On my left was my son. That was the good side. On my right was a guy with a camera so large I am not sure I would have been able to lift it to take a picture. He was clearly taking photos to include in some kind of publication. His gigantic camera was attached to his phone in a way I didn't quite understand, and every time he took a picture he entered something in his phone. He took a lot of pictures.
That camera spent a large part of the evening parked within 10 centimetres of my right ear. Not only was it huge, it was also loud. And very, very annoying. If it had just been the camera I might have been able avoid feeling cross. Unfortunately this guy felt the need to fill every moment he wasn't taking pictures with snide remarks. So much for respect.
Added to that was the noxious scent some debate attendee was wearing. I have an aversion to strong scents, and this one was particularly offensive. As the evening wore on my head began to feel like it might explode, and it wasn't from the weighty topic being debated.
The final Q&A period was also annoying. The point of a Q&A is to ask a question and get an answer. Without exception every person who went up to the mike felt it their duty to make a speech of some kind, try to push their own agenda, or ridicule their supposed foe. Even when the moderator would ask them to pose a question they seemed to have a hard time doing so. In my book it is not really a question if it includes a three minute preamble.
I know. I really shouldn't go out after 6:00 PM. It just isn't my time of the day. The one redeeming feature of the evening was I got a lot knit on my current sock project. The camera guy sitting next to me probably didn't realize it, but it was a good thing for him too as it was the only thing that kept me from reaching over and slapping him. Okay, I might not have really ever slapped him, but it kept me from thinking I might like to.
Here are my Zauberball Crazy socks, hot off the needles. It took four tries to get a good picture. I will include all four so you can see why it was so hard.
|Sock attack from the right|
|Sock attack from the left|