Trust and verification
Some people think the creed of old reporters like me is "Trust, but verify."
In fact, my creed has always been "The hell with trust. Verify."
So, I wanted to be certain that she meant that "yes."
"You sure you mean it?" I asked. "Say the word, I'm gone. No fuss. I could be outta here in three weeks."
"Three weeks?" she said. "That's a long time. If you want somebody to go, you want them out right away."
Still, she didn't take back the "yes," and I opened the whiskey and waited to hear "Auld Lang Syne," happy I hadn't dropped the ball.
To find out more about Marc Munroe Dion and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit www.creators.com. Dion's latest book, "The Land of Trumpin," is a collection of Dion's columns from before, during and after the most recent presidential election. It is available in paperback from Amazon.com, and as an eBook for Kindle, Nook, iBooks and GooglePlay.