planned obsolescenceSo I recently bought a used book online, and it just arrived in the mail today. The book, No Standing Armies: The Antiarmy Ideology in Seventeenth-Century England, is a library discard, with the library card still tucked in the sleeve. It looks like Major Crawford read the book before Major Cracker -- real name! -- got to the thing. And this book about a major running debate over the potential dangers of standing armies was discarded by the library at...
The United States Military Academy. Yep.
The humor value is damaged somewhat by the presence of additional copies still on their shelves, but still. I laughed. And yes, it's all about me.
In other news about the world that's also about me, I now get two or three emails and phone calls a day from Army recruiters and career managers who just really, really, really want to let me know about all the amazingly terrific opportunities available to me if I volunteer to return to active duty, where the pay and benefits totally rock like Bono. The desperation is, words fail me, sludgy thick.
My favorite? By far, the email letting reservists know that they could apply for drill sergeant slots as soon as they had their E-3.