Meeting hell

Our Thursday morning meeting at work was particularly painful today. Imagine being on a conference call in your office and on the other end of the line are half a dozen people sitting around a speaker phone. Everyone is constantly trying to talk over everyone else as it is, but there was a fairly heated discussion going on this morning that made everything even worse than usual. The conversation (if you can call it that) was occasionally punctuated by “fuck this” and “fuck that” coming from one of our louder participants. These calls usually last an hour or so, but ten minutes into this one I knew nothing was going to be accomplished.

The pain is somewhat lessened by the fact that we’re taking a company trip to Louise’s in Old Town for a late lunch and drinks at 4:00 this afternoon, on the company’s dime, natch. I’m sure we can all use a drink or three after that meeting.

I went to the Knitting Factory with Sarai and Nathan for drum’n'bass Tuesday night. The room (the Alterknit Lounge) was a little small, a little dark, and a bit too loud, but overall it was pretty good. Met up with Shok there, and a friend of his whose name escapes me at the moment.

I think I’m going to try to make it out to Produqt this Saturday. I’ve heard good things about it but haven’t been there yet.

Comments

kscaldef says:

boy, did I have to endure way too many meetings like that at my old job. I finally just gave up on constantly asking people to speak up or to get closer to the microphone and did other stuff while the meeting was going on.

kchrist says:

Our problem is just the opposite. We’re lucky if we can get in a few words over their talking, and they’re usually talking much too loud. It’s three of us in Pasadena on our individual desk phones compared with the six or seven of them in a conference room in Atlanta, so we kind of fade into the background. I try to pay attention to everything that’s going on because I’ve been surprised once or twice when someone asks me something directly and I realize I have no idea what they’re talking about.