The Tax Attic with Jerry Coon – July 16, 2009

July 16, 2009 // 0 Comments

What makes a professional a professional Last week I attended a convention sponsored by Money Concepts, the financial planning company that I am associated with. The convention was held in Asheville, North Carolina, which is a sightseer’s paradise. Of course, I have to attend educational classes, but there was time set aside to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Asheville area. This included visiting the famous Biltmore Mansion and the Asheville Brewing Company, one of the micro-breweries in the area. Deb and I also took a side trip across the Blue Ridge Parkway to Cherokee, N.C. In case you haven’t been across the Blue Ridge Parkway, it’s one of the curviest roads I have ever seen. On one side of the road is the straight-up side of a mountain and on the other side of the road is a straight-down drop-off. There are innumerable scenic pull-off spots to gaze at the mountains and take some wonderful pictures. ¬†While in Cherokee, we visited a reconstructed Cherokee Indian village. Cherokees were the original inhabitants of the North Carolina area but they were forcefully transplanted in the 1830s from North Carolina to Missouri and places west. Some of the descendants have since moved back to the Cherokee area and purchased the land, now known as the Cherokee Indian Reservation, back from the federal government-good for them. For what the federal government did to their ancestors, I hope they got it cheap. From Cherokee, we crossed over the Great Smoky Mountains, stopping at the spot where the Appalachian Trail crosses over the highway. I have heard of people hiking the Appalachian Trail, of course, but I wasn’t really sure of what the Appalachian Trail would look like. We have the White Pine Trail here in town so I presumed it would probably be something similar to that-wrong. It’s a lot narrower than the White Pine Trail, it’s a lot rockier than the White Pine Trail, it’s a lot muddier than the White Pine Trail, it’s a lot longer than the White Pine Trail, it’s a lot steeper than the White Pine Trail, and it’s not paved either. It looked like a lot of work to hike the Appalachian Trail. All in all, it was a good week. Denis […]