De window unit air conditioner is on high in dis back-water ramshackle excuse for an office. Science is magic stuff dat works or somethin' is how dat sayin' go. Hmmph - ain't even keepin' de mercury south of a hun'red; poor results for such a high-priced convenience. I can still hear him talkin' in de next room, wishin' he would meybe take some of dat advice from another southern gentleman of de past. Eschew all dem extra words delayin' you from makin' your point or other. He's de grandfather of dis whole NAMD cover. He's our Charlie, our Bill; our goram Mario Puzzo - coverin' all de cost of flyin' our team all hither 'n' yon, criss crossin' dis here nation attendin' medical conferences 'n' givin' equipment demonstrations 'n' such. E'ry conference is another job. E'ry job another hit. We know we don't see much de revenue side, but so as I figure de checks keep comin' e'ry first 'n' fifteenth I can stand to know a little less 'bout this operation. Heh. Dis office just a cheap addition to his old house. Walls thin enough dat dey shook when he pounded his desk once. Walls thick enough dat I still can't make out de words passin' back 'n' forth. I hope I don't lose a whole go'ram day out here in de swamp. Drive back on out of here at night - de thought bothers me like I ain't been bothered since de Fresno job. Moon ain't been of no mind to wax just yet dis month, 'n' livin' within dem headlights for six hours... drivin' so late 'n' so dark will destroy your will to stay awake, you know what I'm sayin' now? My ears done perk up wit a wailing coming from his room. Soft, quiet like... kickin' on up like a ghost now. Dare's a healthy sob followed by de retort of a gun 'n' den some silence or other. Shit. Dare ain't no sound comin' out dat room now. Shit. I don't even know who he was havin' a speakin' to. I gotta catch myself wonderin' if he had us queued up for some performance review or other, or maybe one of the guys just had hisself some coop de gracie. Thinkin' gets you dead in dis here business. I gotta get my head outta some here clouds 'n' inna some here plan to get lost. Curiousity killed dem here cats now but me, I always had dis natural curiousity, see. So meybe I just sit here all quiet like, check dat safety off, 'n' draw a bead right dare halfway up again above dat dare doorknob. Meybe I'll sit here just long enough 'n' see if dat dare tiger comes through dat door. Then meybe I'll have me some answers. Then I'll have me some.