International Relations: “Cluster”

16 Feb

Team-house breakfast conversation this morning:

Hottest aid women: Hands down, advocacy cluster. Anybody else remember Aceh? (Males and females unanimously agreed on this point.).

Hottest aid men: Logistics cluster (quote from female participant in the conversation: “I think the ‘loggies’ are cute!”)

From there the conversation devolved…

Grungiest aid workers overall: Shelter cluster (Sri Lanka and Haiti were mentioned. And as it turns out, I’m the one going to the shelter meetings for my employer…)

Most passionate: Health and nutrition cluster. If you haven’t got your health, you really haven’t got much…

Most comfortable discussing bodily discharges while eating: WASH cluster. Kind of a no-brainer…

Most self-righteous: Protection cluster (don’t take offense, Amelia or Linda. nothin’ but love for you, here. And anyway, we all agreed that protection chicks are hot, too 😉 )

21 Responses to “International Relations: “Cluster””

  1. Amelia 16 February, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

    Apart from spelling errors I agree. Of course, Protection people are self righteous because they are right, and under-appreciated.

    • J. 16 February, 2010 at 5:50 pm #

      Yeah, yeah…

  2. Alanna 16 February, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    It is well known everywhere that loggies are the best looking aid workers!

  3. lraftree 17 February, 2010 at 1:38 am #

    aha, none taken whatsoever – i’m only partly working on protection anyway…. besides, then you added “are hot too” which overshadows any potential insult!😉

  4. worldtreestories 17 February, 2010 at 7:27 am #

    My hand’s up for WASH Cluster. I’ve had plenty diarrhoeal disease discussions whilst easting shiro, so that should qualify me more than any piece of paper or dozen years of experience😉

  5. Ben Parker 17 February, 2010 at 8:25 am #

    I always thought advocacy was a women-only cluster anyway, which surely is cheating?

  6. cynan_sez 17 February, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    It’s all the damn french blokes and their accents in the logs side of the business, which lets just say, might bias the observers.

    *grumbles from the tresunsexytextbitcherycluster*

  7. Joel 17 February, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    Actually, I’m pretty sure there isn’t anything called “advocacy cluster”. If there is, who is the focalpoint?

  8. Transitionland 20 February, 2010 at 2:52 am #

    You know you’re an awful, awful person when you’re sitting in a workshop at the NGO Security Office and silently filing your fellow aidworkers under “hot,” “not hot,” “probably married,” and “French.”

    • J. 20 February, 2010 at 4:56 am #

      Not to quibble, but I’m pretty sure that just makes you a person… either that or there are a lot more “awful, awful person” aid workers out there than will admit it!

  9. CC 20 February, 2010 at 6:27 am #

    FYI- The log cluster guys in Haiti were hot pre-disaster as well. And, I’m glad to know others are shallowly categorizing fellow aid workers, not just me!

  10. Michael Keizer 24 February, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

    I guess I must be the exception that proves the rule when it comes to hot loggies.

    • J. 24 February, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

      We should probably have Alanna confirm, before making that a final call😉

      • Michael Keizer 24 February, 2010 at 10:27 pm #

        She knows as much (or little) as you do.

      • Michael Keizer 24 February, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

        … although some indication can be found here. Minus the ‘bespectacled’: I finally got rid of those.

  11. Alanna 24 February, 2010 at 10:27 pm #

    Believe it or not, I’ve never actually met Michael in person and am thus unqualified to judge anything but his brain, which is obviously very sexy😉

    • Michael Keizer 25 February, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

      Wait… what? My brain is out in the open? Oh dear… Please don’t start the yodeling!

      • J. 25 February, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

        The fact that you’ve managed to somehow work “Mars Attacks the World” into a comment thread on my blog will be worth at least two rounds on me, whenever we get around to meeting in person…

      • Michael Keizer 25 February, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

        Yeah, yeah, but for all your professed love for Aussies, you still haven’t made it here. Trying to shirk all those rounds that you would need to shout by now, mate?😉

  12. Michael Keizer 25 February, 2010 at 1:40 am #

    Oh dear. Even the British Red Cross is now riding that train.

  13. Zehra 15 November, 2010 at 7:00 am #

    LOL to the last comment re: BritX.

    And agree with the loggie comments….I’d love me a loggie man. Who else is gonna find me stuff when I need it? And in Haiti…that was true…esp with the outfit I was with…and they know the best places for….privacy if you live in a massive tent filled base camp….

    So what about those of us who do advocacy WITHIN one of the cluster (say, for instance….food or ag?) and how come Ag does not even get a mention? HMPH

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