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Do As I Say, Not As I Do!

February 9, 2011

Recently I was rummaging through emails I’ve received in the past couple of weeks that I just didn’t have time to get to. My priority is responding to business related emails first and I usually save the various newsletters to view during my lunch break or on the train. But I stumbled over this one woman’s observations about New Yorkers and it had me in tears laughing.

She essentially listed some of our most common faults being city dwellers and as painfully true as they are, they are just funny:

When you live in New York City, isn’t it funny that…

“…you will fight the city to the death about keeping your building in the P.S. 6 school zone but send all three of your children to private school in Riverdale.”

“…you will take a day off work to go to a sample sale in a warehouse in the furthest reaches of the garment district but you won’t go to a nail salon more than two blocks away.”

“…you are smug about your short commute among suburbanite colleagues and never admit the hours you spend each year waiting for an elevator or inside a stalled subway car or behind a gas truck/garbage truck/moving truck/etc.”

“…you barely notice when Uma is sledding on Cedar Hill next to you and your kids but you will pay top dollar to see her in a Broadway show.”

New York City

I do not take myself seriously at all (really none of us in the office do), so I find it easy to accept every single one of these observations. In fact Bill is always quoting the movie Garden State, “If you can’t laugh at yourself, life’s gonna seem a whole lot longer than you like.” And during the current state of the economy, I think we could all use a little humor.

Here at Gunwel, while we have a lot of fun working and hold ourselves fully accountable for our quirks, we take our work very seriously. Tax season may not sound fun to most people, but we love it. This is the time of year we get to spend the most time with our tax clients and really get to know where they are financially and where they want to be.

So come by the office and share your quirky observations about fellow New Yorkers. We’re open Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm and Saturdays from 8am to 5pm. You can always give us a call at 212-979-6830, drop us a note at and our website ( is loaded with great information to help you through tax season.

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