After a while, committee/board meetings tend to resemble nothing so much as hostage negotiations. I’m not going to mention any body in particular - because after a while, they all seem to get to that point.
Mountains of reading material - which, in cynical moments, you are not quite sure if everyone else on the committee/board is actually reading.
The Freedom of Information Act - after a time, it dawns on you that some just think it is how some must think of the FOIA as how a dyslexic views the alphabet, and nothing more.
Arguments that go nowhere - and take forever.
Committee members whose agenda seems to be set not by the higher good, but by what is most convenient.
Intense hunger pangs - especially when meetings go on too long. Which is why I can be seen munching on animal crackers at meetings.
Meetings that go on forever.
Meetings that wildly veer off-topic. After the fall of Fayetteville Open Channel, and the organization still had meetings, even though it didn’t actually have a channel to run, the meetings actually lasted longer than when it did have a channel to run. We didn’t always confine ourselves to FOC matters.
Once - I swear to God - someone started talking about Bosnia.
Trying to educate reporters who don’t really have the time to listen to you, because they have a deadline.
Trying to explain your actions to often irate members of your organization.
The realization that you’ve got a play you’ve been trying to finish, and by god, it’s really a lot more important to you than anything else right now!
It all sort of builds up, until you feel the explosion coming, that wonderful Al Pacino moment from “Dog Day Afternoon” when he paces the sidewalk outside the bank and yells, “Attica! Attica! Attica!”
I think about doing it sometimes, but for two things:
I’m not sure how many would get the reference.
I remember how the movie ended.
On the Air with Abel Tomlinson
On Monday, June 23, (7pm) Abel Tomlinson, the Green Party candidate who apposes GOP congressman John Boozman this November, will will appear as a guest on my show.
Tomlinson, a former columnist for the Arkansas Traveler, chose to enter the race when the Democratic Party failed to field a candidate against Boozman.
Tomlinson, who describes himself as a "Green Democrat," has a website
(http://abelforcongress.com/) where many of the issues he has taken a stand on are discussed.
Monday, June 23 - 7pm
Tuesday, June 24 - noon
Saturday - June 28 - 6pm
Annual Rainbow Pride Service
June 29, 2008 - Annual Rainbow Pride Service, 11:00 am Celebrate diversity and honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning folks and their friends and families. In support of our commitment as a Welcoming Congregation, this service emphasizes the unique worth and dignity of each human being. All are welcome. Children's activities and nursery care provided during the service.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fayetteville, 901 W. Cleveland, 479-521-8422.
Quote of the Day
Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be. - Sydney J. Harris