The IRS Sent Me Letter…

Originally published at Kickin’ the new Kuh-nowledge. You can comment here or there.

The title of this post should be sung to the music of the famous Box Tops song “The Letter”.  Seriously.

Got a letter in the mail from the IRS stating that we owe an extra $1000 from our 2006 taxes.  It’s entirely possible that I missed something, but I doubt it.  I’m pretty meticulous when it comes to taxes.

That said, it was the first year we filed together, and it’s also the year we moved to Illinois.  So there were a lot of bits of paper that year, and the discrepancy is apparently some income Liz had from the university.

As you can imagine, having to pay an extra $1K out of the blue isn’t exactly a welcome thought.  Here’s to hoping the IRS made a mistake.  Otherwise, there are some trips later this year that aren’t gonna happen.  :(

–sam

Folding Bike

Originally published at Kickin’ the new Kuh-nowledge. You can comment here or there.

I’m seriously considering a folding bicycle. When I first started looking for one, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted… but thanks to the power of the intorwebs, I have found several options….

1. Downtube (http://www.downtube.com):  The model I’m looking at is the 2007 9 FS.  The 9 means 9 speed.  I think I can find it fairly easily on eBay.

2.  Dahon (http://www.dahon.com):  These are a bit pricier, but you do tend to get what you pay for with most bikes and these are no exception.  The Glide P8, The Mu and the Curve are models I wouldn’t mind getting.  Alas, these are probably out of my price range.  The only one I can really afford is the Boardwalk and it’s basically a folding beach cruiser.  :(

3.  Citizen (http://www.citizenbike.com):  This is definitely in my price range, but reviews I’ve read make it out to be an OK, not great, bike.  Again, you get what you pay for I suppose.  But considering my budget, it’s definitely something I’m looking into.  Bike snobs probably wouldn’t touch this one with a ten foot pole.  I laugh in the face of ten foot poles.

4.  Birdy (http://www.birdybike.com):  Birdy falls into the “if money were no object” category.  These bikes are awesome, look great, and all the reviews say they perform really well.  Sadly, they cost quite a bit.

There are other brands, some in my price range, some not.  I’m glad I found the wacky world of folding bikes.  I had no idea there were so many options.  As noted above, I’m seriously looking at the Downtube bike, if I can get it on eBay.  If not, I might go with another of the bikes that is in my price range.  Either a used Dahon or a Citizen or something else if I can find a good deal on eBay or Craigslist.  By this time next month I should have one… just in time for the awesome Fall biking weather.

–sam