The above word has been coined. It's a permutation of a proper name, but I won't divulge the owner of the original name. As you know, sources are to be protected at all costs, regardless of the collateral damage.

Anyway, whenever someone does the exact opposite of something requested it's called (at least here in my office) Lankification, or a form thereof, such as Lankified.

Miscommunication and misinterpretation is common and understandable. However, when you've provided specific instructions almost to the point of sending cue cards and pictures, and someone still doesn't get it, you've been Lankified.

Hey, we're all guilty of Lankification, and I think I've figured out what happens to create the Lankified result.

First, you're busy and a request comes your way. So, you just browse over it and read every fifth word or so (if it's a written communication), and make a quick note on a scrap piece of paper.

Later, when you get a moment and check your notes, you can't read your own writing and the original request is a distant memory.

Still, instead of tracking down the original and getting everything just right, you fulfill the request anyway, even though it's really not the request that was made. It's your version of the request; a sloppy and incomplete version.

In the end, your "fulfillment" of the original request will cause more headaches and work for everyone than if that request had been thoughtfully considered in the first place.

Again, I'm guilty of this as much as anyone else. And, there's a real good chance I'm writing this as a reminder to myself. Once something's printed, it's hard to back down from it.

Perhaps if I put one of my frustrations in writing, it will keep me from frustrating others. Well... Maybe not... At least all the time, but I will try.

So, if you find that I've successfully Lankified you, please let me know, and I'll do my best to correct it, even though it'll be too late. But if you point it out to me now, it might just help me get it right in the future.

In other news, this issue represents the first in a series of monthly issues you'll be receiving from us (excepting a July-August hiatus in 2005). We figured -- whether you operate in a specific season or not -- that this is a full-time business that deserves a full-time magazine. The issues confronting camps don't take a month off, so neither will we.

Let us know how we can help, and what you'd like to read about, sans Lankification... I promise to read your ideas and thoughts carefully the first time!

Thanks again for making monthly possible...

Regan D. Dickinson



Phone: (830) 257-1012

Fax: (830) 257-1020

PO Box 291773, Kerrville, TX 78029

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