The closest thing we had to an operations manager was Don Whitaker, the guy I hired from TG&Y outin Abilene to be our first Wal-Mart manager. After that, he became our first regional manager. Don hadbarely finished high school, if that, and he had terrible grammar. He threw people off sometimes becausehe only had one eye, and he looked at you sort of funny. But he was one of the finest people I have everknown in my life. Everybody called him Whitaker, and he was a hard-working, practical, smart fellow. 鈥淗. COLBURN.鈥? 彩票怎么买，从没碰过我怎么知道种了没 I guarantee you that after they've eaten what they cooked enough times, these buyers don't load up toomany Moon Pies to send to Wisconsin, or beach towels for Hiawatha, Kansas. 鈥淪how you what?鈥? For a guy who told so many people how to run, Bowerman didn鈥檛 do much of it himself. He onlystarted to jog a little at age fifty, after spending time in New Zealand with Arthur Lydiard, thefather of fitness running and the most influential distance-running coach of all time. Lydiard hadbegun the Auckland Joggers Club back in the late 鈥?0s to help rehab heart-attack victims. It waswildly controversial at the time; physicians were certain that Lydiard was mobilizing a masssuicide. But once the formerly ill men realized how great they felt after a few weeks of running,they began inviting their wives, kids, and parents to come along for the two-hour trail rambles. I couldn鈥檛 believe how smoothly we鈥檇 crossed the Chihuahua desert. Ordinarily, the odds ofgetting across the border and catching four buses in a row without one of them breaking down orchugging in a half-day late were on a par with beating a Tijuana slot machine. On just about anytrip through Chihuahua, someone is sure to have to console you with the local motto: 鈥淣othingworks out according to plan, but it always works out.鈥?But this plan, so far, was turning out to befoolproof, booze-proof, and cartel-proof. What's that spellWal-Mart! He had to be joking. Arnulfo? He wouldn鈥檛 even talk to me, let alone join me for a run. If hewouldn鈥檛 go for a jog with a guy who鈥檇 come to pay homage right at his doorstep, why would hetravel across the mountains to run with a pack of gringos he鈥檇 never seen before? And Silvino; I鈥檇met Silvino the last time I was down here. We鈥檇 run into him by chance in Creel, right after I鈥檇gone running with Caballo. He was in his pickup and wearing his jeans, the spoils from themarathon he鈥檇 won in California. Where did Caballo get the idea that Silvino would bother comingto his race? Silvino couldn鈥檛 even be induced to run another marathon for the chance of another bigpayday. I鈥檇 learned enough about the Tarahumara, and those two runners in particular, to knowthere was no way the Quimare clan had any intention of turning up.