Tax

Dear Uncle Randy, The tax year has ended… how do I cook my books?! 

Let’s be honest, no one likes paying tax. Actually filing a tax return is nothing but a laborious campaign into the convoluted catacombs of governmental red tape – fiercely presided over by petty officials, jobsworths, bastard bureaucrats – truly, an administrative ache in the balls. I myself avoid paying tax like the plague and haven’t paid any state levies for over 250 tax years; but, fortunately for me, I’m not really real. You suckers in the real world however, have to pay tax. You must endure the indignant demands of communal contributions, obliged to bear this bitter goitre of civic responsibility.

As is common knowledge, the vast majority of people are getting paid fabulously well. The average joe is much like a financial PEZ dispenser, popping out gold bars like precious candies. And as the hoard of cold, hard cash accumulates, stashed inside bulging mattresses or on one of several yachts, the looming, covetous figure of the Taxman grows ever more sinister. Those filthy rotten stinking commies of Inland Revenue insist on extorting their pound of flesh for such follies as infrastructure, healthcare, welfare, education, foreign aid, emergency services, libraries, and even the cornerstone of that red devil called Socialism, public parks; all in the absurd name of “Society”. Evidently, too much traceable cash has become an all too common problem. So, how best to protect and preserve one’s vast wealth? How does one avoid, evade, non-disclose and deceive?

Legitimate business fronts often prove an effective means of concealing one’s true earnings. Cash based businesses such as car washes, strip clubs, vegan whole-food cafés, are virtually always money laundering rackets. Why not start your own legitimate children’s day-care fight club to convert surplus cash into verifiable gambling winnings, 15-1 on the kid with glasses. Next, scurry those winnings into offshore bank accounts in the Caribbean – alongside those of your local MP – where taxation is meagre and transactions elusive. Then, go global! Conglomerate! Monopolise the markets and hold mere nations economically hostage! Multi-nationals pay practically no tax, exacting billions whilst reinvesting nothing back into those markets and communities they capitalised. They don’t, so why should you?

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New To Town 

Dear Uncle Randy,

I’ve just arrived in town and I’m struggling to work out why everyone here whinges so much. Help me out here…

Are you blind? Are you on psychotropics? Don’t you get it?! Wake up and smell the hot steaming cup of crap that is life on Planet Diarrhoea! You may think it’s all fairy farts and candied nipples, but it’s not. Life is nothing but an irksome burden: a Lego under foot; a chronic wedgie; one blocked nostril; a video that buffers, and buffers, and buffers . . . but never plays past the ads.  

Life, it seems, is forever falling short of our glossy promises, a drab and vulgar simulacrum of those glamorous, airbrushed desires. It is the disparity in the gleaming wonder-burger of the menu board, and the sad, meaty mess falling apart between your cruddy fingers, flavoured only by the salt of your own worthless tears. Such are the torments of our conditioned dissatisfaction. Because, in reality, our lives are painfully humdrum, deliriously disappointing; deficient. Shouldn’t I be a world renowned man of intrigue posing front page with a harem of supermodels, already? Why are your abs sunken beneath fathoms of flab whilst your buttocks have the allure of road sign? Meanwhile, the house is too small and the car passé – phones, wristwatches, gizmo dongle thingthings have lost their shimmering novelty, only to become frustrating and obsolete, ultimately failing to remedy our deeper, inner voids.  

Our true needs have been hijacked and bastardised! Rather than life purpose and meaning, love and fulfilment, we suffer shallow artifices, sacrificing the authentic for the synthetic, everyday. We build our identities in furniture and kitchen appliances, affirm our existence in a pair of shoes, discover our very souls in a yoga mat. How can we be satisfied with such imposters?! And as sensations of discomfort and dissatisfaction simmer, we heave and retch and project our dismay blindly onto our own privileged existences, spitting with confused and bitter resentment. But, in doing so, pressure is released, inner tensions assuaged, and perhaps even a little meaning is wrested from the day, some substance snatched from the quotidian stupor of what life has become. 

We whinge, in short, because we are yet to discover what really matters to us, what truly deserves our energy and concern. And, ultimately, it just feels nice. Give it a go.  

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Bring the Ruckus 

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Dear Uncle Randy, 

Me and my flat mates all work as chefs or in hospo. We’re often up at 4 or 5am. But our neighbours like to play loud music, shout at each other and make a racket most weekends until late. We’ve nicely asked them to turn it down and even had to phone noise control once. They turn up the music and say everyone is entitled to party at the weekend. They say this loudly outside my window, rather than to my face. How can we get some sleep?

Dear Sleepless,

A delicate issue indeed! One which must be approached with the utmost of mutual respect and consideration for all parties. Namely, the actual party, you fun sponging kill-joy!  

