Washington 2024 launches website, names board (including José Andrés) in quest for DC’s 2024 Olympic Bid

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From a press release:

“As the effort to bring the Summer 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the Capital Region kicks into full gear, Russ Ramsey and Ted Leonsis, Chair and Vice Chair of Washington 2024, today announced the formation of a leadership team composed of respected members of our community including athletes, business leaders and elected officials. Ramsey and Leonsis also called on residents in Washington, Virginia, and Maryland to visit DC2024.org, where they can get involved, support the bid and share their vision of unity represented by the Olympic movement.

“We are proud and humbled to have the USOC consider Washington for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Russ Ramsey, Chairman and CEO of Washington 2024. “The leadership team and I embrace the ideal of unity embodied in the Olympic Movement, which has inspired and united people around the world through the universal language of sport. Our hope is that by bringing the Summer Olympic Games to Washington, we will foster greater unity in the Capital Region.”

Below is a list of the Washington 2024 Board Members.

Visitors to DC2024.org can read more about them and their vision for regional unity that is driving the area’s 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Bid. The site also includes facts about the Capital Region that demonstrate why it is such a vibrant, diverse and accommodating location to host the Games. Finally, it encourages supporters to get involved in the conversation through social media by sharing images and using the hashtag #DC2024, and allows for those interested to sign up to receive email updates and volunteer opportunities.

“This bid to host the Games will inspire tens of thousands of young athletes in the region who dream of one day competing on the world stage for their country— like I was once inspired,” said Bob Hisaoka, former national judo champion and Capital Region businessman. “This leadership team is committed to engaging young people in the Olympic Movement and ensuring the spirit of the Olympics reaches into every neighborhood of our city.”

“In London during the 2012 Games, we saw how Olympic sport united communities and revitalized neighborhoods. We believe our bid for the Games will serve as a powerful catalyst for community and economic development already underway across the region,” said Ted Leonsis, Vice Chair of Washington 2024.

The Washington 2024 Board Members include:

 Rosie Allen-Herring, President and CEO of United Way of the National Capital Area
 José Andrés, chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup
 Neil Cohen, President and CEO of District Photo, Inc.
 Mark Ein, Founder and CEO of Venturehouse Group, LLC &
Founder/Owner of the Washington Kastles World Team Tennis Franchise.
 Robert G. Hisaoka, President of RRR, LLC, Chairman of Carsquare
 Jim Hudson, Former U.S. Representative to the European Reconstruction
and Redevelopment Bank
 Sheila Johnson, President, Managing Partner and Governor of the WNBA’s
Washington Mystics
 Jeong H. Kim, Chairman of Kiswe, Inc.
 Mark D. Lerner, Principal Owner and Vice Chairman of the Washington
Nationals Baseball Club and a Principal of Lerner Enterprise
 Kevin Plank, CEO and Founder of Under Armour, Inc.
 Anthony T. Pierce, Partner in Charge, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld,
 Linda Rabbitt, Founder, Chairman and CEO of rand* construction
 Joseph Rigby, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pepco
Holdings, Inc
 Denise Rolark-Barnes, Publisher of the Washington Informer
 Paul Tagliabue, Former Commissioner of the National Football League
 Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman & CEO of EY
 Anthony Williams, Mayor of Washington D.C. from 1999 to 2007

Washington 2024 is the nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the 2024 Olympic Games to Washington. In June, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) identified four cities, including Washington, under consideration for a bid to host the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. That announcement came after a 16-month process that began with outreach to approximately thirty-five U.S. cities. USOC executives are visiting each of the four cities for further collaborative discussions regarding the technical elements required to host the Games. In early 2015, the USOC will make a decision on whether or not to bid, and will select a city if a bid is pursued.

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  • Ugh. Just ugh.

  • So what can we as citizens do to make sure our city does not waste any money chasing this terrible, terrible idea?

    • Can we make it so that any money spent on this thing comes out of the federal budget – seeing as we aren’t really a state? I’d take it then. or give us statehood.

    • I’d support a boycott on Jose Andres’ restaurants as a starting point.

  • Do. Not. Want.

  • why does it bother you so much?

    • The Olympics are not a net moneymaker for the area. In particular, DC will have to bear more than its fair share of security and other costs while people will wind up staying and spending money in MD and VA.

