Ack! This is a filabuster now baby.
This made me laugh way more than I should admit to. My dad used to follow Roberts Rules of Order at the dinner table. It's only as an adult I've begun to realize how STRANGE my family is.
That is very strange, but I see how it would make you think twice about seconds as the food would be cold.
Oh, please, seconds were NOT an option. I could barely have firsts without my mom saying "Are you REALLY going to eat all that?"
Parents back then didn't give a crap about politically correct body image or self-esteem. I remember the Thanksgiving dinner my Mom told the extended family that I needed "husky" jeans as I was too chubby a kid. (LOL) She'd never do that now.
My mom makes up for it now by stuffing me as full of food as she possibly can when I visit her, so I guess it all worked out in the end!
A friend of my mom's accosted me once as I was coming down the stairs only to tell me that my pockets were poking out of my pants - and that it was because i was too fat for them. My mom chimed right in and said, "Yeah, I bought her the husky ones, but see? they're still too small!" And mom always wondered why I hated clothes shopping with her... *boggle*. She'd never do that now, but !!!! I feel your pain!
I remember how "fat" I always was and I look back. I wasn't even obese, just overweight. Back then no one was compared to now though.
My first diet was age 4. Now that's insane.
everytime my family would go to my grandparents house my grandpa would ask my dad if they had enrolled me in fat camp yet.. or taken me to a doctor to see if i had a thyroid problem.. *sigh* i wasn't a fat kid at all, not a stick either.. i had a bit of a belly..
No one ever implied I was overweight, my mom is just ridiculously small and lives on like a pea and a thimbleful of coffee a day. I think she honestly was shocked each and every time I managed to consume, say, an entire taco.
I get so turned on my Roberts Rules of Order
Are you in the PTA? You down with PTA (yeah you know me). I'm down with HOA (as are lots of the homeowning ladies)
Sings "Robert's Rules turned me on and they turned me out,..they dropped the bomb on me."
Edited at 2009-07-10 07:04 pm (UTC)
My brother is a Certified Professional Parliamentarian. ;)
So, you ARE down with CPP?
i've been to many meetings where the person running the meeting is so unprepared, it turns out to be a huge waste of my time. i wish they followed roberts rules! so much more efficient that way
Ugh. Really? Our HOA meetings go on forever and I don't find it helps with efficiency so far.
That might not be the fault of the format... just the fault of the various agendas being pursued.
Hmm. I've noticed that meetings following Robert's Rule unfortunately rely too much on the format and become slow and overly bureaucratic to the point that it is easy to accomplish nothing. I like meetings with objectives and planning, where getting something finished (a common goal) and solving issues that come up is the point and I've found the simple format of having an agenda, and one person who leads the meeting and makes sure that we stick to the agenda until those items are accomplished and ends the meeting on time is far superior to making motions, seconding motions, or moving to table anything. The rules of order do not take into account human nature enough I believe.
and we once again see that a benevolent dictatorship is really, a very enjoyable political system. ;)
I cooperative, kind, and collaborative leader is a very powerful thing. Far better than any set of rules or rotating leadership that I've ever seen so far.
I think the rules were created not to be the BEST system, but to avoid being the worst, in cases where there is no good leader. People who blindly worship it as the BEST possible system just don't really understand the full spectrum of possible meeting styles I think.
LOL.. during our board of director and membership meetings we have to use this and it cracks me up during meetings because everyone is so formal about it.. i have actually seen brokers stand up and say to someone who was too casual about something inform them of the proper ettiquite.
broker stands up.. "You are supposed to say 'second'!" and if the meeting chair doesn't say motion carried and hit the gavel omg.. everyone freaks..
OH! and it even says in our rules and bylaws for our members that we use Roberts Rules of Order..
Yes, lame. No more Roberts Rules for me.
2009-07-13 02:46 am (UTC)