December 2, 2009

December 2, 2009 1:56 pm

Our crew has taken the trucks and headed back West.  Only Rick Davalos, Capitol Christmas Tree Coordinator and Jim Payne, the Public Affairs Officer and I remain.  We have office work to do, including media outreach and the various tasks associated with getting the ceremony of the tree lighting completed.  We have changed into our office clothes – saying goodbye to the Forest Service uniforms and for me – my Levi’s.  It is Belt Way professional now.

The three of us have been working on our own projects for most of the days now.  We rejoin at night for a dinner where we recap our activities and plan for the next day.  So far we have ventured into Chinatown for fabulous noodle soup, Italian seafood and even an Ethiopian meal that was tremendous.  Washington, D.C. is a city of the world and we are taking advantage of the cultures that have come to the Capitol.

I miss our tour team so much.  The work now is not as fun as it was when we were on tour.  The hours are a lot less intense and we have fallen into a new pattern which is much more mental and somehow more exhausting.



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