      It would be better to spend money on other things: affordable housing, transit, education, police, to name a few.

      • I’m not for it but at least MD would pick up the tab for anything at FedEx.

        • Dan Snyder is planning to build a new stadium and abandon FedEx

        • Fedex? ha…Fedex won’t even be a stadium in 2024. It will be a half filled mall…and the bid should be regional – DC/MD/VA. Let two states and the feds pay for it all.

          My problem with this is I can’t figure out where they will put the olympic stadium -other than where RFK is currently – and I don’t want it there. A)I don’t want Dan Synder to piggyback and get a free stadium B)That land is way way way to valuable for a stadium – It could make our great city even greater – look at the site planning docs that came out in 2006 – some of that stuff is awesome..some no so much..but the amount of land is huge and very usable.

  • Utter bullshit to further line the pockets of the already wealthy. Only LA 1984 turned out a profit. The odds of this generating long term money for DC is especially low given this city’s record of mismanagement and corruption.

  • No, thanks. I prefer Washington Not 2024, though that doughnut looks damn good.

  • Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope.

  • Well – a) no. b) if it has to happen – the silver lining is that a lot of money will be spent making our city better. infrastructure(streetcars/metro/etc, housing, cycling,swimming, etc centers and I could rent my house out for a boatload for those two weeks. C)May make republican’s spend more on the district -AMERICA F YA D) the dark cloud is that I bet Dan Synder would get a stadium out of it.

    D outweighs everything.

  • Formerly Broken Jaw

    Yeah Summer Olympics in the normal usual sweltering DC weather. Yeah good idea.

    • binpetworth

      This. Despite all the financial concerns, I’d be more worried about the weather. How do athletes participate in outdoor sports in 100 degree, 99% humidity weather? How much extra load would we impose on Pepco (shudder) with all these new venues + air conditioning?

  • This would be awesome. I understand the haters, but I just don’t agree. It’d be awesome if it included Baltimore too.

    • I agree, it would be awesome. Talk of big events like this sure have a way of revealing the fiscal conservatives among us.

      • A person is not necessarily a fiscal conservative just because they point out the unflattering history of olympic spending. Reasonable cities around the world (e.g. Oslo, Stockholm, Krakow, etc.) are boycotting hosting the olympics until spending gets under control. It’d be great if we could get the mayoral candidates on the record for both the olympics and the Washington football team (new stadium).

    • +1000000. I was in Atlanta the year after the olympics, and to hear how everyone who lived locally got to be involved (volunteering, etc) sounded amazing. Also, was nice to have the roads and airports leftover.

  • I wholeheartedly support our olympic bid. An event like this is really the only way to catalyze everyone from local to federal level to make some of the major investments we need to be competitive into 21st century, including cleaning up superfund sites along Anacostia and using them for sports complexes, Getting rid of RFK parking lots for structured parking and green space/natatorium instead, razing RFK and replacing with something that isn’t crumbling, developing Hill East for some residential (athlete’s village, then workforce housing), and creating a major economic anchor on the east side of the city that caters to likely strengths of nearby workers (athletics, construction, management), building next generation of Metrorail and transit infrastructure in DC (Metro 2040 blue line subway, Bladensburg streetcar, RIA streetcar, Anacostia Streetcar), and potentially fast-tracking things like Union Station Burnham Place construction and track reconfiguration.

    I live in Hill East, so I’d likely have some of the greatest preparation impacts, but I think this would be a major win for DC.

    • I was one of the people who initially though “oh, h-ll no,” but this is definitely a thought-provoking reply.

    • Yes, this is a much more effective response than “get over yourself.”

    • justinbc

      It’s amazing what people can come up with if they take more than 2 seconds to respond to something.

    • How do you pay for this? How do you pay for the support and maintenance after the crowds leave?

    • This is a very well-articulated case for the benefits to the city of a successful bid. (And, as Truxton Thomas points out, it’s much more persuasive than “It won’t be too much of a hassle, and who cares if it costs a fortune? It’s be great!”) I’d be interested to see the breakdown of who pays for what – maybe “we” don’t break even as far as economic gains, but if the feds and the USOC shoulder some of the costs for infrastructure improvements, then it might be worth it. I doubt it, but worth a look.

