Clicking the pics might bring back some school memories, or in my case school miseries.
This is the elementary school, and preschool my grand-kids will be going to next week. It looks like the teachers are getting an early start since the school isn't open yet. The school is pretty close to the house, it took me less than 10 minutes to walk there.
I ordered a new wireless backup camera system for the little Bronco from Amazon yesterday afternoon, and it's supposed to be delivered today. It's some off-the-wall Chinese brand, but then what isn't? Even if you find an RV camera system from an American company with an American-sounding name, chances are it's still made in China and rebranded for whatever country it's going to.
Looking through hundreds of Amazon's backup camera systems, with dozens of different brand names, you start to notice that no matter what the brand name the monitor and the camera have, they basically look the same. This tells me there are probably three camera manufacturers in China, and they will put whatever brand name you want on the camera.
There's nothing wrong with that; American companies have done that forever, so the Chinese just copied it. When I'm shopping on Amazon, the only thing that means anything to me is what star rating the product has. And this backup camera system had a 4 1/2 star rating from 218 customers, which sounds good enough to me.
I did my taxes the other day. This is a strange thing to be saying in the middle of August, but that's what I've always done; my accountant has always recommended filing for extensions.
Thanks to Internet banking and CPAs' use of the Internet, doing taxes has become extremely simple. In my situation of being in business but mostly retired, and with me fully integrated with Internet banking. In just a few clicks of my flying fingers, the bank statements for my LLC and personal accounts were whisked to my accountant's office at light speed. Which gives him the information on what I made.... Not much. What I spent.... Too much, and what it was for..... Enjoying my life. And that took me all of 10 minutes.
The next morning he emailed me the paperwork. I "E" signed the tax forms. And I was done with my personal and business taxes for 2020.
With my extensions, the business taxes are due in September, and my personal taxes are due in the middle of October. It's hard to tell for sure but possibly, thanks to those extensions, I haven't been audited in years. So I got all that out of the way and don't have to worry about it again until next Fall.
Those extensions also work out well for me because normally, I'm still on the road enjoying my winter travels in April, and I don't like to think about dealing with the IRS when I'm traveling. Few things will put me in a worse mood than having to think about the IRS while I'm enjoying my life. And being able to take care of all that while I'm here in Denver in the Fall makes it easier on me if, for some reason, I have to actually visit my accountant's office.
One of the neighborhoods next door to the school.
Some of the walking paths that go from the neighborhoods to the school. It's easy to see in this picture the effect of the smoke from the various Western wildfires.