actually the tedium that comes with working for the Federal Government is really something to behold. i bet i won't last a year before i wave a white flag and flee to the private sector
They took nine years from me (kinda like the gangsters taking Eric Roberts thumb in The Pope of Greenwich Village
) basically all of my twenties. Merely getting hired for them was a never ending process, I actually got a notice for a piss test..scheduled at 11:45 PM! Refusal was grounds for disqualification. The fingerprint portion was surreal, it was in a vault that looked like something out of "Get Smart"
in the basement of the Federal Reserve building in Boston. I almost felt important for a few seconds. Decent pay...but soul-crushing. I'm not good at following instructions or maintaining civility under duress.
Good luck, though. Your job sounds infinitely more interesting than mine.