Monday's HOT MIC

Monday's HOT MIC

What happens when your column is excerpted as Notable & Quotable in the Wall Street Journal?  Even though you're a subscriber and really only read that paper (what other one is possibly worth reading?), you don't notice your own column until your friend Lionel calls you after lunch.  Instead, you pick up the editorial pages of that paper and read the lead op-ed - in this case on Korea and written by two unknowns named Mattis and Tillerson - finish their article and toss the paper aside, going about your business without realizing the bottom of that same page is you.  Ah, well.  At least I got a bit of excitement a few hours later.  As an observation - and this says a lot about my own makeup, but I suspect that of others as well - when something good happens, it gives me pleasure for about forty-five minutes.  When something bad happens, the pain tends to linger for years.  Worth keeping in mind even if, as in my case, you can't cure it.