TMI Tuesday -Sex is Life 



1. Have you ever tested someone’s love for you? What did you do? Did things turn out as you expected or hoped?

I don’t really believe in playing games with relationships so the idea of testing someone’s love is foreign to me. Having said that I have been married for 18 years and of course there have been many times when you would say that my relationship has been tested. We are still together so I guess you can say that things have turned out well.


2. Select the answer that best fits your experience. I have dated:

a. all the wrong people

b. romantic companions that were mostly a good fit for me.

c. people that were perfect fits–loves at first sight

d. not all that much, I mainly have had a lot of long term relationships

As I stated in question one I have been married for 18 years but prior to that I was mostly d. I didn’t really date all that much. Since we opened our marraige I have dated a lot but not in the traditional sense. The results of this dating are splashed all over this and my Erotic Adventures blog. I will leave you to do the research and make your own conclusion

3. Online dating: What is your success rate? What do you consider success?

So as I already said I date, primarily from online sources. Of course the motivation for this dating is not to find a relationship in the traditional sense. I am seeking sexual adventure and experiences that most people fantasise about, if they are brave enough. In terms of success it has been very hit and miss. I have written about both of these. I have been fortunate to have some extraordinary adventures but they have not been something that comes along every day. You really have to sort through a lot of rubble to find the gems. 


4. What sexual thing do you do most often that you could commit to doing everyday?

A realist will be very aware of the fact that doing something every day is a great way to make it a chore. Experience tells me that making anything sexual a chore is a good way to cause problems in your marraige, so sorry to be a party pooper but I am not going to entertain the idea of doing anything sexual every day.

5. What are your thoughts on love and lust?

There is definitely a difference between a lust based relationship and a love based relationship. The line when a relationship crosses from one realm into another is very, very blurry and differs from person to person and situation to situation. There is absolutely no way that real love resembles in any way the saccharine sweet Disney version of love that we are sold as children. In my experience real love is practical, it has lots of lumps and bumps and does not come in one size fits all. 

Lust is hot intense and rears its head in all sorts of situations. It is definitely a roller coaster ride and like all roller coasters great for a holiday treat but not something you necessarily want in your life every day.


Bonus: Are you searching for love or are you searching for attention?

I believe I have already found love with all of its imperfections, practicalities and pragmatism. I have built a partnership over 18 years that has raised children, built a comfortable life and sustained ourselves and a number of friends through some interesting times. I am searching now for the roller coaster ride. Maybe I have become a bit of a junkie or maybe a connoisseur but as I have said many times I am a goddess and, yes, it is all about me. 
As always make sure you head in over to the TMI Tuesday site for more TMI goodness. 

TMI Tuesday – Let’s Sext 


1. How often do you sext?

To answer this one I had to think for while about what the term sexting actually means. Maybe because it is 5.30am when I am writing this. So I have to answer that I would sext at least once a week. In fact the last time I sexted was two days ago and this is the image I sent;


The recipient was very appreciative. 

2. How many dick pics have you sent in the last 3 months? 6 months? Year?

I am a girl, last time I checked, so 1. I don’t have a dick in front of me 24/7 to take photos of and 2. I don’t have that primal urge that most men have to share images of their penis with everyone. So I will instead discuss how often I recieve dick pics. 

Until quite recently I received dick pics on a reasonably regular basis, considering, that I am 44 and married with 2 teenage children. However Mr Jones and I have closed the door to our relationship slightly and I am not interacting with single men that much at the moment. On top of that Pet has a lot happening in his life as well and that particular relationship has also cooled somewhat. So unfortunately I am not the recipient of sexy dick pics that much any more. Guys that is not an invitation. 

3. Do you prefer to send pics of your boobs or your vajayjay (aka pussy, in case you didn’t know)?

My preferred body part to photograph is my ass, see above. It is actually reasonably difficult to take a good photograph of your actual vulva, the vagina is on the inside girls. But personally I prefer sending pics that involve clothing, particularly knickers so if my vulva is involved it is usually covered. Sometimes the suggestion of what is concealed is more sexy that an image of the actual thing. 

