January 6, 2005

Shock, Awe...and Meetings

Before I embark on whatever it is I'll end up posting today (see, even I don't know yet), let me first say that I'm amazed by the turnout for Delurking Day. That's frickin' amazing, people. I am, as always, awed and humbled. Special thanks to Sheryl for the fantastic idea. Of course, I wasn't able to fully participate since I had meetings all day long...

Meetings are really horrible things in general. These specific meetings though? You haven't lived until you've sat through one of these. I actually started to take some personal notes, figuring that all this would make for a good blog entry (it won't).

3:30 PM: Ok. We're all here. Lets get this mutha on!
3:32 PM: Oh good lord. Obligatory weekend/holiday talk. Hate. Small. Talk.
3:45 PM: Yay! Substance!
3:46 PM: Things must sound better if you tack the words 'center' or 'system' to the end.
3:58 PM: I enjoy talking about flowcharts. I'm not bored at all. Nope. Not at all.
4:02 PM: I was wondering when we were going to start talking about fishing.
4:06 PM: Why, precisely, do I have Yellow Submarine running through my head? Better yet, why was Ringo Starr in a dream of mine last night?
4:08 PM: Nod...nod like you agree. Don't forget to nod every once in a while.
4:15 PM: I need to shine my shoes.
4:16 PM: Wow...he needs to shine his shoes too.
4:17 PM: It would be so cool to see the look on everyone's faces if I could make my head rotate 360 degrees right now.
4:30 PM: We all live in a yellow submarine...a yellow submarine...

I stopped there. I was just boring myself much like I've just bored you. Just imagine if you had to sit through an hour and a half more of that.

So, if I didn't visit you on Delurking Day, I'll be around soon, I promise. As you can see I had other, much more pointless things to do.

Posted by Chris at January 6, 2005 8:04 AM

So I'm a day late for delurking day - procrastination is my middle name! Anyhoo, I totally relate to your feelings about meetings, the only thing I enjoy more are conference calls, where even less gets accomplished - at least no one can tell if you're checking email or napping. Currently I have the privilege of being on a government "task force" that has conference calls every friday from 3 til whenever we finish. Hint, it's not 4:30 when I'm supposed to go home. We could get done on time if we didn't have the obligatory 30 min discussion of snow. Snow! In New England! In January! Can you believe it?
PS Love your site!

Posted by: Suzie at January 6, 2005 8:11 AM

That's something I do NOT miss about being in corporate America. I still loved Meeting-Bingo. You know the game: you get to cross off a square when some corporate person uses a word or phrase that probably isn't even in the dictionary.

Posted by: alektra at January 6, 2005 8:59 AM

I love the meetings where I have zero input, zero knowledge about the topic, and people there have zero respect for anything I have to say. I get to sit at the end of the table, feverishly taking notes and trying to look earnest, interested, and very intense.

Posted by: Jon in Michigan at January 6, 2005 9:02 AM

thanks for the email & the comment... my delurking day was a bust! you were the only non-lurking commenter... i need more traffic. but then again i need to redesign my website as well... i have my domain of angelsellars.com which is under construction & actually getting worked on now, but neangel needs a new face lift too, something cleaner. dammit i need ms frontpage again... i hate working only on code in notepad...

any suggestions on a design or style?

Posted by: angel at January 6, 2005 9:25 AM

Ahh. Meetings and small talk. I do not miss those things, now that I am not working any longer.

Ringo Starr in your dream? I think you've got some issues...

Posted by: Jade at January 6, 2005 9:52 AM

oh, that sounds like watching paint dry.

at least with paint you get fumes.

Posted by: Jenny at January 6, 2005 9:58 AM

Hope your day is a little less boring today.

Posted by: Amber at January 6, 2005 10:02 AM

hope your meetings run to a different soundtrack today... and try not to repeat my classic performance of saying "why the hell am i in this meeting anyway?" OUT LOUD in the middle of one of yours.

i feel honored that you de-lurked your non-lurking self at my place!

Posted by: monique at January 6, 2005 10:16 AM

Hey... before Christmas I had to sit through 2 full days of teachers confrences.

