If You Do A Lot of THIS... Don.t Expect A Lot of THAT... 😮❗  

Paulxx001 64M
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4/15/2021 10:45 am

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If You Do A Lot of THIS... Don.t Expect A Lot of THAT... 😮❗

Ever have to deal with methodical, plodding, detail-oriented — 'don't see the big picture' — people whose goal (seemingly) is to blather and prove how smart they are?

The meeting started late because HE (our Chairman Richard) wanted to wait until EVERYONE was in the boardroom and seated — even though we'd had a quorum for over half an hour. George and Irena were tardy; no one wondered why. Richard glared at them and went through roll call, although THAT was redundant; some of us sighed.

He refused to acknowledge a motion to approve the previous meeting's minutes; two extracts were missing from our copies. Instead of reviewing the missing pages, he insisted on reading all eight — just in CASE, there were other omissions.

Before we could vote on accepting the minutes, Dottie left the room to answer an emergency call from her ; and Bill and Steve were summoned to put out a 'fire' with their TOP . We still had a quorum, but rather than vote, the chairman, waited for all of them to return — which they did, about six or seven minutes later.

After the vote, he read the agenda line by fricken line, despite the fact it was the same plan we'd had for the previous six months — with one new addition.

Finally, we got to the meeting's main item. Richard got up and used his 'privilege' to share with everyone a lengthy article he'd read — in The Globe and Mail — but unfortunately, he couldn't recall the intricate details of what the author's conclusions were. We all looked at each other around that giant table and just rolled our fucking eyes.

At that moment, Dottie got called back to the phone with her , and Mike — from Marketing — walked into our room to remind us that THEY had it booked for one o'clock and we were already five minutes late.

David quickly motioned to adjourn the meeting, I seconded the motion, a flurry of hands flew in the air, and we zoomed out of that bunker in seconds, all except one embittered chairman. Richard stood there with a puzzled look on his face. "Who seconded that motion?" he squawked after us.

I turned and watched as Mike casually sat down, looked up at him and grinned, then tapped an up-tempo Latin rhythm on that polished oak table.

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*Note:I dare ANYONE to write a piece about blathering and not get paranoid about blathering. lol 😂
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We met for a coffee in the cafeteria after the meeting; it was 'casual Friday'.


Paulxx001 64M
19191 posts
4/15/2021 10:46 am

I'm generally not patient with people who blather. Why take a hundred words to make a point if you can convey it in ten?
'Less is more.' — 1947 architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

I'm not perfect. I'll watch someone's expression for a clue that I've reached their quota on a topic in which I'm passionate. Would they tell me? 🤔 I hope so.


Paulxx001 64M
19191 posts
4/15/2021 10:46 am

Perhaps it's as simple as the relationship between you and the person you're speaking with and the tolerance you expect from each other — especially with online sites like THIS one. 🤔

What are someone's chances of attracting a member of the opposite sex, if you go on and on... and on? lol 😂 😮


smartasswoman 63F  
34325 posts
4/15/2021 11:03 am

I definitely do not miss meetings!!


author51 58F
113673 posts
4/15/2021 11:20 am

Seems to be a lot of blathering fools in this world, both in and out of the office my friend..lol. xoxo


LadyLuck2 64F  
9006 posts
4/15/2021 11:48 am

This describes the leadership style and meetings I endured in South Carolina. We were faulted if we were one minute late and if we dared to roll our eyes...

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benard69 63M/63F  
5856 posts
4/15/2021 12:15 pm

Could learn to love Casual Friday...


Dom__1964 56M
42 posts
4/15/2021 12:44 pm

Oh I loved meetings. In particular watching the habitual sleepers. In awe at their ability to snore but yet keep their balance and remain upright on a chair.
Wake in fright, quickly looking around thinking no-one noticed.

And then ofcourse you had the fighter, you'd see his eyes close a little but woken by speakers voice, but a few seconds later the eyes start closing again, awoken again, but alas his eyes close and his head rests on the boardroom table, out for the count.


hardguy0051 69M
358 posts
4/15/2021 1:39 pm

That's why I agreed to be president of a local club-- I HATE unnecessarily long meetings with a passion. I keep it moving until our business is done, and if people want to hang around afterwards and bullshit, that's cool.

The hardest part is telling your friends to shut up or get back on topic.


Paulxx001 64M
19191 posts
4/15/2021 1:39 pm

Omg, neither do I. I learned, after a while, to keep my mouth shut and not complain. Then again, I ran some of those meetings and I put myself in everyone else's shoes.
I kept looking at them wondering; Do they think I'm a blathering idiot?

