Now? No? How About Now?

Now that I know we will be trading in subway for freeway and the High Line for hydrangeas I just want to go. Now. I’m parked in a sterile little cube (It’s called “hotel-ing” in corporatese.) and there’s very little noise or motion around me. But I can’t make any commotion of my own because I don’t want to disturb. Did I mention the fascists in tech support won’t let me have iTunes on my computer? At least I have a TV. I spent all day watching Telemundo. For work. Or something.

It seems Manhattan is determined to show me its hind end. The unremitting windy gray blah chills were the perfect backdrop for the dude I saw peeing on the A train today. I bought some diapers on Amazon yesterday and got a pop up box that NY state law now will require Amazon to charge sales tax on my purchases. I have had it!

For those of you who want to argue that we should pay state sales tax on our Amazon purchases: I invite you to check my pay stub to see how much NY and NYC already Hoover out of my pocket. If you’re not convinced, then I will invite you to bite me.

I spent a little time in the office today with my calculator, trying to justify moving to Knoxville now and paying for a cheap apartment until the Inwood place sells. I actually could make the math work. Tennessee doesn’t have an income tax, so just switching residences would save so much money that we could pay a cheap rent. But logistically it’s too ugly considering my only good reason is because I’m bone weary of New York.

Alden and I spent some time making wookie noises at each other tonight and that has helped settle me. So, patience.

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73 responses to this post.

  1. it’s taxing
    I would mind sales tax less if there were not also state and federal tax.
    iTunes is a requirement for sanity, and the tech people should be struck repeatedly with an iPod until they relent.

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  2. it’s taxing
    I would mind sales tax less if there were not also state and federal tax.
    iTunes is a requirement for sanity, and the tech people should be struck repeatedly with an iPod until they relent.

    Reply

  3. it’s taxing
    I would mind sales tax less if there were not also state and federal tax.
    iTunes is a requirement for sanity, and the tech people should be struck repeatedly with an iPod until they relent.

    Reply

  4. it’s taxing
    I would mind sales tax less if there were not also state and federal tax.
    iTunes is a requirement for sanity, and the tech people should be struck repeatedly with an iPod until they relent.

    Reply

  5. it’s taxing
    I would mind sales tax less if there were not also state and federal tax.
    iTunes is a requirement for sanity, and the tech people should be struck repeatedly with an iPod until they relent.

    Reply

  6. it’s taxing
    I would mind sales tax less if there were not also state and federal tax.
    iTunes is a requirement for sanity, and the tech people should be struck repeatedly with an iPod until they relent.

    Reply

  7. it’s taxing
    I would mind sales tax less if there were not also state and federal tax.
    iTunes is a requirement for sanity, and the tech people should be struck repeatedly with an iPod until they relent.

    Reply

  8. Yes, Tennessee doesn’t have income tax but the sales tax is horrid. I got out of there as soon as I could and do little to no shopping when I go back to visit unless Dad is footing the bill.

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  9. Yes, Tennessee doesn’t have income tax but the sales tax is horrid. I got out of there as soon as I could and do little to no shopping when I go back to visit unless Dad is footing the bill.

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    • We are in TN and I can’t figure the sales tax out. For example, if I go to Starbucks and get a coffee and a croissant, the two items are taxed at different rates. What’s up with that?!
      IIRC, NYC adds enough sales tax on top of New York’s sales tax that TN will actually be an improvement – but the money you save on sales tax will probably just go into the gas tank for lack of public transit.

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    • We are in TN and I can’t figure the sales tax out. For example, if I go to Starbucks and get a coffee and a croissant, the two items are taxed at different rates. What’s up with that?!
      IIRC, NYC adds enough sales tax on top of New York’s sales tax that TN will actually be an improvement – but the money you save on sales tax will probably just go into the gas tank for lack of public transit.

      Reply

    • We are in TN and I can’t figure the sales tax out. For example, if I go to Starbucks and get a coffee and a croissant, the two items are taxed at different rates. What’s up with that?!
      IIRC, NYC adds enough sales tax on top of New York’s sales tax that TN will actually be an improvement – but the money you save on sales tax will probably just go into the gas tank for lack of public transit.

      Reply

    • We are in TN and I can’t figure the sales tax out. For example, if I go to Starbucks and get a coffee and a croissant, the two items are taxed at different rates. What’s up with that?!
      IIRC, NYC adds enough sales tax on top of New York’s sales tax that TN will actually be an improvement – but the money you save on sales tax will probably just go into the gas tank for lack of public transit.

      Reply

    • We are in TN and I can’t figure the sales tax out. For example, if I go to Starbucks and get a coffee and a croissant, the two items are taxed at different rates. What’s up with that?!
      IIRC, NYC adds enough sales tax on top of New York’s sales tax that TN will actually be an improvement – but the money you save on sales tax will probably just go into the gas tank for lack of public transit.

      Reply

    • We are in TN and I can’t figure the sales tax out. For example, if I go to Starbucks and get a coffee and a croissant, the two items are taxed at different rates. What’s up with that?!
      IIRC, NYC adds enough sales tax on top of New York’s sales tax that TN will actually be an improvement – but the money you save on sales tax will probably just go into the gas tank for lack of public transit.

