Occasional Holy Man, Indifferent Bassist, Expelled Philosopher, and Maladroit Luthier Who Offers Stray, Provocative, and Insouciant Thoughts about Religion, Archaeology, Human Foible, Surfing, Interesting People, and Quirky Music. "Sent down" from the University of Edinburgh. [Also, "alot" is not a word.]
As a drill instructor of mine used to say, "Steel is only hardened by fire." I think, though, that the collection of middle-managers forced to attend these things didn't think it would be taken so literally.