Tuesday, July 7, 2009


So, I apologize for the roughness of this entry. I'm in an internet cafe, so all the settings and such on my computer are unavailable. I've moved, and don't have internet in my apartment. (at least not conveniently) and so you'll have to deal with just text for a while.

I don't know if I wrote about it, and I don't have time to check right now, but I took the Foreign Service Exam about three weeks ago, sort of on a whim. I figured, you know, it was free, and it's always good to have options. 90% of those who take it fail, so I was fully expecting to fall flat on my face, especially cause I applied for the track which requires the highest score to continue in the process. I figured, "If I pass, I'll worry about whether I want to do it or not." Well...

I passed. So, I have actually been thinking this kind of a career may make me happy. The only problem is there are so many details that I worry about. Like the ethics, and the tendency of the US to be economically imperialistic, and the fact that if I'm traveling the world on assignment there's a very slim chance I will have many girls to choose from. Yah. I kinda wanna get married in this life.

However, it has also given me a bit of purpose and direction, and I am currently working to complete the personal essays for the next stage of the acceptance process. There are five, about various qualities they look for, and each requires me to relate an experience where I showed the desired virtue. I forgot how much I hate writing essays about myself...

I've also been doing scuba, and I really like it. In spite of the fact that I regularly burn through 50 SPF sunscreen. Man I hate my complexion...love the red hair though. This weekend we go to Dahab for the main event. I just hope I don't come back looking like a lobster.

So, in short, that's where I'm at! Hopefully I'll be able to get some pictures up soon!



  1. That is so great Joseph!! Way to go! ...Are you ever coming back to the states?

  2. You kinda... wanna... start thinking about... getting married in this life.

    just kidding XD