Road Trip

BY JAMES J. THOLE, CPA

Just a comment on the lighter side for a change: When the December 2010 issue of my JofA arrived, I immediately noticed the title on the cover, “Listening to Main Street.” As a Route 66 aficionado, it reminded me of the classic nickname given to that fabled, historic highway: “Main Street of America.”

 

OK, not a big deal … so far. But then, in “The Last Word” column on the back page, in the story about DeAnn Hill, there is a long paragraph about the location of her hometown, Baxter Springs, Kan., on Route 66! What an odd coincidence that this story would appear in the magazine with that cover.

 

I’ve driven Route 66 from end to end, and the 13-mile Kansas section several times. Baxter Springs is indeed one of the “Mother Road’s” historic towns.

 

Thank you for adding “The Last Word” feature a few years back. It’s one of my favorite columns; it shows that accountants are real people, too.

 

James J. Thole, CPA

Manchester, Mo.

More from the JofA:

 Find us on Facebook  |   Follow us on Twitter  |   View JofA videos

SPONSORED REPORT

Revenue recognition: A complex effort

Implementing the new standard requires careful judgment. Learn how to make significant accounting judgments and document them and collaborate with peers for consistent application.

VIDEO

How to Excel pivot a general ledger

The general ledger is a vast historical data archive of your company's financial activities, including revenue, expenses, adjustments, and account balances. J. Carlton Collins, CPA, shows how to prepare data for, and mine data with, PivotTables.

QUIZ

News quiz: Taking an economic snapshot and looking to the future

Recent news included IRS actions that affect individuals and partnerships and a possibly influential move by a Big Four accounting firm.Take this short quiz to see how much you know about the news.