    • Great response. Also, people need to keep in mind that the entire event won’t be happening inside DC, University of Maryland and Baltimore venues will be used as well.

    • I strongly support the bid for exactly these reasons, with the potential “fun” of hosting an Olympics just a small cherry on top. Without the bid, these critical investments will take generations to fund and complete, and I’m getting old.

    • There’s no way that it makes sense to develop any of the streetcars you mentioned for the Olympics. There have to be hotels in those areas, and god knows out of towners don’t want to stay in any of the areas that the streetcars link to. Remember the neighborhood guides that conservatives used when booking hotels the other summer?

      Stadiums are not economic anchors. This is an economic fact. As a previous comment noted, the RFK area is ripe for the sort of development that builds a community. Stadiums that are used maybe 100 hours a year and are surrounded by parking lots are not good for anyone, outside of the team owners and players.

      I don’t want DC to spend more billions on concentrated affordable housing. We have that in DC, and it’s a nightmare in a number of areas (I’m looking at you Columbia Heights). The city would be better off requiring mixed income housing.

    • If what you say is true and is paid-for by the Feds/USOC, then sure, why not right? I however have a tough time believing that the bid won’t deplete the city’s coffers for things that largely won’t benefit DC residents. There are just too many precedents to ignore to think otherwise.

    • Another benefit is the city also would host the Paralympics immediately after resulting in more accessibility projects around the facilities and city.

    • Nice response, as others said. But I’m a bit confused about why, if you live in Hill East, you would want “workforce housing” there. I run over that way fairly regularly and it seems like this neighborhood could be made into a really nice extension of Capitol Hill. I worry that building blocks of low-income housing would further isolate that neighborhood and make it unattractive for longer term development.

  • I hate when people instantly recoil at the thought of hosting the Olympics. Get over yourself. It won’t overly inconvenience you. The Olympics may not end up as a financial gain for the city, but why does that need to be defining characteristic? I think it would be awesome to have the Olympics here to showcase our city.

    • Why? Maybe because our schools are crap and we are unwilling to build any homes with more than one bedroom. This city makes absolutely no effort for people to have families here, which is short-sighted, since educated people tend to start families when their tax contributions tend to be larger. There are better priorities.

      • jim_ed

        Our teachers are some of the highest paid in the nation and the schools themselves are undergoing a billion dollar renovation project which is properly funded. The government does not get to dictate how many bedrooms private developers put in their projects. Neither of these issues have any bearing on tax money or an Olympic bid.

      • justinbc

        “unwilling to build any homes with more than one bedroom”
        Huh? Do we live in the same city?

    • Why does the capital of the most powerful nation in the world need to be showcased? What does “showcased” even mean and how does it benefit us?

      I’m not really sure how DC would benefit from the Olympics. All it is an over-commercialized, corruption-ridden piece of entertainment draped in flag-waving nationalism.

    • I think it would be fun to showcase the city- and agree that we can all “suck it up” on the inconvenience for a few weeks. My concerns are all cost based. Combining the corrupt nature of the IOC with DC Gov makes for a disastrous combination IMO. On the bright side, by deferring some of the building and costs to MD and VA we can mitigate some of the risk of crippling debt. And stadiums etc built for a summer olympics are much more likely to be used again than having a big ass olympic level bobsled run…

    • That response is so less than helpful. Frankly it actually stokes the ire of those opposing or just on the fence. Completely dismissing people with a “get over yourself’ is NOT a good conversation or good arguing and is frankly more than a little insulting to everyone wanting any sort of dialog.

      Just ask the people in metro Atlanta how it wasn’t overly inconvenient to them. Also, you likely don’t live where a good bit of activities would be held so you wouldn’t be as inconvenienced as those living near where activities are likely to be held (all of the area near to RFK).

  • How do we start an anti-Olympics website? www NODC2024 com?

  • Soo many haters. DC 2024 would be incredible!

  • diploj

    I consider this more of an academic debate. I’ll bet a case to your beer (24 to 1 odds) that the Olympics go elsewhere. Just remember this bet when the decision is made in 2017.

  • Formerly Broken Jaw

    I don’t want to have to pay for it.

  • Nooooooooooooo!!!!

