You know you’ve been around Washington DC too long when…

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.

14 Responses to “You know you’ve been around Washington DC too long when…”

  • Best of luck in your adventures

  • Wow, rock on and spread the word dude.

    God bless!


  • Rick Blalock:

    Awesome man. Glad to hear it!

  • Joe, I am so proud of you! What a wonderful experience to have. Have a great time and see where it goes. 4Web will miss your programming skills, but we’re thrilled to see you doing something exciting, fun, and different.


  • What a great opportunity Joe.

    I hope you are received and treated well in Iloilo City.

    It’s always great to get a perspective from the outside looking in. I’m sure many people will read your comments like “$1,200 a month is a pretty good deal on an apartment” and wonder what you are talking about. But it IS a big deal.

    People forget, or maybe don’t even realize that the majority of the people on the planet could never afford to pay that. Although there are many very rich people in the world, according to, “The median income worldwide — the amount that is dead middle between the least and the highest amounts — is $850 US Dollars (USD). People who have incomes of $41,000 USD are in the top 3% in terms of the richest people in the world.”

    I like what Lilly Tomlin once said; “In the ratrace, even if you win, you’re still a rat”

    So kudos to you for jumping off the treadmill and making a change, even if it’s only for a short while. Most people never do this.


  • Congratulations on your new and exciting adventure Joe!

    It’s a wonderful thing when we’re able to follow our dreams, and especially when those dreams take us away from the ‘norm’ …


  • @JoeJoomla thanks. And yes, from what I’m told, “minimum wage” in the Philippines is approximately $50 a month.

    We’ll see where this leads, but I don’t think it will entirely take me away from the code ;)

  • Dan Onod:

    Congratulations on this new adventure, Joe.

    Thanks for taking a chance in me. I have learned so much in the time working with you and I have learned that to appreciate Joomla more. I am looking forward to working with you again in the future.

  • Jay:

    I watched your training and it was amazing and Good luck!!!!!

  • Joe,
    I want to wish you the best in your next big step. I hope that God will show you something amazing.
    -Jonathan Cameron

  • Amy Stephen:

    Joe – this is really great! (And sad at the same time.) I hope we will still see you blogging from time to time, even if it’s not about Joomla!. If you find you need help from our community building sites for a good cause, please reach out. Going to miss you very, very much. Leave keep in touch.

  • I just finished your training video on Joomla! Essentials at As a result I decided to check your website and I am thrilled to learn you are heeding this call on your life. Here is a word of encouragement:
    Luke 5:9-11 =>
    “For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.’ So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.”
    Go, Go, Go – there are more important things in life that require your attention. ¡ Via Con Dios !

  • Bruce S:

    Although we’ve known each other only a few years, somehow it feels as if we’ve been friends a lot longer than that. Revel in your new adventure and know that your friends will always be here. Thanks for helping to get the NoVA JUG off the ground and soaring to new heights. We couldn’t have done it without you. I am sure I speak for our entire JUG membership (and likely a lot of the Joomla! community) when I say “We wish you well.” Keep in touch. ;) Ciao!

  • Thank you for all your help Joe. You’ve been great. Good luck and all the success with you adventure.