Discussion:Has anyone noticed?

From TaxAlmanac, A Free Online Resource for Tax Professionals
Note: You are using this website at your own risk, subject to our Disclaimer and Website Use and Contribution Terms.

From TaxAlmanac

Jump to: navigation, search

Discussion Forum Index --> General Chat --> Has anyone noticed?


RoyDaleOne (talk|edits) said:

12 December 2012
Has anyone noticed, that lately, some of the comments have taken on a sharp edge or is it my imagination?

Podolin (talk|edits) said:

12 December 2012
Lately?

Kyea (talk|edits) said:

12 December 2012
The "Trolls" will find a way.

SashkaCPA (talk|edits) said:

12 December 2012
Comments by newbies like me or by old-timers?

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

12 December 2012
In the tax forum or here in chat?

PollyAdler (talk|edits) said:

12 December 2012
Very invigorating morning. I just condemned Maryh to the consumer forum.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

12 December 2012
Rather Grinch of you, Polly.....

PHIL MOODY (talk|edits) said:

12 December 2012
I have notice that in prior years, starting about Thanksgiving, HOW THE GRENCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, and CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS was on about every other night. So far this year, Charlie has been on only once, which I missed, and I have not seen the Grench.

What gives?

My favorite two shows. Something is going on, and as we say down here, it aint right, theres a yankee in there sommers.

PollyAdler (talk|edits) said:

12 December 2012
I haven't seen my favorite shows either, and I've noticed I have no trouble finding a parking spot at the malls. They better get the old favorites on the air, or risk a serious downturn in Christmas sales. And no, Hollywood, I will not buy the video. I want to see them for free like I used to see them (well, not exactly free what with my extortive cable bill.)

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

12 December 2012
If you're referring to Discussion:Proceeds from farm sale, RD1, you might be interested in hearing the backstory.

The OP had posted this exact same question 4 times on this forum. Trillium had deleted 3 as duplicates (triplicates? quadruplicates?) because it is against the policy to multiple post on this site. Furthermore, multiple posts are extremely inefficient, as they waste space on the 'recent discussions' page, and don't allow continuity where answerers can't see prior answers of others. They are just rude to those trying to help, as well as those who want to learn by reading old posts via the yellow box, really.

At the same time, I opened the remaining discussion, to find that the OP'er had made an edit which completely removed all of his question. Thinking he would re-post, I merely deleted the unreadable discussion.

Trillium then asked me whether this was intentional to delete all of his posts on the subject, since Trillium had just deleted the other 3.

I then went back, and restored the OP's first, un-edited post for that 4th discussion, so that he could get the benefit of answers to his question.

When a discussion is deleted then restored, the forum does not show the OP name in the discussion list. What's more, until there is a response, the discussion won't even show up in the recent discussion list until a reply is posted.

Therefore I answered his question. Seeing that he was indeed a tax professional, and not a consumer, I gave him the correct answer, along with my concern that he seemed to misunderstand some very basic tax concepts (capital gain). I further pointed out where he should research to correct any basis misunderstandings.


If you felt I was rude in spending more than 15 minutes making sure that his question wasn't completely deleted (because of his own editing mistake and rude re-posting of 4 discussions of the same question), or that his question didn't deserve to be answered and therefore I should have left it deleted, or left it invisible on the recent discussion list, or that I didn't correctly answer his question fully and completely, please post a message to my talk page, and we can discuss this. I certainly won't waste my time in the future 'helping' ensure that those things don't happen.

OR, maybe you would be interested in volunteering some time to help moderate the forum and you can do the background work and be chided for doing so.

I may have misinterpreted, and maybe you are referring to some other recent discussion. If so, could you please point that out to me?

RoyDaleOne (talk|edits) said:

12 December 2012
I see now that what I wrote did not convey the question I had. So I will try to correct that impression.

It the tax forum, has anyone noticed, that lately, some of the comments have taken on a edgy aspect, or cutting, or is it my imagination?

Kevin:

This is a link to one, however, there are more comments that could be referenced, it is not the only one.

http://www.taxalmanac.org/index.php/Discussion:Gifting_S_corp_stock_to_employee_and_valuation

My question is very "narrow" in that it is concerning the "tone" of the conservation conveyed.

