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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Loose Ends

This trip to Las Vegas was primarily a fun trip with a little bit of business thrown in there. April's birthday was the entire reason for this trip and so everything was very April-centric.

This time around we didn't do very much in the way of shows and the like. While I would like to have more baudy stories of debauchery to share, this was more about walking, playing, and enjoying the nice weather. We went to many of our favorite haunts, ate some of our favorite foods, and saw some of our favorite people.

I did make some new entertainment contacts, which is the key to actually being an entertainer in Vegas - good contacts. I always do some preliminary sending out of e-mails and press kits to various agencies in Vegas prior to a trip and try to make some appointments with them if they're open to such things.

This time around I met with a performer who first contacted me via e-mail, Scott Thrasher. He's somewhat retired, by his own accounting of his work. However he does still work at the Rio and a few other good gigs. Much of his time is spent raising his young daughter these days.

He originally contacted me wanting info on spinning plates. Not wanting to completely give away my future I traded secrets for good & useful info about the biz in Las Vegas and some other good contacts to follow up on. Our meeting was beneficial for both of us and I look forward to maybe performing alongside Scott some day soon. He and his family were joys to meet and I'm sure they are all excellent performers too!

As for the good mojo I was asking for prior to my departure, I can't say for certain if it all worked out or not. The good news is 98% going to happen. However since it did not come in full-swing I'm hesitant to mention it, being a bit superstitious about such things. I'm sure you can guess what it is about, so I'll "risk it" and talk about the possibility of good news.

As some of you know I've been caught up in an IRS audit, my second in as many years. After the thrashing I took last year I was more than certain that I would be involved in yet another beating this year. However I was infinitely more prepared this time and it would seem as though my preparations along with the luck of the draw with regard to auditors may have actually worked in my favor.

My accountant told me that aside from a few minor changes for future returns, there would be NO CHANGE and all this would come to a quick and torment-free conclusion. The auditor was extremely understanding about the specific needs of my line of work and was more than impressed with the way I presented and logged all of my receipts and contracts. After her review she told my accountant that the minor changes would be negligible and pending approval from her superior, I am awaiting a decision. With hope, that decision will be a big NO CHANGE!

Naturally I cannot do the happy dance just yet. The auditor's boss was not in the office last Tuesday so the whole thing has not reached an end. One of these days (within a few weeks) I'll get a letter from the IRS with their decision inside. I will not breathe a single sigh of relief until it is all over. I did smile once or twice after hearing the news though. Is that wrong?


Blogger BULLSEYE said...

The Anti-Moron™ software on my PC went crazy when I started to read your post.
Keep typing. Maybe, someday, you'll randomly type something semi-intelligent. Is that a conclusion or simply the place where you got tired of thinking? Reading your post makes blindness a wonderful thing to look forward to.

When god was handing out personalities, you must have been holding the door. You're so boring, even a boomerang wouldn't come back to you. You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers. Maybe you wouldn't read like such a pathetic loser if you weren't living proof that stupid people should not breed.

You read like a gimpzoid teenager splashing spit onto the monitor. Don’t you ever have a point beyond giving your fingers some exercise by dancing them randomly over the keyboard? You wouldn't know a clue if it walked up to you, bit you on the ass, and announced 'I AM A CLUE'. Your ignorance is encyclopedic."

You are about as entertaining as a child's inflatable punching toy. You bop it, it springs back, you bop it again and you forget it ever existed. It slowly deflates in an unused corner, then one day you throw it away. You're a waste of time, space, air, flesh, and the rectum you were born from, retard. Maybe you wouldn't come across as such a jellyfish-sucking mental midget if you didn't have that botched back street lobotomy that left you that crisscrossed shoelace scar on your forehead.

If brains were dynamite, you wouldn't have enough to blow the kneecap off a flea. Clearly, the full area of your ignorance is not yet mapped. We are presently only exploring the fringes of that vast expanse. Have you ever noticed that whenever you sit behind a keyboard, some idiot starts typing? I suggest you need Mark Twain's advice; "It is better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.

Please try to have some small idea of what in the hell you're talking about before you try to post again.

Now, if you care to apologize for wasting my shamefully wasted time, I'll consider accepting it.

In conclusion, why don't you go away and play Russian roulette with all chambers fully-loaded?

Just kidding. Anyone that rocks out to Tom Jones, Cash, and the Who is on my side.

8:08 PM

Anonymous D Brooks said...

Glad you're back any way Andy, and that April had a good Birthday :)

You're about due for some good luck, so we'll keep our fingers crossed for you.


8:52 PM

Blogger Andy Land said...

bullseye, that was about the finest comment I've ever heard. I'm in tears right now. I can't say that we're on "the same side", judging by your blog, but at least we like the a lot of the same music. :) LMK if you'd like to link up.

Doyle, I never expect nor trust good luck. But I always appreciate it when it arrives!

More Vegas stories later!

9:14 PM

Blogger golfwidow said...

As regards your stats, I'm betting everyone else is, like me, getting a notification when you update; therefore, there's no point clicking unless we get notified.

Welcome home. And yes, some of us were lonely without you.

6:38 AM

Blogger Andy Land said...

"I'm betting everyone else is, like me, getting a notification when you update"

WOW! You can do that? Man I know nothing about this blogging stuff! That would sure save me a lot of time searching through the blogs every day. LOL!

Sorry you were lonely. I'll post some Vegas penguin photos later to make up for it all!

3:41 PM

Blogger Becky said...

What? No debauchery? I didn't know you could get away with that in Vegas...

Bummer on the tax audit. I'm self-employed myself but haven't been audited yet. Were you fairly liberal with your deductions? I tend to go the conservative side in order to avoid a potential audit.

3:02 PM

Blogger Andy Land said...

Well the bummer is that I was audited. The good news is that there was no change and therefore I am a happy man.

Doesn't matter what you do with your deductions, Becky. If you are self-employed and file with schedule C deductions, it is very likely that they'll catch up to you soon enough.

Self employed folks are part of a massive "project audit" right now and MANY people I know are being audited right now. Just hope for a reasonable auditor and hope you have your records in order should they come a calling.

3:37 PM


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