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Friday Finish: The Hypocritical Tattooed Generation

Opinion by Noah Smith

Millennials are stuck in a catch 22 when it comes to body art.

Previous generations have tattoos but still frown upon them at work. So, while we were told our entire lives to “express ourselves” and “do what we want”, we are limited on what we can display.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I understand the dilemma of the situation…kind of. Check out this graphic from and then you’ll see what I mean.


So, people have tattoos, but don’t want others to get them. Interesting.

I can comprehend the situation. It’s not that all people don’t want them it’s just they don’t want them to be visible. And this can upset people because they say they are expressing themselves. But there is more to it than that.

Since not everyone is up to the tattoo standard it’s only fair we don’t show them off, especially since you, the tattooed individual are representing more than yourself at work. You are representing a company, their brand.

And if the company’s ideas, tone of voice and actions don’t want tattoos, then you have to respect that. A brand is a hard thing to build and it can be torn down very quickly.

If you think you’re going to be rebellious of that image when hired, then simply don’t accept that job. There are plenty of choices out there that allow for tattoos at work.

Tattoo this on your arm: Research and find the company culture that is right for you and fits with you and your goals.

Social Media Etiquette: Mind Your Manners

By Noah Smith

We (I hope) learn our manners when we are young and as we grow up. But what of social media?

We all need manners for online behavior, but where do we learn them? Simple answer: by either making the mistakes ourselves…or by reading articles like this.

These etiquette tips come from my perspective as a millennial working in social media and as a photographer. Enjoy.


Be careful when tagging. You don’t want to get a friend or family member in trouble or make them have to explain something to their boss or friends.

Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 3.38.02 PMWhen liking photos, don’t like every photo in the album. You can simply like the album and everyone knows that you like all the photos. If you want to like certain photos, do so. But there’s no need to like all photos, it just blows up an individual’s feed.

Don’t be a troll. If you have nothing good to say, then keep it to yourself; especially if you would not say it to that person’s face in real life.

Be careful about rants on Facebook. Your righteous indignation of today can bite you in the butt tomorrow. And be careful when talking about people on social media–especially your boss and coworkers. Even more so if you’re friends with them. Remember, no matter what your privacy settings, somebody can screen shot what you say and it WILL get back to people. Besides…it’s just not cool to see a person drag a business down like that.


Don’t thoughtlessly hop on #hashtags. Make sure you know what the hashtag means before interacting with it. You’ll thank me. #Speaking of #hashtags, don’t #overdo it. You have #limited #characters so use it #wisely.

Be respectful and don’t tag a notable person in a lot of tweets.

Watch the oversharing. No one needs to know everything about your life.

Be a person–not a robot. Interact with people and be judicious using automated services.


Don’t over-post. No one likes seeing 15 things from one person in a day, let alone in an hour.

Don’t be a spam account and do things like #likeforlike.

And don’t add a filter, for filter’s sake.


These are a few things to watch out for. I know there are more so let me know what ones you follow or ones I didn’t mention. Except maybe don’t drink and Tweet. Yes. Don’t do that.

As always, happy Liking, Tweeting and Pinning.


Follow me on Twitter: @N_Smith7

Kansas City Tax Attorney Jeffrey Siegel on the IRS, Your Business and Making House Calls

As part of our series of interviews with professionals who help small businesses, we sat down for an interview with Jeffrey Siegel, Attorney at Law. Jeff is Principal of Siegel Tax Law, which practices primarily in the Kansas City area. Jeffrey specializes in helping people with IRS troubles in an affordable, forthright, no-nonsense way. As Jeffrey says on his website: My principles are simple. I do what I say. I will give you a clear analysis of where your tax situation stands and what your options are. I will explain everything that happens, answer your tax questions and return your calls. I will be with you every step of the way.

We enjoyed meeting Jeffrey, and think you will, also. Read on!–Heather Elwing-Dixon

AGPR: Tell us a little about yourself.

