Captain’s Log 5,193
I have no left brain. Seriously. I spent two entire days in technical workshops to learn how to write a compelling grant that incorporates research, statistics, and qualitative/quantitative analysis.
I was bored our of my skull with the financial analysis class. I did not have the museum budget, but the guy was asking us to fill out worksheet forms based on our budget information. If you don’t have it, you just make shit up. The fellow sitting next to me actually HAD his budget on his computer, and it still didn’t make any sense. We are directors of museums and organizations. We are NOT financial analysts. The only person who got what was going on was a CPA sitting on the other side of the room. He actually knew how to calculate depreciation of his fixed assets. Bully for him.
A good class is one where people are taught – not one where people feel stupid. I checked out after about 15 minutes of listening to this dry numbers guy try to be funny. He even came over to our table and tried to help us. But he asked for detail that none of us could provide. Sorry. I don’t keep my entire budget emblazoned in my brain. I do not know EXACTLY how much our insurance costs are for a fiscal year. I don’t know the percentage of increase we now pay for our worker’s comp insurance compared to last year. Holy shit.
When I get my evaluation form, I am ranking this teacher a big fat ONE.
I don’t like to feel stupid. I do a good job with that myself every single day. I don’t need anyone to help me feel stupid.
The logic mapping was not as tough. At least I understood the concepts. But if I had to put every idea through a mapping process, I wouldn’t get anything done. And the museum would be boring. Sometimes, good ideas come when you are driving down the street or buying bananas in the store. And you say, “Wow! Cool idea! Let’s try this!”
I don’t think there is a playwright in the entire world that sits around and maps out the logic of writing a play. It just fucking happens.
Off to catch up on being away for two days. I’m sure that will be fun.