Back in my younger days of orgiastic revelry, rowdy Randy and his fellow carousing comrades ran the racket on having a straight up mind-bending, panty-dropping, heart-stopping good time. I was ripping atomic bongs with Albert Einstein, chowing down on lines of powdered plutonium with Ziggy Stardust, and popping pixel pingers with Pac-Man (before he settled down with the wife and kids). Some months were nothing but a brilliant blur of self-induced delirium; whole seasons became a hazy hue of high spirits and spangled souls. Wild women mad men and every hedonistic free spirit in between came together in an exhilarating kaleidoscope of unbridled celebration!  

One particular party was so rampant, so totally riotous, so off the chain out of this worldly raucous, we received a noise complaint from another dimension! The two-storey sound system tore a hole right through the plasterboard of the spacetime continuum and woke up our interdimensional neighbours; the bodacious beats of DJ Shiznizz and MC Flimflam proved just too cosmically seismic. Before we could regain control over our own neurological circuitry, the bureaucrats of Profitable Inter-Galactic Security had vaporised each and every particle of the speaker system to an impound unit in a parallel universe. The party of the millennia had come to a premature and disappointing end.  

Much like our disgruntled alien neighbours, you should either invest in some earplugs and sedative drugs, or simply chill out, bro. It’s not the noise that keeps you up at night, it’s your own embittered reaction to it. With every decibel that tickles your irritable ears, you compound your anger and frustration, amassing your very own caustic arsenal of vexation. You sit and you stew. You toss and you turn as you allow your agitation to boil over and scold only yourself. Your suffering is your own creation, so let it go! Relax. Better still, join the party! There’s always room for one more when it comes to communal merry making. Life is one big ruckus, and it’s better enjoyed at full volume.

Parking Bitches

Dear Uncle Randy, 

Some prick keeps parking in my drive – sort that one out Source. 


Yet another example of villainy running riot in a broken world brimming with barbarians; roaming our lands lawlessly, they serve only their own interests – ruthlessly chanting as they go, “Rape! Pillage! Plunder!” These are the scoundrels who, amongst other crimes, hoard financial wealth, poison the environment, and eat babies.  

Fortunately, since receiving your letter, Uncle Randy’s Camel Tow Services has successfully located the prick-car and removed it from your driveway (it is currently being held at the bottom of the lake and will be released to the owner for an immoderate fee). As if by magic, all your troubles have been miraculously taken care of! How convenient that you can remain idly sofa-bound – binging on Netflix, stuffing your face, and scrolling distractedly through Instagram – whilst someone else takes up the reigns and tames the stallions of your discontent. Someone has gallantly run to your aid and soothed your cries like a big milky breast to a bawling infant. Well sorry to fart your candles out but it doesn’t work like that, you indolent slug.

Stewing in lethargy achieves nothing. Surprisingly enough, sharing videos on Facebook does not reverse the effects of climate change and liking a friend’s status does not constitute a meaningful relationship; tutting at the words and actions of politicians does not make them any less corrupt. Passively standing by in a state of expectancy – spectating through a window, via a screen, from a distance – will change nothing. Every one of us possesses great creative potential, the ability to shape our worlds in whatever way we see fit. When finding yourself disgruntled by the present state of affairs, stand up and assume personal responsibility! It must be you to take action! Confront this car – with a brick, with a passive aggressive note, or with an open mind and a diplomatic sentiment. Awaken your latent powers and take active steps to effect the change that you wish to see. Without such action, self-interested scumbags will continue to take for themselves and leave nothing behind, and the world will descend into an anarchic wasteland, with individuals watching on, shaking their heads in apathetic disbelief.

Randy.

REVENGAY

Dear Uncle Randy, 

Is it off limits for husband to sneak around with wife’s best friend? I only found out now it’s 7 years later. We were best friends since school and I thought she was my friend!! She admitted she did it when she was drinking on Friday and now I don’t know what to do as he still doesn’t know I know. Is it too late to do something?

Dear The Betrayed,

Seven years is undoubtedly a rather long time; long enough for empires to wage terrible wars, for chewing gum to finally digest and make your poop all pink and stretchy, and for marriages to turn cold, sour, and “itchy”. Seven years is time enough even for a person’s character to evolve in wonderfully surprising ways, time to learn from past mistakes and revise behaviour accordingly, for regrets to subside and humility arise with the due passing of the years. However, as long as seven years may be, it is never too late to exact cold and ruthless vengeance upon those who have dared do you wrong; the coiled cobra can strike only deadlier with each passing moment of concentrated venom. The question remains: how best to unleash the fury of your seasoned wrath for maximal retribution?