  • I understand the Olympics may not be a huge net money maker, and could cost DC/Md/Va and the federal govt some money to host, but also can’t deny it would generate immense exposure. It’s hard to argue that Rio, as the latest example, didn’t just get a bunch of exposure, mostly positive, while holding the World Cup. There are many people who believe DC could seen compete as a major global city, such as London and NY, but not enough people in US and overseas realize that all the progress the city has made over the past two decades. Hosting the Olympics could change that. I am not saying its a sure thing, and not saying DC should move forward without considering wishes of residents and potential costs, but don’t see a need for all the negativity toward the committee working to start the discussion about this.

    • Rio got a lot of exposure, but much of it was negative — about how the city wasn’t prepared, about the level of crime in the favelas, etc.
      D.C. is already the nation’s capital, and gets significant exposure on the national/international front already. Is any additional “exposure” worth the cost to taxpayers? What benefits would accrue from being “seen [to] compete as a major global city” (if one buys the argument that D.C. isn’t already seen that way)?
      I was in Atlanta during the years leading up to the 1996 Olympics, and during the Olympics themselves. Sure, it was a nice warm-fuzzy thing to have people in the city excited about the whole thing… but the city faced a lot of criticism about not having been sufficiently organized. And as far as “exposure” goes, I suspect the Olympics are better for boosting the profile of a city like Atlanta than a city like D.C.

      • I am less concerned with the financial business case, and more concerned around the security. I am afraid the city will need to turn into a police state during the Olympics. I think its bad idea.

        Also, just for the record, World Cups are hosted by countries, Olympics are hosted by cities. So the 2014 World Cup was not hosted by Rio, it was spread across 12 cities in Brazil.

      • justinbc

        Almost all of that exposure was prior to the World Cup actually starting. Once it began everyone was like YAY FUTBOL AND BEACHES!

      • jim_ed

        I would argue that DC could absolutely use the profile boost. Of course we’re internationally recognized as the capital of the United States, but after that we’re unfortunately still known nationally as ‘Murder Capital USA!!!!’, despite that fact that it hasn’t been true in nearly two decades. Look at that asinine ‘stay off the green line’ guide from only a few years ago from the conservative rally – a lot of people who don’t spend time in the city consistently still think of it as 1980s DC.
        The intense, glowing praise highlighting the city’s change from hosting the Olympics could be a huge boon to tourism and business development in the city both nationally and internationally and finally let the city put a nail in the coffin of its reputation as an unsafe center of social ills.

        • Yes, but the “intense glowing praise” makes a big big assumption — that we will pull this off splendidly. It’s about balancing the potential rewards against the risk that we will majorly screw this up.

    • “There are many people who believe DC could seen compete as a major global city, such as London and NY . . . ”
      I have no idea what that means. Serious question – do you really think that DC is underexposed? That international travelers don’t know about DC, or automatically discount it when planning their travels? It’s the capital of the most powerful (perhaps), most influential (maybe) nation in the world. How much more exposure does it need?

      • Ottawa and Brasilia are capital cities of large and economically powerful countries as well. That’s not sufficient to make a great city – D.C. still doesn’t hold a candle to places like London and NY as a tourist destination.

        • We get plenty of tourists during the cherry blossom season and during the summer. I really don’t want to have DC choked with tourists year round like NY or London, thanks. Our infrastructure is overburdened just supporting the people who are already here.

  • No, not in DC. Just no.

  • most people who are against this will probably not even live here by the time this happens or even be around in the next 5 years.

  • I love the Olympics dearly, and would love the chance to have them in my back yard…but only in theory. The net impact on the region is probably negative from a financial standpoint. Also +1 on the “will it bring better infrastructure” point – Metro can’t come close to handling this kind of stress, and we’d have to build a lot more capacity starting now if it was going to work. Also, another stadium? No thanks.

  • Lets play this out. I do believe the Olympics (with the winter olympics bids falling flat) are figuring out the money train is over and that cities that bid will now bid with the bottom line in mind and will be reusing current infrastructure.
    I like the regional idea – We could call it the DC/Capital Region Olympics
    A)Great Falls, VA has some good stuff for the kayaks, etc
    B)Annapolis -sailing – water stuff
    C)Baltimore – M&T Stadium for big events? Cycling center?
    D)Leesburg or surrounding – equestrian
    E)Hill East – Athlete’s Village – turned into affordable housing afterwards
    C) Congressional – is golf an olympic sport?
    D) DC -swimming/diving, soccer stadium will be couple of years old- but perfect for stuff, etc. MCI for wrestling/volleyball/etc
    D)Nat’s park even.
    E) you get the point. we have enough infrastructure within the region to actually not have to build much.

