Here he comes to save the day, Mighty Accountant is on the way!

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Do you recall those days decades ago, running to the TV set on Saturday mornings to watch Captain Midnight, Popeye the Sailor Man, Superman, Roy Rogers, Mighty Mouse, Flash Gordon, Sky King, Buffalo Bill Junior, Kit Carson, Hopalong Cassidy, Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion, Zorro et al?  Didn’t they make you feel all powerful, strong, ready to take on the entire world, and overcome Mr. Trouble with confidence, a smile, and even in song?  They did for me.  And I hated spinach and Ovaltine (what I did for that secret decoder…yuck)!

Well, I’m undergoing another grueling, sleepless tax season, with nutty, sloppy, cheap and demanding clients, on top of tight schedules and stringent deadlines; phones and faxes ringing incessantly; quirky software and frozen computers; infinite telephone calls on hold; posses rounded up to find last year's workpapers and files; search parties organized to find clients' documents dropped off at the office five minutes ago; repeated and needless trips to office supply stores for items not included on the original shopping list; endless artery-clogging pizzas topped with cholesterol and heart-burning grinders (because of bosses too stingy to splurge on filet mignon or lobster); copier and printer and fax jams and out-of-toner warnings; and rebellious, moody, snippy, snooty staff members and colleagues.

I don't know about you, but it’s time for me to relieve my stress and regain my sanity with a trip down memory lane, for that needed boost of energy and inspiration, in order to survive another stressful tax season.  And what better way than to sing that rousing theme song from Mighty Accountant:  just substitute the word Accountant for Mouse…C’mon, lighten up:  accountants are mousy anyway, and it works for me.  Of course, if you're a Three Stooges fan, you can merely hum while you slap and yank the nose of the person sitting next to you.

Here it goes.  Get ready, take a deep breath, and don't forget to click "Download audio" located above and to the left, unless you are a truly brave soul, or know it by heart, and don't need the karaoke accompaniment.  Now sing along, and I guarantee you’ll feel better, even though everyone else will think that you’ve lost it by now….

“Mr. Trouble never hangs around
When he hears this mighty sound...
"Here I come to save the day!"
That means that Mighty Accountant is on the way.
Yessir when there is a wrong to right
Mighty Accountant will join the fight
On the sea or on the land
He gets the situation well in hand
So though we are in danger
We never despair
Cause we know that where there's danger
He is there!
He is there!
On the land!
On the sea!
In the air!
We're not worryin' at all
We're just listenin' for his call
"Here I come to save the day!"
That means that Mighty Accountant is on the way!”

Here hum and tap your feet, but hit a few computer keys and shuffle a few pages to make it look as if you’re still working….

“We're not worryin' at all
We're just listenin' for his call
"Here I come to save the day!"
That means that Mighty Accountant is on the way!”

OK, now admit it, don’t you feel a little bit better?

For the Stooges' fans, I hope the person sitting next to you didn't slug you back.  But in the event that he did, let that be a very valuable lesson to you in public accounting:  and that lesson is always sit next to the nerdiest runt in your office.  That way you not only can pawn off on him all of those tedious tasks of copying and collating endless checklists, organizing workpapers, stapling tomes of pages and removing those finger-amputational fasteners, fetching and returning workpapers from and to the files, carrying heavy briefcases and client files to and from your car especially during frigid blizzards and torrential downpours, etc., but also—if you are a true veteran of public accounting—intimidate him enough to run all of your personal errands while at work, such as getting you coffee or lunch, or—if you are of the truly elite veteran group—even to advance you money.

This article is provided for informational purposes and is not intended to be construed as legal, accounting, or other professional advice. For further information, please consult appropriate professional advice from your attorney and certified public accountant. 

Have a tax or an accounting question? Please feel free to submit it to William Brighenti, Certified Public Accountant, Hartford CPA Accountants. For information and assistance on any tax and accounting issue, please visit our website, Accountants CPA Hartford, and follow the Adventures of Mighty Accountant on our blog, The Barefoot Accountant:  Accounting and Taxes Simplified.  

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