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They Say It’s Your Birthday…

September 29, 2009 · 16 comments

It’s my birthday, too, yeah. So, in honor of the day, in the tradition of bloggers everywhere, I present ten things you may not know about me…

1, I share a birthday with actress Jill Whelan. She and I have much in common: she starred in one of my favorite movies, Airplane!, and the wildly popular show, Love Boat, before moving to Philadelphia while I played the role of Snoopy in my junior high production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown before moving to Philadelphia. She, however, was never a tax attorney – ha!

2, At various times in my life, I wanted to be an actress, a teacher, a baseball player (which reminds me: Charlie Manuel, if you haven’t found a replacement for Lidge, I’m still available through October) and a lawyer. My dad is fond of relating the story of my telling people that I wanted to be a lawyer so that I could be rich and just write poetry. I clearly overestimated how much they pay lawyers – which is why I now just write tax haiku.

3, When people ask me what I do for a living now, I tell them I’m a tax attorney who also writes about tax (this may frighten them a little). If you think that’s confusing to grown-ups, think of my poor children: they often tell people that I drive a taxi.

4, My husband and I are both lawyers and yes, we met in law school. I didn’t care for him very much during our first year because I thought he was too sarcastic. If you read the blog very often and know my writing style, that should boggle your mind.

5, In law school, I swore I would never take a tax course, bar review or no bar review, because I thought it would be boring. There’s a lesson to be learned here – and it’s not to not listen to me.

6, The worst grade I ever got in law school was in tax – the first tax course I ever took. I was devastated and went to my professor in tears. I was already signed up for my IRS clerkship by the time I got my grade and wanted to quit. My professor convinced me to not quit. I completely attribute my being a tax geek today to my terrific law school tax profs.

7, I did a stint as a tax prof myself for a bit at Community College of Philadelphia. I taught Wills and Trusts. The great thing about growing up in a Southern family is that I didn’t really have to embellish any of my family for the hypos – although I did occasionally. For example, my dad does, in fact, have an entire room in our house dedicated to all things Coca-Cola – though as far as I know, none of the bottles contain flesh-eating bacteria. Again, as far as I know…

8, I have really fond memories of my childhood except for a few “incidents” involving my brothers and some strategically placed walkie-talkies (no, Rob and T, I haven’t forgotten). Some of my best memories revolve around my maternal grandmother who made a pretty mean vegetable soup. She died of cancer and I now run the Komen 5k in her memory (Team Joye). I’m running again in May – if you’re feeling charitable, you can make a donation. Make it by the end of the year and you can claim it as a tax deduction!

9, I now have three kids of my own – fortunately, my daughter’s invisible friend, Mary, has moved on (I did not claim her as a tax deduction, despite my father’s belief that I could). I have no idea what my kids will be when they grow up though I would not be surprised to see my middle child off Broadway (and I mean, off, off Broadway). My husband and I have always said that they can be anything they want except a stripper or a lawyer – and we’re willing to bend on stripper.

10, My other “baby” is taxgirl. I’ve been blogging for a number of years now (even before I bought taxgirl.com). Way back… As in back in the day when my mom didn’t even know what a blog was and my dad was just about my only reader. It’s been the most fun a tax geek can have (and still hold a job). I really do appreciate all of my readers for giving me inspiration and encouragement every.single.day. And thanks, of course, to Richard Hatch, for constantly giving me something to write about.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jeff Richardson September 29, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Happy Birthday!!!

2 Graham Morris September 29, 2009 at 12:24 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

3 Dee September 29, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Happy Birthday :)

4 Mary Kay Foss September 29, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Happy Birthday.

You started your list of thing that people don’t know about you better than my daughter. Her first item was that she doesn’t know the natural color of her hair. I don’t either.

5 Kelly September 29, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Thanks to all! And Mary Kay, I definitely know the natural color of my hair because I need to get myself to the salon… ;)

6 Debbie September 29, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Hilarious! Have a great birthday!

7 Samina September 29, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Happy birthday from a CPA married to a CPA. We worked together & I didn’t like him much at first, either!

8 Sherra September 29, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Happy birthday! #3 – “taxi” – too funny.

9 Evan September 29, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Happy Birthday! Your father is a good man, I actually collect old school glass coke bottles. Its weird, and I get made fun of it, so I feel his pain.

10 John Kindley September 29, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Hey, it’s my birthday too! Happy birthday!

11 Kelly September 29, 2009 at 10:45 pm

John, Thanks! I hope you had a good one!

12 Kelvin Kao September 30, 2009 at 3:55 am

Happy birthday! These are some fun facts! :-)

13 Marina September 30, 2010 at 8:15 am

Happy Birthday!! Mary sounds like a great kid…..

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