Archive for February, 2010

One of those timeless messages

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Message to Garcia

A Message to Garcia is a standard topic in leadership courses, at least in the ones I attended back in the 1970s. Lt. Rowan is held up as someone to emulate, although the assistance he received sometimes left him with so little control over his situation that he was concerned about where he was being taken.

I’d never read Rowan’s description of his trip, so that was interesting, and re-reading Hubbard’s essay was also interesting – I picked up on his examples about grammar and punctuation this time, partly because I had just read an essay on that topic, and partly because I’ve written about that particular topic myself.

I think it’s great, but it’s not my style

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

I’ve known people who could and would, and I have no doubt that Cdr. Salamander is one, but Akbar Zeb is not a name I’d be comfortable using.

I find myself reminded of a Goon Show episode

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

In one episode, the Goon Show told their version of the Robin Hood story. After he won the archery competition while competing in disguise, the following dialogue occurs:

“You pull a mean bow, archer.”
“Yes, it was given me by a mean uncle.”
“No, really, where did you learn to pull a longbow?”
“I took a postal correspondence course. The envelopes were six feet long.”

What brought this to mind was reading about a man who once mailed a building.