Category Archives: Observations

Rolling Stones: YouTubes Living Legends Series

YouTube recently announced recently a new video series about Living Legends. You will be able to interact, ask questions and get involved with some of the most famous people on the planet.

The series starts out with The Rolling Stones. Discover the Legends Series here.

Now I’ve been a Rolling Stones fan for as long as I can remember. I’ve seen the Stones in concert. This band knows how to rock. Amazingly, they have proven their longevity. Hey, they are not only playing rock and roll, but they are still alive. Amazing!

Now they have a new film out done by Martin Scorsese,  called “Shine A Light”. Scorsese did my favorite concert film, The Last Waltz

Here’s an excerpt. The Stones paly Jumpin’ Jack Flash.


 Make sure you check out my pick for the greatest concert movie of all time: The Last Waltz

Rock On….

Albert Grande

My $41 Million Dollar Letter (and Yours, too)

I got a letter from the IRS, last week. Believe me, I only like letters from the IRS, when there is a check inside. This letter did not contain a check.

“Dear Taxpayer…” the letter said.

I was sweating. I was in a panic. I felt faint. I thought I had paid my taxes. I had all of my receipts and cancelled checks. I had declared all of my income from Google (adsense), Amazon, Clickbank as well as countless other affiliate programs I belong to. All of my other products I sold through Paypal  had been declared. My 1099’s were an open book.

I was expecting to find an audit had already been scheduled.
I read on…

Wait a minute: the IRS was sending me money. Great I thought. Finally, I’m getting some cash. $600 if I was single or $1,200 if I was married. Alright, I’m getting $1,200.

Sounded like a wonderful idea, I thought, at the time.

Then, I discovered, my IRS letter went out to every single taxpayer in the U.S. to the tune of $41,000,000.  You read that correctly: $41,000,000.

A $41,000,000 letter telling me the check was in the mail.

Now, I don’t want to sound ungrateful, but $41,000,000 is not pocket change.

How many hungry people could that money have fed? How many homeless shelters or homes could have been built? How much could have gone to cancer research? Aids research? Or other worthwhile projects.

How many jobs could that money have created? The IRS could have paid people to call up taxpayers to explain they had a check coming. Heck, I would have called a couple of hundred people myself, if the price was right.

My friends at the Motley Fool have their own spin on this issue. You can read the story here.

Maybe its just me, but, the IRS, could have found a better way to spend the money. They could have easily,  just put the letter in the same envelope as the check, I will be getting.

At least then, I wouldn’t have been so nervous when the letter came. Or as angry when I found out their letter wasted $41,000,000 that could have been spent on something worthwhile.

Happy Spending,

Albert Grande

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