By Paula @ Holiday World

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). And 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.

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:

  • 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.

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