Norton Accounting Services April 2019

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GEORGE P. BURDELL

FROM THE DESK OF Bob

Penny assured me that maintaining a pool would not be difficult. So, when we purchased our house last year, we found one with a pool that needed refurbishing. I discussed that saga in earlier issues of this newsletter. Well . . . she’s right. Maintaining a pool is not difficult. But man is it time-consuming! I’ve spent more time maintaining the pool than I’ve spent swimming in it.

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Since our winters are mild, I’ve continued to run the pumps and keep the chemicals balanced all winter. The pool looks great!

Whether April Fools’ Day is a time-honored western tradition or a tired, unfunny festival of eyerolls depends on who you ask. Ask the mom who just got blasted with water via the old “rubber band on the sink sprayer” trick, and you’ll probably find the latter. But ask the kid who planted the trap, and you’ll get a hearty, cackling endorsement. Even if you’re sick of watching your back on April Fools’ Day and tired of the corporate cash grabs masquerading as (mostly) bad jokes that pop up like clockwork every year, you still have to give it up for the classics. Even the most bitter among us must admit that some pranks are so clever, elaborate, and inspired that they deserve their place in the annals of history. The name “George P. Burdell”will certainly reverberate through the hall of hoaxes for decades to come. Never make a clerical error with a young student who has too much time on his hands. In 1927, when William Edgar Smith was mistakenly sent a second enrollment form for the Georgia Institute of Technology, he had an idea. Combining the name of his then-principal, George P. Butler, with Burdell, the maiden name of his best friend’s mother, he enrolled the fictitious George P. Burdell in the prestigious university. Next, Smith signed Burdell up for all his same classes and, for the next four years, completed every bit of his schoolwork twice — once under his own name and once under Burdell’s, changing a few details here and there and varying his handwriting slightly so as not to raise suspicion. GEORGE COMES TO LIFE

The pine trees are my nemeses. But they’re not our trees; we only have a palm tree in the front yard. Our neighbors have many pine trees (and none have a pool).Pine needles are a constant

battle, but it got worse with pollen season and the arrival of pine stamen. We have to empty the skimmer every day. Otherwise, the raining stamen will clog up the whole system. Plus, there were so many stamen in our Polaris bag that it was floating!

-Bob Norton

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