“You ever wonder if you are running out of habit?” Scotty asked as the coffee was delivered to the table.
“I have been running in the elections since CSM4, iffen I recall correctly. Yeah, I actually DID worry about that. So I spoke with a few capsuleers I trusted to steer me right. Asked if they thought I should run or step aside for someone else.” Mike chuckled. “They were pretty well unanimous and that is what pushed me over the edge. That and I still don’t think the job is done.”
“Yeah but boss, you know the job ain’t never really going to be ‘done’. There is always something else that needs fixing.” Scotty added the sugar as though measuring reagents for a lab experiment.
Mike dumped in the sugar and splashed it with cream like he was doing avantgarde art. “Granted, but there is a big job right on the horizon.”
“You mean Sov and all the territorial rules? That don’t affect us, here.”
Mike frowned. “See? That is why we need . . . look, New Eden is all interconnected. Changes in one place always make a splash locally but the ripples extend to the edge of the pond. Take the changes to automatization rules.”
Scotty grinned. “You mean the Iz Box! guy, the other day?”
“It ain’t one box or one company it is the whole concept of automatization. But I don’t want to argue about it I want to use it as an example. The changes caused market shifts in ores and in pilots licensing. Or a good movie comes out and suddenly the new training schools are running at max capacity. Point is, if we try to see New Eden as a bunch of separate parts that are barely connected then we are doing it wrong. So to dismiss something as ‘happening in some other part of space’ is myopic.”
“So you are saying everyone should worry about Sov?” Scotty sipped his coffee and grimaced.
Mike watched him measure out a shade more cream and nodded. “Well, maybe not worry about but every change changes everything, a little. That is why I have trouble understanding some folks insular attitudes. It is ALSO why I appreciate people who are positive every change is a direct attack on their own space.”
“You mean like Dinsdale?”
“He is a vocal one but he is not the only one. Thing is? He, and others, get the interconnectivity. I may not agree with all of his conclusions or premises but he sees a bigger picture than some pilots.” Mike sipped his own coffee and shrugged. “All things being equal I do see the universe through hisec eyes. but I try to see as far as I can from where I stand.”
Yeah I am running again, announced it on twitter and in the forums but I thought I ought to put something down here, as well. When the election gets closer there are good odds I will do some campaign opinion here and I always welcome questions. But this was my way of announcing.
Dinsdale, I know you probably understand, this was not an attack but a compliment.
I am STUNNED by the support for Operation Magic School Bus and so are a few pilots who have been handed ships in the past few days. I am trying to perfect a route for the visits. I am fairly sure if there is an optimized one I am NOT one it. Smart play would be to place clones in each area but I seldom do the smart thing.
time to give away a ship . . . a BC I think. comments over the posts (this one and any that follow) through the next week will be in the draw.
fly it like you won it