Just finished up a big testing contract--sent the last batch of reports
I see that USPS tracking shows they were delivered this
morning, on-time. Good.
They are high-stakes selection batteries and I always feel a bit of a burden when I work on this sort of eval. Knock on wood, I've got an excellent track record, but I do worry that someday I will miss something important, something that leads to serious consequences. I've got several file cabinets full of these reports, notes and testing protocols, preserved for years in a way that would be adequate for a proper defense of myself in a lawsuit--should some attorney decide it would be good to sue the psychologist.
I'm one of a relatively few psychologist who operates in a weird niche between clinical and I/O--not subject to the laws that normally govern either, but highly vulnerable in a legal sense. I actually consulted with a psychologist who is an attorney as I got into this work, just for a little extra peace of mind. We take a professional conduct and ethics course in graduate school and the licensing exam includes ethics and law content, but in the real world I thought it was important to review what I was doing with someone who specializes in these matters. Actually, it was even new territory for the attorney. Nonetheless, it was money well spent.
A couple of days ago I wrote a post about the Ricci case.
Bet the I/O Psychologist who got that contract wishes he never heard of New Haven. Don't know for sure--just guessing.
So, I'm enjoying a reduction in the background pressure as I sit here on a Friday afternoon typing up my associations at a cafe where I stopped on the way home from the office.
Jack Johnson is in the corner of the room, wearing a Bears' cap, dozing off in a chair. Everyone around here knows Jack or recognizes him. We always say hello, but I don't actually know him.
The home internet connection is still down--a problem outside, so I've been mostly using a G3 device with my laptop. It's a little slow, but better than I'd expected. The other problem is that the desktop doesn't recognize the G3 device or some drivers aren't loading. I plug the device in, but the machine can't see it. Anyway, something is amiss and the solution is beyond the scope of my very limited technological knowledge.
I frequently read about fellow bloggers who lose their internet connections during getaways. I will probably have decent internet service during the next vacation, but I think I'll just schedule the photo uploads before leaving and take a break from blogging.
Well, sorry folks. That was a really boring chain of associations. I never know where I'm going to go on a post like this, but I think they're usually a little more interesting.
It was a long drive to the finish with those batteries and the association-generator is running slow right now.
Oh, one more thing. I'll leave you with the punchline to a somewhat politically incorrect joke I heard yesterday:
Because he's got 'direct dial dysfunction.'
You can supply your own set-up.