The civility in the comments is very important to me. So I am asking the question.

I may be more sensitive to the tone of some of the comments then other members of the forum and if so I apology.

PollyAdler (talk|edits) said:

12 December 2012
According to the Abcnews website, even Santa was seen running for his life during the Oregon mall shooting. It is reported that his "costume" and beard remained intact, so I assume that Crackamas Mall featured the real Santa, or one of his relatives.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, he is alive, and Christmas will proceed as scheduled, assuming there are no more mass murder attempts at the Crackamas Mall.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

12 December 2012
I do see some edgy comments there, Roy. I also know that several people who routinely do give good accurate answers have an edge. I have had to work to not get personally offended when they answer me. But in the end they were still accurate answers. I'm a big boy and can take the edge. Some people might not have as thick of skin as I do.

RoyDaleOne (talk|edits) said:

12 December 2012
Kevin, thanks for your response. You have added to my question. Why should you be the one have a thick skin, and be the one not to get personally offended? By your comment you were offended, but did it take you being a big boy to show your professional manners?

Good accurate answers, but sometimes not the only good accurate answers.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

12 December 2012
Here is a classic ChrisK issued today:

"Don't forget, the yellow box has been enhanced with VRT (Voice Recognition Technology), so move close to your computer screen and speak into the yellow box. Works best through a straw."

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

12 December 2012
I'm here for the information, Roy. My mind is like a sponge, wanting to soak all the tax knowledge in. Sometimes, the people willing to share the knowledge have character. Personally, I'd rather have correct information and have to put up with character than to have no answers, or worse, wrong answers, from people with better social behavior.

Ukbones (talk|edits) said:

13 December 2012
I cringe when glimpsing at some of my prior posts. At times, sarcasm and ribbing don't convey well but it's the poster's responsibility. I'm thick skinned but I don't expect the same of others.

Fsteincpa (talk|edits) said:

13 December 2012
I only try to pick on Kevin, as I know he knows I jest.

And yeah, that one thread was quite testy. Edgy even. Not sure if it's all the time, more like specific times and maybe these people have a history of disagreements.

Kevin is on point that all should have thick skin. I don't pretend to know everything or even to be good at remember the stupid numbers and things, but I love reading here because I do absorb things from the back and forth. That is part of the reason I stick up for the newbie repeat question askers who might not have used the yellow box, because a new discussion a year or 3 later that offers different viewpoint can sometimes illuminate things. I don't want this place to be wikipedia where nothing new is added because it's all been stated before.

And, as always I ramble on.

Can't wa ll just get along.

NMexEA (talk|edits) said:

13 December 2012
Sure. We COULD. But where's the fun in THAT?

Ukbones (talk|edits) said:

13 December 2012
I don't condone the "put-downs" but good forums need characters and this forum has many. Imagine a TA without Kevin's irritation at the dust gathering on the yellow-box.

Fsteincpa (talk|edits) said:

13 December 2012
lol. I do agree with the characters and the minor edginess. The one thread they posted seemed a bit over the top, but, by the same token, I think highly of the posters who are going at it, and I would imagine it's more a matter of how they feel towards each others verbal parries.

Being one not even able to argue within that one particular thread because my knowledge isn't to the point of any one of those old geezers, it's not a threat to me from the being worried if I chimed in aspect. anyone with the requisite knowledge to chime in probably wouldn't be too worried as well.

Differences of opinions and varied discourse increases the knowledge of all involved.

SashkaCPA (talk|edits) said:

13 December 2012
Minor edginess? This is public forum. If I didn't send you private message then there is no need to answer question if you do not feel like answering.

If I’d go for example to any auto forum and post a question: “how to remove spark plugs?” in most cases someone who’s been around that forum either will provide me with a link to a similar question already answered by someone before or will give me detailed explanation such as:

1. Remove cover. 2. Unplug orange wire. 3. Use socket # 21 to remove spark plug.

Here what you get on Tax almanac:

1. Do you even know how to handle tools? I do not think you know how to open a hood since you didn’t fill out your profile. And use yellow box next time. 2. You didn't tell us how you are going to pull orange wire 3. Can you even see a wire?

