Suddenly, it has finally dawned on me that my days in DC are numbered. Its been 2 months since I left the Bay Area and arrived at the UC Washington Center but it definitely does not seem like that long. I arrived when it was still summer and the days were hot and humid. Now its cold everyday and Christmas music is playing in nearly all of Washington's stores and Subway Restaurants.
Back at the office; Hope Mizelle, the office's Administrative Assistant, was off to begin her well-deserved vacation and would not return to the office before December 4th. We exchanged goodbyes and wished each other well. She is a great co-worker and fun to be around. Her absence at the front desk meant that all of the interns, including myself will fill her duties as. Neil, Drew, and I will rotate sitting at the front desk and handling the basic administrative functions of the office. I get to sign for packages that are sent to The Raben Group, answer the office's main phone lines, and transfer incoming phone calls to Principals and Associates.
On Thursday I helped setup a policy breakfast for the fifth time this quarter. This one was held for the CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The discussion about the growth of Hispanic-owned businesses continuing to grown, even in the middle of this economic environment, was stunning to hear.
During my Washington Media Seminar, our class listened in as our Instructor, Marc Sandalow, gave one of his many interview to KCBS at 7:30 AM Bay Area time. Following his radio interview, he led the discussion regarding Jon Stewart and his role in American media today. The discussion of how his show and other show/news outlets have blurred the line between real journalism and entertainment-news was both interesting and a little depressing. Its too bad that Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck are taking seriously by tens of millions of Americans. On the bright side, we did get to watch classic Daily Show segments throughout the Seminar.
As promised here are some pictures I have taken in the past weeks.