Monday, January 22, 2007

At Band Camp

So far so good. The trainer is a lady I've heard before who is way cool. She's energetic and funny and she refuses to use power-point because it is usually a cover for lack of quality information. A woman after my own heart!

She talks a lot about Generation X. I like to think I am my own person - original, unique, and unexpected. Hell, no, I'm just the poster child for my generation. Sigh...

This is one of those trainings that embraces the concept of networking. We eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner together. We spend the day in a classroom together. And last night we were all at Wal-Mart together picking up those gels, aerosols and liquids that we didn't bother to bring on the plane. They want us to bond.


I'm not into bondage.

I want to run back to my hotel room as soon as they will let us out the door, so I can grab my camera and go to the cemetery before the light is gone. All these damn trees get in the way of the sun and it gets dark way before supper is over.

But I'm going along for dinner. (Partly because I'm trying to do the right thing, but mostly because its too much trouble to explain why I want to go to the cemetery.) I'm even making an effort to speak to my fellow trainees. Y'all'd be proud of me. Normally, when I'm with people I don't know, I sit down, break out the pencils and sketch book and draw and doodle my way through the day. I focus on the speaker and eavesdrop like crazy, but generally don't hook up with anyone else.


I converse for a living and at times like this I enjoy the opportunity to spend an entire week without speaking to anyone other than waiters.

9 comments:

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

Out of your comfort zone! How cool!

Ask me tomorrow night if I miss you...there will only be 2 officers in the building tomorrow. sheeze.

M2 called today....she saw ice along the shore line instead of rats AS BIG AS BEAVERS!

Trace said...

Love this post. Very sassy and cute. Have a great week doodling...

ppb said...

Oh, sister, I'm with you. Were I there, I would sit in the back with you and the pencils, and maybe exchange the odd snarky comment with you as we headed to our separate hotel rooms.h

SpookyRach said...

Oh yeah, PPB. We could totally "realate"! ha ha!

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

You would both have to be low with those snarky remarks cause if M2 caught you she would turn you in!

jonboy said...

I bet your speaker is as old as you or older and doesn't use powerpoint because she simply doesn't know how and doesn't want to learn. ... Gen X rules!

P M Prescott said...

Soak up the atmosphere and appreciate what you have at home waiting for you when you get back.

zorra said...

I hope you have a private room so you don't have to be "on" the whole time. Being able to spend a whole week without speaking to anyone other than waiters sounds pretty good to me.

Quotidian Grace said...

"I'm not into bondage"--made me snort unattractively into my water bottle.

I'm not either!