Next reply:

1. I see that you updated your profile and have some tools but you need to know how to ask question right. 2. Next time make sure you ask question right because you should be asking how to get to spark plug and not how to remove it.

MWPXYZ (talk|edits) said:

13 December 2012
Good thing you corrected that missspelling.

Podolin (talk|edits) said:

14 December 2012
Good thing you corrected that missspelling.

Actionbsns (talk|edits) said:

14 December 2012
And now another reason to come to TA regularly - I now know how to change a spark plug. YAY! I once installed push rods in a 68 Boss 429 Mustang. No idea what they are, nor could I do it again, but I just might be able to change the spark plugs. I'm so glad.

PHIL MOODY (talk|edits) said:

14 December 2012
I know the yellow box is useful, but sometimes, the law/regulations/court cases change and I like to know what people think now. Also, I have answered some questions, perhaps with too much starch, or too few words.

Sometimes, I am in a hurry, and believe a little response is better than none.

I put on my by-pass list those people that give recommendations, such as pulling the orange wire, and the only orange wire my vehicle goes to the battery, and the only tools I have are a screw driver and a pair of pliers?

I admire those on the board that can quote code/reg by the numbers in support of their position.

Ukbones (talk|edits) said:

14 December 2012
Asking a poorly thought-out or repetitive question on a motorcycle forum will bring a tirade of insults directed mainly toward your intelligence, genitals, mother and then grandmother. In that order.

MWPXYZ (talk|edits) said:

14 December 2012
Sorry, should have been "Good thing you done went and corrected that missspelling"

Couldn't remember if the word had 1 or 2 "s"s; so i put both in.

The last time I changed spark plugs was in a desperate attempt to avoid a visit to a garage. However, the trouble was much more serious. My initial efforts however, started a spirited argument between 2 (certified) mechanics on the use of "dielectric grease".

I suppose there is a difference in portraying "the" important elements involved in a business decision and portraying the individual who has a different assessment of those important elements. But, it is a stressful time of year.

Ukbones (talk|edits) said:

14 December 2012
You put three in.

Would you please translate the last paragraph to English? You're agitating the dead.

"I suppose there is a difference in portraying "the" important elements involved in a business decision and portraying the individual who has a different assessment of those important elements."

"Discuss the facts not the source(s)" maybe?

Taocpa (talk|edits) said:

2012-12-14
I know my posts sometimes contain "edgy" comments. It's only because I have a sarcastic sense of humor, among other things.

I know some posts may seem trivial to some, but not to others. There are also some of us who, due to situations beyond our control, post questions "asked and answered" already. If that happens, it is nice when someone posts a link to the previous discussion.

Just my humble opinion.

Tom

Sumwun (talk|edits) said:

14 December 2012
There is one important factor that has not been discussed yet. If the discussion linked to by RD1 had been held in the bar after a professional meeting, it probably wouldn't have been a big deal. Body language would have told the participants (and onlookers) a whole lot more than can be conveyed online. In this case, I suspect the argument would have come across as much more civil than appears in writing. I base that view on my experiences and observations on boards such as these and in chatrooms (where, incidentally, I met my wife of eleven years). However, others will have different experiences to me and some will be scared away by talk that they perceive to be little short of venomous.

So what do we do? Fred says that we shouldn't scare away the newbies. He's right. Ukbones observes that this forum would be poorer for a lack of characters. Right again. Online interaction is intense and misunderstandings get magnified as a result. I think it does us all good to reflect on the effect of those interactions occasionally and, perhaps, to modify our behavior just a bit. In conclusion, therefore, thank you RD1 for taking the time to start this useful discussion.

MWPXYZ (talk|edits) said:

14 December 2012
1+2 =3

I suppose "Discuss the facts not the source(s)" is more succinct, but the edgy discussions are more about what are the important elements/issues than "facts".

Today, unfortunately; I wish I could agitate the dead.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

14 December 2012
Much of the discussion often is ferreting out the facts. The edginess often arises because it is impossible to argue facts when all the facts are not given at the start, but have to be dragged out of the OP bit by bit (or the OP disappears and we never do learn what he wanted, but all had a good time making it up as we went along.

