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February 11, 2009
He should have stayed at home.

We all agreed on that – not only because he was so sick, but because of the perverse pride he took in his presence in the office that day.

He obviously relished every syllable of his wet, productive coughs.

“ka-huuh-huuh-huuh-HOO-WOW

Since none of us had ventured to call him a 'trooper', even at his urging, he cheerfully and repeatedly applied that label to himself.

“I tell you, I should be at home eating soup right now. I must be some kind of a trooper. How's that for true dedication?”

We were unmoved.