1. Overheard in the hallway: [Mandarin, mandarin, mandarin] Terry stop [mandarin, mandarin, mandarin] . . .
2. Girl: "When I run out of time on a multiple choice, I always spend the last two minutes filling in all the remaining answer bubbles with my one particular letter."
Guy: "And what is the letter you recommend?"
Girl: (Sincerely emphatic) "I can't tell that! It's a secret!"
Guy: "Um, you realize this thing isn't graded on a curve, right?"
Girl: "Okay, it's C."
3. (two rows in front of me, day 1): Blue screen of death halfway through the afternoon essay section.
4. (two rows in front of me, day 3): Girl faints dead away, hits the floor, crash resounds through the room. Everybody stares on dumbfounded. Nobody gets out of their seat, and nobody says a word. I ask the people in front of me-- "Is she breathing?". No answer, more blank looks. Proctor ambles over, looks at girl for a half second--now lying under the table--, starts waving, still says nothing, doesn't actually check the girl out. Unfortunately, the "a girl is potentially dying on the floor" wave does not communicate urgency in any way, in part because the proctors don't want to be distracting or anything. I ask again, "is she breathing?" More blank looks, no answer, nobody seems to know what's happening or what to do. So, I get out of my chair during the bar exam (which is not done, apparently for any reason at all, ever) to try to see what's happening, and because I do not trust that there are any remotely competent people on the scene. I would want anyone to do the same for me. The girl is fine. Nobody can quite believe that I actually got out of my chair. I was literally the only one. Really? If nothing else, is nobody at least curious to know whether someone is bleeding to death or dying 10 feet away from them? Is the bar exam actually that important?
Curious event, really. I'm not sure what it all means. Was I just silly to get up? Should I have just trusted that the girl was okay and/or in good hands, despite the lack of any apparent evidence to that effect?
Oh, and in case you're wondering, the girl was fine. She recovered in a minute and was back typing away in another two.
5. (story related by friend)
Twenty computer screens in a section suddenly go dim, indicating a lack of power. Bar-taking friend calls over a technician and points this out. Tech says, "If your computer isn't working, you must handwrite your exam. I cannot help you." Friend insists that this is actually likely to be a fixable problem. Tech insists back. Tech supervisor walks over, bends down, inserts plug back into the socket it had been kicked out of by some careless guy in the section. Twenty computers restored to full AC power; problem solved. Three cheers for people who are incompetent at the fairly simple job they have. Three cheers for people who couldn't give a damn to be competent or care about your problem.
And there are more, but I am on 8 hours sleep i the last 4 days (give or take a few hours), and about to crash...