If this topic has been discussed previously, I apologize, but next week I unfortunately must attend the DC which is being held at the local Assembly Hall. There are benefits to this as I don't have to rent a car or room for myself and family. The downside to this is that it will now be harder to miss segments of the program or an entire day without being scrutinized. When I or the family miss any days at the CA's, we get, "Where were you sitting at yesterday?" or "Where you there today/yesterday?...I didn't see you!!!!". I am so used to the arenas and stadiums where you could dissappear for a while to the bathroom or your car or across the road to a Starbucks or something, but not anymore. Has this been a practice in other cities? Is this the future of all DC's? In one way the WTS saves money, but it seems to me that they lose in another way. So much of the DC's success, in my opinion , is based on the sight of the "large throngs of people streaming to the waters of Jehovah". The average JW gets all excited at seeing 10-20 thousand packed into an arena....(must mean that Jehovah is with us). The assembly hall that I attend holds 3,000 - 4,000 max. Not quite the same emotional and visual effect!