In Swedish.

And when listening to another language you are still learning, you can only take about 2 hours of it. But 2 full days?

Don't ask me how I didn't break down into tears that whole time. God it was awful.

Posted by: Tjej at January 6, 2005 10:58 AM

Arggg, the meetings. I always look around the conference room and wonder how many people are NOT paying attention. And then I'm amazed at some of the stuff I space off about when I'm having to meet with my manager. And then you start to worry that you'll be held responsible for this information, so you try to start paying attention midway through, but it is all so futile. No use even trying.

Posted by: smartjuice at January 6, 2005 11:08 AM

Well, that's EXACTLY how meetings are for me too! Only usually It's A Small World is running through my head (or some other Disney tune) and I'm noticing things like people's teeth need cleaning or their breath stinks because I can smell it from across the conference table, or some other nonsense. Or? The meeting is held in my office with someone who has really horribly bad BO.

Posted by: Queen of Ass at January 6, 2005 11:15 AM

Arghh! I have that song stuck in my head now, you evil man! ;)
My De-Lurking Day was also a bust. I appreciate that you stopped by, but obviously I don't have many readers. That's okay though since I haven't been blogging long. My goal is to get as many as you. Guess that means I need to be funnier...or at least more interesting.

Posted by: Kitty at January 6, 2005 11:32 AM

That's ok, I managed to be out sick for delurking day, so I didn't know a thing about it until late last night. Now I have an excuse to wait months before delurking on anyone's site!

Posted by: Kerry at January 6, 2005 11:47 AM

Ringo Starr was in a dream of yours last night?? I had the entire band the rolling stones in my dream last night...and you think having yellow submarine stuck in your head is bad??? I have this song stuck in my head...and I don't even know all the lyrics which is even more annoying:

What's new pussycat? Woah woah...

Annoying much? Hell yes! Get that damn cat out of my head!!!!

Posted by: Amy at January 6, 2005 12:13 PM

OMG you are LIKE sooooo popular. 101, I'm so jealous. Can you teach me to be cool?

Posted by: Jazzy at January 6, 2005 12:15 PM

Hehehe - I have to endure a similar meeting every Tuesday - and since it is a scientific research facility there is usage of "system" and lovely props such as Gant charts... Fun fun. I look at it as a few hours to hide behind my laptop and read blogs.. :)

Hope you and Beth had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I have lots of reading to do to catch up after vacation.


Posted by: Sabine at January 6, 2005 12:19 PM

oof. meetings. The staring at the shoes technique is also good for avoiding answering the inevitable "who wants to take on this project/task that sucks?" question...followed by silence that comes at so many meetings...Looking at your shoes really works...or picking imaginary lint off your pants, sudden itch on the calf...whatever it takes to avoid the dog project...:)

Posted by: Sue at January 6, 2005 1:22 PM

(((wave))) coming in a day late. I am making blog rounds...

How do you close comments after 21 days??

Posted by: Rachel in AZ at January 6, 2005 1:48 PM

thanks alot.

After two days of What's New Pussycat and visions of Santa in a red speedo dancing through my head because of that damn Special K commercial now I have...

We all live in a Yellow Submarine--the MUPPETS version dancing through my head...

OH, and? I love edamame.

Posted by: amy at January 6, 2005 1:58 PM

oh and wearing my purple boots today. I should go to a meeting so that other meeting goers can gaze upon their complete fabulosity.

Posted by: amy at January 6, 2005 1:59 PM

Meetings suck, I can't look like I'm focused for too long.

Posted by: Carla at January 6, 2005 5:11 PM

Sorry...missed delurking day. So, Happy must-see-TV day. :-D

Posted by: Ginny at January 6, 2005 6:28 PM

i've come to a conclusion: you attend too many meetings. sneak out. :)

Posted by: tiffanie at January 6, 2005 10:44 PM

For some reason (possibly because we were bored) during a class in the sixth grade, our whole class decided we should stand on top of our desks and sing "Yellow Submarine".

Posted by: jen at January 7, 2005 4:59 PM