I am out of town for the next 3 days on non-Institute business attending a meeting along with my peers from Dilbertland. We get together once every year or so for yearly kickoff meetings and I am looking forward to making re-acquaintances with some old chums. It should be fun.
As a result of my absence, I once again have to invoke the emergency vacancy clause of our bylaws in order to keep Institute business running and legal. This single act broadens my powers to act decisively should any emergency occur (up to and including imposing martial law here at the compound) while I am not in actual physical presence at the FTI Control Center. I undertake this act solemnly and understand it should never be taken for granted. Such as it is with leadership. Power has it's burdens.
With this single act accomplished, I only have one final task to complete before my departure: Ask Mrs. Kfred to sign my leave request.