"So in 2001, we were in Olympia Greece together, obtaining the Olympic flame for the torch relay, and participating in an ancient ceremony for world peace. At one point, two doves were released. As they lifted into the air, a white feather from one of the doves gracefully and slowly floated to the ground. I knew what would happen. As soon as the ceremony was over, Mike would bound across the arena and pick up that feather for one of his talks. Sure enough, when the last speech ended, Mike made his move, but to his surprise, Kem Gardner was already sprinting ahead of him. Later, wisely coming to his senses, Kem gave the feather to the governor.
"That afternoon, Kem and I checked into our hotel. Behind the registration desk there was a magnificent sculpture of a nude male athlete. I don't know how to say this in such gentle and delicate company, but the sculpture's maleness had been broken off and was quite visibly absent. Kem turned to me and said: 'I see the governor has been here.'"
-- Matt Canham