A Taste of “Deadly Soup”

  Deadly Soup by Dane Zeller   Camouflage Man watched traffic rush under the Sixth Street bridge north of downtown Kansas City. Cars, trucks and city debris were visible to him through his sunglasses. His post under the bridge was dark, hidden by the shadows that interspersed with the street light. At highway level, a [...] Read more »

Taxpayer Asks: What’s The Rush?

My Annual Friends

It’s too late for my insidious practice alert (ipAlert). Your CPA, protective of his time, scheduled your meeting on February 1st. You went. You’re done. No fuss, no worry, no tension caused by an impending tax filing deadline. Forget this insidious practice of early tax filing. The problems with early filing: 1. You give up [...] Read more »

The Art of the Knuckleball

The Art of the Knuckleball by Dane Zeller   At 33,000 feet, two hours west of Denver, flight attendant Joan Silvers stopped pouring coffee into paper cups. She sniffed the air. “Rhonda.” “Yeah, Joan.” “I smell smoke.” “Electrical?” Joan explored the galley at the front of the plane. The plane shook once and dipped in [...] Read more »

Pearl of Wisdom

Written by Dane Zeller, performed by Maury and Happy, guardian angels.   Maury lifted his cup to his lips. Coffee waves slapped against the sides of the cup made thick and more suitable for professional drivers at the truck stop, than old men at the Pizza Shoppe. He took a sip. “Michael?” Michael set his [...] Read more »

The Power of One by Gary Smith

A teenage girl climbs into her coach’s white Chevy Malibu. The heat lies on the land like the heel of a fat man’s hand. The cicadas scream. The cattle chew the spear grass. The turkey buzzards wheel.  The car crunches the gravel leading away from the high school. The coach turns ontoasphalt. They ride that [...] Read more »

The Sixteen Absolute Principles of Personal Finance

1. If you don’t want to mow a lawn, don’t buy a house. (There are other costs of home ownership.) 2. If you buy a house for investment purposes, consider all of the costs beyond the cost of mowing your yard. Property taxes, insurance, the new roof, the furnace and air conditioner, rotor-rooter man, plumber, [...] Read more »

Dane Zeller? Oh, yeah.

To all my readers. You may use the following script whenever you think it would help. Scene: (A Starbucks Coffee Shop, A very crowded Panera Bread restaurant, In the audience of a poetry reading, or sitting in a baseball stadium watching a baseball game drone by.) Characters; You, played by “you”. Characters: Him, played by [...] Read more »

Financial Expert Reveals His Top Pick

One BananaTwo, One Monkey Typing’s resident financial guru, reluctantly gives investment advice. Managing editor, Dane Zeller, interviews One. Dane: Dr. BananaTwo, our readers are anxiously awaiting your advice for 2019. One: uh…so? Dane: So…what’s your best stock tip for 2019? One: How should I know? Dane: You’re the EXPERT! One: And Donald Trump is the [...] Read more »

Dane’s 2019 Progress Report

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Photo Highlights from Dane’s Camera

Our first grandson. In this photo, Rita is teaching Denny how to smile and shop. Years ago, I got a chance to go to see Jimi Hendrix, but I didn’t go. He died. So, when the Beach Boys came into town last month, I paid good money to take a picture of Brian Wilson. Great [...] Read more »

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