Argue the Facts!

Argue the Law!

Pound the Table!

CathysTaxes (talk|edits) said:

15 December 2012
Boy, am I slow today. It took me awhile to figure out what "RD1" means (IOW, who "RD1" is).

NMexEA (talk|edits) said:

15 December 2012
Always use the grease. Modern heads are made of aluminum alloy. Ungreased plugs will freeze in place then strip when you try to force them out.

Podolin (talk|edits) said:

15 December 2012
Just an example of possible misunderstandings in how a concept is expressed: and in chatrooms (where, incidentally, I met my wife of eleven years). Did Sumwun meet a lovely, single lady 11+ years ago, on a chatroom, and then marry her? Probably, but read the clause again Maybe he met her 11+ years ago, married her, and then met her again recently on a chatroom.

NMexEA (talk|edits) said:

15 December 2012
And use a torque wrench to tighten the new plugs.

Sumwun (talk|edits) said:

15 December 2012
Podolin, it was the former! You're right, though. Now you mention it, that clause does lokk a bit daft.

MP-JD-LLM (talk|edits) said:

18 December 2012
You all say edgy like it's a bad thing!

I recall getting into a couple "edgy" exchanges with ChrisK. I have found them to be at once enjoyable, perplexing, frusting, irritating, and educational. Without occassional exchanges like this, this site would be dull. My advice is embrace edgy. It makes life interesting. MP

RoyDaleOne (talk|edits) said:

18 December 2012
Well, I don't do edgy very well and stay stay civil. When I think I am making a valid point and the response(s) becomes edgy, I can carry on and on and on, and made no progress as to the potential good comment.

I don't need your advice as to how I handle edgy.

Tax comments are dull by nature and definition. Your interesting comments can be confusing as to what you are trying to convey and end up wasting my time trying to understand the comments when I am reading them.

I say keep your edgy to the general chat threads. I know I will read nothing usefully in the general chat threads.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

18 December 2012
There are times when citing Code, Regs etc gets through loud and clear, but what do you do when a CPA keeps insisting he can create his own rules? Discussion: Capital Loss Carryovers

MP-JD-LLM (talk|edits) said:

18 December 2012
RD1, your post is a valant attempt at edgy, but doesn't quite make it. Perhaps some edgy lessons would help. Or, is this an attempt at ironic?

RoyDaleOne (talk|edits) said:

25 December 2012
http://www.taxalmanac.org/index.php/Discussion:Escrow_Credit_to_Buyer_for_Real_Property_Tax

RoyDaleOne (talk|edits) said:

26 December 2012
Has this forum deteriorated to such a condition that it no longer cares what some of us like, need, or prefer to have as its official decorum, or statement of decorum?

I am just asking a question, no other inference should be drawn.

Harry Boscoe (talk|edits) said:

26 December 2012
No, it hasn't.

RoyDaleOne (talk|edits) said:

26 December 2012
I am very glad of that.

But, can we have a larger sample size? <----- auditor coming out in me.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

28 December 2012
Discussion: Rental Prop -lawsuit

Podolin (talk|edits) said:

28 December 2012
D&T, those were intended in good nature - I think.

RoyDaleOne (talk|edits) said:

29 December 2012
http://www.taxalmanac.org/index.php/Discussion:Financial_statement_note_on_pawn_shop

Belle (talk|edits) said:

January 1, 2013
http://www.taxalmanac.org/index.php/Discussion:Escrow_Credit_to_Buyer_for_Real_Property_Tax

HowardS (talk|edits) said:

2 January 2013
I hope Dave Fogel reconsiders. His expertise has helped me and many others and he would be sorely missed.

Fsteincpa (talk|edits) said:

2 January 2013
As do I Howard, as do I.

RoyDaleOne (talk|edits) said:

2 January 2013
Me too.

CathysTaxes (talk|edits) said:

2 January 2013
Oh, no, Dave can't leave.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

2 January 2013
Most all of us who have posted here have had our feelings hurt, some many times. Most of us have also left the discussion forum for a period of time.