Jeff Siegel: I was born in Germany when my father was stationed there while serving the U.S. Army. My parents and I moved back to New York City, where they were born and raised, when his service was completed. I grew up on Long Island.

AGPR: Where did you attend college?

Mr. Siegel: Princeton University, class of 1979.

AGPR: What did you decide to major in before law school and why?

Jeffrey Siegel, IRS Tax Attorney

Jeffrey Siegel, IRS Tax Attorney

Mr. Siegel: I majored in political science because I was fascinated by U.S. history, politics and law.

AGPR: After law school what did you do?

Mr. Siegel: I clerked on the Colorado Court of Appeals, and then returned to California to work for a law firm. I spent four years practicing law on Guam (I had a friend in law school who was raised there) and tried cases in the Territory of Guam and Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, both of which are U.S. possessions.

AGPR: What type of cases did you handle while in Guam?

Mr. Siegel: I took a lot of civil rights cases, but pretty much whatever walked through the door.

AGPR: Of all the types of law you could practice, why tax law?

Mr. Siegel: I have been in court for years; I have tried all kinds of cases. I have argued personally at the United States Supreme Court, and numerous federal and state courts of appeals. Litigation is tough. I decided to practice tax law and went back to law school at night to get an LLM (Master of Laws) in taxation, which is an advanced law degree. Tax practice allows me to assist people who have serious tax issues, but is more paperwork oriented than litigation, which I figured would allow me to work many more years in law than courtroom work.

AGPR: What exactly does a tax attorney do?

Mr. Siegel: Make big tax problems either go away or become manageable for people.

AGPR: Who (or what entities) are your typical clients?

Mr. Siegel: Most of my clients own and operate small businesses. These folks have more complicated tax requirements, and in many cases, higher taxes, that they find it hard to keep up with.

AGPR: Is there a common reason people get into a collection situation with the IRS?

Mr. Siegel: Yes. The tax requirements are complicated and people fall behind.

AGPR: What would you say to someone who is intimidated about calling a lawyer to help them?

Mr. Siegel: Help is on the way!

AGPR: You’re pretty laid-back in your demeanor, and you even make house calls. That sounds unusual to us. Is it?

Mr. Siegel: Yes, but I think it is part of the change in technology and the new economy. Lawyers are all over the place and I offer creative services to compete. I do not want to spend a small fortune on office expenses–this way I can offer folks a fair deal. Legal services are too expensive, and my clients already have money problems.

AGPR: What are some important tips for someone who owes back taxes?

Mr. Siegel: Do not duck the IRS. Contact them. They will work with you.

AGPR: I know you’ve been working for your clients by interacting with the IRS for a long time. How does this benefit those looking for help with their delinquent taxes?

Mr. Siegel: Have you ever gone to the DMV? When you have the right paperwork, it may take a long time, but you get out of there with your business done. If you do not have the right paperwork, you fall into the black hole and are lucky to get out at all. The IRS is a government agency. If you do not have exactly what it wants, you never get your situation resolved. It is critically important not to make your problems worse by not knowing what you are doing.

AGPR: Why should someone choose you over another tax law attorney?

Mr. Siegel: Proven competence and a feeling that the lawyer is on your side and someone you can confide in. It helps a lot to feel comfortable with your lawyer.

AGPR: What do you like most about what you do?

Mr. Siegel: Getting results. Seeing relief on my client’s face.


If you’d like to learn more about Jeff, or arrange a consultation, please call 913-735-4829. Also, visit his blog and website. Be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook, too.


Disclosure: Mr. Siegel is a client of AGPR.

Google Fiber Makes Amends for Royal #Fail

By Alex Greenwood

When the Major League Baseball team of your flagship city for the zippy new high speed internet and television service makes it to its second consecutive World Series, it’s not a good thing to suffer an outage. That’s unfortunately what happened to our friends at Google Fiber. During game one of the series, I and my 27,000 fellow Fiber users in Kansas City didn’t see Alcides Escobar’s first-pitch inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the first inning. (Fox Sports also had an outage. Never mind that. If I talk about that I have to use the name J– B—.)