I tried to keep things light. I can't imagine YOU sitting there quietly. lol 😂 😮


Paulxx001 64M
19191 posts
4/15/2021 1:41 pm

    Quoting author51:
    Seems to be a lot of blathering fools in this world, both in and out of the office my friend..lol. xoxo
Ya think? 🤔 lol 😂
Oh, I'd love to have had you in some of mine, just to see you explode, from time to time.
Might have been fun, no? 🤔 ❗❗😎


Paulxx001 64M
19191 posts
4/15/2021 1:43 pm

    Quoting LadyLuck2:
    This describes the leadership style and meetings I endured in South Carolina. We were faulted if we were one minute late and if we dared to roll our eyes...
Oh, my, gosh... And there was no reasoning with ANY of them.
I can't see you in a meeting WITHOUT expressing your thoughts. Didja ever win one? 🤔 ❗❗😎


Paulxx001 64M
19191 posts
4/15/2021 1:45 pm

    Quoting benard69:
    Could learn to love Casual Friday...
True... lol 😂 The closest we came was one summer, the women got carried away... and went out for lunch, came back hammered and... well... Ah yes, back in the day there were no rules, were there? lol 😂
Hey drop by any time. 🍷🍷😎


Paulxx001 64M
19191 posts
4/15/2021 1:48 pm

    Quoting Dom__1964:
    Oh I loved meetings. In particular watching the habitual sleepers. In awe at their ability to snore but yet keep their balance and remain upright on a chair.
    Wake in fright, quickly looking around thinking no-one noticed.

    And then ofcourse you had the fighter, you'd see his eyes close a little but woken by speakers voice, but a few seconds later the eyes start closing again, awoken again, but alas his eyes close and his head rests on the boardroom table, out for the count.
I'm laughing — so true. My entertainment was to watch those people. Ahh, meetings. Do you still go to any? 🤔
Thanks for popping in. Drop by any time. 😎❗


justskin1 69M
12193 posts
4/15/2021 1:51 pm

I could get to love casual Fridays in the cafeteria pictured. Not sure if even that would be worth the meeting beforehand though.

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DiscreetQuirky 52M  
192 posts
4/15/2021 1:55 pm

I like that last photo of casual Friday. I'd hang out with that crowd.


Paulxx001 64M
19191 posts
4/15/2021 1:58 pm

    Quoting justskin1:
    I could get to love casual Fridays in the cafeteria pictured. Not sure if even that would be worth the meeting beforehand though.
Lol... True about that. Ever hear or read about these offices going all naked? They say that it improves productivity.
I don't know about that. Lol 😂
Thanks for popping in. Hey it's almost Friday — cheers. 🍷 🍷 😎


backpocket13 47M
8962 posts
4/15/2021 2:20 pm

Hey Paul,
........When I was a younger man working in dive bars and saloons, the Staff Meetings were Always a Drag!.........Hungover and Angry was always the flavor of the day!.........
Sinfully Yours, backpocket13


Paulxx001 64M
19191 posts
4/15/2021 2:51 pm

    Quoting hardguy0051:
    That's why I agreed to be president of a local club-- I HATE unnecessarily long meetings with a passion. I keep it moving until our business is done, and if people want to hang around afterwards and bullshit, that's cool.

    The hardest part is telling your friends to shut up or get back on topic.
True. If I'm in charge of the meeting, things move along quickly. But at least with friends, you can speak to them without hurting their feelings.
I get what you mean. And there are those who hang around meetings for hours after their done... been there. lol 😂
Someone pulled out a bottle of something and you know how THAT went. 😶
Drop by any time. ❗❗😎


Paulxx001 64M
19191 posts
4/15/2021 4:11 pm

    Quoting backpocket13:
    Hey Paul,
    ........When I was a younger man working in dive bars and saloons, the Staff Meetings were Always a Drag!.........Hungover and Angry was always the flavor of the day!.........
    Sinfully Yours, backpocket13
Ooo... hangover and meetings — a deadly combination. Ugh... I'm shivering just thinking about it. lol 😂
Yep, been there. ❗❗🍷🍷😎


NewPearl 98F
320 posts
4/15/2021 5:22 pm

I hate meetings! But then again, I never met a sane person who enjoyed them.
Casual Friday meeting looks good!

