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05/28/2008 04:04:19 AM · #1
A belated Congrats to you guys, thats awesome!
05/28/2008 12:06:55 AM · #2
Big congrats to the both of you. I hope that the Fed taxes will not be a problem for you later, like Ken's deal.
I tuned in too late to vote, but did have a look at the photos, and you posted the best of the bunch by far.
Sometimes stories do have a happy ending, and it's great that the DPC team was able to pitch in and help out.
05/27/2008 11:57:24 PM · #3
About freakin' time!!! lol

It's absolutely wonderful, and you guys deserve it so much. :D
05/27/2008 11:54:16 PM · #4
ok - FINALLY!

While we technically won over a week ago, it was only last Friday that things were finalized (paperwork, sales tax, etc.) But it was very nice, and the man who had sold us our first Saturn nearly 3 years ago, came in on his day off just to take part! (Now THAT was thoughtful!) He'd sold us the silver car on the right, and has now handed us the keys to the new Astra on the left (blue).

We had a crazy weekend of family gatherings, but we did wash both our cars for a quick photo session - it took a LOT longer to wash & clean the cars than to photograph them! LOL (We live WAY out in the sticks, with a 1/4 mile gravel driveway - lots of dust and/or mud. (We drove VERY slowly down our driveway to not stir up dust, and shot this at a nearby relative's home.)

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Man, its good to be me EVERY day, with such a terrific wife & kids... but you guys have helped make our lives even better - thank you!

Billy, Glenda, Jennifer, Harley, & Lauren
05/19/2008 09:48:34 PM · #5
Officially, not on gifts and prizes.... otherwise?.... shhhhhh ;)
05/19/2008 08:02:22 PM · #6
Originally posted by BeeCee:

Another good reason to be a Canuck :)

You pay no taxes? Or not on gifts or prizes?
05/19/2008 07:51:13 PM · #7
Another good reason to be a Canuck :)
05/19/2008 06:14:33 PM · #8
Originally posted by rossbilly:

I stopped by the dealership @ lunch, seems there will be a small 'ceremony' this Friday. Still not sure about any taxes / fees, etc. THANKS!!!


Ok, Billy, I thought I'd just relate what happened to me back in 1986. I won a brand new Subaru in a Coca Cola contest and I was deep in debt at the time. I told them I would prefer cash and they told me I could just sell the car back to the dealer. So they had the ceremony (Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in California) and I drove the car and the dealer back to his office. The sticker price on the car was $15,500 (dlr invoice, I believe - the car was selling for over $18k on the lot). I had to haggle with the dealer to finally give me $11k for it as long as he took care of the "taxes and all that", to which he agreed. I was young, naive and thought that meant he would pay off the federal taxes on it - like witholding. The following year, I did as I always had and filed a 1040EZ - the car thing had not even crossed my mind and I received no 1099 from anyone about it - frankly didn't even know what a 1099 was.

TWO YEARS after that, I got a letter from the IRS stating that a 1099 was submitted to them back in 1986 stating that I received $13,200 in unearned compensation and that I had not claimed it and I now owed around $6k in taxes, penalties and interest. I called the IRS and told them the story and said the dealer never gave me $13k, it was $11k and the taxes were supposed to have been paid by them. The IRS told me I would have to get in touch with the dealer who reported paying me the $13k and get them to contact the IRS and tell them it was a mistake. Well the dealer was out of business for over a year by that time. I tried over several months to contact someone, but no luck. Meanwhile, the IRS is racking up more penalties and more interest and more interest on the penalties and penalties on the unpaid interest.

I just started making payments and paid monthly for about two years, during which time the amount owed just got bigger and now they had garnished my wages and were taking the money. I finally paid it off in one lump when I got a good severance from a company I worked for that was acquired. When all was said and done, I had paid the IRS almost $14k in taxes on the $11k I received.

Maybe the lesson in there is "Art was an idiot", but I just wanted to let you know so it doesn't happen to you. You will probably end up owing 40% of the value of the car to the IRS. Be prepared.

Hope that was helpful and also hope it doesn't spoil the moment. :)
05/19/2008 05:10:57 PM · #9
Congtats! I'm glad I got to vote on your winning photo, but you certainly didn't need my help...yours was the best shot of the bunch.
05/19/2008 04:45:13 PM · #10
Ditto! (love the accent, too ;) )
05/19/2008 03:45:06 PM · #11
That was so cool - Glenda's excitement made me feel so good - big beam on my face, too!
05/19/2008 03:30:43 PM · #12
FOUND THE YOUTUBE VIDEO!

Gotta kiss a lotta Astra to win a car!

I stopped by the dealership @ lunch, seems there will be a small 'ceremony' this Friday. Still not sure about any taxes / fees, etc. THANKS!!!

