[one year on]

Topic: The Mission

Today is my one-year anniversary at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations. Assuming I make it to work tomorrow (or on any subsequent day), this will become the second time in my entire life that I’ve held a job for more than a year. My teaching stint in Korea lasted precisely a year and no more, while my time at STV was mercifully cut short at 11 months. The only place I stayed longer than here was DoubleClick, where they gave me free sodas and stock options and there were video games and ridiculously hot women in the sales department.

So a year in, how’s it going? No, I did not get a cake like the one in the picture. But I still love the job, and I’m getting to do substantive work regularly. The new ambassador is great, and I’m excited about the upcoming September Summit, when President Roh Moo-hyun will be in town to speak at the General Assembly alongside our own president and other world leaders. In other words, I expect to be sitting right here in two more years, telling you all that I’ve never held any other job for as long.