This morning I ran a little later than I wanted to, but still arrived on time (I like getting to the office around 8:30, although most people arrive around 9:00). Before I ever change out of my walking shoes (there's no way you'll find me walking from the metro to the office in my office heels!!) or set my backpack down, I hit the power button for my computer and allow it to boot up. This morning, while I was loading my email and inter-office instant messaging program, I looked up and found The Blue Screen of Death.
A quick email to the Help Desk brought Ms. P to our office. She knocked on the door and asked for Clarice -- leading to snickering from both of my officemates as the teasing about being popular continued. After Ms. P left to go look into something, they started ribbing me. I told them I wasn't talking to them anymore and playfully stormed off to get a water from the break room. Those two are hilarious, and I'm so very thankful that we get along as well as we do!
Ms. P looked through the computer and couldn't figure out what had caused it to act up; the help ticket was resolved, and she said to let her know if anything else went awry.
While Acrobat continued to act a little screwy, the rest of the time it seemed to behave properly.
The Alan K. Simpson-Norman Y. Mineta Leader Series kicked off today with a talk on “Climate Change – Causes, Effects, Solutions and Balance to Meet our Energy Needs” between Bob Deans, director of Federal Communications within the National Resources Defense Counsel and Dr. David W. Kreutzer, a Research Fellow in Energy Economics and Climate Change for the The Heritage Foundation. It was doomed before it ever began. As is probably to be expected in such a political atmosphere, the decorum between the two men (and even one of the TWC students) ultimately left a great deal to be desired. The conversation was highly polemical after a while, although the two men seemed personally amicable towards one another, and many of the comments that were made felt strongly like emotional appeals. It was not what I expected at all. Obviously getting up and walking out was not an option, as it would have been rude and unproductive itself, and I'm still trying to see last night in a positive manner (for example, I learned what some of the buzz words and hot topics within the issue are. I can use that knowledge to do my own research in the future), but more than anything I feel let down.
This evening I went to a workshop downstairs, and the TWC faculty member who led the workshop on conducting Informational Interviews said that type of setting had never happened before. Apparently it's normally pretty boring (not my words).