Work hard, play hard and repeat

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 03:17 PM.

I know I’m swimming against public perceptions about the subject, but that’s my opinion formed over many years and a ton of experience. I may have huge objections to how our government spends our money but don’t have much of a problem with their mechanisms for collecting it.

I love my profession and the pressures it brings. As is my normal routine, after the 15th deadline rolls past I’ll survey the wreckage and clutter of my office with the certainty that since the season didn’t kill me I must be stronger.

Of course my year doesn’t stop. The 15th of April signals little but the passing of a deadline. My pile of extended clients will keep me busy for the rest of the year at a more relaxed pace.

And speaking of paces, people who do what I do have extreme fun on vacations because we’re switching from frantic to the leisurely in a blink of the calendar. It’s an especially wonderful transition.

This year, my wife Ann and I have great vacation plans that are noted on my computer screen with a day-to-day countdown. I recall when it registered over 100 but now is down to under a month.

When we get back, it won’t be long before my poker tournament in Las Vegas. I should write a manual for having fun year after year, although it would contain just two pages.

Page one: "Work hard, play hard." Page two: "Repeat."

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