The great thing about it?
I got to tell her that in person about a month ago because our sons are now playing on the same soccer team. She has stepped right into the job and gotten engaged in the regional planning organization and asking good questions. She's done this all without giving me a well deserved scornful stare.
I really wish I hadn't screwed up but I did. Someone pointed me to the wrong person when I asked who she was. I found out when I got this wonderful and pleasant message a while ago.
I went back and struck through the original post because I was wrong and need to own up to it. It will be reminder to not do it again.
What's funny about this message? I may work in government but I loathe it. Also it's not because I can't get a job on the private side. I spent six years working in consulting where I learned how to design and put a set of construction plans together.
Thirteen years ago when I entered government (aka the blob) it was because I thought the only way to make government more efficient was to step up and do it. It took me a while to figure out the workings but once I did, I started working with politicians and others to put deals together with other public and private money to build out infrastructure all around you like Barry Road east of I-29, the US 169 interchanges, Line Creek/Shoal Creek/152/Little Blue Trails, Shoal Creek Parkway, 108th Street, other big and small jobs, and lastly my favorite one--72nd Street and Waukomis. There is so much satisfaction in accomplishing something when everyone thinks it will never be done.
I've done joint projects with Platte and Jackson Counties, Riverside, Gladstone, Liberty, and I'm hoping to do some joint projects with North KC and Kansas City Kansas soon. I don't say that to boast. It's just that I happen to be able to work with a team, figure out how to get something started, and get it finished all with a positive attitude, a healthy heap of sarcasm, and a complete cynicism of government.
I can say with pride that I've accomplished that without my pants ever catching on fire!!! Call me a government goon and I won't care. I'll probably agree with you and share a couple of recent stories about the blob in action. I have to. It's better to laugh at the stupidity of the blob than cry about it.
Anyways, I am sorry to Dagmar Wood and want you all to know that I made a huge mistake. I won't do it again. I just hope that I can earn her respect.