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Double Drive-Thru: Here’s How it Works

Double Drive-Thru: Here’s How it Works

2100080144_7fccebf72b_bHere is some quick drive-thru etiquette for those of you who don’t quite know how to navigate the double lane fast food ordering system — and you know who you are. On second thought, you probably don’t know who you are or surely you wouldn’t continue to impede the simple flow of traffic and keep me from my bacon, egg and cheese biscuit any longer than necessary.

  1. Pull up to the ordering speaker and place your order.
  2. Immediately pull forward far enough to check the other lane.
  3. If the other car is still ordering, you go in front of them regardless of the flow of traffic in front of you and from which ever lane they came.
  4. On the other hand, if the other lane finished ordering first you let them go ahead of you.

That’s it. It sounds simple and it is, but for some reason so many drivers just don’t get it and then it messes up the whole process, which slows down the whole system and thus keeps me from my timely breakfast. Now I don’t work in fast food and I didn’t invent the double-lane system or study its effectiveness, but I have confirmed my suspicions on how this whole thing is suppose to work with more than one said employee. And yes, if we all follow the procedure outlined here, we all are more inclined to pay the correct amount for our food, speed up the drive-thru process and receive our requested biscuit instead of some English muffin with Canadian bacon and a side of fruit.
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Feeling Like a Tax Goddess Here

Feeling Like a Tax Goddess Here

hrblock tax softwareI had to ship my son off to grandma’s for the day and refuse lunch with my husband, but I did it. . . and with 10 extra days to boot. Yes folks, the taxes are finished! And the “tax goddess’ is feeling good (even better since we are actually getting a little something back this year).

I finally got tired of gathering all our information (the most difficult thing about tax time) and sitting across a desk in silence while a tax prep person input numbers into a computer just to hit us with a hefty bill. So this year I bought the H&R Block tax software for $35.00 and did it myself.

After I had all my forms and figures in order, the program walked me through the process of inputting income, expenses, deductions and so forth. It really was easy to use, and I would recommend it to anyone needing a quick virtual accountant before April 15. Users can save their work, back up and redo anything along the way. When you are finished calculating the hopefully huge return you will be getting, you can choose to e-file or print out a paper version to send via the mail.

I purchased the federal and state version of the software and chose the H&R Block program only because it was $20.00 cheaper than its competitor, but I had to pay an additional $19.99 online to e-file my state return (although you can choose to pay nothing extra and just mail in your state forms). In the end, it probably would have been equal for me in terms of price; but I have to tell you, it was a lot cheaper than our accountant. . . and did I mention, we are actually getting something back this year!

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