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No, we’re not calling tourists pheasants these days. However, one of our favorite things to do is read the still-new advice column Rebecca Gale is writing regularly over at Roll Call. Just yesterday we stumbled across this gem:

Q. First, the background on my question: I grew up and went to college in big East Coast cities, and that made my transition to D.C. effortless. Now I am working for a member from a very, very rural district and with a lot of other staffers who are from this district.

I think it’s important to spend time in the district and do it as much as I can. But with our downtime there, the member I work for and my co-workers like to do things that are totally new to me, like pheasant hunts.

I try my best to be a good sport, keep an open mind and participate as much as possible, but I’m clearly the odd one out. And oftentimes ridiculed for even trying.

Normally, this wouldn’t bother me (I’ve got pretty thick skin), but I’m worried it’s going to make it hard for me to be taken seriously when we are back at the office. How do you think I should handle this? Should I just stop trying?

A. You don’t like shooting pheasants? What is wrong with you?

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