Thursday, 7 June 2007, 8:32 am, St-Basile, NB
The AMANB conference: a mix of tedium, good information, and useful interaction with peers. There is more emphasis on socializing than exchange of experience. The overall conference organization is weak.
Due to construction downtown, traffic in Edmundston is horrible.
Passed up the pub night, and G. and I again ate in our room. We lunched at the nearby Restaurant du Quartier, and I had my hit of poutine.
*** 3:57 pm
Wrote a response post for the NACLAA Financial Management course before breakfast.
Attended the AMANB AGM, worked the room a bit, stayed for the buffet lunch; and by then I was thoroughly bored.
Had a scare when I could not reach G. on her cell phone for half an hour, and was concerned she had had an accident on the highway; but apparently the problem was a dead transmission space inside one of the Edmundston malls.
G. is playing golf this afternoon with other conference attendees. I went to look at la Cathédrale de l’Immaculée-Conception, which is a fine church with attractive stained-glass windows, a marble altar area, and two organs. There was not a soul in the place. I also looked into l’Église de Notre-Dame-de-Sept Douleurs, but this was too recent (1951) to be of much interest. There was one man sitting in a pew. I then drove to the Madawaska Historical Museum but, as two exhibits were being changed, was, alas, not open to the public. Drove out to Saint-Jacques, enjoying the view of the Madawaska River, and after inattentively running a red light and a stop sign, decided I should take myself off the road and returned to the hotel in Saint-Basile.