Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Bad plumbing; great meeting
23 October 2014, 3 pm
At my third meeting of the day, someone finds out that Mr Davies used to be a plumber. Actually most of us knew this already, although it is not easy to spot just by looking at him; for example he doesn’t carry a pocketful of washers and I have never seen him with a U-bend in his hand. Also this morning, at home, he broke a whole freezer and a cylinder head gasket, so what kind of plumber is that?
We have already made all the obvious jokes about dealing with cranky old geysers. But today someone offers a new observation, in which the downstream product of a plumbing system become a metaphor for the output from Council meetings. This makes everyone in the room laugh. It is always a good thing if you can turn a serious meeting (which it was) into a bit of a laugh (which it is now), because while people are laughing you can get them to agree to practically anything (which they do). It is only afterwards that you realise that you also agreed to practically everything. But you don’t mind because the thought of it sets you off laughing again.
This is How to do Business, VeePee-style. I have no idea what I have agreed to on CIPA’s behalf but I have been enjoying myself immensely.