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Thursday Holidays in November: Dangerous* November 16, 2010

Posted by KG in FS Life, State.

A few months ago, my wife and I had toyed with taking November 12th off.  With Veteran’s Day on a Thursday, the 12th was well placed for an impromptu four-day weekend.  We’d gone as far as discussing potential destinations, but not much further.  Life got in the way — hectic work schedules, the Wife’s trip to Africa, and (most significantly) my back.  By the time we got everything sorted out and back to normal, the prospect of traveling just seemed too much too soon.  We tabled the idea for another year.

Which turned out to be a pretty good thing.  One of the “pleasures” of working on current events is that you never know when something is going to happen.  From Wednesday the 10th to Friday the 12th, I spent over 30 hours in the office.  It was quite an experience to be a part of — fast moving memos, frantic blackberry updates, office televisions broadcasting news reports that contradicted those updates, calls to Ops, calls to post, calls to the Seventh Floor.  I should take the quotes off from around the word pleasures, because despite my whining about working a holiday, it actually was a pleasure.  The lame public servant in me derives joy from being a small part of the vast Foreign Policy Machine, processing and interpreting big world events.  (Or at least big in my view; I harbor no illusions that everyone cares about my small corner of the world.)  Curious how to process and transmit an ALDAC when the government is closed?  It’s possible!

This week is shaping up to be more normal, which feels healthy.  The sprint isn’t sustainable; workplace “optempo,” as my DoD colleagues like to say, can’t always be breakneck. 

My back, by the way, is doing much better.  The rain is increasing the ache, but it’s not that hard to overcome.  And in a fit of foolhardy ambition, I’m entering the lottery to run in the Cherry Blossom 10-miler.  I’ll have 3 months to train from essentially zero.  Considering my back got busted the weekend before I was supposed to run the Army 10-miler, I think I owe it to myself.

*Two years ago, we were called in on a holiday for a very different reason.



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