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For a guy that was so reticent and reserved, it seemed strange for Jim to major in linguistics and the
associated fields. He took other courses in English, history, and his favorite
was debating. He was on more than one debating team and loved it.
I asked him
where was all this going to take him and he looked wistfully and said probably
to a class room teaching A B C s.
felt he was destined for something greater than that.
One thing I
appreciated about Jim was he wasn’t constantly correcting my English. Though I
understand proper usage of the language I speak the teenage style of the
predicted after several dances and getting to know the regulars Jim zeroed in
on a girl and they hung together all during our college days and were married
after he secured a good position.
As for me I
just went with a number of different ladies but my interest level remained low
regarding any of them.
The people I
worked for helped me get several scholarships and they greatly reduced my work
About once a
year I would get a letter from my Ma. She would bring me current on what was
happening at home.
suspected Justin and Cindy moved in with the folks and now have another child.
It seems to be working out just fine. The folks simply love the babies and
Justin has become a good husband and father.
Cindy’s folks might have something to do with that for they always brought
their shotguns with them when they come to visit.
last year of studies … (I say last year but in reality I haven’t stopped taking
courses to keep up with the world) Jim finally got me to join him in some two
man debates where we debated other two man teams.
scholarships I had time to prepare with Jim. As with all teams we would debate anything, I
tried to hold my own but it was Jim who always bailed us out. We became the
ones to beat and it was a lot of fun.
thing these debates did for me was to improve my English and public speaking.
Having to think on my feet brought a new clarity to my ability to converse and
respond quickly to remarks made by others.
always reminded me; First; know your subject and then know how to express it
but always keep it interesting.
His help in
those fields was to stay with me for the rest of my life.
companies had shown an interest in me and arranged for me an interview. The one
company most interested had me in for a couple of call backs going over what
seemed to me like the same territory.
happened I had my degrees and it was as if a load was lifted from my mind and
I made a
short trip to see my folks and thank them once again then it was off to San Francisco. The company had booked me into a luxury hotel
and to be truthful I felt out of place.
When Jim and
I were going around debating they always put us up in a two or three star inn, but
this hotel was the top of the line.
As I checked
in I saw a couple of pretty women I took for… er hostesses.
They were dressed in fiery red outfits and
really stood out. I thought they must do
a lot of business for they were something special.
One of the
young vice-presidents spent time with me and gave me the tour of the huge
office facility. I tried my best to look interested but was not overly
I noted the
two girls I saw at the hotel splitting up and going into different offices.
“Well I’m not going to say what I thought
when I saw them here, except to say they had changed their clothes and were
dressed down a great deal. Their beauty still came through for you couldn’t
The young VP
took me into a large office and said this was to be my final interview which
was to be held in Las Vegas
over the weekend. He gave me my
instructions along with my plane tickets and some money for expenses which I
appreciated for I was almost broke.
Then he said
something that really threw me; “This is a family oriented corporation and we
only hire people who are married or engaged to be married soon.
We have found that happily married men are far
less apt to chase the single women in the company and that single guys are
always on the prowl.
We of course
realize that being married isn’t a guarantee against infidelity but along with
the understanding if caught you are fired, no exceptions.It all but eliminates the problem.”
The thing I
heard was the word “Married.”
have known I wasn’t married and wasn’t even engaged. It was too late to back
out now so I had to figure out a way around this stipulation. Maybe they would
make an exception in my case or I could promise to get married for I had
nothing against being married.
thing I didn’t want to do was to blow this final test.
arrived back at the hotel I saw the two hostesses again and thought they sure do
Then it occurred to me … I have a lot of expense money so maybe I
could hire one of the women to go to Vegas with me and pretend to be my fiancée.
I knew it would be risky but it seemed to be my only shot.