June 18, 2005

Four Too Many...
I`ve finally got a day off! In the past 6 days of work, I`ve had two split shifts, too many grade 8 school groups to count, and far too few public tours to count.
Yesterday alone I had FOUR grade 7/8 tours during a split shift (4 hours of work in the morning, four hours off, 3 hours of work in the evening). Needless to say I was about ready to kill myself. My voice is shot now as well.
In the evening I went to La Maison Acadienne with some of the other guides for a few (much needed) drinks and to listen to the brother of one of the guides who was performing. They played some traditional Québécois and Acadian music, as well as some more modern songs. It was a lot of fun.
One of the grade 8 tours yesterday was cool though. The kids were from PEI, and their MP took them into the anti-chamber of the House while it was in session, which doesn`t normally happen. Then, on the Senate side, one of the pages who had attended their high school, and who`s aunt teaches there, got permission from the Usher of the Black Rod to let the 108 students sit in the seats in the Senate. The Usher of the Black Rod then gave the kids a motivational speech, which was a bit long-winded, but very motivating at the same time.
At least there`s only another week or so of school left before the summer holidays. Or maybe not...

6 comments:

tim said...

Are you saying that know it all teenagers are a problem to deal with?

:)

It wasn't that long ago you were one! It has been a very long time but I still vaguely remember it.

The music sounds great. I love that genre.

Stephen said...

No, not all. But think about this:
You`re in grade 8, you`ve been up since 5 in the morning. It`s now 6:25 in the evening, and you`re in Canada`s Parliament. You haven`t had dinner yet. You don`t want to be there, but you have no choice because it`s part of the tour, and your teacher is making you go (you would have rather stayed at Rideau Centre in Sport Check, or Le Château). Now some person is going to make you walk through the building, looking at statues and paintings, and talking about Canada`s government. That`s what I get to deal with :)

tim said...

Sounds peachy :(

Making them go on tour before dinner is silly. Feed them and then they might be complacent enough to walk around and listen whilst the food settles.

I understand their unpleasant disposition.

Stephen said...

Exactly!!!

Jim said...

What are the two of you grouching about? Sounds like teaching Science 10 every day just before lunch!

Stephen said...

Yah, I can believe that :)