1. Consortium: an association of two or more individuals, companies, organizations or governments (or any combination of these entities) with the objective of participating in a common activity or pooling their resources for achieving a common goal. Each participant retains its separate legal status and the consortium's control over each participant is generally limited to activities involving the joint endeavor.
2. What a way to make a living: I have had several careers during my lifetime, so far. However, there is always that idea that the time may come when you will be in a position to take full advantage of all that you have learned and all you have done.   
3. An organizers dream: Opportunity does not knock, it lies in wait for you to come upon and to recognize for what it is. Opportunity, once found does not submit easily to your wishes. It disguises and discourages and attempts to lure you into believing you had not found it after all. The  friends discovered while shaking out this opportunity are a great reward and have been well worth the effort if all else fails.
                                                                                                                                                                            John Zaner