I am probably as guilty as the rest for hurting feelings and for having my own feelings hurt. You just have to decide whether the juice is worth the squeeze. (an obvious reference to the quote in the movie The Girl Next Door)

Fsteincpa (talk|edits) said:

2 January 2013
Remember that Kevin once left. Dave may just need a break, as we all do, and then he will come guide us once more.

Belle (talk|edits) said:

January 3, 2013
I truly hope Dave does return. His insight & guidance on this board for the last few years has been invaluable.

CathysTaxes (talk|edits) said:

3 January 2013
Yeah, Kevin, when you left, I missed ya.

Fr. Mackelhenry (talk|edits) said:

3 January 2013
We need to put love before business on Christmas Eve. Maybe a gift didn't arrive in time for the holiday, or someone's Omaha Steaks thawed out on the front porch. Even Scrooge put aside personal animosity and greed on Christmas Eve. Of course, for many years before he was visited by the ghosts, he was the worst of the lot.

It's no use to fret about it, we can't afford to pay what other sites pay and we'll just have to settle for what we can get.

Everyone listen to this beautiful song and stare at the picture. Do not take your eyes off the pictures.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoyENu61Fss

An Indian can starve himself for twenty years and get by on half a glass of water during that time and we can learn something from him. No I am not a Hindu but I probably should be.

Wiles (talk|edits) said:

30 August 2013
So, when is Dave coming back? He was definitely an asset to TA.

Is this what happened to Riley, too? Did somebody get under his skin? I have always wondered where did Riley go. I know he started changing aliases...and then he just plumb disappeared.

PollyAdler (talk|edits) said:

30 August 2013
Dave was like Leonardo di Vinci or I would say even more like Michelangelo. Prickly, prickly, prickly. Sometimes he could be sensitive if challanged, but this is not unusal among the great artists. I think there was an event which offended him. I can talk about it because it was one of the few times I was not (unjustly) accused in the incident.

As far as Riley, maybe he saw himself in print somewhere else and read the TA terms of service and decided it was time to leave. I'm just guessing. Plus, I'm sure it's a burden for people to always expect you to have the right answer. It's also possible that he was just too covered up with work to keep posting here. Who knows?

One of the Popes was able to talk Michelangelo into coming back and finishing the Vatican construction, even though it had gotten into an awful mess under another architect. Michelangelo was not summoned to the Vatican, the Pope got in his carriage and went to Michelangelo. To this day the Vatican has a structural flaw in one of the great columns behind the Bernini alter (in left field behind the alter). They bit off more than they could chew over the many years it was under construction. I don't know if we could maybe send an archbishop out to talk to Dave.

[Removed comment about minor leagues & big game.]

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

30 August 2013
I would say that Dave certainly was ready for the pressure of the big game. He fielded more foul balls and questions from left field about COD than anyone else on this site. Even when people threw him a curve ball. In the end, it was a spit-ball that made him mad. I don't blame him, really. or should I say I don't blame him, Riley

Fsteincpa (talk|edits) said:

30 August 2013
Not sure about Dave or Riley, but I had meant to pass this along a few weeks ago, but I had my own family issues going on.

RoyDaleOne aka Roy Cline passed away back in February. I was assisting Roy and some others on a project prior to tax season and when tax season started, we backed off as planned. August 13 I got an email from one of the programmers telling me of Roy's passing.

Not sure where to post this. But, talking about people being gone made me remember.

Here is the email I received

I have been out of the loop for a while since I last talked with Roy. This was planned for the 2013 tax season which was going to consume Roy's time and yours possibly though July at least, I re-established contact recently.

If you already know, then please bear with me. Roy has gone to his rest. This happened in February of this year. I have attached a remembrance of Roy's life for those of you who may not have known. I know some of you knew him far longer than I. We will all miss him.

Roy exceptionally enthused over our projects to develop CPA software to assist others in the profession. As such he had renewed his IRS connections and was sending me a fair amount of items. He was upbeat and positive on all points, something that I hope to continue. The point is that I am still interested in continuing this effort subject to your interests as well.

