Jimmy's Favorite Sites
Here are a few sites I have discovered
which are helpful, informative or interesting. These sites relate
to Annapolis, to business or are just worth dropping in for a
casual visit. Let's go surfing and take a look.
I am not sure about the cost-benefit ratio but if you would like
a hands-on forms experience at www.printbox.com,
you can purchase and download a Microsoft Word add-in that will
allow you to create pre-numbered raffle or theater tickets or
other variants. They will also sell you perforated card stock
that will make your project look like you had it done professionally.
Samples of projects are on display at the site as well as embedded
in the download to give you a good start on your project. One
caution, you might become your charity's ticket supplier if you
are too good at it!
No doubt you have seen numerous references to www.speedpass.com.
This site allows you to register and electronically link your
favorite credit or debit card to a small key- chain device you
can use at most Mobil and Exxon stations and a growing list of
other retailers as well. The Speedpass web site recently announced
that select McDonald's and Stop & Shops have the wireless connection
for your use. Once you are accustomed to using the Speedpass wand
at the pump, you'll wonder why you didn't get it before.
Recently, I was asked to comment on the need for and purpose of
a prenuptial agreement. During my "crash course,"---no pun intended---I
discovered that many professional people who are marrying later
in life or are coming into a new relationship with substantial
assets from earlier marriages are cautiously optimistic. I also
which has sample prenuptial agreements written for every state.
I am not an attorney and therefore cannot attest to the completeness
of these documents, but it would appear they are great to-do lists
that will help you through the planning phase and can be an asset
to your attorney. The download fee for the Word Document or Adobe
PDF file format is $29. Countless other documents are available
at this location. As always, consult your accountant or attorney
to prevent surprises or embarrassment.
This past year the roof on my house was replaced and, in the process,
several gutters were removed and repaired. There was one downspout,
however, that just didn't look right and was a hazard to foot
traffic. The carpenter asked if I had ever considered a "kusari
doi," or Japanese rain chain. A quick Internet search revealed
blossomgardens.com/arain.asp, the purveyor of Oriental garden
items. My wife and I quickly agreed to the suggestion and now
everyone asks about our little copper buckets that replaced that
ugly, old downspout.
In my never-ending search for maps, graphics and other web site
paraphernalia, I found www.aquarius.geomar.de/omc.
This site allows you to create a map of any location in the world
using GMT (generic mapping tools). You complete a map request
online, give them your email address and, in less time than it
takes to search, find, cut and paste, your map appears in your
email box as an html file ready for your use. There are countless
map companies, but none cheaper than "free" and none that let
you create a specific map area. It's a great geography tool and
makes learning fun for the young and old.
As always we encourage your thoughts and suggestions, Thanks!
Jimmy R. Hammond, CPA, is a resident of Annapolis and a consultant to businesses in Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.