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Project Aladdin Journal 05-09-2002

Hello everyone. Bob, thanks for your concern. I'm afraid I wasn't ok, but it wasn't what you're afraid of. I actually just caught some sort of very, very nasty stomach bug. I've been laid up on my couch wishing the room would stop spinning for the last two days. I still feel woozy, but I'm much better than I was. Thanks for your concern. Friends have been bringing me gator-aid and saltines so I'm on the road to a full recovery.

I think you guys are right, that Gabrielle doesn't really know how to run an operative, but I have a really hard time believing that. Does it make sense that whoever this group is would assign such a clear incompetent to the job? Seriously. I hate to say it, but I almost want to give Gabrielle more credit than that.

As for my mysterious contact, I think I've got a new idea. I'm tired of being told to prove myself. If they're contacting me, they must think I'm pretty legitimate. So, mystery guest, why don't you prove yourself? Do you really have something useful? Better let me know, because we don't have much more time to screw around. So what's it going to be?

I don't know what else to do. Sorry about not having more for you. I could tell you more about the last 48 hours of my life but, trust me, you don't want to know.

Project Aladdin Journal 05-09-2002

Bob here.
Whew. Sorry to hear you had a bad bug, but I'm glad it wasn't something else nastier. The bug will pass--sounds like it already is--but some of these guys can do something nasty and permanent IF their bark is backed up by bite. I'm beginning to think, though, that this is not the case. Gabrielle, for example, sounds like she's trying to push you harder by being the tough cop kind of boss. I don't think she realizes how seriously you're already taking this thing, or she'd know that she doesn't HAVE to use threats to motivate you---you're already plenty motivated enough. She could, instead, get off the phone and start sending you some solid leads to help you if she really has the leads she says she does.

As far as your other mystery contacts, they should quit teasing you and come forward to help, if they really have anything.

Meanwhile, I'd say your best bet at this point is just to press on as if you are NOT going to get any help from either source, because you may not. You do have contacts, in Meaghan, Jackson, Joe and especially Christine...confer with them all this week, see what you all collectively have found so far, and maybe it'll show a pattern that guides you as to where you need to go next. Maybe it's even time to try to gather them all together (except for Christine, who I imagine would not be able to take part for obvious technical reasons) for either a face to face meeting, or a conference call, or an IRC chat...put your heads together.

SoundByte checking in.
Hope you're well...just a short observation as we head into the weekend. Seems to me all you can do is "keep on keeping on" with the work you're doing...consult with everyone who is on your side, take stock of what you've learned so far. That may give you a good clue as to what your next move should be. Don't let Gabrielle's occasional tantrums or anyone else's off-the-wall antics distract you. In the end it'll be results that count. Take care.