleep, then bartend all day tommorow. Oh, I know, how do I handle all of the excitement.


I like everyone else, am not a big fan of taxes. But it always boggles me the total lack of understanding of how they work.

There was an employee, who came to me in the restaurant the other night. This guy does a lot of different things. He cooks, bartends, waits tables, and shift leads. He told me, unless we absolutely needed him to, he didn't want to wait tables anymore. When I asked him why, he said because he looses money doing it. After talking to him a while about it, it basically came down to the fact that when he waits tables, because of the tips he claims his check goes down due to the taxes. I tried to explain to him, that he wasn't losing money, he was making that money in tips, it just wasn't on his paycheck. He wouldn't be convinced of it.

Then, when I was mentioning to one of the managers about my manditory overtime. He basically told me the same thing, that when you work overtime, you end up losing money due to what you pay in taxes on it. I didn't feel like explaining. There is no marginal tax rate that is 100%. Now if you are on the border of a tax bracket, and because of the overtime you get bumped into the next tax bracket, they might withold more, but if you didn't really make enough for that tax bracket, the goverment's going to give it back at the end of the year. (I know that that is an interest free loan, but there's not a whole lot you can do about that under the current system.)

I'm trying to figure out how to set up a spreadsheet handle my taxes more efficiently; whereas, I'm seeing people basically turning down money because of them. I know the current code is confusing, but come on!