4. Do you prefer to receive pics of boobs or a woman’s genitals?

Again I am not a guy, not really sure what is happening with the questions this week, so I prefer to recieve pictures of male body parts. I will say this in capital letters because it needs to be said this way, ON REQUEST OR WITH PRIOR ARRANGEMENT!!!!!!!!! Maybe I should also bold it. 

5. Dick pics, do you really think they are sexy?

Ohhhhhhhhh yes! Again the need for capitals, WHEN THEY ARE FROM PEOPLE I HAVE ALREADY MET AND HAVE AN ARRANGEMENT WITH!!!!!! I have always had a fascination with penises and I love to look at them. I also have a well documented weakness for watching men masturbate. One of the things Pet does which I love is send short videos of him cumming. I love listening to his breathing and the sounds he makes. It will make me wet every single time. 

6. Do you send unsolicited pics of your genitals?

No. Never. 

7. Are you more impressed and willing to get to know, meet-up with, date, or have sex with someone who presents a “good dick pic” or “nice tits” pic?

Remembering that I am already married, I don’t date with the agenda, hidden or otherwise, that I am looking for a life partner. So yes, having an appendage that I find attractive is a very important thing. If you have a tiny dick you have a lot of ground to make up in other areas. I don’t ‘date’ just the penis but it is a significantly important part of the whole package. 

Bonus: Just how sexy are you. 


This sexy. See photo in question 1. 

For more TMI goodness head on over to the TMI Tuesday website 

TMI Bonus Part Two 

So I kind of liked this set of TMI questions as well so I decided to extend the TMI double to s triple. 

BFFs, sex, and break-ups

  
1. Hey, how are you doing?

Not too bad actually. Getting to the pointy end of term which means an insane amount of work that needs to be packed into a ridiculously short space of time but the consolation is that I am facing two weeks of holidays coming at me. There has to be some perks associated with this job.

2. You are given a strong but soft to the touch (and on the skin) rope. What will you do? (pick just one). Explain your choice.

a. Throw it in the garage to use later to tie down a tarp or something.

b. Use it for indoor wall rock climbing.

c. Tie up your lover and have your way with him/her.

d. Lasso your secret crush and take them with you.

Definitely c). Why? Because it is rather intoxicating having that much power over someone and an even bigger turn on tantalising them with sensual pleasure punctuated with reminders that I have the power to cause pain. Life is meant to be lived on the edge. 

3. Give three reasons why you or anyone should masturbate.

  1. You are insanely horny. Not just waking up with an erection so to speak but that knawing feeling in the pit of your stomach that means your pelvis jerks involuntarily from time to time. 
  2. You have been wearing jeans or knickers all day that have a seam that just rubs you in that spot and you have teased yourself stupid with it.
  3. To remind a partner that they are not indispensable and that you are capable of giving yourself pleasure without any attached drama. 


4. Would you have sex with your best friend? Have you had sex with a best friend in the past? How’d that work out–did you stay friends?

Once, a very long time ago I did have sex with someone who was my “best friend”. It is probably worth mentioning that we did date for a little while before we became friends. I guess that is an indicator that there probably was some residual feelings left. Interestingly he was not particularly impressed when I started dating my husband and the last conversation I had with him was when I announced my engagement. At the time when we had sex I was under the impression that he was not interested in pursuing a relationship. However his reaction to my engagement kind of told me otherwise. Whatever was going on we have not spoken for about nineteen years. 

5. What are your top 5 reasons to break up with someone?

I am in a marraige that is getting close to celebrating its eighteenth anniversary so my answers to this question are going to be more focussed on breakups of non-primary romantic type relationships.

