Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

The Last Word

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

The Last Word

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I have been a cyclist for nine years. I had one of my clients, a plumbing contractor, put a shower in my office building so that I could ride my bike to work. The contractors did a 150-mile bike ride to Parker Dam (on the Colorado River between Arizona and California) for the benefit of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and asked me to do it with them. I said 'Sure!' I didn't know anything about road riding. I had this heavy utility bike. I was horrible. I just kept at it. Every time I trained, it got a little easier. Then it started to become fun and challenging.

Twenty miles into the 150-mile ride, the tandem bike I was riding with a friend crashed. My knee was bleeding all over, but I got it bandaged up and rode the 90 miles on the first day That night it wouldn't calm down, so we went to the medic and he said I needed stitches. I wanted the Novocain to last 12 or 24 hours because the medic said it'd be easier to ride with the stitches in. I couldn't feel my knee the next day. But we rode 60 miles and finished strong.

I have been riding ever since. That's how I met my husband. I was going through a divorce after a 25-year marriage. It was the most difficult time of my life. All I wanted to do was ride my bike; it was my therapy I went on the Internet to the MS Society Web page to find a training group. I found Alan Havir, a certified coach with the U.S. Cycling Federation, who volunteered his time to tram riders for the MS 150. We've been married for a year now. We go riding every chance we get. It's our passion.

My senior year at Arizona State University, I started working with a gentleman named David Schwarz. He was a sole practitioner, and I was hired on as a part-time secretary and bookkeeper. When I graduated from ASU in May of 1979, there were few women m the profession. In my class, only 2% of the graduating accountants were female. I proceeded to interview with the Big Eight firms and some local firms and I did not get a single job offer--not one. …

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