Yes, I passed all the physical tests required of me. That was my biggest fear, that I would end up having some weird African disease from my time in the Peace Corps or that Southeast Asia might have given me something to remember it by. But, no, everything is fine and I leave for Washington, D.C. this morning for a 5-day orientation/briefing. I’ll be staying at the Embassy Suites Hotel until Sunday, when I fly back to Great Falls. Then Monday I’ll go to Missoula for a few days, returning to GF on Wednesday. Then, on Sept. 6, I make the long flight to Morocco. To say that I’m finally very excited is to say the least. I’ve been holding my breath waiting for the physical results to come back, but now I’m beginning to really get into the idea of living and working in Morocco.

What have I been doing in the States? Not a whole lot, really. Going to minor league baseball games to watch the hometown Great Falls White Sox Voyagers, eating pizza and decadently junky¬† Beer Baron sausages, recuperating from jet lag, and visiting with family. Oh, yeah, and worrying about the physical. I also bought a new Acer computer, a loaded laptop with 80 Gb hard drive, DVD-RW dual layer drive, 512 Mb RAM, widescreen, etc. for $800, on sale this week at Staples. I’m taking it to D.C. to give it a workout; I have 14 days to return it if I don’t like it, but so far it seems great. It’s my first foray into a non-Intel computer (AMD Sempron processor).

Ok, I’ve got to go catch a plane–a 7:30 a.m. flight to Denver, then on to D.C. More later.