ZZ Top and Me

John McCumber

John McCumber is a cybersecurity executive, retired US Air Force officer, and former Cryptologic Fellow of the National Security Agency. In addition to his professional activities, John is a former Professorial Lecturer in Information Security at The George Washington University in Washington, DC and is currently a technical editor and columnist for Security Technology Executive magazine. John is the author of the textbook Assessing and Managing Security Risk in IT Systems: a Structured Methodology

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6 Responses

  1. Kolohe says:

    Great story!

    I am though reminded of a generalization of Zeddemore’s law – “If someone asks you [x], you say yes!”Report

  2. jason says:

    Damn! Great story! Talk about missed opportunities.Report

  3. Michael Cain says:


    A woman I used to fence with and I were packing up after a session. At some point we noticed that both of us were figure-eighting* the floor cords. “Hey,” she said, “someone else who knows how to pack cables. Where’d you learn?” “Ag field lab,” I told her. “You?” “Eighteen months on Pink’s road crew.” Which is enormously cooler than an ag field lab.

    * It only works with cords of the right weight and flexibility, but if done properly you can pick up the figure-eight bundle, grab the loose end, and throw the rest 50 or 60 feet with it unwrapping smoothly as it goes.Report

  4. Burt Likko says:

    I loved every decision you made in this story up until the point you declined to join the road crew. But I understand, and would probably have done the same when put on the spot like that.Report

  5. Paul Meisel says:

    Great tale!Report

  6. Marchmaine says:

    I lean towards a bullet dodged rather than an oppty missed… one day an adventure makes. A year?

    My little brother had adventures like that… just seemed to have things happen to him. He’d come home and tell us that he went with his girlfriend to a black tie event, but didn’t know it was black tie so just wore his t-shirt and jeans… the t-shirt that the Bull’s players signed because it was that kind of event, and they thought it was cool that this dumb kid was wearing a t-shirt and jeans. Pippen and Horace Grant were nice to hang with.Report