I always said that I'd rather be lucky than good. I've been remarkably lucky during my life and a good thing appeared in my inbox yesterday afternoon. I'm still shaking my head about it and wondering how I can be so fortunate.
I got invited last year to a leadership symposium in Vail Colorado. It was a great opportunity but commitments and the short notice at that time precluded my attendance. Yesterday I got invited to this year's gathering. All expenses paid for a four day gathering to discuss politics, history, the nation, leadership and things that go bump in the night. The guest list I've seen so far is remarkable and it is only a handful of the roughly eighty attendees.
We'll be billeted, if that's even appropriate to use for residing in a place like this, in a little joint in Vail:
The Four Seasons--Vail
Meetings, round-table discussions, social activities, etc. will be at the host's home. The keynote speaker will be former President of Columbia, Alvaro Uribe. Astronaut Scott Carpenter will the there along with several former POWs, actor Ernest Borgnine and more. I'll update as I get the guest list.
This morning's email got me the offer to be picked up by executive charter jet for the trip. I'll ride along with the other guest who will be picked up from Auburn Alabama: Lt. Gen. Hal Moore (USA-Ret). I guess I'll have to dust off "We Were Soldiers Once" and study up on Ia Drang valley. Of course, we might just talk about Cam Newton's prospects in the NFL.
Now, how can I try to look and sound intelligent for four consecutive days? This is going to be hard!