Farewell to the USGS (July 2014)

July 31, 2014


Ad Astra Per Aspera

 Before I begin, I have been informed that I must reveal the answers to yesterday’s Trivia Night Bonus Round, and they are:

  1. Chloroflourocarbon abatement
  2. Hulk Hogan vs. Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake
  3. Richard Nixon’s mischievous twin brother, Carlos

Since I told no one I was going to send this email out, I am automatically allowed to say whatever I want. And what I want to say is that I will forever be grateful for the experiences that I have had working for the California Water Science Center. The kindness shown towards me will never be forgotten, even when I reach old age, and I will greatly miss the personalities, the building, and the great and pristine mission of this agency.

Although this cost center and I are parting ways, even though I strongly disagree both personally and philosophically with the common use of Term Appointments, I remind myself that this agency has built my resume and my professional credibility—when I started eight years ago, I was seriously lacking in both. 

I have made great memories working here. Some of which have involved personally-embarrassing media coverage and the use of Adobe Photoshop for novelty purposes. But I will always be proud of working for an agency whose science is impartial and legally final, whose image is beyond Congressional inquiry, and whose mission is so vital to the preservation of human life.

I feel very good about this transition in my life. The only other time period which I can compare it to was when I was 16 and I left the small military town in North Carolina where I grew up and found new lessons and personal achievements waiting for me in California. I remember apprehension and excitement and the feeling that I was approaching a sunrise in my life. Nineteen years later, I have that feeling again. There are new lessons to learn, more personal achievements to be had, and more sunrises to enjoy. And just a little bit of the old apprehension, too. And so I march on to new adventures, and whether they be here in San Diego, closer to my family in Michigan, or back home in North Carolina, I have faith that the future is very promising. And I know that I am ready.

P.S. If I do leave California, I will miss living in a region that named an airport after John Wayne. I’m sure next they will rename a trolley stop after Jackie Chan or that guy who played Dan Fielding on Night Court.

Only in California.

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