I was p-o’ed to say the least, and my Twitter feed showed it:

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And yep, I Tweeted that I wanted a refund. Hey, what can I say, it was the World Series! Google Fiber eventually posted a weak apology on Twitter and got it fixed. I have since forgiven them, but I would not forget.

Then this turned up in my inbox today:

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Wow! A nice apology and two day’s credit. Classy, Google Fiber. Just like the Kansas City Royals.

The lesson here is simple: when you have a failure, apologize and do your best to make it right.

Well played!

(Just please don’t drop the ball again.)

Kansas City’s Rich Aviation Story Told in New Book

Author Ken Weyand brings the rich history of aviation in Kansas City to life in Early-Day Flying in Kansas City (2015 Kyakker Books/Caroline Street Press).

Early-Day-Flying2This ebook is based on a trade paperback published in 1970. The original book, Aviation History in Greater Kansas City, was compiled by Historic Aviation magazine, edited and published by Ken Weyand, a private pilot at the time, with a keen interest in aviation history.

Ken had met and interviewed several Kansas City aviation pioneers, and was personally acquainted with many pilots and aviation business people who played key roles in local aviation.

Ken put the book together with the help of several others who shared his interest in old-time flying.

The book begins with the area’s first balloon ascensions and dirigible events, continues with exhibition biplane flights in 1910, and follows the development of aviation with the works of tinkerers and homebuilders, early barnstormers, racers, and manufacturers. It includes the beginning of airmail service, the formation of small independent airlines, and ends with the birth of Kansas City’s transcontinental carrier, Trans World Airlines.

Illustrated with many drawings and photos, Early-Day Flying in Kansas City is a must-read for everyone who appreciates flying and enjoys reliving the amazing progress of aviation in Kansas City.

The ebook is available in the Amazon Kindle Store, Smashwords and soon at every other ebook retailer.

***Review copies available to editors, bloggers and reporters. Click here to email  for more information.***

About the Author

After receiving a degree in Journalism at the University of Missouri, Kenneth Charles Weyand worked ten years for the Kansas City Star, becoming Advertising Copy Chief. Later he published several publications, including Discover North, a monthly history and travel newspaper. After expanding the distribution from a single county to more than nine states, Weyand sold the publication in 2001, but continued to write for the paper, renamed Discover Vintage America. For the past ten years, he has written an award-winning monthly history and travel column, “Traveling with Ken.”

Fiddling with Friends in the 1920s: A Chautauqua Trouper’s Story is Ken’s first book, capturing the life of his mother who, as a young woman, left her small town behind for a great adventure and a chance to get a first-hand look at a changing America in the early 20th Century. A much larger book, An Unlikely Love Story, tells the unique story of two people from vastly different backgrounds who overcame great odds to begin a new life in the country during the depths of the Depression.

The author’s own remembrances of a country life are recounted in Dirt Road Diary: Recalling a Country Childhood. It picks up where An Unlikely Love Story leaves off, and includes a lot of country-style memories. Both books will be published in the near future.

Another book, Early-Day Flying in Kansas City, based on a similar history published in 1970 and including material not in the original book, was released in October 2015.

Weyand’s passion is kayaking, particularly in Florida. He is currently working on two eBooks on kayaking, both non-fiction, and plans to release them in the near future.

Lost in the Everglades and Other Florida Paddling Adventures (coming soon) recalls a harrowing experience, but is balanced with other experiences that were equally adventurous but more successful. If you’re a paddler or would like to be, you’ll enjoy reading this one.

A Florida Paddling Bucket List is currently being compiled for paddlers (and would-be paddlers) looking to make the most of their free time on Florida rivers, creeks and estuaries, with helpful tips on where to launch and take out, and what to expect at each location. Factoids of local history are included.


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