Friday, September 20, 2013

Farewell to DC

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.

NY Daily News - Flooding in Manila Aug 2013
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.