Tuesday, July 14, 2015

R&R has begun!!

I love completed projects!

Nice and new!!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Two websites you should never, ever go to.

William Penn said "Time is what we want most, but what we use worst."  He's right....we waste so much of our time doing unproductive and mindless things.

Allow me to introduce you to the two most pointless, annoying, and time wasting "Foreign Service" websites and why you should avoid them:

1) Trailing Houses

Remember liveliness on yahoo?  If you wanted to post a question on liveliness you actually had to go to yahoo and login before you could post.  Then you had to go back to yahoo and login to look for the answers.  That's makes sense.  Since it was a bit of work to get the items posted, I suspect a good number of people either didn't bother or ended up emailing the CLO or the appropriate state.gov person to get the answer.  Sadly, liveliness is dead/dying and replaced with a facebook group Trailing Houses.  I guess it supposed to be easier.  

Actually, it is easy.  It's too easy...too easy to post and too easy to respond.  If I see one more post starting with "I just had to share this..."  I'll pluck my eyes out.  No, you don't have to freakin' share this - you really, really don't.  Gripe to your friends at "wine night" or complain to your spouse, but seriously, no one cares how long you got delayed in the airport with 3 kids and how United didn't have you sitting together.  No one cares, because it's happened to all of us.  Move on.

And to the folks who feel like they need to offer sympathy, or smiley faces, or hugs, or to pile on the righteous indignation - for cripes sake don't you have something better to do?  You're the same people who send emails with "You're welcome" in it.  It's unecessry to say "you're welcome" after I say "thank you."  It is simply not needed.

This is why I delete my facebook page several times a year....

2) CorridorRep.com

If this website had some ads on it to make the web-designer some money, I'd be less irritated.  I've created a few websites myself to make some money on click-thru's.  But there no ads on this site which means the person created the webpage to either: 1) get back at someone they hate by trashing their reviews or 2) is self-promoting to land a good assignment.  Either reason is enough to stay away from this thing.

You can see today there are 56 people signed up.  Two days ago there were 30.  Did I sign up under a fake name and give myself a high rating?  Did I get my wife to do the same? ....maybe...  And the guy in Gabon that I really, really ....well, you get the point.  

There is absolutely nothing good that will come out of this website.  At its worst - people who make tough, unpopular decisions, but are good employees risk getting trashed by embittered collegues.  Probably the same people posting on Training Houses.

But, just to be clear - if this thing takes off I'll write good things about you for $5 per review.  Email me and we can talk...

Monday, July 6, 2015

A few pics from around town...

Ramadan iftar with the Char Force staff

Ramadan is a month of fasting for Muslims who cannot eat or drink during daylight hours for 30 days.  At sunset each night, they break their fast and have a night meal called an iftar.

Yesterday, the CharForce staff met at a hotel in East Jerusalem for a Ramadan itfar dinner.  During the month of Ramadan, a lot of the hotels in East Jerusalem have nightly iftar buffets.

Iftars are a big family affair with lots of food....unless you're sick of cooking a big meal each night so you go to one of the local buffets.

We met at the Ambassador Hotel in Jerusalem for dinner last night.  Huge buffet of local food.  We piled our plates high, filled our glasses.......and waited.  No one can eat until the offical end of daylight.  In Jerusalem, the end of the daily fast is signified by the firing of a cannon.  Check out this cool story for the background on the Jerusalem cannon.

Apparently iftar dinners make you look possesed.