About 18 months ago, I got a new computer here at work. One of the fussy little set-up chores is to go through and choose all the “Options” in Outlook. I send my emails HTML. I sort my Contacts by Address Cards (but not Detailed Address Cards). I prefer my Icons small and in a list, thankyouverymuch.
Next it was time to sort out my Calendar.
One option presented is “show holidays.”
Rather a no-brainer, don’t you think? If you work at Holiday World, being aware of the nation’s holidays is a good thing. On the appointed day, up pops the announcement of the holiday. Ground Hog Day. St. Patrick’s Day. Columbus Day. Tax Day.
Who in the world declared today a holiday? Was this the work of a federal agency? Or some mischievous software designer who claims an extra three dependents each year and gets a fat check back from the IRS?
Could there possibly be a method to this madness?
Once in a while, just for fun, we toss around ideas for a new themed section. But no one has ever suggested Tax Day.
Think of it, though, for just a minute…what joy a Tax Day section could bring to families:
- The Shake You Down Go-Round, the world’s first inverted merry-go-round
- The Taxman Cometh dark ride, complete with laser pointers for scratching out errors
- The Bean Counter Carousel, sponsored by H&R Block
- a musical show called Evasion Jubilation
- a dunking booth with – you guessed it – simulated IRS agents; and finally…
- The Taxinator roller coaster, which only goes uphill.
Thanks to my Cousin Jeff in St. Louis for helping me with these ideas. I tried calling our corporate controller first, but was told he has taken the day off. Huh. I guess, for some, today is a holiday.