  1. It is no longer enough about me. This applies to play or friends with benefits. I am a fairly accomodating and very keen to make other people happy but Gemma Jones is a sex goddess and she deserves some worship. If that isn’t happening then I am off to find a more deserving worshipper.
  2. They are draining my emotional energy. Some people always seem to have some kind of drama happening in their life. These are people who are always grateful for emotional support but who always seem to be absorbed in their own drama and can’t return the favour when you need it. 
  3. They are always complaining about their problems but never seem to want to get off their arse and do something about it. Seriously, maybe the reason you are always broke is because you spend your money on stupid crap! Maybe instead of complaining about the job you hate you should go out and get a new one.
  4. They are just idiots. I spend a lot of my working day dealing with teenagers and adults who don’t seem to possess basic life skills. I don’t need to be doing that in my leisure time. If you can’t make intelligent conversation that holds my attention you are going to lose me. In fact sometimes conversation is overrated. If you want to fuck then don’t waste a lot of my play time with conversation. 
  5. Like the cartoon says, they just stop calling. I am extremely self conscious about pushing myself on to people. So if I don’t get a response when I text or message and I get turned down when I try to make plans to catch up I will stop calling and asking. 

Bonus: Post an image you find erotic? What about it arouses you?

  

This is actually a photo that was part of some wallpaper in a pub that Mr Jones and I visited recently. I think that there isn’t enough sexual images of men that have a heterosexual focus in the general public domain. What I love about this image is the shyness of him but the fact that he is still being sexual. It makes me want to explore him. 

TMI – Sexy is as Sexy Does

  
1. What is your kissing technique?

Erm….. You put your lips on the lips of the other person and then stuff happens???? I don’t really have a specified technique. It depends a fair bit on the other person. 

2. When do you feel most sexy? 

When I am fucking and there are other people standing around watching me. It is one of my guilty pleasures that I am a terrible exhibitionist and I really get off on knowing that other people are watching me and getting turned on by what I am doing.

3. Which of these most resembles you? 

  1. I exude male sexiness
  2. He-man, think sexy lumberjack
  3. Call me the ladies man
  4. Curvy sexy and all woman
  5. Tomboy, kitten with a whip type
  6. Girl next-door
  7. Sexy nerd

Definitely curvy, sexy and all woman. There are times when I fantasise about being the kitten with the whip type but in all honesty I am just all about being a sex goddess and being worshipped. 

4 What makes for a sexy meal?

I love food. There are not many cuisine types that I don’t enjoy. As far as sexy food? Anything that looks good on the plate and doesn’t dissapoint when eaten is sexy. A sexy meal? Something like this is pretty hot.

  

5. What are some of your seduction techniques?

I like to wear clothing that I think looks hot. Read that as short, revealing and if you are that way inclined, slutty. I am slowly acquiring a collection of what vanilla people would refer to as stripper shoes. Some men who I have met have given very positive feedback on my clothing although some have commented that their first impression of me is that I am ‘out of their league’ which I find a bit weird. Several women have commented that they find me a bit intimidating. Sometimes I think maybe I should tone it down a little but when I do feel fake. So I guess I am not for the faint hearted. Neither am I a man eater. I only bite if you ask me to.

6. What’s sexier and why? 

  1. Beer
  2. Wine
  3. Mixed alcoholic beverage
  4. Iced tea.

Sexy is not really about what you are drinking as such. Sexy is about the way you hold yourself and like true beauty it comes from within.a person can be drinking beer and be sexy and the same applies to all of the beverages listed above. On the flip side a person can be drinking all of the above beverages and come accross as a complete loser. 

Bonus: Are you hot as in sexy? How can you share your sexiness with the world?

Without sounding egotistical I have been told by a number of people that I am hot. I don’t always believe this feedback but I am working on accepting compliments more. 

As for sharing my sexiness with the world, I think that this blog is a big part of that. As is my Twitter feed. There are a small number of people who I totally enjoy swapping sexiness with. I don’t feel the need to share with an excessive number of people but I am very much enjoying the experiences that I do have. 

As always you can check out more TMI goodness on the TMI site. 

The Corruption of Mrs Jones – The TMI Post I Thought I had Lost!!!

I have been off the radar for a couple of weeks. But as I was bumming around on the internet enjoying a celebratory Friday beverage I decided to check out this week’s TMI. The topic appealed to me and so here is a sleep deprived, Friday evening attempt at a sexual biography. 

