The L-Tree will continue not putting out any new leaves for at least another day or two as I make my way to Kansas City and environs.
Just one quick further word about competence, which others have spent much time in the box upon: it occurs to me that it's one of those deconstructo-words that mean both themselves and themselves + something else (like "supplement"). Both "just enough" and "plenty of enough." So to say something is competent often suggests a begrudging acknowledgement of bare sufficiency, at the same time that to praise someone for their competence may very well imply that they are pretty hot stuff. I think there's a whole philosophical thesis in there somewhere about aesthetic economy. Discuss.