February 24, 2007

Three Cheers for Ol' Virginny!


I dunno how it is for those of you elsewhere, but I have always had singularly good experiences dealing with the guv'mint of my great Commonwealth.

Take taxes, for instance. I couldn't have mailed our returns out more than about two weeks ago, yet the refund check showed up in the mail today. Spring landscaping project, here we come! (By comparison, it'll be a month at least before we can expect to hear from Uncle.)

Indeed, one year I got a nice note from Richmond pointing out that had I prepared the return differently (married filing jointly or married filing separately, I can't remember which), I'd have actually saved a bit more money. They'd gone ahead and done it for me and added the extra to the enclosed check.

It's the little things like that which can make all the difference.

And, of course, the fact that we're the only member of the Union with a corpse on our flag.

Posted by Robert at February 24, 2007 02:57 PM | TrackBack

We can claim George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Robert E. Lee, as well as open carry laws, too. I'm proud to hail from Loudon County, even if my ancestors belonged to the only Federal unit from VA.

Posted by: John at February 24, 2007 03:23 PM

I remember a few years back that I had a similar "correction" in my favor from Richmond. They had noticed an error in my return, made the correction, and sent me a check for about $15 more than I had expected to get.

Posted by: jen at February 24, 2007 03:50 PM

I, too, have had an 'in my favor' check from the tax people in Richmond. Good group down there.
As to the flag: you didn't mention the nikkid boozoom. Or that SHE is standing over defeated HE. And Virginia is thought of as being Conservative? Maybe it's the thought of all those women with spears that keeps the tax guys honest? (Of course those of us born here know that the Garden Club of Virginia runs the state.)

Posted by: pnutqueen at February 24, 2007 05:04 PM

Believe it or not, I once had a very good experience dealing the with IRS. I'd goofed the return just before heading overseas. By the time the mail caught up to us, things were past due and looking grim. Two phone calls and they not only waived all penalties, but they even sent us copies of the return showing where I'd screwed up (our copies were still somewhere between the US and Germany). They were very accomodating and professional, and I was certain that we'd slipped into an alternate universe.

Posted by: Ted at February 24, 2007 07:40 PM
And, of course, the fact that we're the only member of the Union with a corpse on our flag.

It's very strange. As a Virginian, that fact has never occurred to me. Are we also the only flag that has a not-very-hot Amazon babe baring a breast?

You gotta hand it to Virginia when it comes to flag imagery. We prefer to leaven our ancestor worship with a fair amount of lust and death.

Posted by: Chef Mojo at February 25, 2007 04:06 PM

When I'm outside it, it's the best thing there ever was and I will drop any man who says different. When I'm back home I cuss it the same as you probably do.

Posted by: Uncle Pinky at February 27, 2007 01:11 AM