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Tax Time Approaches
It is getting to be that time of year . . .the dreaded income tax due date. I don’t know why I elevate my blood pressure as it approaches. Our taxes are pretty simple. But simple or not, I use the services of a Certified Public Accountant. I have all my adult life.
My father was a CPA and I guess my comfort level stems from that. When I was in my mid-20’s I used the services of a CPA who had purchased my father’s business. She was 40 miles away and I was earning around $7,000 a year. Still, that was my comfort level.
Fast forward to today and I use the services of my CPA, Karen. This is the twenty-fifth year. Again, my comfort level.
But getting ready for my visit to the CPA raises my blood pressure. This year is no exception.
It seems we are buried in a landfill of paper. This must of course be sorted and assembled by category. All in advance of the tax preparation interview. Thank goodness for computers!
So . . . I will share with you my latest tax preparation adventure.
Yesterday I was shuffling stacks of paper and recording the information in my computer. Have to be ready for the CPA tomorrow, you know!
There I was, typing away. My coffee was in easy reach. The screen was full of information.
I reached over for something and hit the coffee cup. Over it went, spilling its contents all over my keyboard.
“Cripps!!! It will short out the key board! AGGGH!”
Quickly I started blotting away with kleenex. There was coffee everywhere, on the papers, on the computer table and on the keyboard! Most of it was soaked up right away, but betwixt the keys on the keyboard, not in your life!
What to do? I did not want to short out the keyboard. I needed the keyboard to print the information for my CPA. What to do? What to do?
Now if you know me, you know that I can be resourceful in time of stress. Yesterday was no exception. I rose to the occasion.
“Hairdryer! That will work. Use a hairdryer!”
Now the only problem with this solution was the fact that I don’t have a hairdryer. Jeanette must have one, but she wasn’t home and I did not want to search around the bathroom to see if I could find one. Besides, in my studio I have tools for most any odd occasion. One of them is “A Master Heat Gun”. It is normally used to remove dried paint. It sort of looks like a hairdryer, doesn’t it?
So, “Hot damn! That will do the trick.”
And, it did. It dried it right up.
And, it melted the keyboard.
Just another tax preparation adventure! I have a new keyboard now.
I love tax time!
On a different topic
Last week I wrote about innovations that have come down in our language as generic terms, terms like “Kleenex”, meaning facial tissue or “Mixmaster” meaning electic kitchen mixer. In discussing it later, a friend suggested “stereo” for record players or digital sound systems. We were stumped about recent innovations that have become generic terms. And then she came up with “Google”. I think she’s got it. I think I’ll google it.
Can you suggest others?
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