There are 3 types of people in the US today

In Alignment, Luck, Uncategorized on April 15, 2015 at 5:10 pm

In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m borrowing a title from one of my past blog posts to see if I get any near as many visitors or readers as I did when I wrote There are 3 types of people in the world. So here goes …

Check out the link to Tax Day Freebies  below.

Check out the link to Tax Day Freebies below.

Today is Tax Day 2015. And, I figure that there are 3 types of people in the United States:

Type 1: Those who have already filed their tax returns with the IRS and have either received a refund or have settled up with paying “Uncle Sam” what he is owed. I do hope that your refund was large enough for you to treat yourself, perhaps enjoying a good meal out with family or friends. For those who owe money to Uncle Sam, read on.

Type 2: Those who are weighing the PROs and CONs of requesting an extension. To whom I say, “good luck.” Do consult a trusted tax advisor and from what others have told me, it’s a wise two-part strategy to a) ask for the extension, and b) pay what you can as early as you can so as to avoid additional penalties and to minimize interest-related fees.

… For anyone who’s looking to eat free or enjoy a discount on Tax Day meals, check out: How to Eat for Free on Tax Day.

Type 3: Those who wish that the US Congress will cut the budget for the IRS. This may be so that the IRS cannot chase down the average citizen who avoids, struggles, or refuses to pay their fair share in taxes. Others may say that we should keep IRS staffers busy enforcing the laws that govern corporate tax collection.

… Where do I stand? Into which category do I fit?

At one time or another, I’ve fallen into each type. This year the return was filed early and a small refund was sent and received. Luckily, not all of it has been spent. In other years, my wife and I have owed Uncle Sam and/or needed more time to account for our taxes. And as for Type 3 thinking. I’m all for funding the IRS just enough to do their jobs — and not a penny more!

It was clearly a trap. And I walked right into an ambush.

In American Sniper, Communication, Facilitating Genius on April 1, 2015 at 7:50 pm

The Girl Scout Cookie TrapI was doing so well. I had dropped 8 pounds since starting my diet and exercise program, which coincidentally was timed with the Lenten season. I had given up a few of my favorite snacks for Lent. I was outdoors more often than not going on 30, 45, 60-minute, or longer hikes along Route 234 or occasionally ventured into the woods.

And then it happened.

It was clearly a trap. And I walked right into an ambush.

One pair of girls was walking down the opposite side of the street. I noticed that they were carrying over-sized shopping bags. And on my side there was another child pulling her wagon and accompanied by her mother. The wagon was loaded with cookies.

Girl Scout cookies are the secret weapon of the diet saboteur.

Now sometimes when you walk down our street and you’re face to face with a neighbor and their large dog, the dog walkers will move into the street or shorten the leash so as to allow you to pass smoothly by. Not so with this band of mercenaries.

How did I know they were mercenaries?

They were wearing uniforms and had me in their sights.

Damn it. I had not forgotten to carry my wallet nor my iPhone.

Could I get that iPhone out in time and pretend that I was speaking to my wife, my mother, or my children?

Too late! The little blond girl quickened her pace as her mother was in support pulling that red wagon.

“Mister?!?! … Do you want to buy some Girl Scout cookies?”

Target. Cease fire.

“What’s your #1 and #2 best seller?”

“Thin Mints and Do-Si-Dos.”

“Thank you, I’ll take one of each.”


Situation Report: There a sleeve of each type cookie missing from those boxes.

Drat! And I didn’t even make it to Easter, let alone Good Friday.

Juliette Gordon Low was a sales genius.

She created a army of irresistibly successful future entrepreneurs.




Into the Woods

In Active Learning, Alignment, Leave Your Comfort Zone on March 29, 2015 at 1:18 am

INTO THE WOODS.001How often do you place yourself in new territory?

How often to you venture into the unknown?

When all alone in a place you’ve never visited before, what knowledge, tools, or techniques do you use to find your way back to a safe place?

And when you stop to think about it, are we ever truly in mortal danger? Hmmmm … Perhaps there’s the one in a million chance that a tree limb might fall and end your hike. But are we not better served to focus on simply listening to the wind or keeping our eyes and ears open for signs of wild life while enjoying ourselves on a sunny day hiking peacefully in a National Park?

NOTE: Not all tales conclude with “happily ever after.” But until you take those first few steps, you’ll never know how the story ends let alone enjoy the journey.


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