daves department had a picnic. so we went.
started at around 5p in the courtyard that all the hard sciences share. it was a strange work party because it functioned like a tailgate party and you had to pay (albeit not very much) for the grillables and beverages. it makes me realize just how well-funded things are over at UM...we're spoiled. but that doesnt mean the party was bad.
dave and i chatted with the enigmatic computer guru from daves lab. short, bearded, nova scotian elder who has never visited the u.s. and is allergic to the building he works in. nice guy. weird guy. i liked him. next was a fellow post-doc from france. he came from all over france, most recently paris. nice guy.
lastly, the person we talked to the most was a professor. she grew up in a village south of nantes, france and recently taught in lille, france. she bitterly detests the food here and misses most things about being in europe. however, she and her husband are faculty here at dalhousie so life works well for them in that respect. we reminisced with her about france and she expressed her difficulties with teaching in english. we had a sputtering discussion in french ending when dave asked if she would like to be a part of a small group who got together maybe once a week to have lunch and speak french. she was delighted (and i think perhaps her husband and the post-doc may become a part of it, and me too if i can swing it).
eventually we had to leave the party though because it was so ridiculously chilly. all the days surrounding the party were lovely but this evening it had to drop below normal. oh well. we enjoyed ourselves despite the sad offerings. dave is pretty lucky to have such a nice group to work with.