Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Post 3270 - Wednesday

Is it Thursday yet?


It's only Wednesday.


The new Frank Magazine would have hit the stands today. It contains my first new column in 7 months. I eagerly anticipate Mike Cranston's feedback on it. Will he still find it to be "the personification of mind-numbing boredom", or will he perhaps not like it? I look forward to finding out.

I am making some progress on the secret project. And I pitched another project today, which may also go forward. Busy times, if these all happen.

I think the highlight for me today was my Toastmasters meeting. We had our club officer elections. They went, until the very end, when we had nominations for club president. I was nominated, and the nomination was seconded. People said nice things about me. And... I declined the nomination.

I was chairing that part of the meeting. I asked someone to take over the chair from me. Once recognized by the fill-in chair person, I nominated a long-standing female member. That nomination was seconded, and nomination speeches were welcomed. I praised her virtues, exclaimed hosannas from the highest, spoke mighty platitudes, all in an effort to persuade her to accept the nomination. Others followed suit.

She declined the nomination, too.

Undaunted, I nominated another woman in the club. Similar nice things were said.

Guess what? She declined the nomination.

Three up. Three down. I resumed the chair from Ryan. I said I would accept a nomination for the existing President. Such a nomination was made, and accepted. Nominations closed.

With some embarrassment, saying that he was the fourth in line, he accepted the nomination, and will be our president for the upcoming TM year, which commences on July 1st.

The elections took nearly a full hour this evening, but the time flew by. All the to'ing and fro'ing, the back and forth, the wheeling and dealing. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed an election cycle so much.

I joined TM nearly 25 years ago. When I explain what we do, I become bored, and I can only imagine how many people I have driven away from TM over the years. I joined to develop my public speaking skills. I have stayed because it is a social thing for us. We have fun. We often laugh our arses off. And as a happy by-product, we have have learned to speak more gooder in public.

Fun times. Next meeting is not for two weeks. I look forward to it.

See you tomorrow, my lovelies.


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