So, when people make a request for federal funding, they typically come to you for everything imaginable, and even those things you'd rather not imagine. Like Wastewater Treatment. They then decide, "why not go to lunch to discuss the process and the upgrades, and how many millions of dollars need to be spent on this project?" I guess that people in this business (and plumbers) just don't have a gag reflux.
At least this time we didn't go take a tour after lunch. Now that was the highlight of 2006 for me.