You deserve a break today, for tomorrow you'll be broke.
It is a good day to prepare for the April 15th taxpayers' trauma by planning treats to see you through till filing time. You could invite 10 of your angriest friends for a re-staging of the Boston Tea Party, but it is probably best to spend the evening alone, or in the company of your deductions. p
One friend suggests there is no better way to celebrate -- oh inappropriate word -- than with an eat-while-you-work dinner of Texas Tacos: a platter of tacos and bowls of your favorite filling scattered among your receipts.
Or you might plan a symbolic evening of bread and water. Buy four or five small bottles of different mineral waters -- ones you haven't tried yet -- and have a water-tasting while you work. It's a much better idea than adding while addled with stronger stuff.
You are treating yourself, remember, and any weight you put on will be offset by your wallet's loss, so load up on really good breads: maybe the dark caraway-scented pumpernickel that the P Street Store, 2120 P St. NW, sells; a baguette of French bread and croissants from the Bread Oven, 1220 19th St. NW; a mound of the sweet, coconut-filled buns from the Jamaican Bakery, 2443 18th st. NW; and the dense fruit breads you find in healthfood restaurants.
Another possibility is to have your dinner delivered as you work your way through the W-2s and Schedule C's and "if line 13 is less than line 12, turn to page . . . ." and so on.
With the high price of both gas and wages, the number of places that still deliver in the evening has dwindled. But it is still possible for a troubled taxpayer to have a meal sent out.
To suit the occasion, order sweet and sour anything from one of two area Chinese restaurants:
Moon Palace, 3308 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 362-6645, will deliver to most of Northwest between 5 and 10 p.m., and if you live near the Shoreham hotel, you're probably within the two-mile delivery radius of Chin's Restaurant, 2614 Connecticut Ave. NW, 483-8400. They'll bring your meal between 5 and 9:30 p.m., and their menu is printed in the Yellow Pages.
Chic 'N Bucket at 3514 Connecticut Ave. NW, 966-2740, has fried chicken, pizza, subs, etc., and will deliver them to most areas in Northwest from 11 a.m. to midnight.
And for the true late-filer, Thrifty Carryout, at 501 Kennedy Ave. NW and 2916 Georgia Ave. NW, 332-4430, will send out food from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. They'll deliver ribs, barbecue, chicken, sandwiches, etc., to most areas to Northwest and to Northeast from Catholic University to the Silver Spring line.