Fortunately, your husband remains blissfully ignorant to your knowledge of his infidelities, like a tiny mouse sniffing curiously at a great wedge of pungent Gruyére moments before the spine shattering crack of metal snaps shut upon its pestilent ways. Let his ignorance provide the fertile ground for sowing your seeds of tasty revenge. Start by identifying his best friend, seducing him/her, then in seven years time confessing your illicit pursuit in merciless detail; show him photos and replay video footage as you bask in the sweet tears of reprisal. MUHAHARAAHAA! REVENGE! Until then you still have a good seven years of insidious spite to exact upon both your husband and your so called “best friend”. Scrawl their phone numbers on the walls of seedy public toilets alongside requests for deviant sexual encounters and illegal substances. Report heinous crimes anonymously with highly accurate composite sketch descriptions. Hire a motorcycle gang to spook them with chains and crowbars. Conceal a small amount of weapons-grade plutonium in their cellphones and watch on slyly as acute radiation syndrome takes due effect. Let vengeance become you, think of nothing else morning noon and night. May malice course through your veins and beat the war drum of your heart. Truly they shall rue their day of betrayal! Or, open an honest channel of communication, lay the cards face up fearlessly and have a frank conversation, accept any outcome and move onwards with life and love. If the bridge has not yet been reduced to ashes that is… 

Randy. 

Merry Shitmas 

Hi, Uncle Randy, my father sends me really shit gifts every Christmas – from out-of-tune music boxes to weird, odd-fitting clothes. This year, I want to get ahead of the game and send him something truly terrible in return. Is this a good idea? What do you suggest? Kind regards, Eve.

Dear Eve,

Alas, you are not alone. The night before every Christmas, Santa crams his dashing sleigh with a monstrous pile of shit, invades the homes of millions, and drops a great steaming dump under your tree, into your stocking. Partly this is due to the commercially administered need to bolster the economy each year and clutter each other’s lives with superfluous toss for the sake of satisfying cheap novelties. All too often does the considered art of gift giving degenerate into a frenetic search through brimming aisles and ubiquitous web pages for something, dear god anything, to wrap hastily and present to someone you don’t even really like, simply because work is doing Secret Santa again this year. Such surplus spending results in inane, bizarre, needless gifts being graciously forced upon the unsuspecting many.  

However, for you the conduit between giver and receiver is further perplexed by the naivety of the generational gap – an unbridgeable gulf between the young and the old, a murky realm in constant lack of same-page understanding. Take the phenomenon of bad dad dancing as analogy. Long ago, somewhen after the war but before broadband, Dad’s dancing was not the shameful flailing of limbs that it is today. On the contrary, it was the grooviest jam the discotech boogiefloors had ever seen! Dad was cutting rugs on the regular, throwing hip, new, panty-dropping shapes night after night after night. But gradually Dad stopped being young and at the forefront of self-expression, and he became old and dated and weird. No longer may his honest expressions of cultural value roam unchecked and unchallenged on the nightclub dancefloors, nor in the presents under the tree.  

Any attempt by you to out-weird your father will be totally lost to the sincerity of his ignorance. And please don’t contribute to the growing trash heap of disposable commodities. Dig deep and give a gift which you genuinely feel deserves to be; earnest and true. Pour your heart and soul into the most meaningful present you can muster – thoughtful and creative – make it a little piece of you. Chances are it will be received with equal bewilderment and disappointment. Merry Christmas.

Randy.

 

Losing Shit

Three months ago, I lost my bank card. I searched the entire house for it. I emptied draws, turned out pockets, flipped sofa cushions; nothing. So I emptied more draws, turned out the other pockets, double flipped the same sofa cushions; still no bank card. Frown lines deepening, hair growing thin, I sucked my teeth and scratched my arse in a state of total bemusement. Standing there, lost in the abyss, afloat in the mess of myriad possible resting places, time steadily slipped away. Hours turned to days turned to weeks as the bank card became but a distant, dusty memory. Today, three months later, I found my bank card. It was under a sombrero on top of the fridge; I don’t remember putting it there. An age could have been spent searching and at no point would it have crossed my mind to check under the sombrero on top of the fridge. Hours upon hours of waking life squandered, precious moments of a fleeting existence frivoled away on a fruitless task, ferreting for what cannot be found.

By death, how much time will have already been wasted in the sterile search for missing articles, for that which could never be found by way of that strained pursuit? Things often lie in wait in unlikely places, only to be discovered when least expected, to surprise and delight in time. Let go of the search for the particular and open up to the possibilities of discovery. Once the blinkers of expectancy are cast aside, unforeseen pleasures may present themselves freely and openly. Save frustration, conserve energy, spare yourself the time of frenetic searching and afford serendipity its grace. Life is found in the rolls of the dice, the collisions of chance, under the sombrero on top of the fridge.