Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hello Again

At the instigation inspiration of my lovely bride, I thought I would carry the torch for a night.  Duncan hasn't provided much help in the way of subject matter, but hopefully we'll be able to make it through this.  Things have been quiet around here since Meghan's school decided to boost the State of Tennessee's revenues (and, hopefully, plan a few things for the upcoming school year while they are at it).  In her absence, there have been a few ballgames watched, a few meals from circa sometime-prior-to-November 21, 2009 (no, not Krystal), and.......

[5 minutes later]

Anyway, I think I was supposed to address last week's audit.  I'm not really sure what this is supposed to look like, so I apologize in advance for what might, or might not, be said.  After all, it is rare to hear that an auditor sold out a 20,000 seat arena to entertain interested patrons.

With that said, last week's audit was a great experience.  I have enjoyed learning as much as I have the past two years.  However, admittedly, I was nervous about supervising my first audit.  I don't know if there's a Murphy's Law-type equivalent for auditing (i.e., if something weird can come up, it will), but my experience has taught me that you have to be ready for just about anything.  A new supervisor with a relatively new staff was enough to make me have doubts about the week.

However, I felt the week went really well.  The surgery center we visited was maybe a mile or two from the hotel we stayed on the Atlanta leg of this trip.  We worked with a great management team and a helpful administrative staff, who made our week much easier than it could have been.  I was really impressed with the way my team went in there and made sure the work got done.  There were a few late nights along the way, but I felt like we left with a pretty good product.  If the worst thing that happened is one of the rental cars in the audit caravan running out of gas in virtually the middle of nowhere Georgia on the way home and being stuck on the side of the road for an hour and a half until AAA could arrive to give the car a little shot of watered down 87 grade not returning to Nashville until 3:00 pm on Friday, I'd say it was a pretty good week.  Thanks to everyone for all your thoughts!

Well, Duncan and I will now proceed with bachelor life.  The past eight months or so have taught me that I'm not that fond of riding through this journey alone.  It's good to have a partner.  Duncan's not a bad one to have for a few days, but needless to say, my ears don't need a rest after a night with him.  (Okay, Meghan, if you read this, this is the one time you are actually supposed to read more into this than what I'm saying...well, maybe not the sentence right before this one.)

Hope everyone has a great night!  Meghan will return shortly with her Caldecott approach to storytelling.  I realize our audience is mature enough to require no visuals.

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