Point/Counterpoint

Point/Counterpoint

October 20, 2011

Journal, Uncategorized

The Nebraska (Lutheran) District Educator’s conference is happening now, and I attended the Thursday afternoon sessions. ‘Yay!’ for not being at work for a little bit! ‘Booooooo’ for my truck having some serious hysterics on the way into Lincoln. I called Lloyd while I was on the road and said, “If I am not at the keynote, you drive out here and find me.” He called around for a shop where we could take it, we met there, and he drove me to the conference. (We’ll know what’s wrong with it tomorrow.)

We came in a little late for the keynote (by none other than Mark Rockenbach, an old college friend who did a great job), so we sat in the back.

I discovered something about Lloyd: Not only is he a Movie Talker, he is a Conference Talker – the lowest form of humanity in my opinion. We had a good argument about it in the car, as he thinks that he is well within his rights since we sat in the back. We’ve decided to hash it out here.

Lauren (Point): People who talk during conferences should be shot in the head. It is insanely rude and they always think they are talking quietly enough that no one notices. Guess what? People do notice, and I am always sitting by the talkers and get grouped into the offended party’s disapproving glances. I desperately want to mouth, “I’m not talking! I’m not a Conference Talker! Do you have a gun?”

Your counterpoint, sir?

Lloyd (Counterpoint): Shhhhhh… I’m watching the Cardinals now.

Lauren: I win.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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10 Responses to “Point/Counterpoint”

  1. Brad Said on:

    I don’t talk during movies. I haven’t been to a conference in four years, so I don’t really remember what I do during conference speeches.

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  2. Lauren's dad Said on:

    I confess, I was a conference talker, and Mom (dare I say, rightly so?) chewed me out for it.

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  3. Peggy Said on:

    Really? Lloyd is a movie talker? I take him more for the guy who gets the nerve up to tell the talkers to Hush!

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    • Lloyd Said on:

      In my defense, most of the movies that I see are on Bad Movie Night, and there are only 4 people in the theater who are not in our group. A few times we’ve been the only people in the theater.

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  4. Lloyd Said on:

    Counter-Point aside for the moment, teachers are the absolute worst people in the world for talking when they are not suppose to. We all have this well developed sense that what we want to say is more important than whatever is going on around us.

    It makes sense, because in our classes, the things that we want to say are really important for the class to hear.

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  5. Lauren's dad Said on:

    I beg to differ; preachers are the absolute worst for talking when they are not supposed to.

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  6. Michelle Said on:

    I agree — teachers are the worst at talking at conferences! I dread conferences sometimes for the very reason that I will inevitably be annoyed by the extraneous talking.

    I was at this conference, too, and there were some great speakers. You know, from the parts that I heard. 🙂

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