Tuesday, May 23, 2006

She Aims, She Shoots, and She....SCORES!!!

My dear friends and fellow lurkers,

Sometime back you may recall that I was daydreaming about being given tickets to a SC International Trade Show luncheon because Stephen Colbert was to be the Keynote speaker for said affair. Well luck did favor me today as I was offered tickets to this event through Container Maintenance. Along with a wonderful coworker, I was able to bring Papa Bear. Our table was in the center, near the front, and by the Colbert table. In case you don't know, he has lots of friends and family in Charleston. What fun!

You say you want evidence that he and I were in close quarters? I am here to tell you that we were even color coordinated....and as for the evidence - Well! Will this do?

C'est moi, Stephen Colbert et Sharon (photo taken by Papa Bear)

My daughter is miffed as to why I didn't think to get her out of school early so she could attend.

Where I Probably Will Not be Posted

On May 15th the 89th OMS class began their training. I turned down an invitation to join this class. Recently, a member of this class posted their bid list. The bid list is a list of locations where the OMS specialists will be sent at the end of their training. Personal preferences, individual circumstances and the needs of State determine where you get posted.

Without further ado, here is the bid list:

  • Abuja, Nigeria
  • Beijing, PRC
  • Bogota, Colombia
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • La Paz, Bolivia
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Paris, France
  • Rabat, Morocco
  • Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Warsaw, Poland

Nigeria and Malaysia are the only two locations that do not include language training. I'm beginning to thing that it may be better to not know the bid list of a previous class. The likelihood of getting so many dream choices again on the first go round seems rather slim at the moment.


Vera said...

Great! How was Stephen's addess?

I'm guessing it wasn't like the Press Club one--or was it???

Lisa said...

He was pretty funny. It was mostly local humor. The chair person of the event was his sister Lulu. He made some funny jokes about growing up with her and boys calling asking for Elizabeth (instead of Lulu)..."Sorry no Elizabeth here." He also commented on being Mr Z on Sesame street to impress his 4 year old. He emphasized why he might be an appropriate speaker for the SC International Trade Conference....it just so happens Time just named him one of the top 100 most influential people in the world. Growing up Mayor Riley knew his family and his wife's family..Mayor Riley was at the head table, so there were remarks made in his direction too. He scold Bernie Groselclose for upstaging him by being funnier than him and that kind of stuff.

The most interesting part is that a reporter was talking to him afterwards when I walked over. It was then I think he realized that the guy was putting his comments on the record when the gentleman began writing down his words. Colbert told him to wait a minute...what he said about that was strictly off the record as it had caused enough problems and he asked for another question that he could answer on the record. So the guy said OK comment on the Bears. Colbert gave him another scolding to make sure he wouldn't write on the previous comment and began in on how when he lived on James Island he was afraid of bears. He imagined they lived in the woods nearby. His father - instead of saying "No, son, there are no bears around here." - would say "Don't worry. There are plenty of doctors around to sew you up if we need to." So he has been scared of bears ever since. This sounds rather made up and I understand it was not printed.