Last week I needed to make a call to an accountant about being interviewed for the January issue of Practical Accountant. I took out the business card that he gave me in the early part of the year to find his telephone number. Just below the number of his direct line was his Fax number and under that was his "Right Fax" number. I wasn't exactly sure what that was.

I called his direct line and got his assistant. She was extremely nice and efficient, saying she was aware of the importance of my deadline and would tell him to call back promptly.

Before I hung up I asked what might be considered a stupid question. "What's a Right Fax? Does he have a Left Fax too?" She laughed and said that it was the telephone number that allows faxes to go directly to his computer so he could have immediate and remote access to the faxed item. She kindly added that, "Most people don't know the terminology unless they use it. It's kind of a secret."

After getting off the phone I showed five of my associates the business card and only one know what the term meant. By the way, it should be written "RightFax," because it is a proprietary system.

When I was in kindergarten, I had this new pair of shoes which I proudly wore the first day. When I came home, my mother pointed out that I had worn them on the wrong feet all day. No wonder they hurt so much.

Flash to the present and it seems I still don't know what right means. I have been told that wisdom comes with age. Is it possible there are exceptions to that rule or am I being too critical?

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