Originally posted by tnb:NYC Drew sez:
Wow! Please tell me those are NYC prices. I am feeling quite fortunate. My wife and I have never even looked into daycare. If I had a day job, I doubt that it would pay $700 a week. Frankly, this time of year (January/February) I am lucky if I make $700 a week.
"Good" daycare is looking like $700 week, so-so day care is looking like $600 week.
Yes, those are NYC prices. It's gets worse (and in some instances, BETTER) the closer you get
Ani, the single most important client I have is...my family. I have three kids (12, 2, 10mths) the 12yr old goes to school in Jamaica. My wife is an employee/officer/shareholder of our company (owned/operated by us). She handles the paperflow. Without braggadocia, I can say she works any time she damm well pleases - as long as our objectives are met. We have enough space at my offices where the kids are in a humungous playpen in her office.
Just last night I was reminding her of a simpler time, when I had a 4'x8' plywood sheet across two 42" high, 3 drawer file cabinets, with computers and shit all over the living room. That was just 3 yrs ago, we had operating expenses of about $600 month. Jan 04 (operating expenses only, no salaries, no non bizniz stuff) was close to $5K!
Health insurance is killing me, but what to do?
Ditto for business insurance.
Ditto for self employment/etc taxes. Just today I got a VERY nasty letter from the IRS reminding me that corporations paying their officers a low salary, (and by extension avoiding the higher employment/SS tax rates) and declaring a (abnormally) high profit would be potentially subject to the high intensity rectal exam.
So I HAVE to pay myself a "median-ish" salary, instead of paying myself very little, then declaring all of the $5.00 as profit, then paying the lesser tax on the profit
Where were we?.....Marriage and kids...yes.
I don't knock nobody, judge nobody on how they live or raise kids. I try to be around for my kids, I try to keep safe, sane and healthy so I can see my grandkids.
My wife's dad was shot (fatally) [(9-12bullets, messed up his head and face, closed casket)] times when she was 8 or 9. I plan on being around for a while.
I've known (and loved) my wife for 20 years. Been married since '97. I've often been a bit stymied by your posts on men, love life etc.
No doubt, marriage is hard. She's a born again speaking in tongues Penticostal Christian. I bring home stories about girls who offer to suck my dick just to meet the act I'm working with, or the background singers and dancers (mostly female, thankfully!
) that always seem to find a shoRt black midget like me attractive, or stories filled with alls kinds of WONDERFUL acts of depravity I recreate with accuracy and nonchalance - the same type of stuff she lashes out against daily.
...where were we??? Oh yeah, hijacking yet another thread...
Marriage is harder than any college course, any client I ever had, than anything I ever did in life, but so far, has been the most rewarding thing for me. Despite this, I have a lawyer on retainer (for my wife
) for when she eventually snaps and beats the shit out of me!
I'm serious as quadruple bypass surgery about my kids and shit. I know you are too. Hopefully, you'll get this job. When you do, be sure to swing by the Post Office and M-O-O-N everybody; you'll fell better, they'll see a side of you they never saw before.
Why didn't somebody tell me kids wuznt cheap BEFORE I HAD 'em? ...and to think I wanted tropical fish at the time...
Later, gotta fill this short grocery list before I head home, or I'll be sleeping in the garbage compactor tonight - one piece at a time.