… it was going to be easy! Well, I did my first eval today. It was not overly hard, and I was not too nervous at the beginning, but part way through I started to get nervous – go figure! And that kind of messed with my concentration a little, and I am sure I made a few mistakes. At supper, our course director found us and gave us the results – not the details, mind you, but the overall results. Unfortunately, I did not pass. All the little piece of paper said was “Criteria not met.” So, there you have it. Hence the title of this blog! Tomorrow I will found out exactly what I did wrong. And I mean exactly, since they tape record the whole thing and listen to pretty much every word we say. The good news is, I will get a practice run before the re-eval on Wednesday. Those of you who believe in God, you know what to do!!! (Pray like crazy!)
The other day, I thought of a new analogy for what I do. Imagine the traffic on the streets of your home town on a lazy Sunday morning, say. Cars and vans, pick-up trucks, the occasional semi, alongside bicyclists… Now imagine that none of them can stop. If they stop, they will crash and the passengers will be injured or die. Now imagine that in order to have them all moving through the city without stopping or hitting each other, there is a team of people who watch over them all, advising them when they should slow down or speed up a little in order to avoid a collision. Or telling them what is going on at the intersection so they can plan what lane they should be in. And telling the ‘little guys’ how to avoid the ‘big guys.’ And all the while telling all of them what the others around them are doing, planning on doing, updating them if something changes, etc… This is a lot like what we do! The planes cannot stop, or they will crash, so we have to make sure they have a clear flight path so they can make it safely to their destination. We advise them – explain verbally – where the other a/c are and what they are doing (turning left, coming in for final landing, etc) so they can avoid each other and suggest a course of action to follow if they don’t suggest something! (The planes do sometimes have to go in circles if they can’t land straight away.) This is a little simplified, but not too far off!
In other news… I went to Deerhurst this weekend, to meet with Joyce and Nancy (not from Science North) for bluegrass!! It was VERY nice to get away. I had worked (studied, practiced, etc) for 5 weeks straight with no days off (only taking Sunday mornings off), so I really needed it! It was a 5 hour drive to get there, and the roads were good. I saw no wildlife (yay!) and enjoyed the drive a lot, listening to music, singing along, you get the idea! When I arrived, I relaxed for a bit, then had dinner and saw a couple of groups play on stage. But, of course, the best music is always in the jamming. After the concerts, people just play in their rooms or in the lobbies and it is great. I stayed up pretty late, and then slept the best sleep I have had in a long time. 🙂 Got up the next morning, said good-bye to Joyce and Nancy and then hit the road. The drive back was nice, too, and completely uneventful (something you want a 5-hour drive to be)! I’m glad I went, to give myself a break from thinking about planes and traffic all the time. I’m sure I would have done no better on the eval if I had stayed here.
That’s about all for this entry. Thanks for readin’ this everybody. Hope you are all doing well! I’ll keep you posted! 🙂