From the just-calling-it-up category, I’ve joined a pair of political/government boards that warrant disclosure. The first is Advocates for a Sustainable Population, a group trying to figure out how big of a population that Albemarle can support and how to go about stopping growth at that point. The second is The Virginia Coalition for Open Government. I’ve long been a big fan of VCOG, and I’m flattered that they’d ask me to join. It’s not clear to me that joining these boards biases me in any way (generally it’s the receipt of money or relation by blood that leads to conflicts of interest, not the volunteering of time flowing in the other direction), since my membership reflects my interests, rather than vice versa, but one never knows.