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Knighted . . . at Last!

By Mark D. Roberts | Saturday, February 7, 2009

Move over Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John. I have been knighted . . . at last!

It happened last Tuesday at the staff meeting of the H.E. Butt Foundation, the parent organization of Laity Lodge. There, the accounting department of the Foundation presented me with the prestigious Sword Award. No, it had nothing to do with how quickly I could look up Bible verses. Rather, the Sword Award is given to “an employee or group of employees who show chivalry in saving money, boosting income, or in financial recordkeeping.”

How in Heaven’s name did I get that award? Here’s what was said in my knighting ceremony:

The Chivalrous Sir Doctor Mark D. Roberts was knighted the Sword Award winner at the February monthly staff meeting for the consistent, complete, timely, and detailed documentation of all credit card charges each month.  Sir Roberts was thanked for his chivalrous dedication to the great art of expense tracking and for the hope that he will inspire the squires that surround him.

So, there you have it. Feel free to refer to me now as Sir Mark, if you wish. No need to be as formal as Sir Roberts. I offer humble thanks to the accounting department of the H.E. Butt Foundation, the famed “A-Team,” for bestowing this great honor upon me.

In the photo below, I admire the Sword Award, now hanging from the door into my office. Sadly, I’ll have to surrender the sword next month.

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7 Responses to “Knighted . . . at Last!”

  1. Thomas Buck Says:
    February 7th, 2009 at 4:37 am

    Sir Mark:

    Congratulations on your award!

    That sword picture reminds me of the sword of Damocles, though. :-)

    And here I always suspected you were the Dread Pirate Roberts. Hmmm…..


  2. Ray Says:
    February 7th, 2009 at 4:50 am

    I don’t suppose the United States Congress will be getting that award any time soon.

    Congrats on all that well-documented credit card spending. Way to stimulate!

  3. Mark Roberts Says:
    February 7th, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Thomas: Good catch! I was thinking of the Sword of Damocles when I mounted this one. I’m not fearing for my life, however.

  4. Evan Says:
    February 7th, 2009 at 8:19 am

    at 5:37 comes the pertinent quote: “Lady, you must be psychic!”

  5. Mark Roberts Says:
    February 7th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Even: Excellent! The Sword of Damocles made it into the Three Stooges.

  6. Jim Says:
    February 7th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    That particular Three Stooges dialogue I watched as a child has had a profound effect on my life. I tend to think about the Sword of Damocles a lot.

  7. Marcus Goodyear Says:
    February 11th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I’ve got my eyes on that sword for next month. Watch out, buddy.


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