1. Having to sit through 3 of them a week, year after year after year.
2. Talking to the same old faces after every meeting, year after year after year.
3. Tolerating nerdy speakers, often with irritating speech and nasal habits. Many over-emphasing and spending an excessive amount of time on some pet insignificant point and glossing over main points.
4. Quietly fuming at speakers going over time on the service meeting when one is tired and cranky and dying to get home.
5. Cold, draughty Kingdom Halls with the crudest and cheapest heating and airconditioning installed, if any at all.
6. Attendants (beagles) who go opening up all the windows at half time, or sooner, when it's chilly outside and everyone was just starting to feel comfortable.
7. Feeling guilty cause I never bothered to stay behind to vacuum, dust, or clean the bog when it was our bookstudy's turn.
8. Screaming brats, babies, and fidgety obnoxious kids who squirm, move, whinge, and kick my chair through the entire meeting.
9. People constancy whispering and talking to each other thru the meeting.
10. Twerps who habitually turn up 10 minutes late every meeting and insist on sitting up the front.
11. Being bored witless with Watchtower studies on some dull, dry, doctrinal subject, or some touchy feely, lovey-dovey, emotional subject. Counting the paragraphs to see how much torture remains before escaping back home. Doodling, cartooning, or generally daydreaming to ease the stifling boredom. Reading other articles, such as the life experiences to ease the boredom, and feeling guilty about doing so.
12. Hoping no one notices I havn't marked up my watchtower, and even holding my watchtower a certain way to minimise others noticing this.
13. Mean spirited, arrogant Theocratic Ministry School overseers who are over-critical or overly gushy and couldn't recognise a good talk from a bad one, and vice versa.
14. Feeling obligated to answer up at least once every meeting.
15. Sticking my hand up numerous times and being overlooked for some cow sister or smart-ass brother who has already given about 3 answers.
16. Obnoxious, competitive, and oh-so-clever publishers who insist on answering up about a dozen times each meeting
17. Publishers who give a 5 minute talk every time they answer up.
18. Rambling over-blown prayers that go on and on and on and on...until I've nearly fallen asleep standing up.
19. Speakers who ask us to look up all the scriptures with them, even tho we have read half of them a million times before, like John 17: 3 (ad nauseum) and the favourite Hebrews 10: 24 & 25. Feeling a tinge of guilt if one doesn't bother looking up these scriptures every time.
20. Public Talks where one is looking up a scripture every 2 minutes it seems.
21. Listening to some moron brother singing one of the Kingdom Melodies like he thinks he is Pavarotti and is doing everyone a favour by singing louder than everyone else, or hanging on to notes so everyone turns and looks at him in embarrassment.
22. Listening to the boring announcements every week, and the same old convention hotel and seating guidelines etc every year, usually about 6 months before the convention is even due to start.
23. Feeling nervous about being asked to give the prayer.
24. All the anxiety and nervous tension that goes into giving a talk.
25. Standing around to pick up magazines and literature at the desk at the back and being ignored, or some ignorant person standing in front of me chatting away with no heed to others around them.
26. Having to put my hand up for a spare Watchtower should I have forgotten mine.
27. If the brother doesn't invite anyone who hasn't got a Watchtower to put their hand up, having to sit their like a dork hoping someone will kindly lend me one or share with me.
28. Having to share books and publications with some dork who forgot theirs...holding it their for the other person til my hand and arm are so cramped they might fall off.
29. Feeling compelled to just grin and bear some brother or sister who comes up to say hello and who has the most horrific bad breath, or body odour.
30. Trying not to roll your eyes and groan at the dorky young pimply sound attendant who has stuffed up the song, and everyone is standing around waiting for him to get it sorted.
31. Screeling and nerve shattering piercing feedback on the microphones and archaic sound systems.