鈥業 attach to this a memorandum of my understanding of some points of detail in order to be sure that it is also the understanding of the Board, and I am, gentlemen, with much respect, your obedient servant, S. P. Langley.鈥? Oh! Yes. Quite right, Mr. Ravell. 亚洲美女高清aⅴ视频国产 We know we can be very influentialpowerful if you prefer. So today I think it's important for our peopleto remember that things aren't the same as the old days, when we were the scrappy underdog having tofight for every single break. We still want to drive a hard bargain, but now we need to guard againstabusing our power. We want to find more ways, like Bring it Home, in which we can use our influence togive something back. "Really it's a pretty simple philosophy. What you have to do is just draw a line in the dirt, and force thebureaucracy back behind that line. And then know for sure that a year will go by and it will be backacross that line, and you'll have to do the same thing again."I guess one reason I feel so strongly about not letting egos get out of control around Wal-Mart is that alot of bureaucracy is really the product of some empire builder's ego. Some folks have a tendency tobuild up big staffs around them to emphasize their own importance, and we don't need any of that atWal-Mart. If you're not serving the customer, or supporting the folks who do, we don't need you. Whenwe're thinking small, that's another thing we're always on the lookout for: big egos. You don't have tohave a small ego to work here, but you'd better know how to make it look small, or you might wind up introuble. They really outdid themselves, and I think they may even have startled President and Mrs. Bushnot tomention the White House press corpsby giving one of the most enthusiastic Wal-Mart cheers we'veheard around here in some time. Dad's pleasure was evident, and he called it "the highlight of our entirecareer." Of course, he shared all the credit with his associates. But it was a poignant day. He had to berolled onto the stage in a wheelchair, and I think most of the associates sensed that it would be their lastget-together with him. The room was full of pride that daybut also lots of memories, and many tears. The experience gained is best told in Chanute鈥檚 own words. 鈥楾he first thing,鈥?he says, 鈥榳hich we discovered practically was that the wind flowing up a hill-side is not a steadily-flowing current like that of a river. It comes as a rolling mass, full of tumultuous whirls and eddies, like those issuing from a chimney; and they strike the apparatus with constantly varying force and direction, sometimes withdrawing support when most needed. It has long been known, through instrumental observations, that the wind is constantly changing in force and direction; but it needed the experience of an operator afloat on a gliding machine110 to realise that this all proceeded from cyclonic action; so that more was learned in this respect in a week than had previously been acquired by several years of experiments with models. There was a pair of eagles, living in the top of a dead tree about two miles from our tent, that came almost daily to show us how such wind effects are overcome and utilised. The birds swept in circles overhead on pulseless wings, and rose high up in the air. Occasionally there was a side-rocking motion, as of a ship rolling at sea, and then the birds rocked back to an even keel; but although we thought the action was clearly automatic, and were willing to learn, our teachers were too far off to show us just how it was done, and we had to experiment for ourselves.鈥? Rhoda spoke pleadingly, but with the timidity which always attended her requests to her father, whose recent indulgence had never reached a point of weakness, and who clearly showed, in all his dealings with his daughter, that he was not carried away by his affection for her, but acted with the consciousness of a will unfettered by precedents, and perfectly able to choose its course without regard to what other people might expect of him.