Buddha Buddy

While working in my home office, I look forward to a visit from Buddha Buddy, a friendly squirrel with half a tail who hops up towards our back door everyday, usually in mid afternoon, but often in the morning as well, looking for peanuts. When he gets to the bottom step, he sits up, with his paunchy belly hanging in Buddha fashion (hence, his name Buddha; Buddy was affixed by my wife, who feels that everyone on earth should have a surname), and waits for his feeding. If any other squirrels want a peanut from his rations, he chases them away in not a buddy sort of way, asserting his authority over the territory.

Rather than eat the peanuts at the base of the steps, Buddha Buddy hops over to a patio chair nearby, jumps up on it, and eats and enjoys his dinner like any civilized being.

Sometimes when we spot him in our neighbor’s yard, my wife, Carole, holding a peanut up in the air, will call him: “Buddha Buddy, look at what I got”, and he comes hopping sometimes as much as a hundred yards to get that peanut, and countless others.

Once I figure out how to work that digital camera I bought for my wife a year ago, I will post some pictures of him on the blog, because he is the cutest little guy (or girl, not sure yet) I’ve ever seen, besides my three cats and the stray cat we named “Circles”.

About William Brighenti

William Brighenti is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and Certified Business Valuation Analyst. Bill began his career in public accounting in 1979. Since then he has worked at various public accounting firms throughout Connecticut. Bill received a Master of Science in Professional Accounting degree from the University of Hartford, after attending the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University for his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees. He subsequently attended Purdue University for doctoral studies in Accounting and Quantitative Methods in Business. Bill has instructed graduate and undergraduate courses in Accounting, Auditing, and other subjects at the University of Hartford, Central Connecticut State University, Hartford State Technical College, and Purdue University. He also taught GMAT and CPA Exam Review Classes at the Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Center and at Person-Wolinsky, and is certified to teach trade-related subjects at Connecticut Vocational Technical Schools. His articles on tax and accounting have been published in several professional journals throughout the country as well as on several accounting websites. William was born and raised in New Britain, Connecticut, and served on the City's Board of Finance and Taxation as well as its City Plan Commission. In addition to the blog, Accounting and Taxes Simplified, Bill writes a blog, "The Barefoot Accountant", for the Accounting Web, a Sift Media publication.
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