Dutch is a very guttural language. The names of the days of the week end with  “dag” wth the "g" pronounced a bit like the "ch" in  “loch” in Scots English. After reciting all seven days I had to wipe off my computer monitor. No wonder the country allows smoking of marijuana. It's the only way they can tolerate talking to each other. ... I see that my Dutch phrase book has been updated. It includes handy phrases like, "Where are the prostitutes?" and "What can I get for 30 euros?" ...  Actually, I'd think the worst thing about going to the Red Light district would be to run into someone you know who works there. It would be an awkward conversation. "What are the hours like?" "Is there a good career path?" "Do you get overtime?" ... It's funny. Despite the country's liberal tendencies, working to learn some Dutch via Rosetta Stone makes it clear that people are pretty picky about using formal or informal versions of the word "you" with them. ... The economy is so bad in Greece that the country has taken out another mortgage on the Parthenon. ... Listened to a brief interview with two members of the Village People last week. They are still touring, but they are getting old enough they have trouble stretching enough to form the letters. "uuh Y uhh, ow M, OMG that hurts C ....uh uh, uh, ah, forget it." ... Egyptologists have announced the discovery of a new tomb and an inscription that appears to be the first reference to TV host Larry King. The hieroglyphs translate as "Old man of many, many wives."  Actually, King and his seventh wife are parting company. If he marries again, PBS will run the "Eight Wives of Larry King" along with "The Eight Wives of Henry the Eighth", a King of a different sort. Larry is scheduled to receive the Mickey Rooney Lifetime Achievement award.

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Bob Scott has been informing and entertaining the mid-market financial software community with his email newsletters for 10 years. And he has been covering this market through print publications for 18 years, first as technology editor of Accounting Today and then as the Editor of Accounting Technology from 1997 through 2009. He has covered the traditional tax and accounting profession during the same time and continues to address that as executive editor of the Progressive Accountant.

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