A point of no return and with no avoiding changes on the way: recalibration, maturing, gaining intensity, speculative gain and, most often, at least a little loss; avoiding staleness, exhaustion, putrefaction, entropy.

Everything in order – shipshape after a fashion, squared away.  Worth the while to spend the days and weeks on practicing, perfecting drills to save the living, build a reputation, flags flying.

All hands on deck, gathered at signed assembly points. Plans, schedules and budgets, orderly procedures require just the right seasoning of panache, bravado, cunning, devil-may-care.