      Reply

    • I know the sales tax is high. But, overall, the tax situation still can’t touch NYC. Going from unbearable to horrid will still be an improvement!

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      • That is true. And overall the costof living is significantly lower than either NY or ATL, I believe.
        So Knoxville, huh? Get ready to see lots of orange.

      • You are correct about cost of living. I am looking forward to graduating up from our current 850 square feet.
        Yeah, orange. This is how I’m looking at it: On game day I will be the only one out and about. No lines, no waiting.

      • You are correct about cost of living. I am looking forward to graduating up from our current 850 square feet.
        Yeah, orange. This is how I’m looking at it: On game day I will be the only one out and about. No lines, no waiting.

      • You are correct about cost of living. I am looking forward to graduating up from our current 850 square feet.
        Yeah, orange. This is how I’m looking at it: On game day I will be the only one out and about. No lines, no waiting.

      • You are correct about cost of living. I am looking forward to graduating up from our current 850 square feet.
        Yeah, orange. This is how I’m looking at it: On game day I will be the only one out and about. No lines, no waiting.

      • You are correct about cost of living. I am looking forward to graduating up from our current 850 square feet.
        Yeah, orange. This is how I’m looking at it: On game day I will be the only one out and about. No lines, no waiting.

      • That is true. And overall the costof living is significantly lower than either NY or ATL, I believe.
        So Knoxville, huh? Get ready to see lots of orange.

      • That is true. And overall the costof living is significantly lower than either NY or ATL, I believe.
        So Knoxville, huh? Get ready to see lots of orange.

      • That is true. And overall the costof living is significantly lower than either NY or ATL, I believe.
        So Knoxville, huh? Get ready to see lots of orange.

      • That is true. And overall the costof living is significantly lower than either NY or ATL, I believe.
        So Knoxville, huh? Get ready to see lots of orange.

    • I know the sales tax is high. But, overall, the tax situation still can’t touch NYC. Going from unbearable to horrid will still be an improvement!

      Reply

    • I know the sales tax is high. But, overall, the tax situation still can’t touch NYC. Going from unbearable to horrid will still be an improvement!

      Reply

    • I know the sales tax is high. But, overall, the tax situation still can’t touch NYC. Going from unbearable to horrid will still be an improvement!

      Reply

    • I know the sales tax is high. But, overall, the tax situation still can’t touch NYC. Going from unbearable to horrid will still be an improvement!

      Reply

    • I know the sales tax is high. But, overall, the tax situation still can’t touch NYC. Going from unbearable to horrid will still be an improvement!

      Reply

  10. Yes, Tennessee doesn’t have income tax but the sales tax is horrid. I got out of there as soon as I could and do little to no shopping when I go back to visit unless Dad is footing the bill.

    Reply

  11. Yes, Tennessee doesn’t have income tax but the sales tax is horrid. I got out of there as soon as I could and do little to no shopping when I go back to visit unless Dad is footing the bill.

    Reply

  12. Yes, Tennessee doesn’t have income tax but the sales tax is horrid. I got out of there as soon as I could and do little to no shopping when I go back to visit unless Dad is footing the bill.

    Reply

  13. Yes, Tennessee doesn’t have income tax but the sales tax is horrid. I got out of there as soon as I could and do little to no shopping when I go back to visit unless Dad is footing the bill.

    Reply

  14. Yes, Tennessee doesn’t have income tax but the sales tax is horrid. I got out of there as soon as I could and do little to no shopping when I go back to visit unless Dad is footing the bill.

    Reply

  15. We are in TN and I can’t figure the sales tax out. For example, if I go to Starbucks and get a coffee and a croissant, the two items are taxed at different rates. What’s up with that?!
    IIRC, NYC adds enough sales tax on top of New York’s sales tax that TN will actually be an improvement – but the money you save on sales tax will probably just go into the gas tank for lack of public transit.

    Reply

  16. I would bet the criossant is considered prepared food and doesn’t meet the lower food exception rate of 5.5% and is taxed at a higher rate than the coffee. But that is just a guess on my part.
    You made me wonder so I did a quick search and although gross and technical this paper put out by the state gov’t is actually semi-readable.
    http://tennessee.gov/revenue/taxguides/salesuse2008.pdf

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  17. how far is knoxville from chattanooga?

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  18. Re: it’s taxing
    Amen! You KNOW those guys have iTunes on their machines.

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  19. I know the sales tax is high. But, overall, the tax situation still can’t touch NYC. Going from unbearable to horrid will still be an improvement!

    Reply

  20. No kidding. I’m naively telling our realtor I want a house on the bus line. But chances are excellent that will do us no good.
    We don’t even own cars right now. Bleh.

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  21. Stone’s throw! I think it’s in the neighborhood of an hour and a half.

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  22. That is true. And overall the costof living is significantly lower than either NY or ATL, I believe.
    So Knoxville, huh? Get ready to see lots of orange.

    Reply

  23. You are correct about cost of living. I am looking forward to graduating up from our current 850 square feet.
    Yeah, orange. This is how I’m looking at it: On game day I will be the only one out and about. No lines, no waiting.

    Reply

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