Wednesday, April 12, 2017
In Denmark, where half of me comes from, we had a tactful way in which to break up a social gathering that adopted an extended life. Lingering guests can test one's patience and kindle a desire to end even the most enjoyable evening, but rather than yawning or bringing out coats, a simple tradition made it into Danish social life: "Skrup af te,".
In plain language, that translates into "get lost tea" and was universally understood as a pleasant, subtle cue to drink up and call it a night.
I don't know if they still practice that little ritual back home, but something equivalent might be needed for Pacifica board meetings, such as last night's melé, called to discuss the serious audit problem, but ending up as another study in deliberate disruption.
I mercifully eliminated about an hour of squibble-squabble, but I left intact the longest, most ignored call for adjournment in recent Pacifica mistory.Breaking up is hard to do...