Posts Tagged ‘Will Durant’

Stalking the Accountant at the Finish Line

 

I see what you’re up to. Don’t even think about it.

Thursday this week was the due date for calendar year S corporations and partnerships. We are in the heart of tax season and your favorite accountant is feeling the strain. Stress is okay as workflow is moving reasonably well with a few notable exceptions I intend to rectify. The April 17th deadline looms.

 

Money was handed out this week: $100 to a subscriber and $100 to commenter.

Brett S. from Lake Havasu AZ is our subscriber winner. He took the PayPal cash transfer. Congratulations!

As a side note, Brett is a really lucky guy. He was the third person chosen, not the first. The name pulled out of the random generator hat would have been our first non-U.S. winner, but he/she had unsubscribed. The second name pulled also unsubscribed within the last few days. Yikes! Ya gotta be a current subscriber to win the subscriber drawing.

 

Our second winner is “Jason E. of Providence, RI (originally from Minnesota….and hope to get back to the Midwest soon)”. He took the Amazon gift card.

There were 186 comments in the last 30 days; Jason’s was number 117, the number the random number generator called as the winner. My comments are excluded from the drawing for obvious reasons. (Hey, look everybody. I won so I get to pay me!)

Here is the blog post with the winning comment.

This is the short and simple comment that put $100 in Jason’s pocket:

Thanks for the find. I will definitely be reviewing this within a short period of time.

Consider using an Amazon link from this blog with the winnings as it helps fill the coffers used to fund future drawings and gifts to charities.

 




What I’m Reading

An interesting short book I enjoyed this week is The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant.

 

What I’m Watching

I’ve never been a Suze Orman fan and this video didn’t help me think better of her. Of course, take anything you see online (actually anything from anywhere) with a grain of salt. It’s easy to manipulate facts in our modern age.

 

Every so often I go back and review a documentary on the 1929 stock market crash. It was such a fascinating time.

 

The water dispenser died on my fridge. A YouTube video and I’m off to do it myself, saving some serious dough.

 




What I’m Listening to

As regular readers know, my youngest daughter reached the age of majority this week. I’m having mixed feelings.

Here are two songs I listened to this week to reflect my melancholy.

 

I also found this nugget. I like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly theme song. When I saw this scroll through I expected a laugh. Was I surprised! The theme song finishes with The Ecstasy of Gold, another excellent song.

 

Have an awesome weekend, kind readers. See y’all on the other side.



My Side of the Desk

Will Durant, the great 20th Century American philosopher and historian wrote in the Preface of his Story of Civilization: The Age of Napoleon:

“By the middle of the twentieth century,” says the Encyclopaedia Britannica (XVI, 10a), “the literature on Napoleon already numbered more than 100,000 volumes.” Why add to the heap? We offer no better reason than to say the Reaper repeatedly overlooked us, and left us to passive living and passive reading…

And so it is with your favorite accountant. According to a “personal finance blog” Google search there are around 96,100,000 results. Surely a few of the entries are not personal finance blogs, but many are. So why add to the heap? Will Durant was 90 years old when he wrote those words; I am 51 as I contemplate them.

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