Yes, I have averaged 13+ hours at work the past couple days. Yes, I will be working on the coming weekends. Yes, it feels like stuff just keeps coming at me (and everyone else), with work fires needing to be put out every five minutes, it seems. Yes, I am mentally exhausted slash incapacitated by the time I finally head home at night.
But it’s ALL worth it.
Working in the Emergency Operations Center for the ongoing nuclear situation in Japan has been a real eye-opener for me. Dealing with issues that *really* matter, with people that *really* care. All of my colleagues seem to be running on fumes at this point, but they keep at it and never complain. I can honestly say that the last two days have probably been the most rewarding in my nine-plus-year government career. Don’t get me wrong - it’s not that I don’t appreciate what I do normally…far from it. It’s just that I feel like this situation is so different from my regular day-to-day that it’s made me appreciate what I do even more. I mean, I’ll be participating in daily briefings for White House staff on our progress and results. How can you not get excited about something like that??
l feel fulfilled. And I seem to have a little more pep in my step, despite being maddeningly sleep-deprived. Heck, last night when I got to the gym (after leaving the EOC at 9:30), I had one of my best workouts in recent memory. I don’t know where this extra energy is coming from, but I don’t ever want to lose it.
Hey you - Mr. Man Upstairs - BIG thanks for giving me the opportunity to make a difference (no matter how small it may be), and honestly enjoy doing it as well.
So, in summary on how I’m feeling (in AZN gif format, of course):
I know at one time or another, all of us have wished we could combine the best vocal qualities of some of our favorite singers into one “super voice.” For instance, what if you mixed the characteristics three of the most notable blue-eyed soul singers of our recent generation - the raw, gritty realness of Jon B., the feathery, ethereal falsetto of Robin Thicke, and the acrobatic agility of Justin Timberlake?
Radiation Level Rising In Fukushima Nuclear Plant Turbine Building
FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo) - The radiation level is rising in the building housing a turbine of the No. 1 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant following Friday’s powerful earthquake, the operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Saturday.
The company also said monitoring data suggested the air pressure level has also soared inside the container of the reactor.