1. You don't need a Texas drivers license to register. The deadline is October 11 for the next general election.

  2. Still have a WWII military surplus tank suit from the old Banana Republic.

  3. Pantyhose became popular when the mini-skirt came into fashion in the '60s and sales started to decline in the mid-'90s. So yes, most adult women in the US were wearing girdles or garters in the '50s and '60s.

  4. Abrupt legislative change is one thing, but slow decline is another. The industry I once worked in is not quite dead, but I do think there are some tell-tale signs: (1) the company is shrinking or growing only by buying other companies, not winning new customers or innovating (2) rounds of layoffs, or conditions so bad employees are driven out, so that the employees are either 20 year veterans or new (3) constant re-organizations and management changes (aka moving the deck chairs on the Titanic).

  5. Out of pocket is 180 days with receipts over $75 and zero tolerance.

  6. Once you pass you never have to study for the CPA exam again. Pity the actuaries - those exams just keep going and going.

  7. I believe it was bought by Travelsmith, which is a division of HSN. I remember seeing Units in their line within the last decade.

  8. Outside your time frame, but I really enjoyed Charles C. Mann's 1491. All those years of Christopher Columbus and the Indians in school, and it turns out that was all wrong.

  9. Perhaps I've been too many years in "bless your heart" country, but this seems like the occasion for a congratulatory message. "Congratulations on graduating! I didn't realize. What year was that?"

  10. My oldest relative living when I was born was herself born in the 19th century after the Civil War ended. Walked across the country behind a covered wagon as a child, lived to see man walk on the moon.

  11. It depends. Do you work for a sole proprietorship? Could be owner draw.

  12. Be careful to consider the source, too. Are these people you admire and respect? I suspect not, so why are you listening to them on any topic?

  13. Day 1 is on YouTube as a 6+ hour block. Watching after the fact has some advantages - you can fast-forward through the breaks!

  14. Taco Bell alum here. The main thing I remember is all the adults who didn't adult very well. One co-worker in her 30's couldn't count to 100. One assistant manger was a senior in high school and her parents encouraged her to move to another state with her boyfriend, the other assistant manager (30-ish), to work in a different Taco Bell. The replacement assistant manager (in his 40's) went out and bought a bunch of cassette tapes the day a famous singer died, like they were going to be collectible. Also, we never washed the produce.

  15. Look at your company financial statements, but both of those probably roll up to equipment for reporting, in which case either would be fine. I would choose whichever gives you the appropriate useful life; some accounting systems aren't very flexible in that regard.

  16. Normally the sequence is class, test, learner's permit, driving exam. The learner's permit isn't required, but it gives you a chance to practice before the driving exam. If you're comfortable going straight to the exam, you can 100% skip the learner's permit step. You also do not need a learner's permit in Texas to practice on private property, only to drive on public roads.

  17. My accounting career pre-dates Excel, although not electric calculators. I used columnar pads and carbon paper. There was a certain simplicity in the days before ad-hoc reports and data analysis, but overall I don't miss it.

  18. I was a CCH user (ProSystems fx Tax a Walters Kluwer company) as a result of industry consolidation - started out with A+ Tax from Arthur Anderson. We switched to CTRAC by Crowe Horwath. Changing systems is horrible, but CTRAC is fabulous so it was worth it.

  19. My mother got the old-style vaccine, then two doses of Shingrix when that came along, and STILL got shingles last year. The vaccine is no guarantee.

  20. I have some that age, and there is some variability in how they have survived. For me it seems to depend on the type of use and the brand rather than storage. (Worst to best: never used, pigment ink, dye ink. Brand I've had to toss the most: CTMH, but those were the first clear stamps I bought.) Oddly, the cheapest silicone stamps have done a little better than the photopolymer. The products do seems to have improved from the initial few years of manufacturing, but it is evident that no clear stamp is forever.

  21. How interesting. Are you in NZ or are Flonz also sold in the US? Can't say I've heard of the company or seen any red "clear" stamps.

  22. Thanks for the chuckle ... and they served real food with metal knives and people smoked in the plane (and then in later years, the airlines made it only the last ten rows).

  23. Plus meeting people at the gate! And flying with full bottles of whatever you cared to carry on board.

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