Thursday, March 11, 2021

At the Museum

Yesterday, I had to go to the museum to work for a few hours. It's the first time since before Thanksgiving. I had a virtual program to host, and I wanted to do it from my office because my computer screen is much larger than my laptop so that I can see my notes for the introduction and any questions asked. Everything went well, and this morning I will post the recording to our Facebook page. I did not do it yesterday because it takes so long to upload anything from my home network.

We use GoToWebinar for our virtual programs, and afterward, it provides a lot of insights about the program. During the webinar, the organizer, me in this case, can see if people are paying attention or not. Even though attendees’ cameras are not turned on, I can see if the person is watching the webinar or doing other things on their computer because a ⚠️ appears by their name. What was interesting/infuriating is that our museum director had a ⚠️ by his name the whole time. His interest score was a 50 out of 100.


I was so disappointed that he couldn't take an hour out of his day to pay attention to our guest speaker. Our secretary refused to watch at all, which pissed me off. I have been working on this program for nearly two years. First, the speaker was out of the country. Then, the pandemic hit. Finally, we were able to get her to give the talk virtually. You'd think my coworkers would have paid attention and watched the program, mostly because it was an extremely interesting program.


As the author Rachel Naomi Remen said, "The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention." I wish people were better at listening to others. I've always tried to listen and pay attention when it is important to do so, and usually even when it's not that important.


Anonymous said...

Your post reminds me that some time ago you wrote about (a) the likelihood of your university making staff layoffs, due to the infractions of the quarantine by students causing a renewed outbreak of the virus on campus and (b) the possibility of your being included in the layoffs. I hope that your visit to the Museum means that you have escaped that fate (if layoffs did occur).
I understand your frustration about the staff avoiding listening to the talk but at the present many people are, due to the virus, at the end of their tether and simply unable to do anything beyond surviving.
Hoping that the headaches are continuing to lessen, Roderick

Joe said...

Roderick, so far my headaches have been doing good. When I have had headaches since starting the new medicine, they don't last very long. Hopefully, the improvement will continue.

Cross my fingers, knock on woods, and all that good stuff, I think I am a bit more secure in my position. The university seems to be doing well. Our case count as dropped from 150 cases at the beginning of the semester to 0. Our president has also been all over the national news for what he has been doing to mitigate the spread of the virus and how he has helped deal with students' mental health. That can only be good for us. As he said on Anderson Cooper, "We are one the safest places in America to be right now."

Also, because of my diabetes, I should be fully vaccinated months before anyone else at the museum. This will make me more essential to museum operations. I was able to sign up for the Pfizer vaccine this morning. I should be fully vaccinated by May 1.

Anonymous said...

What great news from you. I am glad to hear about the progress with the headaches, with the situation on campus, and finally with vaccination signup, but May 1 seems much too long in the future. Roderick

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