May 11, 2005

What a meeting.

Thank goodness we had three deletions and a no-show, or the thing would still be going on.

We used to run these things much more efficiently, before certain folks decided they wanted to be spoonfed and not have to use their brains.

Yes, it's probably better to have more information, but at some point, you still have to make a decision about things.

And sometimes, there's such a thing as having so much information available that it all becomes a useless muddle.

And it also helps if you're going to cause a big stink about something in one meeting, to have the common courtesy to show up at the subsequent meeting to see it through; otherwise, the people on the staff who have to try to cater to your imperious whims begin to doubt your sincerity, and start thinking to themselves that maybe you're just trying to show off.

And don't complain about the length of meetings if you yourself sit there and continue to spout snide comments and take up time with impertinent and immaterial jibber-jabber that you think is clever, but that everyone else sees as you being a clueless dunderhead.

Oh, and pay attention to the flow of the conversation. And if you find that task difficult, at least have the courtesy not to blame the person speaking for your lack of attentiveness.

Boy, how I hate going to these meetings.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at May 11, 2005 10:09 AM

When I was in college I noticed our weekly fraternity meetings would just last and last for the same reasons you just gave.

Some how those miscreants never learn to they?

Posted by: El at May 11, 2005 11:14 AM

Why should they? They're the ones who manage to wind up in charge of things!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 11, 2005 11:20 AM

Hey, I don't complain about the length of the meeting, just opportunistically make snide comments. Just trying to lighten things up! Sheesh! ;)

Posted by: Lenise at May 11, 2005 11:21 AM

You really should keep a list of potential blog names you generate:

(now with Splenda for half the calories!)

[I added that last part! And is the Splenda aftertaste worth the calorie reduction?]

Posted by: MarcV at May 11, 2005 11:23 AM

Oh, now, Lenise--you know there's good snide and bad snide. Good snide is knocking some jerk off his high horse--like the time in staff meeting when one of the guys announced he was getting married, and that everyone was invited. "I'll pin the invitation up on the bulletin board," he said. "Oh, good--I'll pin my gift up on the bulletin board," said me.

Bad snide is some jerk on his high horse taking verbal potshots at citizens who are not familiar with a given bureaucratic process and treating them like dirt just because he can.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 11, 2005 11:25 AM

Oh, and Marc--I'm afraid I'd have to give Mr. T royalties or something if I used jibber-jabber other than in passing. You know he likes his gold chains and stuff and after buying eyeglasses all around, I don't think I can afford him.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 11, 2005 11:27 AM

I got no time for the jibber jabber! Where's my money, foo?

Posted by: Mister T at May 11, 2005 01:19 PM


Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 11, 2005 01:27 PM