Friday, September 30, 2011

Registration for the Bus

Yesterday was a little stressful for me. To explain, I will start by saying that, like most things, we bring it on ourselves. When we went to financing our bus, we found a very low interest rate. That is the other side of not being able to sell our house. We got the loan in my wife and my name. Then I purchased insurance for it from Nationwide insurance. All was good so far. Then a friend told me about a company in Montana that will set you up with an LLC, and you can register your vehicles to your company, and just drive a company vehicle. The company that sets up your company, will go to the DMV and register all your vehicles and send you the plates. So, I ask, "Why"?

The State of Montana has no state sales tax, and any vehicle over 10 years old will be issued a permanent plate. The cost of this service is about a thousand dollars, and they provide a permanent address for your LLC business. After it is complete you pay a fee of about $150 per year for the permanent company address. You only need to file income tax, on an LLC if you make a profit.

My personal integrity, will not allow me to be dishonest in any way, which includes paying taxes. However; this is legal for those who do the necessary research and follow the law as written. We all know that the intent is to flees as much money from working people as possible. I have no problem with avoiding unnecessary taxes if it is done legally.

This brings me to why I paid North Carolina $1470.00 for the license plates on the bus, yesterday. I learned of the Montana laws after I got financed and purchased insurance in my wife and my name, and this would require us to refinance and buy insurance in Montana under the company name. All said, this is just food for thought, and may help someone else. My plates will expire on 9-30-2012, and will require a safety inspection to renew.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Autumnal Equinox

The march of the seasons—winter, spring, summer, and fall—stems from the "clearly definable" position of the sun. The solstices are very accurately measured as the northernmost point that the sun rises along the horizon in June and the southernmost point along the horizon in December.  However, the autumnal equinox and vernal—or spring—equinox aren't exactly midway between the solstices "because the Earth's orbit is not a true circle, but close.

Anyway, Friday was the Autumnal Equinox, and I use these times of the year to reflect on the past season and to do a couple of chores, like changing oil in the vehicles.  This summer went very well for Alex and me. We did not have any tragedies or other problems in our immediate families. We enjoyed good health and a little time off.  We got to spend time with our children and grandchildren.  I witnessed my youngest daughter dedicate her life to Jehovah God by getting baptised, which is very heart warming to me. We put our house on the market, although it has not sold yet. We also purchased our motor home in preparation for retirement. In all, we have much to be thankful for and nothing to regret. I hope that the summer was as good for all of you who are reading this short blog today. 
In the coming season we all need to slow down and reflect the important things. Work and play safely, and offer a helping hand when we can.  And remember to treat our loved ones like they are loved ones.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


This is just a quick update on the last couple of weeks. The purchase of the Bus, came quickly and as with everything poor timing. I have been looking for a good deal on a Class A motor home, for the last year or so. I found this great deal on a bank repo, and just couldn't let it pass. But, the timing was not great, as Brahm and Dagmar, has asked us to go to Puerto Vallarta, for a week with them to spend time on the beach. As you can imagine, with me being in rail-transit safety and security, we did a lot of security preparation for the prevention of a repeat attack of the 2001 attack. We flew home on Saturday, and I was at work on Sunday. We can be thankful that all was quiet around the country.

My daughter Tammy, Mont, and Malana, are coming to visit this weekend and part of next week, and we will be going to the beach again. I think we will go to Folly Beach in SC, just south of Charleston. I do not like Myrtle Beach, and it is only 40 or so miles closer. So for me, Charleston has great restaurants and the beaches are close, that’s my choice.

Sunday evening Forest and Erica came by and we went to dinner in their 64 GTO. -Perfect end to the weekend-