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Fri, 12 Mar 2004

Deck

Last Saturday I removed the jacks from the deck; lo and behold! It stayed!

Afterward, I moved my deck furniture up there to enjoy the sun. We've had fabulous weather this week; I really enjoyed being able to recline on the deck and soak in the solar radiation.

Fence

I also propped up my fallen fence and replaced the rotted posts... Well, sort of replaced. In actuality, I cut off the rotten ends to make them square, dug out the original cement bases, and poured concrete around new metal brackets to hold the existing posts. That worked pretty well.

Media Box

Although I haven't yet had the opportunity to do any tweaking of my automotive entertainment system, I have selected some old hardware to begin with. I'm using an old Pentium II 350 with 256 MB of RAM and a newer 80 GB hard disk. I still need to find appropriate controller hardware to wire up near the driver's console. More on that in an upcoming entry.

Taxes

Finally, Wednesday night I began working on my 2003 tax return. Every year, my returns become more and more complex. Fortunately, I've been able to finagle reasonable refunds from the Feds and State of California thus far. This year, though, I had such an unpredictable income stream that I was concerned I might end up owing. As it turns out, though, it's looking like I'll receive refunds on the order of four times my usual modest amount. This is bad, because it means I gave interest-free loans to the government all year; but it's also good, because the refunds represent a large chunk of change to augment my bank account.

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