My Adventures as a U.S. Diplomat and Family Man

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Flag Day (12:01am)

Flag Day has finally arrived--albeit just barely here on the East Coast. There are still about 16 hours to go until I learn when and where I will be headed for my first assignment. People are usually besides themselves at this point with all the anxiety and anticipation, but I am oddly calm.

I am optimistic that I could receive one of my top choices. If I don't, I can live with most of the other posts. As I previously explained, I tried to hedge my bets by bidding on a range of posts that satisfy particular requirements and set myself up for receiving a favorable second assignment. That being said, I am also taking a swing at a few dream posts. I'm very tempted to list them but I am afraid of jinxing myself. I can't resist providing a few tantalizing hints though.

I like to the think of the top three possibilities as analogous to the book/movie "Eat. Pray. Love" but in my own particular way. "Eat" and "Pray" refer to two countries that are known for their cuisine and religiosity. As for "Love" (my top choice), it doesn't fit so neatly but instead symbolizes the "peace" I would feel living close to the heavens for the next two years. Any guesses?

Okay, that's enough fodder for tonight. I remember staying up late last winter reading online recaps about Flag Day for others. Now it's my turn. Here's hoping for the best. Peace out.