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Not even halfway through my duty week, thus far I’ve had calls about a kidnapping, car theft, possible death case, a sick American needing a medevac and done my first jail visit. In fairness the kidnapping and sick American were out of district so those got punted to Mexico City (I apologize to the Mex City duty officer who ever you are!). I thought that since I had gone 14 hours without receiving a call that maybe it would be a quiet Saturday, then the phone starting ringing at 11 (that was my car theft followed by the arrest call an hour later), so much for quiet! I suppose no one ever promised me that Foreign Service life would be quiet! I had hoped that by staring at the phone and being in this constant state of anxious ready that I would avoid major issues but since that seems blown…. I wonder what the next few days will bring me! I can definitely see how satisfying American citizen services work can be. I actually felt like I helped calm down my car theft victims and gave them good solid advice on what they can do before ACS reopens Monday. Of course in all this I am just so, so grateful for the Duty FSN who has just made everything so much easier and has been putting up with my stumbling attempts to weed my way through duty week.  71.222 hours down… 87.778 hours left. Almost halfway there.

Duty week

Pardon the lack of updating, this week is my duty week. For those not familiar with duty week, basically I’m the person on call after hours in case Americans have any emergencies; I’m the point of contact. The nice thing about being at a large post like CJ is that there is a lot of support for the duty officer including an FSN who is on duty with me who is pretty much my lifeline. Still because it is my first time on duty I’ve been sleeping with one eye open. My first night was rough in terms of sleep since I also have to wake up to open the building. I thought since I had to get up at 4:30 I would go to sleep at 9ish. Well my 10:50pm visa call followed by a 3:38am visa call pretty much killed any hope of sleep that night. The line is for emergencies but the visa calls manage to sneak through anyway. I don’t mind those too much… well I was pretty irked at 3:38 am, but it is better than having a call from someone in a real emergency. Anyway, I doubt I will update much until after Wednesday when I am off the hook. I’ve been pretty much staring at the phone, with the theory that a watched pot never boils. So far, I’ve had mixed success with this strategy… worst thing thus far has been a car theft but I’ve only completed 64.857 hours of my duty week,  94.143 left to go. But who’s counting? On the bright side I look at this as a chance to get a taste of ACS work, which as a consular officer I’m sure there will be plenty in my future, and apparently duty week came with duty cereal. So, I have Berry, Berry Kix to keep me company while I stare at the blackberry. 94.072 hours left and counting….