Random Thoughts at 36,000 feet

I'm about 36,000 feet in the air heading from Detroit to Las Vegas to attend an SEC Update for Smaller Reporting Companies. Best part is the conference is at the Four Seasons. Love that place.

For some reason, I've got a few random thoughts going through my head. Here goes:

  • I've read about the efforts of various states to, as they put it, crack down on voter fraud. Some argue it is a badly disguised attempt to suppress voter turnout; others say there is just too much fraud. This is even going on in Michigan, where the Secretary of State is requiring ballots to have a check off box saying that you are a citizen. 

    This is what I don't get: as it is, all I need is a picture ID to vote. And that is all I need to get on an airplane. This seems off. Where can I do the most damage? On an airplane. It is exceedingly unlikely that my possible fraudulent vote (rest assured I'm a citizen) could cause as much havoc.

    I'm not saying I want to show more ID when I go through security at the airport. It just seems like these aren't equals risks.
     

  • I usually fly 30,000 - 40,000 miles a year on Delta. That gets me Silver Elite status. What I really need to be is Gold Elite, which is 50,000 miles a year. 

    Why do I bring this up? Because I couldn't get an exit row seat on this plane and I wasn't upgraded to first class and I'm totally cramped. Next time I can't get an exit row seat and it is likely a full seat, I'm springing the extra bucks for Economy Comfort, which guarantees more leg room. Which in turn means more work space. Somehow I'm managing to write this.
     

  • My wife's birthday is in two days and I still haven't gotten her anything. Good thing she doesn't read this blog.
     
  • Year-end audit planning is going to be underway shortly. I'm eagerly awaiting the update to the PCAOB audit guide from CCH. Call me a geek. I won't mind.
     
  • I think the Tigers were eliminated from the AL Central title on Monday. Still haven't figured out how this happened.
     
  • I'm looking around at the various computers on this flight. I'm using a Dell Latitude E5520 (I think) Guy one row up has a MacBook Air (looks like the 13" one). Have seen a couple of iPads, mostly used for entertainment purposes. Seeing a lot of ordinary laptops like mine and one that looked like an UltraBook.

    My daughter is a freshman at The University of Michigan. When we went for her campus day visit in late March, I paid attention to the computers I saw students using; I knew we were going to have buy one for my daughter. I especially remember being in the Law Library Reading Room (where I did a LOT of studying) and I saw maybe 50 computers. All MacBook Pros. Not a single PC.

  • For all of the Apples that were flying out of the store when I bought my daughter her MacBook Pro, that effect seems to have not hit this particular flight.
     
  • By the way, I'm really tired of lugging a laptop. Have to get a better alternative.
     
  • A week from today I'm going to Dallas for two days of fieldwork. If the client doesn't have extra monitors for us to use, I'm going to buy one of those USB powered portable monitors. No way I can work for two days with only one monitor. Which reminds me I have to email the client to find out.
     
  • Hope nobody is disappointed that the only time I'm mentioning LinkedIn is in this bullet.
     
  • Beginning to realize that I'm not likely to be a superstar on Twitter. 
     
  • There are some really good bloggers on this website. Hope you read them too.

If you've never commented on a blog before, here's your opportunity! What's on your mind? You can even tell me if you liked this post or if you thought it was really lame. My feelings might get a little hurt, but I'll get over it.

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Joel M. Ungar, CPA is a lifelong resident of the Detroit area and a graduate of The University of Michigan. He is a principal with Silberstein Ungar, PLLC, a Top 15 auditor of SEC public reporting companies. Joel writes observations on different matters and especially on working with and using LinkedIn. He thinks he has a sense of humor.

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