Tax Credit Wrinkle and Other Matters

Until the speech from the throne last week I wasn’t aware that getting cosmetic enhancements like Botox and liposuction could become tax write-offs. 

It wasn’t until a newscaster explained that the tax credit was cancelled that I had any idea that it had even existed.   Beauty-focused fellow Canadians have been writing off teeth whitening, hair replacement and other procedures that are done purely for cosmetic reasons.  That has just come to a screeching halt.  It’s enough to furrow the brow of a lady who lunches.

I was past the age of girls who were affected by the “two Coreys” phenomenon in the late 1980’s but I knew Corey Haim’s story.   It’s an injustice when anyone dies at 38.  Corey was a child star who couldn’t keep his career afloat and couldn’t kick a terrible addiction to drugs.  Lately he had been staying with his Mom in a month-to-month rental apartment in Hollywood to care for her while she battled cancer.  She was with him when he died.  So sad.

Media in France are having a feeding frenzy over reports that both President Nicolas Sarkozy and his former model wife Carla Bruni are having extramarital affairs.  Bruni is a mildly talented performer who has made a bigger career out of pursuing famous men, usually while they are still married and living with their families, most notably Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton.  She avails herself to the richest bidder.  Sarkozy has a history of tossing out a current wife when a younger version comes along, lather, rinse, repeat.  They wed three months after meeting at a dinner party.  This is her pattern and it’s his too.  It would be like trusting a duck that promises you it won’t go back in the water.  You know it eventually will.  It’s a duck!