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    ATX Supreme Guru
  • Birthday 10/18/1958

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    http://www.grant-financial.com & www.constitutiondecoded.com
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    competitive target shooting, fiddle playing (Scottish style), dancing, gardening, reading

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  1. Catherine

    Memorial Day

    I had to go look up perichoresis... Perichoresis at Theopedia (who knew there even was a Theopedia?!)
  2. Catherine


    I switched to Drake - enough of us did that we have our own mini-forum that you can see from the home page. Customer service is astounding, but you won't need it much once you get used to how Drake arranges input. They'll give you current-year software for free, now that we're past 4/17, and any/all prior years for free as well. AND they will support those years.
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    In early February of 2013 I called them with a big problem, during the 2012 debacle. They could not figure it out and promised a call back with an answer within 48 hours. I am still waiting for have not received that call.
  4. Catherine

    Memorial Day

    Please do not conflate it with Veteran's Day; that holiday in November is for the living. Memorial Day is for those who have died. Friday, May 25, 2018 To: Friends & Supporters From: Gary Bauer Patriot Graves Monday marks Memorial Day, a national observance first known as Decoration Day. The first Memorial Day was observed on May 30, 1868, on the orders of General John Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. Flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Initially meant as a time to remember those who fell during the bloody battles of our brutal Civil War, the holiday's significance has been extended to honor all those who paid the ultimate price for our nation. As they have done every year since 1948, soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment placed flags at more than 280,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They will remain at Arlington National Cemetery throughout the holiday weekend, making sure that the flags remain upright. Unfortunately, over time Memorial Day weekend has become more of an occasion for relaxation than for reflection about our patriots' graves and the values for which they gave "the last full measure of devotion." This weekend I encourage you to do both -- relax and reflect. Have that picnic, hug your kids and have some fun at the beach. But let's also remind ourselves about what happened at Concord Bridge, on the fields of Antietam and the beaches of Normandy, and that it still requires vigilance and courage to preserve liberty today. Explain to your children the price that was paid to stop the evil of fascism and the cancer of Soviet communism. Tell them why there was a Berlin Wall, what happened at Okinawa, at Ground Zero and over the fields of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Explain to them why we still fight in Afghanistan, and against the existential threat to Western Civilization posed by radical Islamic supremacism. Take a moment this weekend to teach our children and grandchildren to love the things we love, and to honor the things we honor. Finally, let's remind ourselves that liberty is a gift from God and that each generation has paid in flesh and blood to preserve it. As General George Patton said: "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."
  5. Catherine

    Late Filing of Form 2553

    Better than a letter saying "huh? where's the 1120? why are you sending this 1120-S?"
  6. Catherine

    Good News!

    She has to become a British subject to keep her title of Duchess. The Queen can give it ahead of time, but once she hits the 5-year mark for residence, they'll likely push her on it.
  7. Catherine

    Good and Bad States

    Does this make FDNY our resident statesman?
  8. Catherine

    Good News!

    Not needed! Sorry you won't be able to make it this summer.
  9. Catherine

    ATX Server Requirements

    What Abby said. Whatever you get, get the fastest. Get more memory (RAM) than you think you need. Get bigger drives than you think you need - preferably SSD.
  10. Catherine

    Trouble with IRS verifying me

    One of my husband's friends says what we really need is not caller ID, but call IQ. To see if it's worth bothering to answer. Of course, I got not one, not two, but three "Windows Technical Support" calls yesterday. Kept two of them going for a bit by playing stupid. It was funny.
  11. Catherine

    Trouble with IRS verifying me

    I grew up with an unusual Italian name and was thrilled to bits to change it as soon as I could (after my dad died, too). I knew which lists where ALL my junk mail was purchased from, by the way the name was mis-spelled. They got real creative at times. Now with White, the only weird one was when someone thought it was Hoyt. Now I say "like the color" and yes don't go all physics-technical on me, people call it a color!
  12. Catherine

    Amending an H&R Block return...

    I only use bonus depreciation if there is an overwhelming reason for it - in other words, almost never. Plus MA doesn't allow it, so right there you end up with two schedules to trace in perpetuity. They could not even spell horse?! Really?! And could not even be consistent in their mis-spelling? I'd be happy to drive WAY more than 18 miles to find someone competent. But that's just me. I still drive 45 miles each way to the dentist after finding a real good one when I lived in Worcester.
  13. Catherine

    1040X for client that came back

    If you decide to do this, I would binder-clip the whole kit and caboodle along with an introductory letter in LARGE font. As in, barely small enough to fit on one page. Then they might read it first.
  14. Catherine

    advice on $15 payment for $848 bill?!

    Yeah, but *thinking* about doing it results in 90% of the satisfaction with NO repercussions. Except coming up with an excuse for the secret little smile!