A Night to Remember

Last night I had a delightful evening with good friends.  My daughter, Circe, and I visited with Linnaea and Bruce Mallette.  Linnaea served a delicious dinner, of course, but the special event was a showing of “Gone With The Wind” on their ginormous wall TV.  It was just like seeing the movie in a theatre.

 

I had read Margaret Mitchell’s book and seen the movie twice, but long, long ago and only remembered certain scenes.  It brought tears to my eyes to see those beautiful and talented actors once again.  The movie was a masterpiece for David Selznick who spared no expense to achieve the affect he desired.  His attention to detail was exquisite.  If there were 1000s of dead soldiers lying on a battlefield, they were real people.  Extras, of course, but paid men and not computer generated.  And the costumes!  Oh my, the costumes!  They made me appreciate the wardrobe department for their enormous effort in design and production of the quantity, and quality of elegant gowns. Authenticity right down to their petticoats.

 

Mr. Selznick did not skimp on the scenery either.   If you are not from the South or have never been there this movie showed you what it is like, then and now.  Every scene was perfectly displayed.  He captured the essence of that period and the tragedy that was the Civil War as told by Ms.Mitchell.

 

This is a very long movie with an intermission.  Linnaea treated us to a splendid dinner while we enjoyed the intermission.  All in all, it was one of the best evenings I’ve had in a long, long time and I am indeed fortunate to have friends like Linnaea and Bruce Mallette.

Are you ever at a loss for words?

Have you ever agonized about what to say for a special message to someone?  Well, I have the answer.  It’s in a book I found a while ago and it has choice words, phrases, sentences & paragraphs for every situation.  It gives examples for apologies, appreciation, complaints, disagreement, get well letters, refusals, (we could all use that once in a while,) and many, many others.  The author of this extraordinary book is Rosalie Maggio and was published in 1990 but the advice is timely and appropriate.

 

If you are at a loss for words, email me at mdenyer@dslextreme.com and I will send you an example, or more, that you can use.   Ms. Maggio has an answer for everything, including “How to say it, What not to say”, tips on writing, phrases, words, even special situations.

 

I love this book.  I wish I had had it a long time ago.

MUST YOU COLLECT CALIFORNIA SALES TAX?

 

The simple answer is “Yes”.  However it is a bit more complicated than that.

 

I having been selling jewelry and other vintage items through a company called Etsy.  They post my items and provide information and help for managing my sales.  When I began most of my sales were outside of California.  But when my first California item was sold no tax was collected.  I attempted to find out how to collect the tax but was told to contact my tax advisor.  I have no tax advisor.  I discovered that other Etsy members in California were also not collecting taxes.  This is unlawful and I did not want to be charged with a fee and/or a penalty at some point in time.  So I did my research.

 

As a small business owner in California you are required to collect sales tax for every sale you deliver in California and send it to the State Board of Equalization at the end of the year. You are not required to collect  sales tax for any other State in the United States.

 

California State has a standard sales tax rate of 7.25%  Many of California’s cities, counties, towns, and communities have special taxing jurisdictions (districts), which impose a transactions (sales) and use tax in addition to the standard statewide rate.  Rates for these districts range from 0.10% to 1.00% per district.

Part 1 of 2.  See the next posting in this series Friday on how to collect the  tax.

 

My information came from the California State Board of Equalization, www.boe.ca.gov.   I found Publication 101, “Sales Delivered Outside California”, but there is a lot more useful information on that site.

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