Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Another Book Meme

I'm deep in the thick of work these days. So while I remain postless, consider trying this meme on for size.

Here is how it goes:

1. Grab the nearest book.

2. Open the book to page 123

3. Find the fifth sentence.

4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.

5. Don’t you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

6. Tag five people.

Here's mine...from The 2006 U.S. Master Tax Guide, pg. 123:

"If Mr. Parker provides more than one-half of the support for Mrs. Parker's uncle, the exemption may be claimed on their joint return, even though the uncle does not live with them. If Mr. and Mrs. Parker file separate returns, Mr. Parker may claim the exemption for the uncle only if the uncle is a member of Mr. Parker's household and lives with him for the entire tax year. In a community property state, if a child's support is derived from community income, some or all of the exemptions may, by agreement, be taken by either the husband or wife on a separate return. "

To be continued...

Return next week for the rest of the story about Mr. and Mrs. Parker and the uncle who may or may not be living with one or both of them. ;-)

Via one of Susiebadoozie's commenters. Badoozer also has some interesting posts up re: the apparent differences between our nation's South and Pacific Northwest, following her recent journey to visit fellow bloggers. Go take a look.



At 11:44 AM, August 08, 2006, Blogger beth said...

Wow you have such fun books lying nearby. But that said, it's going to be more interesting than mine...at least you have the potential to make up a story about why Mr & Mrs Parker want to file seperate returns - is their marriage on the rocks because of the uncle living with them? (Trust me, having relatives move in causes tension and strife!) And whose child are they supporting? Does Mr Parker have a love child with someone from his dark past? Perhaps someone famous? Who he's now blackmailing in an attempt to regain their love so he can dump Mrs Parker and the uncle for good and go be a kept man for a Hollywood megastar?

Yeah...work is boring, why do you ask?

At 11:44 AM, August 09, 2006, Blogger Gwynne said...

Beth, good questions. Tune in next week when Mr. and Mrs. Parker go to prison for tax evasion and for harboring their fugitive uncle, and we learn the sordid details surrounding the love-child (which actually appeared in a second paragraph which I didn't bother to separate thus leading to some confusing contextual references...for that, I do apologize). ;-)

At 12:23 PM, August 09, 2006, Blogger beth said...

So it could be the uncle's love child, is that it? Or maybe it's the wife's love child and that's why Mr. Parker is thinking of separating cause she said she'd never been with anyone and surely if Renee Zellweger can get out of a marriage based on fraud, he ought to be able to too, right?

Who knew accountants had such juicy tales that they had to wade through!? :)

At 10:05 PM, August 10, 2006, Blogger mis_nomer said...

Didn't realise tax guides were so hypothetical.. Here is mine:

Pg 123, fifth sentence of the nearest book at hand:

"Civil society can only emerge in the context of a certain set of preconditions. That set of preconditions is defined by the finely-tuned social balance that came about through the coming together of specific laws and a particular moral vision, undergirded, in Western history, by a certain set of religious beliefs. Indeed, today in the West this balance is in serious danger of falling apart, with militant secularists bent on ejecting religion from public life, with its accompanying dire consequences."

Erm, I think I'll pass on the title. :) I'm a bit embarrassed by the phrase
"militant secularists".


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