General Commentary (May be military related) email: Kudzuacres1@juno.com

Wednesday, November 20, 2002
About ten years ago, I hired a young female engineer away from another government agency. At the time, the rules said that if I interviewed one person off the list of 70, I had to interview everyone. I chose Patti by reading her performance reviews and comparing them to others I had from the same agency. I knew I had chosen right when her boss called to curse me for taking his best engineer. Not best young engineer, just best engineer.

For the three years we worked together before I moved on to my nest posting, Patti was always one of my very best performers and a truly good person.

Today I learned that she has been diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease. The prognosis is two years or less.

If you are religious, please pray for Patti and her husband and two small children.

I've been thinking about the great "Liars" contest noted by Terry Oglesby at Possumblog. Is there a Blog version of the contest? Would the story actually have to be a lie to qualify? For example, an old friend insists that his family once spent a winter in a chicken coop in Utah eating only cauliflower and that it stunted his growth. He is 5'3" and his older brother is 6'3". Now I guess eating nothing but cauliflower for several months while freezing in a chicken coop could sound like a lie, but he says it is not.

Since I only worked for the government for 30 years, I don't have a lot of experience with this "lying" thing but how hard can it be?

Tuesday, November 19, 2002
I must confess that I am neither an Auburn nor Alabama fan. I last watched an entire Iron Bowl game several decades ago. I married into an Auburn family so have an up close view of the situation. My son chose to attend Colorado School of Mines and asked for an Auburn "Starter" jacket for Christmas of his high school senior year. Wore it through his college days. I don't think he ever had a CSM jacket or shirt. Other members of the family consider Auburn football to be their primary religion.

I will be in my corner on Saturday ignoring the whole thing.