Food for thought
After the members of a municipal committee decided they didn't need to "overthink" an issue, they moved on. Shortly thereafter, the discussion returned to the issue with a vengeance. The chairman decided the issue with the following monologue: "Are we overthinking this? Probably not. Let's overthink it." Later, much too late, he said, "Let's not muck this up any more than we have to."
Crazy paper game
At the beginning of a local commission meeting, a number of handouts were passed to the members. The four pages were not consecutive, in fact, they came from different sources entirely. So, the page numbers weren't convenient. The time of day (about 7:30 a.m.) must have played a role in the members' abilities. Figuring out who needed what was a comedy of errors. "I need a 61." "You should have two 61s." "We don't have a 59." The chairman of the group got into the spirit and said, "Anybody have any eights?" There was an immediate motion to adjourn the meeting. It failed and the members got down to business.
the best policy
The committee chairman, after hearing a sensible idea from a municipal employee, asked a member of the group, "Are you paying attention?" The answer was a simple, "No."
The members of a committee were trying to decide on a definition for use in a revamped ordinance. "'Impervious', for discussion, is truly impervious." Another member raised an objection. "I thought the rule was you can't use the word in the definition."
Hey, that's not
in my job
During a recent meeting, a local group was trying to come up with a name for their forthcoming event. There was some time pressure - one member was planning to put together a flyer right away. He didn't want to run without a title for the event. The reporter in attendance was interested in the name as well. One member, perhaps trying to avoid being put on the spot, turned in an unusual direction - suggesting the members simply wait until a story on the meeting appeared in the Times Observer and use the name of the event listed therein.