Last week, a bunch of people got kicked out of Washington. While those ones were removed against their wishes, I’m going to be leaving willingly in January. I’ve learned a lot through 5.5 years here, but it’s time to move on.
However, I’m doing more than just leaving DC: barring unforseen circumstances, I’m also leaving the country. Since there’s currently nothing preventing me from doing so, I’m taking the opportunity now. Last year, I visited Iloilo City in the Philippines with my church and met people doing amazing things! I’ve decided to return to Iloilo City and spend ten weeks doing a missions internship, after which I will be considering different options. I’d ultimately like to continue programming and writing, while training and mentoring other programmers. But first I’m going step back, spend ten weeks, and see where God leads it.
With that in mind, I feel it’s appropriate to reflect on signs that you’ve worn your welcome in Washington. So without further ado, you know you’ve been around Washington DC too long when…
- You’ve been invited to multiple instances of the “Take Back America Conference” in different years, hosted by different parties.
- Twenty minutes is a quick drive to a friend’s house.
- You are completely unimpressed by rallies “filling the National Mall” that don’t make it past 7th Street.
- You watch movies set in DC and can always point out scenes featuring places where you’ve worked.
- You no longer ride Metro.
- Before voting, you consider a politician’s stance on DC statehood.
- You think $1,200 a month is a pretty good deal on an apartment.
- You don’t think twice when you bump into a senator or representative.