So I was perusing the totally nifty videos on State's Official Page of People Doing Awesome Stuff (gosh, I *love* the video titled "Michelle and Mary," by the way!), and you know what I realized?!
If you scroll down past all the Foreign Service Officer Awesomeness Stories, you get a set of Foreign Service Specialist Awesomeness Stories. And you know what? There's not ONE SINGLE VIDEO of any DS Agents! There are two Security Engineering Officers and a Security Technical Specialist... but not a single Agent.
Yo, whassup with THAT?!
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In other news, today is a really strange day. I don't know if you already heard about this, but FSI is closed today.** Here's how this went down.
[**For all but a small subsection of people, like those going to Iraq and stuff, etc. But for language and regular training people, CLOSED.]
Late yesterday afternoon, we trainee folks were wrapping up our last classes when, all of a sudden, the FSI building lost power. It was very bizarre! And then it started getting a little warmer in the building, and a little warmer...
Anyway, classes were sent home (only the tiniest bit early).
Then, this morning, James and I got a phone call from a friend who had gotten to FSI before we left home. FSI was still closed, she told us! And it was going to be closed all day today! Some lady was actually standing outside of FSI with a big sign (!!) which listed off the small subsection of people who were still required to enter the (stifling? I don't know...) building for training. The rest of us were cut loose for the day.
Our first reaction was horror. Because you cannot miss even a single class of ConGen and still graduate, which means that somewhere the folks running ConGen have a HUGE headache on their hands. How to re-structure the classes missed without it being a gigantic problem? And also, James and I are in the middle of planning every last second of our travel plans post-FSI and pre-Chengdu, complete with plane tickets and hotel stays. Will this FSI shutdown end up derailing our lives? (We hope not. James thinks not.)
But, on the other hand, James and I just had to laugh. Because we were here ALL LAST WINTER, and not a single day was lost to snow. Not *one* snow day! Sure, I think one morning we had a delayed opening by two hours, but that's all, and stuff still opened by 9:30 am, if I remember correctly. So, no big deal.
So, this means that this whole last year of our training, we had ZERO snow days, but we now have had a HEAT day. (I have to imagine that something at FSI got overloaded because of the crazy high heat index - 117 today! - but that's just pure speculation on my part. I could be totally wrong. I often am.)
So that's totally wicked crazy!
A heat day! Go figure.