In the middle of the afternoon, I felt better than I have for at least a week. I was full of energy, not even slowed down by the lingering sore throat from yesterday. I put this remarkable surge to good use by getting through a couple of tasks that have been haunting me for most of the month.
The first was a small claims suit that the Boss wanted me to fill out for him. It was tedious typing, and it involved looking up dates and addresses, but it took less than an hour to get it done. It made me feel a bit ashamed that I've let it sit on the corner of my desk for so long.
Then I tackled the real monster, our small business certification renewal package. Being certified by the state has never landed us a job, or given us any other advantage, in the four years we've been in the program. We have to go through the process every two years, and it's tedious work, especially for someone who doesn't like to keep up on his filing.
I needed to locate three years of tax returns (corporate, personal and payroll), plus the returns from another company that lists the Boss as an officer. Unfortunately, the other company went out of business two years ago, and I don't have access to their accounting records. This will require a glib explanation (not my specialty), and it might even prevent us from renewing the certification, making this whole ordeal even more of a waste of time.
So I called the Boss and asked him how badly he wanted us to keep the certification. "It might get us a job some day," he said. And that was my answer. It never has, but it might. I filled out the renewal application the best I could, attached all the forms I could locate, and sent it off. Since my signature was on the form, I didn't lie about the now defunct "other company."
I have a feeling we'll be rejected, and I also have a feeling that in the long run it won't make any difference to the company except to make my life a little more unpleasant because somehow this will all turn out to be my fault. Crises have a way of springing up from the most unlikely sources. Life in the mad, mad world of the Boss is funny that way.