“Yes, I am Guthrie, do we met?”
“Sure, remember me?” “We met some years ago at a conference in Trinidad.”
“Ummm, yes, yes, that was a long time ago.”
“Indeed, I suggested a project to classify soils in Jamaica as per USDA system, remember.”
“Yes, I got that job and had wonderful time in Jamaica doing it.”
“I did saw your report later; it was very comprehensive and useful.”
“I just arrived in the United States on an immigrant visa and came to this conference seeking job opportunities in Soil Science; since we are in the same field, I am wondering if you have any leads.”
Dr. Guthrie appeared uneasy. “Good luck,” he said and left in a hurry never to see him again during the two-day conference.
Juggernaut thoughts went back to years ago when he first met Dr. Guthrie at a conference in Trinidad. Dr. Guthrie and Juggernaut spent lot of time together during the conference attending meetings and participating in several field trips throughout the Island over a period of several days. During the meeting, Juggernaut suggested a project for Dr. Guthrie to categorize Jamaican soils as per 7th Approximation USDA Soil Classification. Juggernaut never heard from Guthrie after the meeting. Apparently, Dr. Guthrie later received grants to work in Jamaica classifying the soils. Juggernaut came across the Guthrie’s report several years later in a library. On the advice of fellow scientists in the field, on arriving In US as an immigrant, he visited a conference in Biloxi to explore job opportunities. When Juggernaut met Dr. Guthrie after several years, he was excited to see him, hoping he may give some leads; instead Dr. Guthrie behaved strange and tried to avoid meeting Juggernaut altogether. May be it was Biloxi blues that affected Guthrie.