He accepted the condolences of a few folks as he crossed the hanger floor heading for his rooms. Dropping his kit bag by the door he headed for the couch only to find it occupied. Dee looked up at him and smiled sadly. “How are you handling it?”
Mike slumped down next to her and sighed. “I read about how old sailing ships used to have to watch out for these tings called ‘icebergs’. They was dangerous because it wasn’t what you saw that gotcha. For every bit that you saw, nine bits was hidden and maybe after ya. I tink this election was a giant iceberg and the results are juss the tip o what is goin on.”
“Results are results. How can there be anything hidden?” Dee squirmed a bit till she was nestled under his arm.
“I been following the news and all the wailing and gnashin o’ teeth about how this will ruin the CSM and it will be an all Goon/NC/nullsec focus. I tink folks is just looking at the tip o de iceberg. For every public Goon there be a few hidden associates . . . industry or trade types that work for them in the background. For every nullsec alliance agreeing botting is a bad thing there be someone in that alliance quietly automating mens jobs. I tink that saying the ole Mittens and his crew are one trick ponies says a lot about not being able ta see below the waterline.”
Dee frowned. “Does that mean you aren’t hurt or mad?”
“Oh, I woulda liked ta get in, wouldn’t have run, otherwise. But hurt? Nah, folks voted for me (I has no idea how many) and friends stood by me . . . even some total strangers sent me words of encouragement. How can a guy get sad about someting like that? No, no, coeur, I be doing juuuust fine. I has other projects to attend to and I ain’t dead yet.”
He stretched and shrugged. “But there still be the issue of the icebergs. My big fear is that the CSM6 will muddy the water to the point that we won’t be able to see below the waterline, we will only see the tip. Dat be when it is gonna be dangerous sailing. And there is also the common sense approach of sailors who avoid icebergs. If the CSM makes too big of a mess, sinking everything they see, CCP will just steer around them and take pictures from a distance. Dey will become little more than a photo-op iffen they ain’t careful.”
Dee nodded to the room comm center. “A lot of news stations have said that is all the CSM ever was.”
“Dey wrong. Dead wrong. Anybody who looked close could see all the ice and how cool some o dem was in CSM5. No, I ain’t tinking this be the end o’ da CSM, just a different ‘berg. But I sail in these waters so I be keeping a close eye on it till I know where and what the hidden bits be.”
Unlike a lot of sports, losing an election does not mean the game is over, it means you have a different role to play.
I want to thank everyone who voted, especially those who voted for me, sorry if that vote didn’t get anything accomplished.
I’d advise most of you to stop with the tears and watch to see what happens next. Yes Goons won . . .so what? They got the majority within the rules of the election, enough with the calls of foul.
Looking forward to the first meeting of CSM6