Just had a "head-slap" moment reading about WT Wizard's "hounders". BTW, I've always loved that term of yours WT Wizard. But I just now "got" a bit more of your personal ex-JW lexicon when you wrote this:
I know it's a matter of time before the hounder-hounder is going to dredge up that card and get the hounders to do their jobs.
Hounder = Elder
Hounder Hounder = C.O.
(and I'm guessing on this)
Hounder Hounder Hounder = D.O.
and so on?
I love it!
Anyway, I went through a period in my younger days of being almost a non-JW. During that time I did not want to be "hounded" whatsoever. I wanted to be left alone to figure things out on my own. As a result, when I finally got an elder hat many years later, I would RARELY call publishers under the guise of "to see how they were doing" when in actuality I was just being a Borg truant officer.
If a fairly regular meeting attender abruptly missed say 3 or 4 meetings in a row, AND they were in my book study, OR they were a close friend, I would give them a call out of genuine concern. Also, if I KNEW they were sick or injured or going through some other trauma and I thought they would APPRECIATE me giving them a call, I would. Otherwise, I was a Bad Elder by Borg standards. I'm sure many folks liked that about me. In fact, some have told me as much. Others may have wanted more calls. But it just wasn't in me.
There you have it.
(of the, never was a very "GOOD" elder, class)