The Dog Ate My Interview!

April 29, 2014
By George I. Seffers
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Brig. Gen. Kevin Killea, USMC, commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, is a busy man. He essentially wears three hats, because he is also in charge of the newly created Futures Directorate and is the vice chief of naval research. He travels a lot. He meets with a lot of high-ranking, important people.

So, it is not surprising that the interview with him had to be postponed multiple times. Once on the phone, he was open, articulate, informative and interesting. It was a great interview, and I was looking forward to writing the story.

Unfortunately, I conducted the interview from my home office, and moments after I got off the phone with Gen. Killea, my dog Chester chewed up the digital recorder I had used to tape the interview.

The dog seriously ate my homework. He could not have mauled that device any worse if it had been a prize-winning pork chop.

My first response was to contact Gen. Killea’s office to see if they had recorded the interview. Recorders are not allowed in their facility, so they were unable to help. I suspect, though, that they are still laughing.

Next, I turned to my colleague, Max Cacas, who has a long, distinguished career in radio and knows a thing or six about audio devices. He also was unable to rescue my interview. So, my boss suggested I try the Geek Squad at Best Buy. They, too, were unable to help, and they too are probably still laughing. The Geeks suggested I try contacting the recorder’s manufacturer, but that also went nowhere.

My only option was to ask for another interview.

Fortunately, Gen. Killea was sympathetic to my situation, explaining that he has a “Jack Russell terrorist.” He generously made more time on his schedule, for which I am grateful.

For inquiring minds who want to know, Chester is a rescue dog, a pointer/pitbull mix. He is the goofiest, good-for-nothingest dang dog who ever walked the earth. Every breath he takes is a waste of perfectly good oxygen. He never has caught a rabbit, and at times like these, he really ain’t no friend of mine. In fact, if he were any more useless, he would be a cat.

But he does have a certain charm.

Read “Marines Exercise New Warfighting Strategy” for the full article on Gen. Killea and the Marine Corps’ future warfighting strategy implementation through training, war gaming and experimentation.

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LOL. Cute article. Chester looks like the king of his Castle, sitting on his throne!

Thanks, Lynn. I didn't include the photo of him sitting on the bottom tier of the cat's climbing post. It was a pretty pathetic attempt to take over her throne.

While in general I wholeheartedly agree with "goofy", "good for nothingest" "dang", "waste of oxygen" etc., I feel compelled to register my deep displeasure with the final two sentences. In his DREAMS he might aspire be a cat. As if.

And nothing charming here, folks. Trust me.

I'm on to you, Cat.

Great way to put a positive spin on it! Once my work pager was eaten by the dog. Very embarrassing. When I FINALLY got up the nerve to go turn it in and tell what happened, they were not shocked at all. They said they think the batteries or the vibration attracts them, but it was a VERY COMMON occurrence.

You may be on to something, Liz. He has also gone through some TV remotes and a $300 MP3 player. He seems to like wires, too, so this can't be good.

I love it. While I'm at the computer my dog sits staring waiting for that walk.

OMG I love it.

Thanks, Shirley, for taking the time to leave a comment! I told Chester he's (in)famous, and he thinks that's a good thing. He's demanding his own Youtube channel and an agent.

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