Before retirement, I worked in the Pentagon managing the Army’s budget for procurement. One day as I watched an official providing budget testimony to a congressional committee on C-SPAN, I realized he had just provided an incorrect number to a question from the committee.
I quickly told a colleague, which prompted atext message to the official’s aide.
On C-SPAN, I saw the aide hand the official a slip of paper. The official then corrected his mistake before the committee. It was amazing to see the result of my action happening immediately!
When I was in North Carolina, I attended a square dance mixer. When it came time for the Virginia reel, I helped the caller recruit some wall-flowers onto the main floor.
At one point, I grabbed a young woman and man to pair them up; I think I said something sublime like, “Here, dance with her.”
Less than a year later, I ran into the woman at a party. She told me she was engaged to marry that fellow! I freaked out.
I never want to find out if they were happy, had kids, divorced or lived happily ever after. I just do not want to know! Too much responsibility.
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