Earth May Be Still, But Nerves Are Still Shaking

August 12, 2013 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

2013_7_7 072Around this time of year, I tend to become a bit anxious. I could say it has something with back-to-school shopping but that’s a whole other blog post topic. This time I’m referring to something a little more out of my control — the second anniversary of the day D.C. decided to shake, rattle and roll, and no music was involved!

This week, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is hosting its annual National Governmental Accounting and Auditing Update Conference East 2013 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. I was attending this conference two years ago, although it was being held then at the JW Marriott in D.C., enjoying a quite interesting session being lead by National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers Executive Director Kinney Poynter when, suddenly, the hotel began to shake violently and the crystal chandeliers overhead went clankity-clank for what seemed like an eternity, although it was really only a matter of seconds. Because we’re unfamiliar here on the East Coast on how we should respond to such a rare occurrence, there was much confusion among all of us as to what to do next. Stay, leave, get under a table — what? Luckily, no one was hurt in the hotel by the temblor and although the conference was delayed a bit, it eventually continued. However, repairs to major landmarks, such as the Washington Monument, are still ongoing.

I remember attending this same conference last year at the JW Marriott. It was the one-year anniversary of the Great East Coast Quake of 2011 and part of me, although I should have known better, really did not want to step foot in that hotel again. Thankfully, all went well last year and no earthly rumblings were experienced.

So now here we are again, although at a different venue. Maybe that will ease my nerves, but in the back of my mind, I’ll always associate this conference with the earthquake. Still, if you already planned to attend, don’t let that one-in-a-million event keep you from coming to this conference. There is always a lot to learn, especially this year in light of the Office of Management and Budget’s proposed reform to grants management and single audits. That proposal has the potential to rock the grants world way more than the D.C. earthquake did.

However, just so that I’m ready for next one-in-a-million earthquake around here, I think I’ll bone up on my earthquake preparedness manual.

Let us know if you had any similar earthquake stories or what you hope to learn at this year’s AICPA conference.

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