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  1. LB log - 20130612

    I went to sleep last night without doing any further work or exercise. The cat nested between my legs as I laid by my wife to see her to sleep, and I didn't fight against it once he settled in. I seem to have needed the rest.

    I noticed some green stalks growing from the gutters on my garage, so I remembered to get on a ladder and getting the junk uprooted after I mowed the lawn. Once I was at a proper vantage, I saw that simply going up on the ladder to reach for the vegetation in ...
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  2. LB log - 20130611

    Slept until 1PM. Made a point to call IRS about the email that I sent six days ago, and quickly got a confirmation that the email was received. The person who received the call seemed to be a bit confused as to what to do after I received that affirmation. Yes, please make a note that I called. I completed the 2012 Form 2290 test submissions after dinner, so that'll be ready to go starting tomorrow. I might have to make a call about that to notify IRS that I have made those submissions. I'll have ...
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  3. LB log - 20130610

    So how about that Sony conference?

    In an attempt to immerse myself in the language, I'm now going to do tax work and the like while having this piped through my headphones as much as possible: http://delicast.com/radio/Japan/news/NOAS_FM_78.9 . I figure it can't hurt, at least if I have it on a low volume.

    My copy of Dodonpachi Saidaiojou came in today. I hope I have enough disc space to install it.

    I need to get the 2012 Form 2290 returns tested and ...
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  4. LB log - 20130609

    Since I've gotten back into doing exercise sets on my work days for the moment, today I'll do so at the hour so that I can catch Joe Frank on NPR. It's been a long time since I've tuned in. Here's hoping it's something I haven't heard before.

    That leaves me with little time to do much else besides that and preparing for work at the unusal start time of 730 AM.

    Songs felt rather good to play today. It was nice to have that streak of three increases.

    Lunar ...
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  5. LB log - 20130608

    I did some tax form work while using the NHL page to listen to some hockey through a radio broadcast, and I found myself oddly able to foucs more intently on doing the gruntwork of manually renaming fields and the like. I wonder if it's just the change from the usual silence that I work in which makes it a novelty. I'll need to try doing some work with something like ocean noises running in a long loop or the like to see if there's a similar effect. I don't think I'll want to integrate normal music ...
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  6. LB log - 20130607 again

    Today's retail work highlight is coming across an elderly woman just as she arrived in the parking lot who summarily flagged me down for assistance. She needed help loading ten boxes of kitty litter into the cart for return. She had just had her cat put down. It was sixteen years old. The vet's papers were still in her hands as she told me this through broken English and tears. The only thing I managed to say was "That means that the cat had a good life, and it was good for you to do that." ...
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  7. LB log - 20130607

    Most of my day was spent in getting Form 1118 revised or the 2012 year. I shudder to think of how long this would take me if I were to map out the entire form, rather than just Schedules A through C (which I'm choosing to do because that's the extent of the form used in the test scenario). The good news is that the new form style yet again prevents the process of altering the form from becoming a bloated crash inducing mess. My final 2011 Form 1118 had a size of 5.5 MB, and my 2012 Form weighs in ...
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  8. LB log - 20130606

    This USPS study guide book is somewhat depressing, in that it has rather unprofessional writing and, at times, flat out wrong grammar.

    Before that kind of content is encountered, though, there is a ten page preamble which gives a history of the US Postal Service, which goes from the British Colony roots to the Pony Express, then jumping from there right to the 1960s. The examination itself covers none of this, so I have no idea why this content is even included.

    Then ...
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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