- Party Poop-er
"The Elephant Whisperer" really opened up my eyes to how intelligent and brave and loyal elephants are. I get updates on the elephant and rhino sanctuary that his widow now runs and it is shocking to what extent they have to go to to keep the animals safe from poachers. and even then, it is an ongoing challenge.
I think I also have an angry dad. Harming those majestic creatures would make anyone mad. I know he's going to make a difference somehow. He promised me that on the day we saw a baby standing beside it's dead mom killed by poachers. He's never made me a promise he hasn't kept. So the elephants have that going for them!
However, part of his, and the others' skill set from the beginning of special forces history has been to be able to have small groups of highly trained individuals go into and area to train and pass their knowledge onto an indigenous people so as to make them able to take over a negative situation that is impacting their lives.
They are doing something a little different in that typically this type of thing has been done to fight a political enemy. Not to add hyperbole but what they are doing is a bit historic. They are using and implementing a system designed to train people to fight their own oppression, to save animals.
We are proud and supportive for what they are doing to save the animals but also that they are doing something rather clever and to our knowledge not done before. My Mom has told me gpig didn't even see it like that. He only saw the problem, wanted to change it, and used what he knows. Hopefully, one day, when he's been successful my Mom will write about it and maybe others will be able to do the same in other areas to save these beautiful animals. We know the odds are not with gpig and team but we also know our father and husband, he doesn't know how to quit. And that he is sensitive and caring is what we love most about him but woe to the person who pisses him off by hurting a living creature that can't defend itself.
I will be introduced at that press conference I've been told, provided I stayed on, now the truth can be told, that's why I really stayed on, for my 15 minutes! No actually I have been participating in the strategy meetings and it turns out I might, might mind you, have a tad small bit of management ability. I will be asked to speak for a few minutes explaining the operational aspect of what is being done. I kind of like it all, I've been reading about waterfall vs agile project methodology, all kinds of things. Everyone has been patient and made me feel comfortable.
It is possible I may stay on long term in a consulting basis working from an office, not in the field. I haven't given an answer and dont' need to for a while. The down side is the main office is in London (although there will be a satellite in New York) the up side is working remotely and only having to travel a few times a year, I think. I love London and so does my wife. I do have an obligation to our family business that will need to be addressed but as I mentioned it seems to be running just fine in my absence so we'll see.