The incredibly long-legged Karl supplied me with much needed consistency and reliability during my assignment on Tortola, B.V.I., last spring. Those qualities, I reckon, must have been honed on the run; Karl was a member of track teams in high school and in college in the United States and represented the B.V.I. in the Olympics in 1992. His specialty was the high jump, though he'd competed in all aspects of track and field internationally. The way he shuttled me from various Point As to Point Bs leaves me to speculate that he also must have excelled at relay.