They couldn't do that back in New York. The values and the approach of most retailers were entirelydifferent from what this crazy bunch in Arkansas was doing, and we wanted them to see it forthemselves. So they would come down and we would have the stockholders' meeting on Friday,followed by a big picnic that night. I remember one lady wore a formal gown to one of our dinners. It gotquite a few curious looks. Then we would get them up early on Saturday morning and have them come toour meeting and listen to us talk merchandising and finance and distribution, or whatever we were dealingwith at the time. 12081期3d彩票 When all this comes together at one of our distribution centers, it's really a sight to behold. You reallyhave to see one of these places in action to appreciate them, and sometimes I can hardly believe themmyself. But I'll try to describe the activity at one. Start with a building of around 1.1 million square feet,which is about as much floor space as twenty-three football fields, sitting out somewhere on some 150acres. Fill it high to the roof with every kind of merchandise you can imagine, from toothpaste to TV's,toilet paper to toys, bicycles to barbecue grills. Everything in it is bar-coded, and a computer tracks thelocation and movement of every case of merchandise, while it's stored and when it's shipped out. Somesix hundred to eight hundred associates staff the place, which runs around the clock, twenty-four hours aday. On one side of the building is a shipping dock with loading doors for around thirty trucks at atimeusually full. On the other side is the receiving dock, which may have as many as 135 doors forunloading merchandise. There might have been 鈥?in some future time of still increased wisdom, there yet may be 鈥?a department established to test the fitness of acolytes without recourse to the dangerous optimism of competitive choice. I will not say but that there should have been some one to reject me 鈥?though I will have the hardihood to say that, had I been so rejected, the Civil Service would have lost a valuable public servant. This is a statement that will not, I think, be denied by those who, after I am gone, may remember anything of my work. Lads, no doubt, should not be admitted who have none of the small acquirements that are wanted. Our offices should not be schools in which writing and early lessons in geography, arithmetic, or French should be learned. But all that could be ascertained without the perils of competitive examination. EZRA ENTREKIN, FORMER CIRCULATION MANAGER OF THECOLUMBIAMISSOURIAN: Persistence hunting (as it鈥檚 known to anthropologists) leaves behind no forensics鈥攏o arrowheads,no spear-nicked deer spines鈥攕o how do you build a case that a killing took place when you can鈥檛produce a corpse, a weapon, or witnesses? Despite Dr. Bramble鈥檚 physiological brilliance and Dr. 鈥榃ell, you felt right. We鈥檙e together, my dear.鈥? Once again, dealing with the chabochis had left the Tarahumara feeling like slaves. That was theend of Team Tarahumara. They disbanded鈥攆orever.