I was a late starter. I made entirely through high school without losing my virginity. This was probably due to a lack of opportunity rather than a lack of interest or a particularly strong desire to be virtuous. Looking back now with the wisdom of age and hindsight I think being a ‘brain’, as we referred to them, with coke bottle glasses and absolutely no social skills that was locked in a boarding school probably saved me from being ‘that girl’ that everyone talked about with apparent disdain but secret awe. 

In a lot of ways I have been making up for it ever since. I am not the owner of a particularly high sex drive but I have always been open minded about sex and things sexual. This has led me to have some adventures that make a lot of Vanilla people’s eyes pop out. Especially when living as my alter ego, Gemma. The journey from 17 year old virgin to 42 year old part-time sex goddess has been long and involved a stop along the way to birth and refer to school age two children. For a couple of years I was a stay at home mum to school age children and a full time Sex Goddess. That was when my adventures peaked. Mostly in the form of meeting various men, some of them strangers, for adventures in change rooms, parks, at swinger’s parties and the like. I have ticked off many ‘standard’ fantasies; group sex (with as many as 20 people in the ‘group’), jelly wrestling (that was a bit weird), sex with multiple women, sex with multiple men, double penetration, blindfold sex, BDSM parties and sex with people that I never actually introduced myself to. 

I have sold used underwear, been the recipient of ‘tribute photos’ with said underwear, tied up men, spanked men, fisted women and men, experienced double penetration both double vaginal and anal / vaginal, enjoyed more spit roasts than I can count and attended parties where I fucked every single person at the party, both male and female including my husband. I have laid on a bar and let everyone in the club eat cream and choloclate sauce off me and probably a bunch of stuff that has slipped my mind. 

I love giving head and thanks to the attentions of Pet and another friend I have recently discovered the joys of rimming. At the moment my favourite things are; watching Mr Jones eat other men’s cum off me while he is fucking me, teasing Pet in any way that comes to mind, exploring the boundary between pleasure and pain (Pet’s pain my pleasure ) and giving head to random people in swinger’s clubs. 

I could go on but I think I have well and truly exceeded the 250 word limit. I tend to use this blog as a bit of a confessional booth so if you stay tuned there is a good chance that I will be sharing stories of my exploits as they happen in the future. 

As for the BONUS question: I haven’t frequented public transport much since I got my first car at age 21. So despite my varied exploits I have to say no. However now that I think about it I may have to add this to the Fucket list and give it a go at some time in the future. 

Make sure you hop along to the TMI page and check out the other confessions… Erm I mean Biographies! 

TMI Tuesday – A Few Random Questions

  
This week is a collection of randomness with no real theme. As always head on over to the TMI Page to check out the other entries.

1. When you first skied down the slopes of love with your significant other were you a:

  • a. bunny hill beginner
  • b. a seasoned ski bum
  • c. black diamond risk-taker pulling out all the tricks and inversions

I would like to say that I was a black diamond risk-taker but I don’t think I ever was a black diamond anything. But I was definitely seasoned enough to know the difference between a fling and the real deal. As far as tricks I was determined not to play any mind games. It has worked well for 17 years 

2. If you had a sexual encounter in a taxi cab and the meter was running, costing you $1 per minute. How much would that cab ride cost you?

How long is a piece of string? There are some sexual partners I can think of who would cost me $5 and others who would end up costing me about $60 or possibly even more.

3. Who has the better sense of humor, you or your significant other?
That probably depends on who you ask. Mr Jones thinks he is hilarious but if you don’t know him well it can be difficult to tell when he is joking and when he is serious. I have been known to have flashes of comedic genius but my most enthusiastic audience at the ese moments were five year olds so I guess you need to wonder if it really was comedic genius.

4. What is the weirdest part of your nightly bedtime routine?

I don’t really know. I don’t consider anything I do before I go to bed weird. The only possibility is texting good night to Pet and sometimes to another male friend who I have known for several years but never met in person. Actually the texting good night is not the weirdest part of that relationship. The weirdest part of that relationship is that it exists in the first place. Someone I met on a facebook flirting app has had a sustained Internet and texting relationship over about four years and neither of us is ever intending to meet in person. That is just a little weird. 

