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No One Told You It Was Going to be Easy January 25, 2010

Posted by KG in FS Life, State.

The hardest part of this job is when you see the worst in people. I’ve had to do that for the last five months. And in spades, today.

Apologies to Liam Schwartz, who would enjoy greater detail, but I can’t get too into the weeds without giving too much information out. Let’s leave it at the fact that today was, from 8:30 to 4, chock full of liars, ranging from tales of facepalm worthy ridiculousness to a gentleman whose deception was of the most odious kind possible in our little world without being outright evil. By the time the day ended, I was feeling Hobbesian, like the consular line was the last redoubt against an endless flood of people bent on breaking the law to make a better life for themselves — or to make a few quick bucks.

For the last five months, that’s been the gig. The fun part, the Hardy Boys-glee of pattern recognition and putting together dots worlds apart. And the hard part, the reality of facing that “dot” and realizing they are people — and then telling that person that they’re caught.

No one believes me when I tell them I miss being on the straight NIV line.



1. Liam - January 26, 2010

Apologies accepted:-)

It must be hard (if not embarrassing) to have to confront people and tell them they’re lying. What strategies have you developed for conducting those difficult conversations?


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