Tuesday, March 07, 2006

What's that saying about old democrats having no brains?

Just went to the accountant today and it turns out that rather than being wildly wealthy, I'm dead broke.

There's no punch line here. I'm just depressed, and thought I'd share.


Blogger No Sluggo Dave said...

You need a Republican accountant.

7:54 AM  
Blogger pete said...

Maybe Andrew Fastow can do your books from jail? On second thought that may create some long term problems.

Shitty news. Sorry to hear it.

3:05 PM  
Blogger peggy said...

Going to the accountant is always depressing.
You can't afford to live. You don't deserve to live. You're doing everything wrong.

But wait: Why does the world still turn? the sun still rise? Why do you wake up? Why do you continue to breathe? Why does everything - still work?

The system is all wrong!
We measure everything all wrong.
That's why.

Onward and upward.
You go.

6:20 AM  
Blogger Readersomething said...

I don't know who you are, Peggy, but I love you. That's the best advice us broke Xers can get. No, we're not just broke, we're negatively broke. It would take years just to climb out of the hole to the level of broke.

How come no matter how much you make, that's how much you spend? I blame it all on upgrading one's wine selection . . .

1:56 PM  
Blogger nesbo said...

Well, little old ladies love your book. It is the topic of our April meeting, and I need ideas for a luncheon....since I am a little old lady, (that many years ago worshipped Julia Childs and cooked many of her recipes) I am having this affair catered! Give me some ideas of something cheap, and good to serve to a small group of women in their 60's and 70's.....who by the way.....LOVE your book! Your enthusiam and politics let me know that the future is not a bleak as I thought....now will you all please get rid of the current administration!

8:31 PM  
Blogger BethYP said...

can't understand why. Just finished your book, it is brilliant - but has not been promoted here - New Zealand. Have passed it on to a friend, who also thinks it is brilliant. Get your promoter to promote you down here - great place to live cheaply! save money, grow rich and relax in our clean green atmosphere! Are you out in South Africa? have a friend there who does promotional lunches (meet the author - 100+ ladies etc)...if you want her email just ask

11:41 PM  
Blogger Quinn Skylark said...

Maybe writing in your pajamas is not as profitable as it needs to be.

6:47 AM  
Blogger Mma Crankypants said...

Just finished reading your fantastic book. I'm from Australia, I don't really know who Julia Child is, but still I loved it. Keep writing!

4:03 PM  
Blogger Brian Eden said...

Don't sweat it. Just call up Calphalon and launch a line of Julie Powell cookware.

Either that or have google put one of those banner ad thingys on the top of your blog. I did, and look where it got me.


Friggin Google.

Write on,

6:59 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

Well i ditto the comments left by BethyP, Im in New Zealand and got your book for a birthday present and couldnt put it down - something to do with the name of the book and my own name.. how original. You should definitely get your publisher to send you to our neck of the wood and get a bit more publicity in Australasia..Loved your book!

4:46 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Sorry Julie--I'm feeling in the same boat. I'm in the process of refinancing my home and it's leaving me feeling very vulnerable. Good luck to you. If it's any consolation, at the very least, you've written one brilliant book.

6:39 PM  
Blogger BethYP said...

Are you ok Julie? We haven't heard from you in 10 long days! Let us know you are ok....PLEASE

5:21 PM  
Blogger Anne Stesney said...

At least being broke is better than working in a dead end job, right? I wish writing in your pajamas was more lucrative.

Also, I'd love it if you started another project!

1:33 PM  
Blogger peggy said...

I hope you're rebounding, that your silence means you are hieing about with new plans, the moving, the shaking.

This kind of review (I've just been to the tax preparer, too) inevitably leads to seeing the one year as a microcosm of your whole life, and leads to hard thoughts: Life. Life in our country. National economy. Personal economy. Cultural imperatives. Our part in the big picture. How do we get a grip on our own little lives in the tidal wave of influences, the rising level of the cost of living?

I don't know.
I still say our system is stacked against us, and we need to look at the things that ARE working, despite us, like the sun, gravity, get a distant view of "our fragile island home" - I mean from thousands, then zillions, of miles away - take a breath, and go from there.

...or take a breath and no sluggo dave's advice.

8:44 AM  
Blogger anne said...

Hey Julie,

Just another dead broke memoirist checking in. Sucks, don't it?

Enjoyed your book. Keep your chin up.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Lisa Romeo said...

Ah, well, that's how it goes. luv, when you are suddenly screamingly successful overnight, innit?
Now, to just figure out what to write next (in PJs or not) that you will know instantly -- just as you knew instantly that writing about cooking and Julia Child and being in a dead-end job was going to be so sexy and modern and politically correct...hmm, then again.

8:49 PM  
Blogger nopalito said...

I am Mexican and I ride a moped. I have shattered the stereotypes of Mexicans and mopeds. In fact, one might argue that poor Mexican folk would ride mopeds, on account of the affordability of fueling up and getting to the fifth job across town without wasting away the entire paycheck of the job one just left.

But on another note, I finished reading your book yesterday morning. Very satifying and filling. I read about it on the Amherst alumni magazine (we graduated the same year, but I didn't know you). I was genuinely moved by how your seemingly foibled moments quickly turned into masterpieces. Good job.

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