Friday, January 25, 2013
Next on the Agenda....
"Hello, my name is Adrienne."
"Hi I'm Alan." we shook hands.
"How long do these meetings usually last?" Adrienne asked.
"Too long. Way too long." I replied.
Adrienne looked down at the agenda in front of her, and rolled her eyes, "Oh my, it seems that I am scheduled to go last."
We all stood up for the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a short thirty minute talk by the president of the association. Next up was the police chief who read some dry statistics to justify his job, and then gave us all a lecture on locking our doors, cars, and chastity belts. This was followed by a Q&A.
"Chief, my car doors don't lock. Do you think that could be a problem?"
"Chief, on our block we have.... (ten minutes later she gets to the point of her question) ...so how come there are no street lights on our block?"
"Chief, do you have a good way to prevent my psoriasis from flaring up?"
An hour later it was time for the Librarian to speak. Mercifully, he only spoke for a half an hour, but this was followed by another Q&A.
"Mr. Librarian, can I borrow books from the library?"
"Mr. Librarian, I missed the first two seasons of Downton Abbey. Will I be able to watch those first two seasons at the library?" (that one I did not make up)
On and on the questions came.
"Sir, can we get speed bumps on our street?"
The answer was no, not from the man who runs the library. The problem was that some of the people weren't paying any attention, and didn't even notice that the police chief had left and this was the librarian. Unfortunately those who didn't pay attention were the ones who heard him ask if there were any questions.
Two hours into it I had, had enough. I quietly got out of my seat, and made my way out of the meeting. As I slipped out the side door, I looked back towards Adrienne. She was slumped over in her chair with drool dangling from the side of her mouth. From the front of the meeting room I heard the association president announce, "And now here is Adrienne from the historical society to tell us all about the scavenger hunt on Saturday."