Dependent Origination

IRS instructions for Form 2555 (Foreign Earned Income Exclusion)

https://www.irs.gov/instructions/i2555

Does California Accept the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion from Federal Return?

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/4024804-does-california-accept-the-foreign-earned-income-exclusion

How to Avoid California State Tax when Working Abroad (and other useful information for Expats)

http://usexpatriate.blogspot.com/2012/10/avoiding-california-state-income-taxes.html

Part-year California residents – How to invoke the Safe Harbor rule

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/3865288-how-do-i-know-if-i-m-accurately-filing-ca-return-as-someone-who-lives-abroad

Deciding whether you are a California resident:

https://www.ftb.ca.gov/forms/2016/16_1031.pdf

https://www.ftb.ca.gov/individuals/filertn/nonresidents-part-year-residents.shtml

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年初在Goodreads上面setup了今年的reading challenge。要finish20本书。结果算上大般若经完成了13本。不过很多今年看的书我都很喜欢。比如1,3,6,7,8,13。都很经典。能在脑海中留下很深的印象,并且留很长时间。所以看的书的质量还是很不错的。

但是数量也要增加啊。其实我现在阅读量挺大的。但是闲书却很少。所以要好好管理自己的时间。尤其是抓紧平日的时间。虽然去年没有完成reading challenge。但是今年我上来就sign up for 了30本书的reading challenge。打算好好努力一把。

现在我基本上变成了生活在中文里面的人。所以也得需要很多英文的阅读,才能keep up自己英文的水平。语言这个东西用进废退。随着我中文水平的慢慢恢复,我的英文水平眼瞅着就在慢慢下降。很多词儿以往都是脱口而出的。现在要想半天。但是很多中文的成语却像潮水一样向我涌来。只能随遇而安。回归母语也有回归的乐趣。

  1. Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change
  2. 大般若波罗蜜多经第二会
  3. Never Split the Difference
  4. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
  5. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
  6. The Road
  7. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts
  8. Born a Crime
  9. When Breath Becomes Air
  10. The Alice Network
  11. 大般若波罗蜜多经第二会
  12. A Room of One’s Own
  13. All the Light We Cannot See
  1. Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tale
  2. X-Men: Apocalypse
  3. Dunkirk
  4. 冈仁波齐

by Anthony Doerr

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I finished Virginia Woolf’s book on the flight to China and a day or two later, while fixing up my jet lag. So I must have started this book somewhere in Yunnan. I cannot remember exactly when and where. But by the time I was traveling in Dali, I was reading it. I was reading it while waiting for the train from Lijiang to Dali, in the waiting room of the small station. There was a large family around me, who were showing each other what they bought during the trip. Those details I remember vividly.

I went to check out Er Hai in Dali. It turned out to be a rip-off. But I managed to find an open tea room, which overlooks the lake Er Hai. I read most of Marie’s idealistic childhood during that time. Despite multiple tragedies happened to both the blind French girl Marie, and the German boy Werner, for example, the girl lost her mother at birth and her eyesight seven or eight years old, and the boy lost his dad (and later mom) due to a mining accident so he had to grow up in an orphanage, their childhood all have a strange beauty to it. Marie has a caring and patient father, and a settled life growing up in the Museum. Werner has his sister and their adventures with radios.

The story is excellent plot wise and character wise. In that it makes me think repeatedly about the book title and its allusions in the book. The girl is blind but she persists, with lots of love and luck. The boy persisted and met his destiny with a final clarity. He tried to survive, tried to follow the current but in the end, he saw the light and the beauty from his childhood, in all the carnage the war had brought up.

It was a very enjoying read. I love the book. Five stars.

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by Virginia Wolf

When I left the US in early December, I finished reading 9 books for the year 2017. I thought that was a paltry number of books. Good for me, I surprisingly finished another two before the year end, while traveling.

This winter’s travel really was something for me. I literally hopped from city to city, staying in each one two to three days, for six weeks. I took it fine, in general. See how good I am at traveling 🙂 But to the end, I started to long for my bed, and stay in a single place, and have a plan for the future, a lot 🙂

This particular book I meant to read for a long time, ever since my Mrs Dalloway days. That was 1999? Maybe. I started sometime in June. The first half was going a bit slow. With times I finished a chapter for a night, and with other times a chapter can drag for months. The second half of the book went a lot more smoothly. I think the reason is I am not familiar with Wolf’s points in the first half, when she analyzed the situation women literary writers were in at the time and how it came to be that way.

