August 13, 2003
I have a simple pholosophy about meetings. They should be brief, focused on a subject and controlled by a chairman who keeps people on track. I went to one that was not like that today.
Don't go to meetings. Meetings are run by meeting-people. You just let them encircle you if you attend. Let them find out what you're doing on their own.
Try meetings where women run things. They go on for hours, accomplish almost nothing, and you end up going home with the intention of getting drunk to block the whole thing out.
Hey, maybe that's why I go back. Note to self: Don't block it out!
The thing that used to irritate the living hell out of me in meetings was when we were just about done. We had suffered through hours of this endless, droning shit only to have some fucktard ask a question about something that had been covered in the first 30 minutes.
AAAAA! Why is it not legal to beat your co-workers?
Let me put the opposite of Dilbert out there: How about when you go to a meeting, expecting a 2 hour affair and the leader says "We're done" after 20 minutes and we got a lot done - I like those.
I sat through a meeting in which a bunch of editors and reporters discussed why one of them was having a problem accessing her e-mail problem at home. The final decision? Walk across the fucking room to ask the company tech guy. The main problem was that they were arguing whether the messages were downloaded to her computer all at one, or whether they staryed on the company server until actually delated. As someone who actually sat through a class on networking, I knew the answer, but I literally could not interupt them without shouting. So I say there and doodled on my legal pad.
All of the above is why my BF and I started our own Business! He use to make WAY to much, and me way to little, to deal with all that. Going pretty good so far so can't complain. But still waiting for that nice "VACATION" that I am told I deserve several times a week. Everything I do for work is at home, on the phone, FAX, or running in the car, (in between the picking up the kids and running them here there and everywhere), like every other mom! I did the "Meetings" as a single mom, won't do it again until 8 yr old son is 10 years older! Gawd bless the Moms that do! Please give me positive thoughts that I dont ever have to! But I guess there is always VALIUM
I hate meetings. HATE them. Regardless of an organized chair and/or agenda, there is always an endless supply of twits who canít resist the opportunity to demonstrate how intelligent/articulate/thoughtful/in-tune-with-the-boss they think they are.
Industrial shredders for the lot of them.