||[Jun. 18th, 2016|01:14 pm]
If we start on Sunday, we can say I did a lot of revisions on The Easy Expedition this week. I found a new cafe to haunt. Not to eat anything, but I like their cafe mochas, and the place doesn't get too crowded. |
I met with an acquaintance to design a presentation about elder mediation. We gave a presentation last October, but that had been a half-day presentation and the organizer wants a full day this year. I enjoy doing the presentations, but I hate trying to market them.
I got the critique on my dissertation from my supervising professor. It needs a lot of work but he found the basic argument sound, and that was the part I was worrying about. Unfortunately I've reached the point, after having revised it so many times already, that I want to set it on fire rather than ever look at it again, as I do with so many of my books. He also referred me to a source I should have found but didn't, and that was embarrassing. He is the second professor to tell me to look for the debates from the legislative assemblies in the 1920s and 1930s, and having wasted an enormous amount of time looking for something that doesn't exist with the first professor, I was able to surprise him by saying, "There are none." I'm not sure he believed me. It reminds me of my articling days, working in that horrible toxic law firm with lawyers ignorant about certain resources who refused to acknowledge, apparently even to themselves, that they're ignorant about these resources, and sending us on wild goose chases. Anyway, he said to make it clear in the dissertation that these things don't exist. Ok. Also, what does exist are lists saying this bill was passed and that bill was sent to second reading, etc, so I will throw those in there, so they know I looked. I'm to cite every single source I looked at, even if I didn't actually use its content. I had left out sources that just repeated stuff said in other sources, but no, that's what See also in the footnotes is for. So I have to go through the pile and cite it all, which is a waste of time as far as I'm concerned. The issue is that if someone on the panel knows about the subject - which they won't, because almost no one talks about it - they may ask why I didn't use such and such article, and I guess "Because it's old and more recent articles have said the same thing" isn't good enough as an answer.
On Wednesday I went to a new friend's place for a BBQ. She bought a grill despite never having used one before. On the first visit I brought the meat and she asked me how it should be cooked, and I had to tell her I didn't know as I had never BBQed (is that a word?) anything either. Between calling her son and surfing online, we figured out how to cook the meat without ruining it - tasted quite good, actually - and since then have tried different meats and haven't killed ourselves yet. This time I brought gelato, and that was bad, because it was really good gelato that I brought from a shop around the corner from where I live, and I now have another source of temptation I must resist. We then saw Now You See Me 2. It's really silly in places, and severely lacking in logic, but I found it a lot of fun, and I'm going to look for the first movie.
Yesterday I volunteered to act as a coach for students performing mediation role plays. Some students acted as mediators, the others the various parties. I just sat in the room and watched, and if things were getting too tough they stopped and asked me for suggestions, then at the end I gave them a critique about what they did well and what they needed to work on. The second group was a tough room, the parties really giving the mediators a hard time, and I was impressed at the ability of the mediators to stay calm and keep things on track.
The role plays were weird. Apparently they were based on situations the professor had encountered, but they were way too complex for students with only six hours of training. In one case, one of the parties had a cousin who was a paralegal from California and his role was to give the party bad advice about what she could expect if the case went to court, given that he didn't know what the law was in Ontario. If I were a mediator in that situation, I would have had a conversation just with the cousin and the party he was assisting to quiz him on Ontario law and make it clear to the party that he wasn't a good asset for legal advice. "You can choose to bring who you wish for support, but I am concerned that you might be receiving advice that isn't relevant to our jurisdiction," or something like that.
Anyway, it all took a form of intense concentration that I'm not used to, over several hours, and I was brain dead by the end of it. It was also extremely hot yesterday. I walked to the centre, the rooms were stuffy - the poor kids had been told to dress in business casual, while the coaches weren't given any indication of what to wear, and so we all wore clothes appropriate for the heat - walked back intending to get groceries on the way home, forgot about the groceries until I got home, and went back out to get them. I haven't gotten an air conditioner yet, so I spent the evening trying not to melt.
And all of this resulting in me being dead tired and useless today. I'll try to get my act together tomorrow.