found me in the first place, so I think I will keep these thoughts
to this notebook.
sit down to write this I realize that beyond the surface stuff (British,
pretty tall, sandy blonde, well dressed, well educated, good sense
of humor - sounds like your best chum on the rugby team), I really
don't know very much about him. He has mentioned Eton once or twice,
but never any of the universities you would expect, so I have a
feeling that he either didn't make it or didn't bother. I'm pretty
sure he didn't bother.
have mentioned elsewhere that he likes toys; gadgets and new tech.
Whenever he hands over something new, I can tell he really gets
a kick out of showing off all the little features and functions
that normal people never get around to figuring out. That's a geek
thing. Steve Hollins from high school was just like that.
the impression that at least part of Calvin's function within E
is to help them become more technologically savvy. There's a certain
report that I've seen him write, in long hand, and mail back to
London. I asked him about it and he said 'some old habits die particularly
hard'. I know they have encrypted E-mail in London because I've
seen him use that, too - but I guess there are still some men's
clubs over there that iron the newspaper, so who knows. He says
he's spent a lot of time trying to get them to understand the need
to be able to communicate quickly and securely, and to be able to
react fast to situations that may be of interest to them. Not sure
how successful he's been, in light of the snail-mail reports and
with his own team, me, and Sam, and #, and Parkes (I guess), and
I'm sure some others, he takes full advantage of everything that's
available. And some things that I get the feeling aren't really
available yet. Not sure how, but I've seen him use a couple things
that I have never seen anywhere else. Which means money. Which I
assume he gets the majority of from E proper, but I have to wonder
just how much. If wouldn't surprise me if he had his own sources
mentioned that before E got to him he was in IT. That's pretty broad,
but I'd bet that's where he knows # from. And I'd put a little side
bet on Calvin having done very well for himself in the 90's. No
record of that (that I can find), but there where lots and lots
of kids in the 90's who made a pile during the boom and never got
into the papers. I'll keep looking when I have the time. Of course,
wouldn't surprise me at all if he's taken some steps to cover himself.
I guess we're all pretty anonymous.
the money, and the tech background, and # running around, though,
I feel better writing personal stuff in this thing. And on top of
all that it's a great notebook. Moleskine. Not pronounced 'mole
skin', I made that mistake. Used by every famous writer and artist
since Moses, if you believe the marketing. But it is good; sturdy,
nice little bookmark, elastic band, pocket hidden in the back. I
feel better with this. Maybe I have more in common with the old
guys in London.