Roy's son, Sgt. Major Patrick Durr is in the last years of his career. but has been copied on our correspondence. He will hopefully provide some input in future days to this effort. My purpose here is to continue the planning for a while as there are some things that need to consolidated.

Please understand that the benefit of Roy's part will be provided to his wife, Lynn, if we can move ahead. This will take some months at least due to other commitments here, but we can hopefully get to a design document that is refined from the e-mail exchanges previously circulating among us. Roy envisioned several projects leading to products. This vision we shared to do them one at a time, listening to your input and moving ahead.

Therefore if you are interested in continuing the participation that Roy and I had with you, could you please send a confirming e-mail to me at the new e-mail address, and also copy Patrick.

PollyAdler (talk|edits) said:

30 August 2013
Terrible news. My sympathy to his family and friends. He will live on through this site. In Perpetuam.

@Kevin5: I would say that Dave certainly was ready for the pressure of the big game.

[Edit: Just got word that my two fans in Taiwan are serving 5-10 for tax evasion.]

Fr. Mackelhenry (talk|edits) said:

31 August 2013
Kevin, are you suggesting that Dave was Riley? Now that would really be impressive news. But I don't ever remember Riley getting riled. Maybe he did. You don't have to answer this question, obviously.

CathysTaxes (talk|edits) said:

31 August 2013
So sad. I was wondering where Roy was. I missed his posts. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing.

Smktax (talk|edits) said:

31 August 2013
I always suspected that Riley was Ralph Weintraub. Ralph passed away not long after R2 stopped posting. Ralph's obituary states that he passed on March 5, 2012 (http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?n=ralph-weintraub&pid=156343428). I believe that R2's last post was in Dec. 2011.

Fr. Mackelhenry (talk|edits) said:

31 August 2013
Every time there is a big change in the law, we lose of few of the greats. But this time I think it was the weather. Rarely does the death certificate capture the real cause of death. I've seen the doctors scribble them out like they were a grocery list. It is a pity that no real thought goes into them, and yet for most of us they are our only biography. How shall we meet our death? We simply do not know. You can have heart disease for 20 years, but it ends up you are led by an infected finger into paradise.

Faure In Paradisum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-i1ESIRKdA

Concert for George; Clapton, Preston: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SY21jdwM9CI

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

31 August 2013
We begin to realize how self-centered we are when a person's absence is not noticed.

I recall how stunned I was to learn that LH2004 had passed; while he did not post with the frequency of many others, I knew when I saw his answers that here was something I could rely upon.

Smktax (talk|edits) said:

1 September 2013
I didn't know LH had passed. I agree, I always liked to see his responses.

ZL28 (talk|edits) said:

2 September 2013
that's horrible...i believe he was quite young

ZL28 (talk|edits) said:

2 September 2013
didn't realize Ralph Weintraub was Riley; Ralph..one of the all time great ones!

Rupert (talk|edits) said:

2 September 2013
I believe LH2004 passed away sometime in the summer of 2011. He was very well respected on this forum and several others.

http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/finance/1109949/m16077174/#m16077174

http://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=77833

PVVCPA (talk|edits) said:

September 11, 2013
Does anybody know what has happened to KatieJ?

PollyAdler (talk|edits) said:

11 September 2013
I was thinking the same thing the other day. I refuse to look into it.

She was going to a Universalist-Unitarian Church (which is one of the few I approve of) and there are all kinds of groups in those churches she could have fallen in with. It could be that she has taken on Hindu meditation and chants.

I myself will say an occassional chant to the great Ganesh. He breaks through blockages (I am not referring to intestinal blockages, but he may work for that too). If you have a roadblock in your way, Ganesh will show you show to get around it.

My fingers are crossed that Katie is in good health and that she is merely on a spiritual quest of some kind. I will also happen at times that a person will hear a big truck backfire and forget all their tax knowledge. I've forgotten all I ever knew about the UCC as a result of a truck backfiring, and I used to know it well. Katie is one of the best.

Ganesh Mantra: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h2rFVPCSPE

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

11 September 2013
I have not seen KatieJ or Belle for awhile. I miss them both.

Podolin (talk|edits) said:

12 September 2013
KatieJ's Discussion page has a few questions directed to her in late 2012 and early 2013. They seem not to have been answered. There are also references to her recovering from a stroke. I share the concern about her.

