Sunday, April 17, 2011

Your tax dollars at work

Or, more accurately, where your tax dollars work. Lisa had a post up a few days ago about "Where do you write?" Well, for me, this is it, at least when it's writing I'm getting paid to do.
It's in a leased building several miles from the main campus for Large Nameless Agency. It's also one of the nicer offices I've occupied over the years.

Speaking of Large Nameless Agency, the bureaucratic behemoth whose name I had said I wouldn't make explict until Retirement was Imminent, it appears to be trying to sell itself to the American public as Necessary, Vital, and Deserving of Funding. I guess when ICE decided to cooperate with National Geographic television on "Border Wars," it made it easier for producers to persuade LNA that infomercials masquerading as reality tv ("Killer Outbreaks") would be a good idea.

Let's see. It started with "Cops." Lots of action as law enforcement chased shirtless drunks around in gritty, urban neighborhoods, not to mention a rather catchy theme song. I'm not sure what the progression would be from there because I don't watch many reality shows. . . lots of on-the-job stuff (Axe Men, Deadliest Catch, Dirty Jobs) but we're now down to watching epidemiologists talk about culturing bacteria and seeing clips of Public Health Service officers carrying briefcases. This wasn't exactly riveting television, even if it did highlight why LNA exists and some of the stuff it does.

Oh well. It could have been worse. Although, to be honest, I'm not sure how.


  1. I'll need to forward this photo to congress which is ferreting out government waste ...

    I see a window (not necessary), computer stuff (not necessary), desks (not necessary), a chair (not necessary) and illumination (definitely not necessary).

    And just how many expensive government pencils do you need?


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