5. Fill in the blank: I can’t stand to be called ______ .

In the interests of protecting my identity I can’t really say it but during my tormented high school boarding experience I had a nick name that I hated then and have not come to terms with yet. It was a play on my name and not really unflattering but it reminds me of a time I would rather forget. Recently a colleague unknowingly used the same name for me and was mortified when I informed her of my experiences. She is nothing like the girls who made my life miserable all those years ago but it didn’t stop some of the emotions that came back when I heArd those words. 

6. What household item do you use and never put back where it belongs?

Mr Jones complains that I never put the milk back in the fridge after I have used it but I think he is imagining that. Otherwise I am the ‘put shit back where you found it’ Nazi. Because as the Mother of the household I spend a large chunk of my life locating lost items for people. 

In a post script that come to mind as I was editing this post I remembered that I am appealing at putting my sex toys away. They often get slipped under my pillow after use and stay there for several days before I clean them and put them back. 

Bonus: The first bed you ever had sex in, was it twin, double, queen, king -sized or some other size?

I lost my virginity in a double bed that belonged to the guy I was with. That story in itself is a sad tale of approval seeking  which I may tell at another time. I will say that the majority of my earlier sexual experiences involved many scenarios that weren’t beds. Mainly because as a teenager you don’t exactly live in your own home furnished with adult sized furniture. Nor do you have a lot of privacy in the homes that you DO inhabit. 


TMI Tuesday – Some Sexy Stuff 

A bit of a mixed bag this week but mostly sexy none the less. As always make sure you visit the TMI site for more revelations. 

1. Tell us something you have dreamed of doing for a long time, why have you not done it?

I have wanted to travel to Canada for many years. At first the thing that was stopping me was fear and indecisiveness. Then I got married and had children. At this point in time the things that are stopping me are time, money and children. It costs a lot to take four people to the other side of the globe so I guess Mr Jones and I are just marking time until the children are old enough to fend for themselves, at least for a few weeks.


2. Would you take advice from a porn star? If yes, what type of advice would you like to hear.

I think the only thing I would like advice on from a porn star is deep throating. I have a facination with giving head and I have been very slowly working my way towards being able to deep throat properly especially those gentlemen like Mr Jones who have a significant girth. 

  

3. What is the sexiest thing about your boss?

I considered this question for quite a while and I have to honestly say that I don’t find any part of her sexy. There is a co-worker however who I do find very sexy. He is a very fit individual and I do find myself admiring his body when the opportunity arises. 


4. Name something you need for a foursome (and I’m not talking about golf).

Three men. I can’t believe you even had to ask that question! 


5. What is the brand of condoms currently in your possession (in your home or on your person)?

I find that latex seems to irritate me if I use it for an extended length of time so I carry “Skyns” which are made by Ansell. Due to sizing issues Mr Jones prefers “Naked”  which are made by Four Seasons. 

   

  


Bonus: Tell us a sex act/behavior that you simply will not do. Why?

Anything to do with scat. I think my reasons would be fairly self explanatory but in case you are wondering I spend a large part of my career educating people about hygiene and cleanliness. In my very firm opinion faeces is not for playing with AT ALL. 

TMI Tuesday – Just TMI

  

Not exactly posting on Tuesday but still good for a read. 

As always head on over to the TMI site to read more TMI goodness. 

1. When was the last time someone you were talking to crossed the boundary into TMI? How did you handle it?I was recently at a market stall looking at some clothing when the stall owner admired a pair of imitation Dr Martens I was wearing. When I told her that they were fakes her reply was to lean in and conspirationally say “just like my orgasms”. At 8am on Saturday morning that was a bit too much. I responded by telling her that if she had to fake then she needed to get a new partner to which she responded “I just got engaged, bit of a pain really”. 

Some people just don’t know how to quit while they are ahead. 

