I am a diplomat, I just don't get paid for it.
So there I was wandering around the Olympic Park built for the 1972 Munich Olympics, when I asked a couple of guys (I'm thinking maybe they're from Turkey) to take my photo. He asks where I'm from, I say Washington, DC, and he gets a big grin on his face and looks at his friend. He says he is from Iran, a town in the center of the country.
We are both excited at this news, he especially. He's a civil engineer over to look at some buildings, and is apparently eager to tell his American counterpart that our peoples are friends. I agree, telling him the American people like the Iranian people, but that our governments have problems. He completely agrees with this, and is also excited that I worked for Obama, and with the Army Corps of Engineers.
In one respect, he was like many Turks I have known, in that he immediately asks if he can give me his phone numbers so that I can call him, this after speaking for probably 5 minutes. So, I can now call my friend Timor, and his friend Parhus, although I don't think a conversation with Parhus would last very long. He didn't seem to speak any English. How much is a call to Iran?