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mc_justmc 60M  
6584 posts
4/15/2021 7:11 pm

I miss our monthly meetings. They were off-site and usually catered. I think they were an excuse for us to all fuck off on the clock. Everything we covered could have been covered in a memo.


hippiechick1967 56F
12902 posts
4/15/2021 7:16 pm

I was on the board of the local library for 3 years and the torturous meetings took 3 hours every month. I had it down to 90 minutes- 2 hours before I left but I'm sure it went back to 3 as soon as I did. Man, those people LOVED spending all that time and I just couldn't understand it.

Elevate me...


scoupe42 57M  
10993 posts
4/15/2021 7:57 pm

I do agree meetings suck, and long winded people do too!


Paulxx001 64M
19191 posts
4/15/2021 10:15 pm

    Quoting NewPearl:
    I hate meetings! But then again, I never met a sane person who enjoyed them.
    Casual Friday meeting looks good!
THAT type of casual Friday certainly looks interesting.
Ya think you'd have the nerve? 🤔 ❗❗😎


Paulxx001 64M
19191 posts
4/15/2021 10:18 pm

    Quoting DiscreetQuirky:
    I like that last photo of casual Friday. I'd hang out with that crowd.
Lol 😂 👍 That's always a fear. There's one time you'd WANT to hang out and STAND out in the crowd. Hmmm...
Ya think you'd have the balls to try? 🤔
Thanks for dropping by. Stop in any time! 👍 😎


Paulxx001 64M
19191 posts
4/15/2021 10:20 pm

    Quoting mc_justmc:
    I miss our monthly meetings. They were off-site and usually catered. I think they were an excuse for us to all fuck off on the clock. Everything we covered could have been covered in a memo.
Oh yeah, those catered off-site ones were worthy. Bonding and binging always worked out. Yep... those are the ones I miss.
Thanks for the reminder. ❗❗😎


Paulxx001 64M
19191 posts
4/15/2021 10:23 pm

    Quoting hippiechick1967:
    I was on the board of the local library for 3 years and the torturous meetings took 3 hours every month. I had it down to 90 minutes- 2 hours before I left but I'm sure it went back to 3 as soon as I did. Man, those people LOVED spending all that time and I just couldn't understand it.
OMG... librarians. I'll bet their two cents turned into a couple of well expressed bucks when each of them was done.
Three hours, seriously? 🤔
Wow... I guess there was a bathroom break or two?
What do librarians discuss? 🤔
Just curious... 🍷🍷😎


Paulxx001 64M
19191 posts
4/15/2021 10:26 pm

    Quoting scoupe42:
    I do agree meetings suck, and long winded people do too!
Like people here have mentioned ; if the meeting was catered — they were tolerable.
Long-winded is another story. Ugh... I know a few of THOSE who occupied a lot of our time.
So... I'll get you could get into those casual Fridays I pictured, right? 😮 lol 😂 ❗❗😎


TicklePlease 53F  
13340 posts
4/16/2021 4:44 am

Without the striped shirt I was having a hard time identifying Waldo in the casual friday meeting picture... fortunately his hat gave him away!

I still remember the manager I had who would email a "pre-meeting" information sheet with multiple paragraphs and topics... and then just READ IT during the meeting!


Paulxx001 64M
19191 posts
4/16/2021 7:47 am

    Quoting TicklePlease:
    Without the striped shirt I was having a hard time identifying Waldo in the casual friday meeting picture... fortunately his hat gave him away!

    I still remember the manager I had who would email a "pre-meeting" information sheet with multiple paragraphs and topics... and then just READ IT during the meeting!
Waldo? lol 😂... True.... I had to go back and look. 👍
Everyone has their nightmares and memorable ones to recall, right?
My favorites were those held in restaurants where we could summon the waiter for more drinks, as the presentations were being made. lol 😂
The long ones were a death sentence.
So he'd read them, huh? Good one!,, ❗ ❗ 😎


PonyGirl1965 55F
15521 posts
4/17/2021 12:42 am

I bet those stools are cold on their hineys!


Paulxx001 64M
19191 posts
4/17/2021 5:43 am

    Quoting PonyGirl1965:
    I bet those stools are cold on their hineys!
Cold and uncomfortable? 🤔 lol 😂
I don't think I'd go for naked Fridays, you? ❗❗😎


wolfen608 69M
6 posts
4/19/2021 7:19 am

Love 'Casual Friday'....


Paulxx001 64M
19191 posts
4/19/2021 7:36 am

If it was as easy as that. lol 😂 Drop by any time. ❗❗


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