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May 06, 2005

I am not a spy...or am I?

Talking about my crazy schedule reminds me of something funny. My family thinks that I could be a spy. It started with my mother, who was convinced that I went to "Spy School" in Monterey (I was close; my graduate school, the Monterey Institute of International Studies), is just down the hill from the military language school). Granted, I did study Russian for six years and there was a time, when there was not a lot of other things to do with Russian, but that has all changed. However, it is really all the travelling that I do which has kept my family guessing. They cannot believe that I would leave home for four-six weeks at a time to go see 'clients'. What's ironic is any denial is expected. And the better the denial, the more impressed the family is: "he must be a really good spy. I was convinced for a minute that he really DID work for an investment bank." So, this is my latest (and most public) denial - I am not a spy. I really do work for an investment bank (yes, er, a German investment bank...in Japan...and I travel five months of the year on business to London...really).

As for spy denial, I have a long way to go. One of my colleagues has harbored suspicions for years that I am a Russian spy. He thinks this because he found a powerful radio transmitter in my apartment next to my gun case and poison-tipped umbrella. And I always cry at the end of No Way Out.

Posted by Kirk on May 6, 2005 11:55 PM


Hello mate,

I definitely think that you are a spy as well. It all just fits a little too nicely. The trips to see clients, the various languages, the way you disarmed that guy last week without really breaking a sweat . . . the cover of a banker is perfect. .

Yes it is Saturday night and I am in front of a computer. but I am not a spy, way too loud and in need of the center of attention for that.

Posted by: Howie at May 7, 2005 10:09 PM

actually, being way too loud was one of the first covers they taught us at school. er, business school i mean

Posted by: kirk at May 7, 2005 11:04 PM

Kirk, Dont know if you watch Alias but Sydney Bristow used the bank employee cover for a long time when she was working as a dobule agent for the CIA.

She took frequent trips abroad to see clients and spoke many languages. Sound familiar?

Posted by: Preyash at May 10, 2005 10:36 AM

I am surprised that you are taking about this. Do you think Mom is going to access you web site? Just keep her guessing.

Posted by: Terri at May 12, 2005 10:52 PM