There are two things that I like to avoid – smoking and meetings – although I am
much more averse to the former than the latter.
Smoking and meeting do have some things in common.
Smoking involves blowing a lot of hot smoke while meetings sometimes involve blowing
a lot of hot air. Generally, the person who generates the hot smoke or the hot air
has a reduction in internal tension while the persons on the receiving end of the
smoke or the hot air experience an increase in blood pressure.
The holder of the cigarette or the gavel (or the person doing the talking in the
absence of a gavel) holds the others captive with their oral outpouring (in most
cases). The non-smoking audience in the majority of instances and the non-speakers
in some meetings wish the emitter and the effluence would find an alternate venue
Due to restrictions on smoking and smokers in many public places, smoking has become
less of a social event and more of an individual activity. Outside many offices,
smokers stand at certain locations occasionally in small congregations but in many
cases in solitary isolation puffing away on the tobacco weed.
Meetings generally involve more than one person and general meetings always involve
many persons in general. Meetings very rarely involve just one person. A person
booking a conference room to work undisturbed might be classified as a one person
meeting. These types of meetings are the most productive, in my humble opinion,
and there is almost always unanimous support from the participant for the person
conducting the meeting.