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  • Must go to Vegas

    Posted on February 20th, 2005 Jeff Keller No comments

    Did you catch tonight’s 60 Minutes? They had a story about Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, and they showed parts of their new show “Ka”. It cost $185 million to put this show on at the MGM Grand, and boy did it look impressive. I’ve seen Mystere three times and “O” twice (I think), and I can’t wait to slap down the $100 to see this new one.

  • Taxes filed!

    Posted on February 20th, 2005 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    After a bit of a battle with Turbotax, my taxes are filed and everyone’s happy (well, I hope so). Turbotax decided to have a “phantom form” (8829 to be exact) which I couldn’t get rid of. This bad form also meant that I couldn’t e-file. After talking to various tech support people, they told me to delete my whole Schedule C and re-enter it. Well, that was fun — but it worked.
    I owed a few thousand to both the Feds and the State, but things were a heck of a lot better than last year, since I paid closer attention and modified my quarterly payments as needed. I guess one of the downsides of running a successful business is lots of taxes! I wish I could choose where the money went… maybe to social programs instead of wars.

  • Orchids!

    Posted on February 19th, 2005 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Today my friend Marc and I went to the big Pacific Orchid Expo in San Francisco. The place was mobbed… tons of people looking, taking pictures, and buying orchids. I’ve never had much luck with the darn things, but I’m going to give it another try. I bought three orchids today (don’t ask me what they’re called) and they’re pretty cool. Well, two of them are cool now, and the third will be cool eventually. One other thing I learned — these puppies can be expensive!
    Click the link below to see some more pictures.

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  • I knew it was too good to be true

    Posted on February 18th, 2005 Jeff Keller 1 comment

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  • Spring is on the way

    Posted on February 17th, 2005 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    The orchards are starting to flower… which means that fruit picking season can’t be far behind! This is really the only exciting activity here in Brentwood that doesn’t involve drinking or guns, and I hope I can get some people to come out and try it this summer!

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  • Got Poop?

    Posted on February 17th, 2005 Jeff Keller No comments

    I saw these signs all over town today. Apparently there’s a new company called “Pet Butler: America’s Pet Waste Removal Experts”. Yes, these folks will come and remove the dog crap from your yard. I don’t know what to think about this.

  • A hypothetical question or four

    Posted on February 16th, 2005 Jeff Keller 5 comments

    This question doesn’t really have an answer, but I was thinking about it today. Why do people write blogs? Who are they communicating to? Is it a way to just get their thoughts out of their heads and onto virtual paper? Is it for friends to hear what’s going on with them?
    Some people get into very personal aspects of their life on their blogs, to the point of “wow, I can’t believe they said that in public!” I generally don’t do that, instead talking about the strange things that I notice. My health issues are probably as personal as I’ve gotten on this blog, and believe me, I’ve left plenty out, especially this year.
    A related question is why do people read blogs? Do we enjoy peeking into other people’s lives? Do we want to see ourselves mentioned on one of these blogs, to kind of validate our existence? I’m always shocked that people actually make time to read the rants and raves on this site!
    Yes, I’m philosophical tonight… I’m not sure why, but I’m guessing it’s due to procrastination.

  • I love Apple stock, part 2

    Posted on February 15th, 2005 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    A month ago I bought AAPL for $64. Today it’s up over $88 a share! I haven’t had this much luck in years… and I won’t mention the stocks I bought for $50 a share which are now worth $2! Oh wait, I just did.
    Update: As of 2/16, it’s now over $90. Yeehaw!