(eta - not my video, but that of the station. I'm just glad they didn't get ME on tape much... there be a REASON i work behind the camera) ;)

Billy
05/18/2008 10:26:30 PM · #13
Originally posted by rossbilly:


Gary let me know that we'd won by a considerable margin, and Red stated "See, your work IS that good."


She's right, of course :)

Sure sucks, though, that your won car is still going to cost you a chunk in taxes. Free should mean free!
05/18/2008 08:43:33 PM · #14
Congratulations. Your shot was easily the best one.

Way to Go!!!!!
05/18/2008 08:10:43 PM · #15
I missed the whole thing :(

A belated congrats to you & Glenda, Billy!!! That is awesome. I looked at the finalists and have to agree with what was said here over & over - your photo was BY FAR the best. No question!

Not to dampen the excitement, but be sure to plan for the Federal taxes next year. (I won a car once - long story).

Again, congratulations and well deserved!
05/18/2008 07:08:32 PM · #16
::whew:: sorry - busy weekend :D thank you all again for the support!

The radio station is to post a video of Glenda winning the car, and I'll post up the link when its ready.

You guys are MY heroes, because DPC is THE site that got me back into photography. I've been feeling guilty the last few months, because of how much I've spent on this hobby... needless to say, that guilt is gone after having won a car - in a PHOTO contest! Sorry if that sounds brag-ish; not meant to.

Actually, the pic below is of the radio station manager Gary & a promotions model, Red, and they really humbled me (in a GOOD way!)

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After our time at the stadium,

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we went for dinner / drinks with them & others. Gary let me know that we'd won by a considerable margin, and Red stated "See, your work IS that good." (She KNOWS how much I beat myself up & fret about my photos.) There statements of confidence, and YOUR help here the last few years, has meant the world to me.


05/18/2008 04:20:38 PM · #17
I think I've got all the grease and carpet fibre I need for now. Could you just cheat my JPEG up a little? And drive carefully :-)
05/18/2008 01:50:57 PM · #18
Originally posted by rossbilly:

WE WON THE CAR

WE WON THE CAR!!!

THANK YOU ALL SO VERY VERY VERY MUCH!!!!!

Glenda & I just got home a few minutes ago, and are still in shock! We are totally drained - the last 24 hours have been amazing & exciting & exhilarating & exhausting & ecstatic & eeeeeeekkkk!!!! LOL

::whew::

Again - thank you ALL - for the learning, for your friendship, and for your support

Hugs,

Billy & Glenda


Missed this the past couple of days and had to hunt for the thread.

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Great photo too!
05/18/2008 03:47:07 AM · #19
Originally posted by JulietNN:

well, shit, I guess that means my Wheel Nut Ownership has been degraded to Wheel Nut Grease.

Dammmmmmmmmmmmnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

I still want a picture of the grease though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I'd be happy to claim a few carpet fibers :D
WITH pics!!
05/18/2008 02:03:56 AM · #20
well, shit, I guess that means my Wheel Nut Ownership has been degraded to Wheel Nut Grease.

Dammmmmmmmmmmmnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

I still want a picture of the grease though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
05/18/2008 01:45:06 AM · #21
Originally posted by MattO:


I'm sure if given the oppurtunity they all did. The point I was trying(apparently poorly) is that is wasnt just this community that made it happen. The people over on FM are bragging the same way that their community is why they won. obviously they had a great photo and a great gameplan to win the car and it took everyone from all the communities to make it happen.

Matt


Gotcha now :) And hey, I don't mind being a part of a bigger team; just knowing we contributed our 3 votes for the household is enough to make me happy :D
05/17/2008 10:56:27 PM · #22
I really like it when good people that I know have great things happen for them. Congrats, brother!
05/17/2008 10:56:04 PM · #23
Originally posted by BeeCee:

Originally posted by MattO:

This was also cross posted on at least FM as well. So I wouldnt be so sure that just one community made a difference. I'm pretty sure I saw it on at least one other as well but cant remember. I'm sure they needed it, and they deserved it, but they also played the crowd on multiple websites to make it happen, which I guess is part of the game.

Matt

And you don't think they all did this? Usually in these voter-decided contests the one who begs widest wins. For a change the best entry did :)


I'm sure if given the oppurtunity they all did. The point I was trying(apparently poorly) is that is wasnt just this community that made it happen. The people over on FM are bragging the same way that their community is why they won. obviously they had a great photo and a great gameplan to win the car and it took everyone from all the communities to make it happen.

Matt
05/17/2008 06:20:10 PM · #24
That photo is absolutely awesome!! I just saw this thread for the first time now, but the suspense almost killed me while reading:D Congratulations!!
05/17/2008 04:55:40 PM · #25
I do not have any littel men waving signs but...............

THIS THREAD IS USELESS WITHOUT PICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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