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Sunday, December 11, 2011

What Newt taught me

We usually spend Saturday evenings at home. My wife and I go out for any early dinner and then back to the house. She calls it a date, I call it $40.00. We partied hard into our middle 40s, then just started staying home. We both read a lot, but last night decided to live wild and watched the Republican debate. I wish that I had finished my latest book instead, but, we all make mistakes. I hope you don’t hold this against me. I wish to be judged on the person I am today, not the person I could have been yesterday.

Newt Gingrich was in full professorial mode. Pedantic and authoritarian, the sum of all mankind’s knowledge, I took some classes under professors like Newt. I don’t remember much of whatever subject they were teaching, however there are two important lessons that this type of professor taught me.

1.        1) If you want a passing grade, don’t ask questions.
2.        2) Any time you think “What a load of bull”, say brilliant.

These lessons proved important and useful over my entire career. They are perfect for dealing with a fact challenged boss, and coworkers with a bloated sense of self importance. The second lesson was crucial as I climbed my way into senior management.

I left the Democratic Party to become a “Reagan Democrat”, quit the Republican party during Bush 2 (I feel that Bush Sr. was a very good president), didn’t last very long with the Tea Party and haven’t been able to figure out where the Houston OWS folks are meeting. Guess this makes me one of the “all important independents”. I don’t know where the “independents” are meeting either.

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