I feel a bit downcast today.  I interviewed about 175 people today over half a day, probably another 300 or so all day tomorrow.  It is such a daily grind.  The only joy it brings is knowing how many thousands of dollars it brings in…for my employer.  I came home tonight and read some junk mail asking me whether I would like to spend some of my hard-earned dollars to buy commemorative postage stamps featuring great statesmen like Robert D. Murphy and Hiram Bingham IV (I’ll let you do an online search if you want to know who these people are).  I immediately thought to myself–I’ll bet these guys never interviewed 300 people in a day.  I’ll bet they couldn’t, even if they tried.  Would they have ended up on a stamp if they did?  Probably not.  They were too busy saving the world to spend the best hours of their day doing interviews.  Rather than being on a stamp, they would have just wielded stamps and stamped, stamped, stamped documents about 200-300 times each and every working day.  Times have really changed.  Those who play up the significance of the work are people who have never done 30,000-40,000 interviews in about 18 months.  I wish they would.  Things would change very quickly if the Powers That Be spent just week doing this kind of work at the pace and volume it’s done.
The one joy that brightened my day today came when I sat down to play with my son.  He had lined up all of his Thomas the Tank Engine engines and coal tenders and organized them sequentially from one to six (each train has a different number).  He pays attention to little details I would never have thought to remember.  It’s amazing what goes on in that kid’s head sometimes!

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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  1. Bob's Gravatar Bob
    June 10, 2006    

    Hey Mike – back in Korea.  Give me a call if you have a chance, or once I get to my work computer on Monday and can find your number, I’ll call you.

  2. Amy Kristen's Gravatar Amy Kristen
    June 10, 2006    

    Hey there,That’s a whole lot of interviewing!  I hope you have a great weekend.  Take a load off!!Later,Amy

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