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  1. LB log - 20130604

    The call came in today from the yodle service about my mobile "adversite". It looks like that I'm in contract with them for three months. Another strange thing that happened is that they registered a domain name for me and settled on one that included the word "accountant". I'm rather sure that I made it clear in any conversation that I had with them that my position as an Enrolled Agent didn't make me an accountant, and that I didn't have a CPA title, so my service in respect ...
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  2. LB log - 20130603

    I received a response from the IRS about the issue I raised with the parsing of a 1120 consolidated return, and the statement was not encouraging. I say this because they essentially reaffirmed that the processing of the return mainly applies to the consolidated return itself; compounding the uselessness of the response, they list off the document count attributes which they found in the return:
    Consolidated Return - 43
    Parent Return - 150
    Subsidiary Return 1 - 120
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  3. LB log - 20130602

    Starting at 9AM meant that I was playing catchup throughout the day.

    The big surprise awaited for me at the end of the shift. I may have mentioned here that I used a U-bar bike lock, which had a key mechanism. The first one that I had purchased eventually became very resistant to accepting the key, but I noticed that the key itself got bent out of shape. I figured it was because I kept it in my front pocket while at work and resolved to get a new similar lock but keep the key off ...
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  4. LB log - 20130601

    Tomorrow I don't start work until 9AM, which puts me in a circumstance this evening which I haven't been in for some time. I actually have the chance to exercise tonight, if I desired, and I honestly should do so, given that I'm not working the usual long hours at this time.

    The weather forecast for today gave a strong chance of rain at about 2PM when I last looked at the hourly readout, and 330PM is when it decided to show up. By that point I figured that the rain was coming to stay ...
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  5. LB log - 20130530

    My wife's work shift starts at 5AM and is scheduled to end at 2PM. Sometimes things run over, but even a difference of twenty minutes is enough to impact her mood and spirits after her duty. She didn't get out until 415PM today.

    I think I'm ready to test the 2012 Form 2290 series now. I have the 2290, Schedule 1, and header all set, and those are basically the only pieces of the puzzle. I suppose I should get some test data ready, but I think for the remainder of the night I'll want ...
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  6. LB log - 20130529

    I got contacted by a marketer of some kind last week in regard to advertising online for my Enrolled Agent business. I believe it had something to do with getting better search results on Google or something of the like. At that point, we were in the throes of having no Internet, so I made an arrangement to have him call back this week. I thought that the callback day was yesterday and that he never got back to me, and I shrugged it off. With the start of today, I had to undertake some lawn mowing ...
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  7. LB log - 20130528

    With the month almost done, the time was fast upon me to have my car sticker renewed. Another vehicle mandate imposed by the state is for emissions tests to be conducted every few years. The notices for these emission test requirements used to be issued in the mail through paper statements, but my requirement to have a test done this year was printed only on the statement for the sticker renewal. So this means that yet again, the first time that I come to a DMV facility to get a sticker renewed, ...
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  8. LB log - 20130527

    Today's forecast promised a substantial amount of rain, but thankfully that didn't come to fruition. Instead, there was an hour of light rain at about 8AM, and that's the extent of precipitation in the day.

    A coworker from there is a cashier who is a 50-ish woman. In the usual exchange of daily pleasantries she always seemed to be amongst the most excited to see me and say hello. There have been a few days in the last week where she came to work sick and she wasn't acting in her normal ...
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  9. LB log - 20130526

    The retail store has a current ongoing focus on donations a charitable cause. The drive comes annually. Part of the effort entails having a cookout at the front of one of the doors, which requires an employee to grill the food (simple hot dogs) and call customers in for purchases. One of my coworkers was used for this purpose yesterday, and the reason that my manager told me for having done so was because he was "the loudest cartman we have". I volunteered to do the cooking today, to make ...
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  10. LB log - 20130525

    Internet service has returned. The person shown up, powered the modem a few times, ran the wall cable through a device that he had, noticed no abnormalities, did the normal reboots, and everything was fine. He offered no suggestions as to what the problem was.

    I know it's annoyed my wife, but in a small way I was beginning to become acclimated to not having it persistently on while at home. I got back into using Sketchup for a bit, and having the time available to do things like that ...
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  11. LB log - 20130522

    I'm uploading this entry from my parent's house in light of my recent Internet issues.

    We still had some periodic slowdowns during the day, so we allowed a technician visit that was scheduled on Tuesday to still occur. The result was that the person said that our modem was the offending party, so we purchased a new one. The issue with doing that was that we now had to synchronize our new modem's MAC address with their settings, and since I wasn't home at the time, my mother in law ...
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  12. LB log - 20130520

    Internet is in and out again.

    My phone was somewhat busy during the course of the day today. Got a call regarding a job application that I sent out some time ago, and I established that the person should call again tomorrow as I was in the middle of work at the time. I'd like to think that doing this means something more than a rejection, though I imagine that it's just to tell me about more hoops to jump through. Later, I had a call from the IRS, but this was less useful. In response ...
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  13. LB log - 20130519

    Few things are more distressful to the pampered life that is a sheltered American than to have no Internet. Such was the tragic fate which befell this household for most of the day. The outage lasted several consecutive hours. The horror! Today is also the day when new Doctor Who is available for purchase on Amazon Prime, so my wife was very rankled by the situation. After I had done enough to try to revive the line and pay some utilities using the phone (just to make sure I wasn't beyond any deadline ...
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  14. LB log - 20130518

    New blood has joined the store. He was allowed to come outside and join me and the other cartman scheduled during the day for a few hours, because the training system didn't have his programs set in place which left him with nothing else to do. He's rather quiet, and after I took a moment to ask about his school situation, I am informed that he has recently acquired his GED and has taken the job at the store to help out with "family financial problems", and that he intends to rise through ...
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  15. LB log - 20130517

    I set some time to get a few submissions made today before my wife would get to bed, so that I would play songs later in the evening, as doing so seems to have worked well for my scores in the past few days.

    I'm working through the errors as they come, and the next batch is easy enough to fix - as it turns out, there are several Schedules and attachments which need to be added to the consolidated return in addition to the original returns wherever they came up. So I fix them and make ...
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