Grizzly Report: Working Undercover for the US Department of State.
Skye, Troll and Grizzly Mama at 'reception'.
It's an unlikely pairing, you have to admit. Time for an analogy. Conservatism : State Department :: Oil : Water. I am just now free to discuss our role in the so-called 'networking' so-called 'reception'. Troll and I were working under the alias Mr. and Mrs. Smith. It was a diabolical scheme and I am sure that our cover wasn't blown while the operation was taking place although the young man from Mosul had his doubts about our identity.
Troll and I were invited to attend a reception by Skye, an exceedingly well spoken Philadelphia blogger. The International Visitors Council is an organization that believes 'face to face is better than fax to fax.' They work in partnership with the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development. They put people together,
Our assignment? Have a good time with Skye and attempt to engage in conversation with the
We were all interested in speaking with the Palestinian 'militant' and the Israeli student who are working together toward a solution to their troubles. I believe Skye was able to corner one of them, but they were very popular and constantly had people vying for their attention. Same with the retired Iraqi General - who was in the Iraqi Military before the coup in 1958 (I believe it was).
The absolute 2nd to best highlight (the 1st best being sitting and drinking with Skye!) was our encounter with Mohammed from Mosul and that strapping man in the Army Uniform who had recently returned from duty in Iraq. Mohammed was a good sport with a great sense of humor. Our Army Guy was just as friendly and engaging as could be. We thanked him for his service and told him that he's doing a beautiful job.
We ended the evening driving in circles around City Hall trying to get to - - Broad Street - - I think it was. We encountered the Admiral again and hollered to him. Now that man is a Philadelphia native judging by the way he can yell across a street!
Thank you Skye. We had a great time. Although our politics may not quite mesh with those of the Department of State - nobody got hurt. Being different is the American Way.