You might recall, back in 2013 the US Government partially shutdown.
The last time this had happened, 17 years earlier, I was a Federal employee and handled the Agency's allocation of funds (think of it as "budgeting" and "ensuring that we never ever committed more than our total").
My job was important, but not "essential" during a shutdown. What this meant is that I had to remain available to come in the moment we were no longer shutdown – after all, there were funds to allocate.
From a practical standpoint it meant that I couldn't leave the DC area. At the time I had just gone through a rough break-up, was single and my family / close friends were 500+ miles away in Massachusetts.
I had also drained my savings getting my apartment. So there were no personal funds to rely on.
To sum it up:
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