Please forgive me while I take a brief moment of personal privilege and congratulate my friend and classmate, John Patrick Hamm, on his new position as Director of Human Resources for Louisville Metro Government.  I could not be happier for JP, our fair City, and our beloved Commonwealth.  My journey with JP goes back to 1992 when we had to explain that Washington & Lee (him) and Washington University in St. Louis (me) are different institutions.  For 24 years, he has had my back and I have tried, humbly, to have his.  I am so glad for him, his family, and his wife.  More importantly (for me), he is now only a few blocks away and available for easy access lunch and other assorted pestering!