Day 2901: Good to know

One thousand, three hundred, and sixty days ago (it’s good to know who’s counting — me!), I wrote another post titled “Good to know.” It’s good to know that it’s still good to know things, even during these times of a deadly pandemic and deadly denial.

I hope it’s good to know that I finally got up some good courage yesterday to call the Internal Revenue Service to know about my good refund, which, as you might know, is a good many months late.

It’s good to know details, so here’s what happened:

  • I know how difficult it is to connect with a real person in the IRS, especially these days, so I set aside a good long time to make the call.
  • The automated IRS phone system gave me the same response I had gotten on-line a good many weeks ago — that the system had no knowledge of my refund — which was not good to know.
  • Other automated information increased my fear that something bad had happened to my refund.
  • I tried navigating the phone system every which way I knew, but still couldn’t get through to a real person with knowledge.
  • I googled “how to reach a real person at IRS” which gave me a complicated hack of the phone system including refusing to enter my social security number twice, which was very good to know.
  • I stayed on hold for 45 minutes, marveling that so many good people ahead of me had figured out the good-to-know hack of the phone system.
  • I finally spoke to a wonderful IRS employee who was home in Texas with her dogs and who was good to know. She told me the good-to-know information that there was a backlog of mailed returns and mine was among them. That was the only reason I had not received my refund, instead of all the bad-to-know fears my mind had manufactured.
  • She told me other good-to-know information, including (1) don’t mail in your return again, (2) don’t worry about identity thieves stealing your refund, (3) your husband’s erroneous Social Security information (which necessitated the mailing rather than the e-filing of our joint tax return) has been corrected, and (4) you go, girl, for marrying a good guy 10 years younger than you who cooks!

It’s good to know that bureaucracies can be made up of good-to-know human beings.

Are any of today’s images good to know?

It’s good to know Hanukkah is starting tonight and Michael will be making good potato latkes very soon.

Here are five good-to-know facts about Hanukkah from

Many thanks to all my good-to-know readers, including YOU.

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23 thoughts on “Day 2901: Good to know

  1. Really good to know that there are humans who answer calls still.
    It’s also good to know that witches can manage hoverboards at such a height as shown in your fourth photo!

  2. puella33

    It’s good to know that everything at the IRS went well.

  3. It’s good to know everything turned out well for you, good to know there’s at least once nice and helpful IRS person working from home with her dogs, good to know the lights of Hanukkah are a little brighter than previous years, good to know Harley is such a cool cat, but, most importantly, it’s good to know you.

  4. Good to know you’re my friend and things are going well for you. ◟(◔ั₀◔ั )◞ ༘♡

  5. it’s good to know that you didn’t give up, even under the pressure of bad hold music for a long period of time, good to know your refund is coming and it will seem like a double bonus when you have 2 refunds in 2021, and good to know you, my friend.

  6. I love that you found the connection with a real human behind the bureaucracy. I had a similar experience with the IRS. We are in this together after all 💕

  7. It’s good to know you found a friendly IRS agent and I am impressed with the preparation you did before calling. I think I’d change the phrase to “You’re good to know!” 🙂

  8. It’s SO GOOD to know that you managed to get ahold of a real person at the IRS and sort out your refund situation, Ann, and even better to know that she was nice and told you that your refund was on the way. Whew!

  9. It is so good to know you found the answer to your big question by phone, Ann!

  10. It’s good to know that Harley is watching over these matters.

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