Excerpt from Chapter XI – “Morning Will Come”

Published September 1, 2017

ON HIS WAY BACK TO the office, he could see the door of security director Schmude’s (Woody) office was open. He hoped he could slip by unseen, and as he quietly walked past the opening he saw that Schmude’s back was to him. Woody, like most people who rose past the rank of captain, simply looked at their position as another step on the career ladder. Woody was no different but the Capt. doubted that he would ever get promoted past this point. It’s not that he wasn’t a nice guy, it was just that in the entire scheme of things, he was about as bright as a fifteen watt bulb. He’d gotten his position because he was a good “test taker.” When it came to common sense, to quote Lyndon Johnson, “he wouldn’t know how to pour piss out of a boot, unless the instructions are written on the heel.” Woody was now a “career executive” and was virtually impossible to fire him. To fire him would mean the people that hired him had made a critical error in judgment that they would be questioned about at their next promotion. So, rather than fire a career exec. it was common practice, every few years, to transfer them to another institution. This was Woody’s fourth institution.