Stuff is happening. Life is busy but still feels fairly peaceful and zen-like. The balance is cool. I'm learning and growing and branching out. That's cool too. I'm trying a few new things here and there, leaps into the unknown. One of those things is kind of a big deal. It involves Background Checks and stuff.
I've had a few Background
checks over the years. None of them have been particularly thorough, it seems. This time I decided, on the spur of the moment and mostly due to my spectacularly bad
judgment in the face of a potentially good
story, to tell the powers that be about the time I was briefly a suspect in the Unabomber investigation. Not, maybe, the smartest thing I could have done.
But it was worth it. The looks on that one guy's face was so worth it.
When considering a leap into the unknown you need a Mentor
- someone who has been there and leaped that. I am often a loner, professionally speaking. In the past five or six years, I've realized I am not good at asking questions. I tend to watch and learn and attempt the new skill on my own. That's not necessarily bad, but I don't ask for help. There are a lot of times I don't even know what questions to ask. It's something I'm working on. One way I'm doing that is by finding a mentor and allowing them to actually mentor me, which is inexplicably difficult.
I met with my mentor a couple of days after the background check meeting and confessed my confession.
Imagine my surprise when she said "That's almost as good as my bomb story."
Her story involved a practical joke which resulted in the mobilization of the bomb squad from the local air force base, the police department, a paid security agency and the entire administrative team of the local hospital.
When I finally stopped laughing, I thought "Damn, God. You really know how to bring the right people together at the right time."
This mentor thing is going to work but I fully expect that we will get ourselves arrested at some point in the future. And it will be glorious.