    It’s the olympic stadium that scares me. I don’t want to have to build it. A) I agree that the land where RFK is better suited for other stuff. B) They cost a lot and take up a huge amount of room for two weeks.

    But all the infrastructure improvement for the region would be great – not just DC – but imagine a better network of transportation links between the three areas. In today’s paper I saw something about a maglev train between Baltimore/DC which would get you there in 15 mins. Run that bad boy up to NYC.

    Improve east of the river with new facilities, Hell just having a chance to sleep with Alberta Tomba would be great.

    It will still cost a boat load, but hopefully the money is spent on the right projects of improving the area and not frivolous things like stadiums and etc. Look at Sochi Olympics…terrible use of money. Let’s not repeat that.

    • Wouldn’t work from a transit/traffic perspective, though. It would be simply impossible for all of the spectators to get from one place to the other. If it’s going to be in this area, the vast majority of the venues have to be transit-accessible. Really transit-accessible, as opposed to being on the VRE/MARC.

      • hogwash. you think Atlanta, LA or Sydney or Athens had a better transit system than DC region has right now? ha. And yes those olympics had plenty of events outside the city.

    • I used to work on high-speed rail projects and I gotta say – the costs of MagLev to NYC is crazy pants high. Literally crazy pants.

      • yep the dc/baltimore run is 10 billion estimated..which means 20 billion. They say they have five billion funded. Can’t imagine what the dc/nyc run would cost. Not sure how this is even economically feasible..what will a ticket cost to recoup the cost? what would the ROI be?

        • ROI isn’t as important with rail projects (if you look worldwide, not at our weird view that Amtrak should be profitable). Just the rights-of-way, not using the current “high-speed” corridor that exists, would be prohibitively expensive.

        • What’s the ROI on the interstate highway system?

          That’s how to think about ROI on a comprehensive high-speed rail system.

    • My immediate response was ‘no’ but I think Anonymous 10:38 convinced me it could work and I would love to be in town for an Olympics at least once.

      There are tons of venues for events like field hockey, wrestling, tae kwon do, volleyball, badminton, boxing etc.

      Byrd Stadium (UMD), Cardinal Stadium (CUA), Greene Stadium (HU), McDonough + Football field (Gtown), Smith Center (GW), Patriot Center (Mason) The big events like gymnastics & hoops held @ the Verizon Center & Comcast Center @ MD

  • Will it mean an initial injection of capital into our heavily-taxed infrastructure? Will the city follow up such an injection with continued maintenance so that roads don’t fall into extreme disrepair? How will extra security costs be covered? There won’t be enough in increased tax revenue within DC to cover this – will MD and VA pitch in the remainder? Or just reap the benefits (again/still) from bordering a giant jobs program without voting rights?
    I’m against building a stadium for Dan Snyder when we could better our schools and infrastructure and I don’t see the long-term uses of Olympic infrastructure as beneficial for the city. The region? Sure – since DC will bear most of the costs.

    • schools are already getting top funding in the nation. That is a non issue. Throwing money at our schools isn’t working…we need to try something else.

      • Really? I can’t find any stats to back that assertion up. While I don’t think “throwing money” at schools is a good idea, targeted funding programs are an option.

        • I was surprised to read in the Washington Post some time ago that funding is apparently not the issue with D.C. schools — that the per-student amount is quite high. So as far as I can tell, the problem isn’t the amount of money being spent, but perhaps _how_ it’s being spent.

        • justinbc

          Throwing money seems like a terribly inefficient way to transfer it from one party to another.

    • doubtful that other than 66 – any new roads/lanes will be built. What it would mean is that a couple more metro stops in VA and a couple more street car lines in dc that connect to metros. It would also probably mean upgraded facilities around the region – the upkeep cost question of those is warranted – the upkeep cost for the new metro/streetcar lines is not…its something that needs to happen anyway and this will speed it up.

      I’m not actually for it – but I don’t think it would be terrible to fast track some of these infrastructure problems. I don’t think we need the stadiums, the new arenas, etc. – which I think is money down the drain.