2. When was the last time you were talking and realized you had crossed into TMI? How did the other person react? What did you do next?

I am a champion at talking myself into trouble. Over time I have learned to filter the material my brain feeds to my mouth but sometimes during periods of sustained stress I have been known to have severe mouth – brain filter malfunction. A specatcular example of this was last year when I was having a conversation with a manager, at a school I was working at. I had recently completed my contract and was working in a relief capacity. I had been told in no uncertain terms that the chances of me getting a contract at the start of the next school year were quite slim. This manager thought she was being positive when she stated,

“It is a shame your contract didn’t get extended but at least you are getting some relief work,” 

To which I replied,

“To be honest I would rather have a proper job,” 

I didn’t hang around long enough to see what her reaction would be when she digested what I had just said but suffice to say things were quite awkward and I was VERY glad I wasn’t in the position of having to beg for relief work the following school year. 

3. Which subject matter is mostly TMI to you, i.e. you don’t want to hear?

  1. Sex
  2. Medical treatment or history
  3. Bodily functions
  4. Icky food
  5. Finances
  6. Political opinions
  7. Other – Tell us

Bodily functions have the biggest ick factor for me. For some reason hearing about someone’s bowel habits is really just TMI!!!!!!!

  
4. Do you ever entice people into TMI, such as try to get them to share something that should be private?

I have to say no to this one. As a teacher I often find myself in a position the involves students divulging stories about their lives that really should not be shared in the public domain. I know a lot of teachers who have a story of a student sharing an experience with the whole class that would absolutely mortifying that particular students parents. It is really worth remembering that you cannot un-hear something once it has been said. 

5. Do you enjoy swapping TMI tales–“I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours?”

One of the questions I sometimes ask at clubs and parties as a conversation starter is “What is your deepest, darkest fantasy?” In those settings I truly believe that there isn’t much that would shock me or make me wish I hadn’t asked. I also love to hear what makes other people truly aroused. Information like this is what has made the sexual connection I have with Pet so intense. Sometimes though the people I am speaking with are still stuck in vanilla mode and I find their responses leave me a little cold. On the flip side of that my responses can leave the Vanilla people a little freaked out. 

Bonus: How do you feel about Pope Francis embracing “climate change” climate science?
It totally floored me that I was reading this question in this forum less than two hours after I had been attending a workshop based on “Laudato Si”. In response to the question I think it is important to keep in mind that this encyclical which outlines the basis of Pope Francis’ environmental thinking includes a very strong message linking care for underprivileged with care for our world. I believe that his message is not just about reducing fossil fuel consumption but is more basic than that. I believe he is bringing into the modern world the message of St Francis of Assisi, whose name he has adopted, of living a simple life and caring for those in our world who don’t have the capacity to care for themselves entirely. This includes “Our sister Mother Earth“, animals and the underprivileged of our world. 

  

TMI Tuesday – Three is a Charm

  
Hello and welcome to Tuesday. I liked these questions and somehow I managed to find some time to actually sit down and answer them!

As always make sure you head over to the TMI page for more TMI revelations 

1. You are interviewing someone to be your lover, what are the 3 most important questions you will ask?

Funnily enough I have been involved in a large number of coffee dates that would equate to an interview for a lover. So here goes;

a) What exactly are you looking for? 

This is pretty important. It is also important to have confidence that the interviewee is being honest and up front.

b) How do you feel about being naked and potentially in close proximity to another man (my husband)?

This is a deal breaker. If a man is not comfortable being naked in the same bed as my husband they are not going to get past the coffee date 

c) How do you feel about public or semi public sex? 

This is not necessarily a deal breaker but someone who is comfortable in perusing opportunities for public sex is definitely going to have a higher chance of success. 

2. You are interviewing people to be your personal servant/valet. What are the 3 most important questions you will ask?
This was an interesting one. Initially I could only think of things that I don’t really need to ask about like what their ass looks like etc but after considering it more I did come up with a few things.

a) What is your opinion on non-Monogamy? 

b) Are you open to the idea of being involved in a less professional interaction? Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, 😉😉

c) How do you feel about being naked and in close proximity to me and my husband? 

