Feb Coffee Talk: Dream Jobs, Eccentrics and Tax Returns

by Sandy L on January 30, 2012


This coffee talk has been posted live here: Coffee Talk: My Tax Return Diary


I’ve decided it was time for our next coffee talk.  For those of you new to this series, it is a way to link two seemingly unrelated topics together to stretch one’s writing ability and make for entertaining reading.  In the past, articles by fellow coffee talkers have been fresh pressed and picked up by other bigger sites. It’s a great way to make innovative and outstanding content.

Here’s the back story for February’s coffee talk.  Let’s assume for a moment that normal employment laws don’t exist in this case.

You are on vacation and like it happens so often in new places, you meet a deliciously interesting person in your travels. As you learn more about him/her, you find out that not only is this person a bit of an eccentric but a billionaire entrepreneur. You two hit it off immediately and in your chit chat, you discover that (s)he has been looking for someone to fill an open position. As luck would have it, this job is not only your dream job but it’s also in your dream location and at a salary that would allow you to take along your spouse or any other important loved ones if needed.

But here’s the catch.  This eccentric entrepreneur thinks (s)he can learn more about someone from their tax return than they can ever learn from any resume.  You decide this jig is too good to pass up, so you pull out your 2010 tax return, make a copy in it’s entirety and send it over.  What will your new billionaire friend learn about you and does any of it relate to your dream job? Why or why not? Ponder the thought and life change if appropriate.


  1. Write a post about what your tax return says about you as a person.  It can be totally built upon the back story I fabricated or you can use only the portions you are comfortable with or modify as necessary. A loose association to the topic is fine.
  2. If interested mark your calendar for Feb 8th now so you don’t forget about it.
  3. Try to go outside your writing comfort zone. Stretch yourself.  Pick two things that seemingly don’t go together and make it work.
  4. Help me spread the word.
  5. Post on February 8th.
  6. Link back  to this site or email me so that I know you participated. (sandyl@firstgenamerican.com)
  7. I will post a master round up list at the end of my Feb 8th article. Others can copy and paste it into their own article if desired.
  8. Read and comment other’s posts, laugh, have fun, and promote your fellow blogger.

*Note, if you don’t have a blog of your own but would like to post your own content, you can also send me your article and I can post it up on my site.

I’m really looking forward to this topic. It’s going to be super fun.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Molly (Mike and Molly's House) January 30, 2012 at 8:55 AM

This is going to be challenging but we’re in!


shanendoah@the dog ate my wallet January 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I love your Coffee Talks. And, if you don’t mind me going off of our 2011 tax return, it will give me the impetus to get it done. I’m in!


Kris @ Everyday Tips January 30, 2012 at 4:25 PM

My post would probably be one word- ‘boring’. (Meaning, ‘these people are boring according to their tax return’.) However, I will pull it out and take a look in case I am forgetting something.

Very interesting topic Sandy!


Sandy L January 31, 2012 at 6:02 AM

Ah..come on..anyone with a little blog income can spin that into an entrepreneurial story.


Invest It Wisely January 30, 2012 at 10:27 PM

This is an interesting topic. I’ll have to dig thru and see what I can find… agreed, this will be challenging!


Sandy L January 31, 2012 at 6:03 AM

There’s lots of potential…you’ve got your savings, your deductions, side hustle income, etc..


Crystal January 31, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I’m in. I’ll have to go find my 2010 return now…


Suba January 31, 2012 at 8:00 PM

I just got my 2011 taxes done. This will be interesting as a concept, I just have to work really really hard to not make it boring. I tend to do that 🙂 I am so in!


growingmygirls February 1, 2012 at 3:33 PM

I plan to try!


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