Not in an intimate way, but I love the guy who does our taxes. I think I love him more because of the last guy who did our taxes. That's a guy I did not love. When I asked the last guy why $20,000 from my business account had been sent to the IRS without me even knowing, his reply was, "Oh, you should have asked me how much I was sending." WHAT??? Owning my own business is new to me, so I repeatedly say, "Please hold my hand through this. I don't even know what questions to ask." Dave is incredibly financially savvy, but all the rules and regs of owning a corporation even stymie him. I was so frustrated by his lack of communication, we switched tax guys and I love the one we have now. Communication is key for him, as well, and we laugh and joke to build the relationship.
This evening, I witnessed a most hilarious conversation, one that sounded like me talking to someone about what I didn't know about business, corporations, and taxes. Or better yet, it sounded like a conversation you might have heard in 1990.
I was in south Chicago ready to consult and train tomorrow, but ready to try some of the local Italian fare, so I went to a recommended restaurant near my hotel.
As I munched on my salad and fresh bread, waiting for my baked shells, I heard the following conversation between the restaurant owner and two of her waitresses:
Owner: Have either of you ever used a laptop computer?
Waitress 1: I've seen one but I only have one of those computers that sits on my desk.
Waitress 2: Yeah, I have a laptop at home and an I-pod, too, to play my music.
Owner: I see sales for laptops in the paper today but I wonder if you have a laptop, do you need another internet connection?
W2: I don't think so. I think your desktop internet connection will get you to the internet.
W1: Yeah, I think you do need another internet connection for the laptop. I don't think you can use the same juice for two things.
W2: I use the connection with the world on it and I think my granddaughter can get on mine when she brings her laptop over to my house. Oh no! I hope it isn't charging me more when she gets on my connection.
W1: Oooohhh....you better check into that. You could get a big bill from AOL if you aren't careful. I think you'll pay an extra per-minute charge if someone else hooks up to your internet.
W2: Have you ever used Google?
W1: No way. I heard it uses too much working memory.
W2: That's why I use that one with the world on it. By the way...does your desktop computer cost more to get on the internet than my laptop?
W1: I don't think so but now I wonder....
They both turn to the owner who is looking at them like they both have three heads. The owner, without missing a beat, says, "Forget about the laptop. I'll just keep watching t.v."
That conversation reminded me of the old question, "Do you ride the bus to school or do you bring your lunch?" Say what?
In other news, my shells tasted great!
Just for today, perhaps we should make sure that when we converse with another person, we are talking the same language.