But this is a good read. I may not remember much. But reading and spending time on the topic should at least make reading of other similar works easier, for example, I have always wanted to re-read The Second Sex. See how much I can understand more twenty years later.

One anecdote from the book stays with me long. Why a woman should have a room of her own? (And a paycheck to herself, btw.) In Victorian times, women spent their time during the day in the drawing room, with company. Jane Austen wrote all her novels in a drawing room, with kids, servants, visitors interrupting all the time. More, she had to hide her work in progress somewhere should a non-family visitor show up, because she cannot let others know that she is writing, it would be too damaging to her, and her family.

Looking around me, I appreciate my environment with new eyes. Admittedly, I have suffered my share of gender discrimination. But still, comparing with Jane Austen, and her times, I should thank her and other brave women who made my life much easier. With a room of my own, and a paycheck, I have freedom, to an unimaginable degree a generation or two ago. For this, I am deeply thankful.

很好看。很好看。没想到能够把一个写文章,追新闻的故事拍成跟警匪片儿似的。中间我就想去上厕所了。但是居然不想走。因为节奏很紧凑,我怕走了会miss掉重要的情节。

Newspaper的黄金时代。看了让人好生羡慕。像武打小说一样。有英雄。各种各样的英雄。Kathrine Graham让人印象深刻。很久以前我好像还看过她的传记。十几年前。忘了是什么原因。应该也是类似的报道引发了我的兴趣。我还记得McNamara这个人。还有McNamara study。也许是从他的讣告读起来的吧?但是A picture is more than  A thousand words。看电影,看个故事,看演员把当事人的性格全面展示。跟看书完全不一样。

向Kathrine致敬。危难之中接过父亲和丈夫的未竟之业。周围的男权世界每每减弱她的价值。但是她居然撑过来了。而且还在关键时刻做出了极其勇敢的决定。很多时候我都觉得其实女人的道德指南针是比男人的要坚定很多的。Katherine所坚持的价值观深刻地影响了很多很多人。今天影院里面我们几乎是最年轻的观众了。其他观众看起来都是Kathrine等人的同时代人。他们是来回顾一个历史事件的。

片子拍的很好。让我回想起来上学的时候,有一次问自己,想做什么职业。我想做New York Times的investigative reporter。看了电影,发现investigative reporter需要很多street smart哎。我可能其他能力,比如写作能力,分析能力,抓热点能力,都还能培养培养。street smart上面差得实在太多。基本没戏。哈哈。

Big T’s Seafood Market Bar, San Jose

我们常去吃的Sam’s Chowder House最近整修。在网上找了找。其实很多$1的oyster的Happy Hour的。找了离家比较近的这家。在San Jose比较深入的越南人的地盘儿上面。隔壁是狮子城。好几拨儿人在吃Happy Hour。oyster有两种。$12和$18一打两种。都尝了。$18块的三种里面有两种比较甜。一种比较咸。总的来说$12的就不错。啤酒一个pitcher。吃得还不错。酒喝一点,讲话就比较顺畅,哈哈。

Men Bei Ramen, Santa Clara

这家拉面店就在SJC附近。很近。我们在一个星期六中午去吃的。因为从Las Vegas开回来去机场还车。找到这个门面上来。居然人满为患。很多人哎。而且很多年轻人哎。面条还可以吧。面是手工擀的。猪肉很好吃。价钱也很公道。南湾不那么时髦儿的地方吃饭都要便宜。而且还便宜不少。南湾的中心地段有钱人太多。一碗Ramen得十几块钱。馆子有点档次有点调调就能十六七块一碗面。这里不到十块钱。

Tiabi Coffee & Waffle, Las Vegas

喝了开心果味儿的latte。吃了Waffle breakfast sandwich。都很好吃。而且还坐了三个小时。看了不少Sapiens。很满意的一个据点儿。一点半人多了。在Las Vegas大家都起得晚哈。

Mint Indian Bistro, Las Vegas (Flamingo Rd)

吃得还行。点了一个招牌curry。很少。但是很下饭。Waiter十分贴心的又给上了一碗饭。没收钱。喝了很多水。病得很厉害。刚刚旅行了二十几个小时,从台北到大阪到洛杉矶到拉斯维加斯。抗生素吃得晚了。咳得要命。

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