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10:01 pm: Let it NOT snow...
This past week we spent most of our time learning how to use the manual detailing the proper handling of animal products. I think the biggest point of confusion in the whole lesson was, "What the heck? Beef jerky isn't considered shelf stable? That stuff lasts forever!" Also, we only have authority over certain animal products that pose a risk to US livestock or public health due to specific diseases. If you bring in some exotic product like iguana meat or kangaroo meat, we may call Fish and Wildlife Services on you, or the FDA, but we can't do anything ourselves. Some people were flipping through the manual saying, "Where's the section on reptiles? What about fish?" No, we don't regulate those.

Finally we entered the home stretch, which is our last chunk of lessons on things like anti-terrorism and other such topics. Our final exam will be this Thursday. After that, we'll just do some role play activities and prepare for our graduation.

And none too soon. Frederick got its first real, visible-on-the-ground snow yesterday. It has grown colder all week. Earlier, I slipped on some ice in the parking lot of the training center and went splat full-length on the ground. Luckily, neither I nor my new uniform was hurt. I will be glad when I get back to San Francisco, where I doubt the temperature is in the thirties.

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From:mvrdrk
Date:December 8th, 2008 07:18 am (UTC)
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Oh yes, lots of dried meat products are not considered shelf stable. It used to be this big game of cat and mouse between the Chinese grandmas and customs as to whether they could smuggle dried fried pork into the states. LOL!
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:December 8th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
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So you go straight back to SF after your training? And you don't get any time off for Christmas?

Frederick got its first real, visible-on-the-ground snow yesterday.

*scoff* Slowpokes! We've had like two feet already.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:December 8th, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC)
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So you go straight back to SF after your training?

The morning after graduation, I'm booked on a plane headed west.

And you don't get any time off for Christmas?

Christmas Day and New Year's Day are federal holidays, so I get those two off. Nothing else, though.

We've had like two feet already.

Admit it, you sent the snow at me. I saw the cold wave coming from Michigan's direction.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:December 9th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
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So you get those days off every year (who does work those days?), or those are considered holidays, so you and other employees alternate and those who work get comp time?

Admit it, you sent the snow at me.

Shhh! Don't tell anyone I can control the snow, or everybody will be all over me.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:December 9th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
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So you get those days off every year (who does work those days?), or those are considered holidays, so you and other employees alternate and those who work get comp time?

I get them off this year, because I am a trainee and can't work overtime. For everyone else, they get paid overtime when assigned to work on federal holidays. (At least, that's how I believe it works.)

Don't tell anyone I can control the snow, or everybody will be all over me.

We can't have that! Then I'd have to be all jealous and possessive.
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From:megory
Date:December 8th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you weren't hurt on the icy fall. I'm not sure I'd be able to get up if I went down.
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From:mangaroo
Date:December 8th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
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Except on the floor of my apartment, where I'm pretty sure the temperature is in the 30s. (I felt so guilty when the cold hit, then I remembered Moriyama.) Bundle!
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:December 9th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
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Yikes, cold weather! We're freezing up here, too. It seems to be hitting the whole east coast.

Cross fingers, you should be able to avoid the snow. Real snow is very rare in DC before January. I hope I'm not jinxing you just by saying that.

When do you head back to SF?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:December 9th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
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When do you head back to SF?

Bright and early Tuesday morning.
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