KatieJ (talk|edits) said:

12 September 2013
Thanks to Fred for the e-mail asking about me. I'm still here and apologize for not getting back to people. I'm afraid most of the time I used to spend in Tax Almanac has gone into Facebook, which is probably a lot less useful, but somehow compelling. Also, since the little stroke I had in February of 2012, everything seems to take a little longer than it used to.

Last summer I spent a total of about 7 weeks on the road, working and hanging out with friends at vintage sports car races (Road America, Laguna Seca) and visiting friends and relatives around the country. In July and August I put more than 3,700 miles on a rental car, driving from Atlanta to Kansas City by a very circuitous route, and made two round trips from San Diego to Northern California in my own car, one in June and another in August. This fall I'm teaching my usual graduate level course in multistate tax at SDSU, singing in three choirs and playing in a handbell choir. I also took over the treasurer's job at my church, which has an operating budget in the $1.5 million ballpark, and I'm just learning how much work that is (getting ready for a finance committee meeting this afternoon, in fact). Polly was not so far off the mark on that one! I'm doing a little consulting for a couple of small CPA firms. And I expect to attend the California Tax Policy Conference in San Jose in November and speak at some seminars around the country this fall for the Interstate Tax Corporation. My daughters say I flunked retirement!

I appreciate everyone's concern and will try to be a little more active around here if possible. Also, I'm really sorry to hear about Roy, and also about Ralph Weintraub. Alas, I hadn't been around enough to miss them.

Fsteincpa (talk|edits) said:

12 September 2013
Katie, while we miss your insight, we do understand life's draw. I think I speak for everyone when I say that we are just happy that you are doing ok and recovering.

You are not obligated to post here <or is she?> but an occasional grand entrance is always nice.

I do have your email address, so if there are really any tough multi-state/nexus issues, I can always flash the bat-signal and summon you.

Life is too short, keep on enjoying it. And next NY visit, we shall definitely have to make time to have lunch.

CrowJD (talk|edits) said:

12 September 2013
On the racetrack circuit, and here I thought she had taken up Indian thought and a long (and arduous) course in Sanskrit.

It's good to hear from you Katie and I also thank Fred for writing you.

Let me remind people here that it is not easy answering all the questions on state and local tax law and shouldering this awful burden of confusion that our federal system has foisted upon us.

Katie had to get away from the Almanac pressure and she took up race car driving. The next thing you know she'll be out at one of those expensive car auctions snapping up Shelby Mustangs. Or better yet she'll corner the market in souped up Dodge (Dart) Scramblers.

I don't know how Dennis does it year after year. He's like Cal Ripkin that played for one of the bird teams, I think it was the Blue Jays.

It wears me out just having to make economic comments and trying to give some good marketing advice to my noble friends here, and of course attending to my duties as board Chaplain.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

12 September 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y1aOg_UO_A

H.D. Freifunk (talk|edits) said:

12 September 2013
That music hit the spot. I don't know how you find them. I was just inspired to put a red dot between my eyes with a magic marker. This weekend I would worship a cow out at the farm, but all I have is goats so they'll have to do...and of course I keep a mule to draw my wife around in a cart, as I've mentioned before. I don't know how a mule would tolerate worship...I expect it would only make them more stubborn.

Michaelstar (talk|edits) said:

5 December 2013
Well - To both Roy and R2 - thank you for all of your great posts and the value your efforts made to this forum. We will miss you both.

May you both RIP!


Belle (talk|edits) said:

December 6, 2013
Wow...Riley /R2 gone...great loss

KatieJ is doing OK..great news

Being mentioned as 'missed' in the same sentence with KatieJ...priceless

I check in periodically. Some of the attitudes really turned me off to this forum, as well as the spam. And I experienced a personal tragedy that consumed a lot of my time.

My loss... I'll try to be a more active member. This forum is a great professional resource, and I value the personal relationships too.

Fsteincpa (talk|edits) said:

6 December 2013
Anddddd Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Missssssssssssssssssss Youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu Belleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

To join in on this discussion, you must first log in.
Personal tools