I'm really not an ICAP person; I'm not ambitious. I don't even strive for my boss' job. So I'm quite a misfit compared to other ICAPers. I am enjoying being around smart, articulate people though. It's like being back in school except without the exams and the petty competition.
The session I've liked the best so far, apart from the career counseling discussions, was on a computer simulation called International Futures presented by one of the professors in the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. It really was "Total Request Live: Statistics!" as various participants called out the graphs and forecasts they wanted to see, everything from carbon emissions to total fertility rates. I asked for the Gini coefficient myself.
One happy result of getting to know so many Foreign Service Officers is gaining insight on MoBob's immigration process. One senior FSO kindly suggested that I contact her with MoBob's itinerary so that she can alert the immigration officials in Atlanta. The nice folks in Heifer's Atlanta office already generously offered their assistance in case MoBob gets stuck there so I feel reassured that all possible contingencies are covered.
Last night it started snowing and now everything looks like something straight out of a Christmas card. I saw fox prints this morning as I took a stroll and later on a coyote darted across one of the walkways.