I’ve been to 2 Ph.D. defences in the past 3 days. So congrats go to Frances, Lee & Candice on successfully defending their theses this week (I missed Frances’s, but saw the other two). My observations from these defences:
- when examiners show up in Hawaiian shirts, things are going to go well
- whatever you think the examiners are going to ask you about (and thus, have agonized over preparing for), they won’t
- examiners like to ask hard questions and you are supposed to give good answers to these
None of these observations instill me with much confidence.
I love the internet! I had to get a new passport and you can now* fill out the form online and then print the .pdf of it… well, it turns out that if you do this, you don’t have to wait nearly as long as the losers who fill out the form by hand. Literally, I went to the reception desk, the guy there checked my forms, photos & ID and handed me my number saying, “You get a quick number because you filled your form in online.” And the very next number called was mine — despite the fact that there were at least 50 people in the room who were all there ahead of me! I was in and out in record time, which almost makes up for the fact that, on the way there, the bus drove right by me waiting at the stop, so I had to wait a whole extra 15 minutes for the next bus! Stupid bus.
Since I was downtown, I decided to do a little window shopping and then got myself a Caramel Frappuccino with my new Starbucks gift card. I went to the Starbucks at the corner of Robson & Thurlow — not to be mistaken for the Starbucks at the corner of Thurlow & Robson**… I wouldn’t be caught dead there. There were two girls at the table next to me having a fascinating conversation — playing the game where you name two peple and the other person has to say which of the two people they’d rather have sex with… it started out with them naming kids at their school, progressed to celebrities and then became weird combinations of the two — “Ben Stiller or Adam Sandler?” “Adam Sandler or Mike from English class?” “Mike or that guy sitting over there?” I have no idea why I found this so fascinating, but I did. This conversation was only bestest by what I heard one girl say to another girl while I was waiting for the bus after the fireworks tonight, “Thanks for the shower and dinner.” Wuh?
*perhaps you could do this for a long time, but this was the first time I’d seen it.
**thank god they put 2 Starbucks on the same corner, ‘cuz I really didn’t want to have to cross the street or anything.