|NY Daily News - Flooding in Manila Aug 2013|
Friday, September 20, 2013
My USAID farewell was hastened and my farewell party postponed due to the 50th anniversary on the March on Washington (for freedom and jobs). Admittedly, that was a bigger and better party celebrating a more important event, but a bummer nevertheless.
Instead, my FAB (Forestry and Biodiversity) Office farewell was rescheduled on what ended up being my first day back with them as a short term consultant. We had a little after hours celebration with drinks and snacks (outside the office of course). I was extremely surprised that I got a farewell present - a gift card to REI. The funds were for a specific item - waders. Every TDY I went on had a major flood - Jakarta, Manila. Just as this was being explained, the skies opened up and it started pouring down rain in DC!! The covered patio... started to flood. Perfect.