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At the public library where I work, there are two groups of computer terminals, at which one may use Microsoft Office, spend life on the internet 60 minutes at a time, or search the collections belonging to several libraries in the region. Excepting a scattershot but otherwise hefty catalogue of free-to-check-out DVDs for kids, the internet access these terminals provide seems, at times, to be the only reason the library exists. Adults read gossip columns and keep up on email while teens and other youths fritter away their evenings before the poorly animated characters of free-to-play video games.

This is nothing inherently awful: towns all over these United States can be unkind to kids who don't want to be at home or otherwise feel that they haven't anywhere to hang out, and grown-ups can't carry on the correspondence of their secret lives and affairs just anywhere.

Terrible joking aside, there are tasks for which a library computer terminal seems ill-suited. Looking at pornography is one of them. Doing one's taxes, I'd argue, is another.

I may be old-fashioned, but I prefer to account for my taxes at home, on paper. There, the digits attached to my livelihood and identity as a citizen remain with me. And more importantly, there, should I find stress amid the process of reporting my contributions to Uncle Sam's pocketbook or to the treasurers of my state, I can freak out in the privacy of my home.

Last week, while working at the library, I spotted a teen mom at one of the computer terminals. Grandma was there, too, with Baby in her arms–a little girl no older than my own daughter (which is to say, 10 weeks old or so). Teen Mom was working on her taxes. I gathered this because she burst into tears as soon as she saw the Final Number, mourning the loss of vacation plans barely made and cursing the advice of her coworkers (did they say to put down a one or a zero?) between sobs.

Then Baby was crying, too.

When the trio departed, Teen Mom was certain that they'd made some mistake, that they were neglecting some figure or calculation to transform the Final Number into What it Should Be.

However her 1040 adventure concludes, she certainly made my problems feel exactly as small as they really are.
  • Mood: Lazy
  • Listening to: my daughter, fidgeting
  • Reading: Reynard the Fox by Goethe
  • Watching: My Name is Earl
  • Playing: Marvel Pinball?
  • Eating: cinammon bread
  • Drinking: Coke Zero

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Jeff Mazurek
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Current Residence: Royal Oak, MI
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volker03 Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the fave :-)
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Whoa! You even faved my work! 8D
Super thanks, Obama!
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graffitica Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave and for the watch, much appreciated! :D 
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wish you a happy and healthy NewYear of your Life!
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TheChanChanMan Dec 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Walt? Walt??? Oh, sorry, I was looking for Walt.
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19cartwheels Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Walt is about halfway done drawing his bleacher creatures, having just sat down with the page the other night. One more session will do, he thinks. He feels terrible about the delay, and he also worries that he won't get to writing as many xmas cards as he'd like to send this year.

My daughter turns 1 on Friday! And then we move into another house on the 12th! Walt hopes his drawing hand survives the labor of the latter task.
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TheChanChanMan Sep 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
So anyway, Douglas Frobisher from Accounts was hiding under his table because his boss, HP Sauck was in a worse mood than ever on account that he had been possessed by a Goumarithian Agle Parasite. Not only does this alter your way of thinking it also gives you tentacles with poisonous barbed things.

Douglas had a plan. He also had a fan and that was part of the plan. A fan plan. Douglas pulled open his drawer and removed the ounce of plutonium he had which was left over from THE BEST CHRISTMAS PARTY, LIKE, EVER, and quickly ignited it with his accountancy breath. He flung it up at the fan just as it positioned itself in direct sight of Mr Sauck. Mr Sauck flung his twelve tentacles up in the air as the flaming plutonium hit him right in the three faces and vaporised him and the entire eastern seaboard in moments.

Douglas got some award or other at the White House later that year but he also got a pretty steep invoice from the contractors.
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volatileoctopus Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the :+fav: :D
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TheChanChanMan Aug 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks, man. I hope all are well
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iainramsaycom Aug 6, 2012
Thanks for the fave and comment!
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