Anyways, at this point I’ll invite the reader to go back and refresh on the original article.
Now on to 2007, arguably the most consequential of my life. A few important things happened to me that year.
My daughter was a junior in high school. My son was in junior high school. After a life dedicated to raising kids with a traditional non-working wife arrangement the kids were rapidly and independently moving on, freeing both of us to move outside of our usual comfort zones and pursue other career choices.
We bought a new townhouse. New construction. Had some drama at closing that was probably a premonition, but we fought through it. A year and a half later the value of the place dropped to a third of the purchase price (and our mortgage).
We got a visit from my wife’s cousins and with them we discovered Virginia’s burgeoning wine industry.
Both folks in the small Washington, DC office of Volvo Group North America quit suddenly at the same time. Apparently they went to work for some Puerto Rican company that produced garments of some sort for the Feds (another rant for another time about the perks of reorganizing your company to be a minority supplier). But the guy who became the new head of that office was a DC career lifer working for the EU. When he came on he needed someone who knew the nuts and bolts in regards to the vast array of operations across the east coast as well as regulatory stuff, most importantly engine stuff (trucks, buses, construction equipment, marine, stationary source otherwise known as generators, etc.). I happened to live in the perfect location and already worked for Volvo Powertrain. In November I went from a goob engineer directly to the corporate Director of Government Affairs with Volvo Group North America with a 4th floor window office on the Georgetown waterfront over the Swedish embassy.
And most importantly in not only my life but in the life of the entire country, EPA was sued to include CO2 regulation in emission standards and lost (usual half-hearted defense that resulted in being forced to do what they really wanted to do anyways) in EPA v. Massachutsetts. The importance of this cannot be overstated, period. A lot of technical mumbo jumbo will only disguise what really happened.
For the first time in the nation’s history, a political order to violate the laws of physics was passed into law. Period. As simple as that.
That is the single inflection point that led to the last week’s events. Every aspect. Robert’s court. The shift away from universally defined words. Everything.
Next up (after I take my wife shopping) will be Life in The Swamp.