6/22/16 ftf, wren

Here is the Dalai Lama report, and I hope it isn’t too disappointing.  I was in my seat, as instructed, 30 minutes before the start of his talk (actually even earlier than that).  There was a very large group in attendance from the Utah Tibetan society, all dressed in beautiful and colorful traditional Tibetan dress.  Utah is generally homogeneous, so it was nice to experience a little diversity.  While we waited, some members of the group performed celebratory song and dance.  There was also an interesting slide show featuring photos of the Dalai Lama with assorted dignitaries, presented in chronological order throughout his life.  In preparation for the Dalai Lama’s appearance, a throne-like easy chair was brought onto the stage, along with two lesser chairs and an assortment of potted palms and flowers.  The subject of his talk was compassion and our responsibility to others.  Many, many people were arriving late, and the start of the talk was delayed until everyone was seated.  This went on for thirty minutes, and then His Holiness decided to start with a period of questions and answers, which had originally been planned to follow his main talk, while we waited for everyone to arrive.  I was frankly not so favorably impressed with his answers to the questions.  When we were into an hour after the planned start time with latecomers still streaming in, I realized that I’d had enough and left.  Once outside, I was surprised to see throngs of people who were just arriving and realized that it would probably be another hour for them to get through security and be seated.  All in all, I felt the same way about this talk as I felt about a talk by David Sedaris – that I really preferred reading the work to attending the talk.

morning

meditate

journal

happy dog time!

exercise

work day

e-mail

meeting 1

meeting 2

administrative supplement

internal budget for supplement

uTRAC changes from Friday Meeting

uTRAC budgets x 4

order food for 6/29 meeting

A5 forgiveness of reimbursement

EOR

Nancy A. xfer

new hire ePAF & welcome e-mail

bank

renew SAM (due 8/10/16

filing

close out 09857

Clinical Correlates uTRAC exemption

look into Foundation Directory Online

Research P01 grants

after work

abbreviated hot weather hike

water garden

 

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Comments on: "6/22/16 ftf, wren" (9)

  1. Oh, that does sound disappointing! And it seems bizarre – not to mention rude – that people were still showing up so late.

  2. dahlia66 said:

    Sorry to hear your experience was so disappointing. They should seat people in a first-come, first-serve fashion, and simply file latecomers in quietly at the back: if you don’t get there on time, you don’t get to see the whole thing. It’s not fair to the punctual people to have to wait such a ridiculously long time.

  3. Turandot said:

    How odd, obviously something didn’t work well, what a disappointment. On to check who is David Sedairs.

    • David Sedaris is known for his humorous writing, so I expected he would present an entertaining evening. Instead, he read several of his very sad writings, plus his personality came across as rather unlikeable.

  4. I can’t believe they disrupted the whole thing for the latecomers – don’t blame you for leaving, that sounds really annoying. I’ve just read one of David Sedaris’s books and was wondering about attending his talk here in December, so now I’m having second thoughts about that 🙂

    • Which of his books did you read? I do think I’m in the minority for not enjoying his talks. Maybe I was just in a bad mood that night!

      • It was Me Talk Pretty One Day. I enjoyed it, and I’ve liked his performances on TAL too. Will probably read some more in due course.

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