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  •  my experiences over 25+ years (2+ / 0-)
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    Wayward Wind, tardis10

    in development work mirror yours in terms of the types of people I've met.  I will be the last one to denigrate the efforts of our diplomats abroad.   Amazing how you'll think you "read" someone - a career foreign service type, or their spouse, and then you sit down for a chat while your kids are playing and they tell you a story, in the most casual of ways, that makes you think you really didn't know them at all.   Then one day maybe, if you're unlucky or in "interesting" places, you have your own stories to tell, that seem pretty normal to you in the face of so many other acts of far greater courage....

    Now, American in Bangkok :)

    by American in Kathmandu on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 03:12:58 AM PST

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    •  Yes, indeed (1+ / 0-)
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      American in Kathmandu

      We all accumulate stories over the years...sometimes I sit back and go "was I nuts?"  heh... I once had a meeting with the Prime Minister of Cambodia in the morning, and then spent the afternoon talking a recently fired employee out of his AK after he shot up our clinic....surreal...

      And you are right...you meet someone who comes across as a desk bound bureaucrat, relatively timid and quiet, and later learn that he single-handedly stood down an armed gang in Bosnia and saved a busload of Muslims trying to escape the slaughter....it can be a real wake-up call.

      OT - we were up in Bangkok last week for a couple of days to get our retirement income affidavits notarized...thought about giving to a heads-up to grab a meal, but we just weren't there long enough....soon, I promise...
       

      I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

      by Wayward Wind on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 03:36:26 AM PST

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