Holiday update - Bone
- Please contact me. I would like to place this in The Peace Corps Network Group.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Eric Bone <edbone73@...> wrote:
> year has passed, and I have put together my annual update letter. I encourage others to send updates as well.
> Holiday letter â" December 2009 2815 S Abingdon St, Apt B2 Arlington, VA 22206
> Jacqui Ahn & Eric Bone Eric: 703-203-6822 ithambo@...
> Jacqui: 571-286-7695 jsah23@...
> Jacqui and I ended 2008 and began 2009 in London. Our attempt to find work in the UK did not
> work out. So we turned our trip into a
> long holiday, and by mid-January we were back in the Washington area.
> In March I was fortunate to be offered a job at
> the State Department in Washington. However, the wheels of government human resources turn slowly, and we
> had no way of predicting when I would be processed through the system and
> allowed to start my new job. We decided
> to take advantage of this time off as much as we could. Jacqui continued to hone her artistic skills,
> focusing on drawing and woodwork. I continued
> to do short-term contracts as a trainer for military personnel and US
> government officials scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq.
> Between contracts we were able to travel. In April we visited to Hawaii: one week on
> the northern island of Kauai, and one week on the southern Big Island. We spent a lot of time in kayaks and took our
> first surfing lesson.
> In July I was able to visit Africa for the first
> time since our honeymoon in 2001. Jacqui
> was not interested in riding African buses with me again, so I spent 5 weeks solo
> traveling in Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda. I was able to visit many of my friends in
> Malawi from my Peace Corps days. All
> were as hospitable and generous as always, and I had many fine nsima meals.
> In late August the State Department was able to
> bring me on board, and I began work for the office of the Science &
> Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State. This office was created in 2000 to improve the integration of science
> within a broad range of diplomatic issues. Since 2007, the same Adviser has also served the Administrator of the US
> Agency for International Development (USAID). My job is primarily to support the Science Adviser with the USAID portfolio,
> so I spend most of my time working on ways to improve the efficacy of
> international development programs through science and technology.
> This fall it also seemed time to move out of
> Jacquiâs parentsâ home, where we had been living off and on since 2003. As of November we now live in our first piece
> of real estate: a condominium in southern Arlington. Jacqui is searching for the appropriate
> mid-century modern furniture.
> We are grateful to have had a chance to see many
> of our friends during our travels this year. We wish all of you best wishes for 2010.
> Jacqui and Eric