  • We should host the Olympics, and then while the whole world is watching, have a general strike to protest our lack of representation. Maybe a major embarrassment would actually change something.

  • Not in favor, and here’s why: DC cannot manage the level of tourism is already has. The National Mall is a perpetual wreck, the museums are already packed, hotels are already over $200 a night, and Metro is at capacity and half-busted. Yet the tourist keep coming.
    What would we gain from additional “exposure”? Someone above mentioned housing for athletes that would become worker housing. But if most past Olympic host cities are any indication, it would be build so quickly and cheaply that it would be falling down before the next Games. Sure, in an ideal world we’d do it like Montreal. But since it will be funded by investors who hope to see a return, they will do it cheap and flashy, without any kind of thought for the future. And the Mall will still be a dustbowl/ mudpit.

  • I’m usually the last person to take a big dump on D.C. but, we are simply incapable of handling this event. Our infrastructure is subpar, and I’m not confident in our government’s abilities to fund and make the necessary improvements in time. Horrible horrible idea.

  • The DC metro area is uniquely well suited to host the games. Before you jump on me for saying that, hear me out. Between DC and Baltimore, which are much closure to one another than a lot of venue locations from Olympics past, we have an unprecedented number of athletic venues between them. Two major cities, each with a ballpark, football stadium, downtown convention centers, and university athletic facilities (GMU, UMD, GU, GW, Catholic, Hopkins, USNA, etc.) provide a great baseline of already-available host venues. If the Olympics were held in August, it would be an authentic boon to the economy here as the city is notoriously dead during the Congressional recess, and an existing metro system that has room to grow and is underutilized in August would be a big plus. Three major airports will make it much easier to get to DC than many Olympic host cities. Add to that the fact that we have many areas of the cities and suburbs that are in drastic need of redevelopment (Hill East, Crystal City, Anacostia, etc.), and I see that the influx of capital and development in preparation for the Olympics could do wonderful things for the area. I for one would be thrilled to have the games here.

  • Take the Silver Spring transit center, add in the Silver Line and street car messes, toss in the million dollar bus stop in Arlington, and you can see why I am less than thrilled about the Olympics being an excuse to spend more on Olympics-related infrastructure.

    As for the rest, my thinking is that DC has been on the upswing for the last 15-20 years or so, and will continue to improve with or without the Olympics. Also, no matter what DC does, it will not become the next London or New York. We aren’t on that level and never will be. DC is mostly politics while those are major financial and cultural hubs. I’m OK with that.

    Lastly, which cities have really put themselves on the map because of the Olympics? Atlanta? Athens (google all of the crumbling infrastructure there only 10 years after the event). Which cities were transformed from relative backwaters into international players because of the Olympics? Best answer I can come up with is Barcelona, which has seen tourism explode since then. But then again, we don’t have Gaudi, the beach and Barcelona’s food or weather either.

    Olympics would be a fun two weeks, but I really don’t think this passes any kind of sensible cost-benefit analysis.

  • Terrible, terrible idea. How anyone can think hosting an Olympics would remotely be a good idea considering their cost is just mind blowing.

    Rio is next on the list (2016) and their original 12 billion dollar estimate is already over budget by 50%. The cheapest summer games since the turn of the century was 7 billion in Sydney.

    London would be a good measuring stick as to what our games would cost, better actually because they had many of the venues already (many university sports facilities) and they have a much more elaborate public transit system already, and the London Games cost 15 billion. Adjusting for regular inflation by 2024, our games would cost a minimum of ~20 billion dollars.

    DC’s entire yearly budget this year is ~ 10 billion. Can you guys understand the problem?

    And you can dream that “x billions” will be spent on “___insert pet project here”, but it is all fantasy. The only thing DC will be left with is ~8 years of construction, billions in debt and on the hook for hundreds of millions a year in maintenance and upkeep of all these “things” that are built for a two week sporting event.

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    Rave: spoke to a former classmate on the phone at a different agency. I am trying to come up with a fix to a federal social welfare program so that the benefit does not disappear.
    Rant: my boss doesn’t want me working on this, so I have to do it on my own. I guess he’d rather have this part of the program disappear?
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  • I like the donut.

  • I SUPPORT!!!!!!

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