May 29, 2007

Formalities Take 2

Well last weekend was our second formal dinner, and this is the battle report.

Having a pretty hectic school and placement schedule I was BUSY on Sunday, and barely noticed as dinner time crept up on me. Managing to shower and get dressed up formally in record time I arrived at the dinner hall to find that my usual peeps were already there.

From leftish to rightish is Peter, Owain, Clare, Rhonwyn, and the German (aka Andy). Though you can't quite see him Shaleen is just behind Owain, and his night was to set the tone for the whole evening. As a vegetarian Shaleen of course couldn't join us in enjoying the Steak that was served. However one would think for the formal dinner that some effort would be put into making an at least acceptable alternate course.

I wish I'd thought to take a picture (but my camera batteries were dying) of his meal. He was presented with a craved out pumpkin full of mushrooms. Seriously it looked as though someone had prepped a mini jack o lantern and then just throw a spoonful of roast mushrooms in it. The pumpkin alone barely looked like it has been cooked (if it was at all), but we were informed they put mushrooms in EVERY vegetarian meal, and pool Shaleen was sick of eating them.

Andy suffered from a tilted reality all night due to my forgetting to reformat this picture before I posted it. He is still in rehab for world axis reorientation.

Peter on the other hand was looking rather smart in his suit jacket. Man I'd look that happy if I had a coat like that one. This was by far the highlight of the evening. Yeah Peter's jacket.
Detracting from the fun somewhat was that I was not the only one of our group to cut their dressing up to the last second. Thus when they arrived to get tables the ONLY ones available were in the front row. As you can see (enhanced further by Owain's expression) we were painfully close to the speech makers.

Man oh man. I could rant about the post dinner "show" for hours. Of all the times they pick to schedule a bloody congratulate the management and running council, they go with the build up to finals. All normal uni students have exams starting next week, and us teachers in training are all in the middle of very stressful assignment due dates and placements.

What does headmaster Bruce and his keepers seen seated behind him decide. To have 2 hours of speeches and music performances after a hour and half meal. BEEPing BEEPers BEEP is all I have to say! Attendance was manditory too I point out...

Fortunately due to my ADD like tendencies I was able to make entertainment for myself during this boring process. Though you're probably thinking this picture was taken at some point before the speeches I tell you now you think wrong! My camera was snatched to take this photo about an hour and some into the speeches. Just figured I'd give some protest to hearing yet another speech about how "Salmond is a great place to achieve at school and life" despite the fact they were keeping us all from being able to do so to hear their own BLEEPing voices...

Now fortunately I was able to get my homework done. Unfortunately I had to sacrifice sleep to do it, and with my current dodgy state of health (I've been sick twice this month) it was NOT appreciated. Right before finals who ever heard of holding students till nearly 10pm!?!

The conclusion is that my hall spirit is at an all time low. Even lower then when they signed me up for debate against my will, and conned me into doing that a month ago (once I get the video I'll have a post for that).

Anyways I sign off for now. Back to my health unit and next weeks lessons...

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