Happy Friday to all!
I haven't been to a meeting for maybe 10 years. I only know what's happening nowadays from the experiences I read here or the Internet in general.
Anyway, on to the topic: I started attending meetings at the age of 7. As a kid, the only thing I looked forward to at the assemblies (Circuit/District) was walking around Veteran's Stadium (Philadelphia District Convention) during intermission, hanging with friends, looking at girls (as I got a little older) and trying to have enough tickets to get pizza!
After intermission, I looked forward to sleeping. Fortunately, I had a cool mom, unlike my friends. Man, if they dozed off, they would get plucked hard on the head by their parents.
At the DCs, I also looked forward to the drama, as it was the only thing "spiritually" that interested me.
At the CAs, I only looked forward to pizza and lemon-lime Shasta.
Then, one day pizza was off the menu and Shasta was replaced by Vess (the billion bubble beverage).
Eventually, to save money, the WTBTS decided to have everyone BYO food (making like the decision was to benefit the people). They also tied to this the "rule": Do not go to public vendors and buy your lunch. Bring your own! Me thinks this was because, if you spend money on food, you will donate less to the Society.
As an adult, I never looked foraward to any convention or assembly...I only looked forward to eating out afterward.
After waking up to TTATT, I loathed the assemblies! I hated everything about them, from the brothers walking around with the 'Quiet please' and 'Please be seated' signs to the pioneers sitting by the cash boxes to the echoes of the brothers' voices giving the talks (Hello...hello...Please open-pen-pen your bibles to-to-to...) to the haughty way they changed their voices during talks to the parking lot attendants to the demonstrations to the final prayer. I HATED IT ALL!
And what about you? How high was your level of annoyance when you were "in" (but out)?
How about those of you still "in" but awake? Are you losing your mind yet?