I was, as regular readers know, in the U.S. Air Force. I was a crypto specialist. Top Secret stuff, code words, all that. Part of the job required reading and maintaining super secret books, documentation on the machines which we fixed.
A couple of times a year we were required to go through these books, each one, and page count them. That is, we opened the books, turned the pages one by one and made sure the Russians were not able to sneak onto the base past the sentries, then into our fenced, barbed wire, windowless building, and then break into the locked and passworded room where the locked cabinets were and to steal a page, then sneak back out.
I page counted hundreds of books and, thank the Lord, never found a missing page. Nobody ever did. But it was in this capacity that I first saw these words:
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printed on blank pages—no longer blank, and therefore a self-defeating message—but put there to tell us that the Russians had not learned a way to suck all the ink off one side of the paper.
Anyway, since I am still busy, I have nothing to offer today except to say, in the same vein,
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