American of Last Resort

How, I find myself asking on this the eve of my separation from the Duty Phone, shall I fill the void left by the brief but intense week of constant vigilance as Duty Officer for the Embassy here in Kingston?

Bearing the burden...

Yes, just because the Embassy is closed does not mean that some American citizen on the island is not going to have an emergency. In the same vein, just because it is 3:00 in the morning doesn’t mean that someone out there doesn’t think it’s a splendid time for an anxious mother in Kentucky to call the Embassy’s emergency line because their 22 year old daughter, on spring break, isn’t answering her cell phone, and her pet hamster back home might have a cold…

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