If you were to read the U.S. Senate's daily digest for last Friday, you'd probably be a really dull person to talk with on a long bus ride. But there on the second page, page D993, amid a long list of names of people being confirmed to things, you'd learn that Wilson Sonsini CEO John Roos has been declared Ambassador to Japan.
We did not learn this by meticulously reading the Senate's daily digest. We learned it by reading the San Francisco Business Times, which learned it by reading the Los Angeles Times, which is probably a really dull person to talk with on a long bus ride.
We immediately (a weekend after the fact, when we'd caught up with our reading) dispatched a reporter to call the firm and get a comment, see whether JR-san himself would like to say a quick "ohayo," but by late afternoon, we hadn't gotten a call back. This is probably because we tend to use the excuse to ask (over and over, directly and indirectly, sometimes in Esperanto, just to change it up a little) who will replace the ambassador as the new CEO of the poster child for Silicon Valley law. It's probably too much trouble to keep having to look up "no comment" in Esperanto.
(Hint for next time: "Ne komento.")
— Brian McDonough