3. You are selecting a pet for you or your family. What are the 3 most important criteria?

a) Do we already have one of them? 

b) How will the new pet’s presence affect all of the other animals that live with us. 

Chickens, guinea pigs, geese, cats, budgies and fish in case you were wondering.

  
c) How will the potential new pet affect the garden around our house.

We live on acreage and I have vetoed getting a pet pig because I don’t want my landscaping destroyed any more than it already has been by the poultry. I will also mention that historically our pet selection has also been influenced strongly by coming accross an orphan or discarded animal.

4. Name 3 good things you did yesterday.

I must be a terrible person because I can’t think of even one good thing I did yesterday.  

5. Name 3 bad things you ate yesterday.

Chocolate, I keep a bag of Freddo Frogs in my desk ostensibly as prizes for classroom competitions but it does come in handy sometimes.

  
 For dinner I had two minute noodles at 10pm which is when I got home from pole dancing class. This was washed down with a Jack Daniels and coke. Technically that is not something bad to eat but it is TMI Tuesday so I am allowed to bend the rules a little. 

Bonus: It is said that bad these happen in threes. What was your last episode of 3 bad things?

Much like the good deeds question I don’t really keep tabs on the bad things that happen to me. So I don’t really notice patterns on bad luck or bad things that happen to me. 

Only Two Things in Life are Certain

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I am guessing it must be tax time in The United States as this is the topic of this week’s TMI. Not a particularly sexy topic but them’s the breaks.

I would encourage you to have a look at some of the other contributions this week as I am sure that they will be much more interesting than mine!

1. Are taxes levied where you live?
Absolutely. Australia has one of the highest levels of taxation in the world. The average Australian pays about 30% of their income directly as tax as well as a large range of other indirect taxes including Goods and Services Tax which is 10% of the price of all non-essential foods and services retailed here. So it would not be unreasonable to estimate that between 40 and 50% of our income is paid out in some form of tax.

For this astronomical amount of money we are privileged to have fully publicly funded health and education systems and a social welfare system that is more extensive than many other first world countries. No doubt much of our hard earned money gets wasted on beaurocracy but “such is life”

2. Do you pay your taxes?
Income tax in Australia is deducted directly from most people’s income by their employer before it is paid to them so a regular person who works for a company is generally unable to avoid paying that portion of their tax. Goods and Services tax is levied at the checkout and so again is unavoidable.

Of course there are ways to avoid paying income tax especially if you are self employed or a portion of your income is raised from investments but these are usually the domain of more wealthy people such as Kerry Packer

3. This year will you owe taxes or do you expect a refund?
Sadly I will not be receiving a refund. Most employers are careful only to deduct the necessary amount of tax required. In addition our family investments mean that I usually owe the Australian Taxation Office a certain amount of money.

4. Have you already filed your taxes?
Our financial / taxation year ends on 30 June. So we don’t have to lodge our tax return for a few months yet.

5. You are getting a tax refund, which ONE of these would you most likely do with the money?
a. pay off credit cards
b. contribute to retirement savings
c. go on vacation
d. shop for something (car, clothes, household items, etc)

As a rule we don’t plan for windfalls like tax returns and so any money that come from such things just gets put into the general slush fund. I guess you could call it saving for retirement.

6. Sometimes you just need to be frivolous, and if you get a windfall from a tax refund, which of ONE of these things would you most likely do? Why?
a. have a big party
b. loan it to family or a friend
c. spend a weekend at an adults-only erotic resort
d. gamble (Lottery tickets, casino)

Of course spend it at an adults – only erotic resort. It is an experience that I have yet to have but it is definitely on my fucket list.

Bonus: If you could be a circus performer, which act would you be? (I know, soooo random!)
You are right, very random. I guess given my real life past time of pole dancing I would be some kind of acrobatic performer maybe flying trapeze. On the other hand I think and elephant trainer would also be a pretty cool thing to be.

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