Of course there is no way of ever knowing if anything people say to me is real or not. When people tell me what they do or did for a living, often I leave it to my own honed-in bullshit meter, and leave others to judge for yourselves if what they hear is real.
Lately, most obviously because we’re in the “political season,” and because the nature of my work, I’ve become something of a confessional more often now. The “I don’t give a shit anymore” attitude is also thick in the air.
Because I’m not in any way in control of the events I miss getting on camera some of the most important information as to these people going on the record. I should immediately have written both where he said he retired from, and his rank, but the best I can remember he worked from Grumman’s in weapons development research, and was also Naval Intelligence.
What I’m also finding is that the level of compartmentalization often finds me the educator as much as the confessional.