Wednesday, April 08, 2009

An Insider's Look at the White House

Last night, the Gerald Ford Museum here in Grand Rapids had a program where 3 different ladies who had served as social secretaries in 3 different presidential administrations (Bush Sr., Johnson & Ford) came and spoke.

It was delightful to hear their stories of different things that had happened when they worked at the White House. Such a neat opportunity!

It was marred, however, by the rudest behavior by a couple of women in the back row.

One of the speakers had a very quiet voice. You had to concentrate while she was speaking to be able to hear her. However, it was a small auditorium, and was very possible to understand her. You just had to pay attention.

When she began to speak, a rude woman in the back row called out "Can't Hear!" very loudly. (note that she chose to sit in the BACK ROW ... where it would naturally be hardest to hear.)

The lady gamely tried to carry on speaking, and then the woman, and another sitting next to her, did it AGAIN.

Um ... if you can't hear ... maybe if you would BE QUIET, you would find it easier.

They brought out a different microphone for the lady who was speaking, and it did make her somewhat louder, but every time she forgot to speak directly into the mic, I was afraid rude-women would yell at her again! Certainly gave a really bad impression.

It's not like they had paid a fortune for tickets, and weren't getting their money's worth -- the lecture was free. And it WAS possible to hear ... if a person shut up and concentrated.

It was such trashy behavior, and I'm still irked!

I've noticed this at other gatherings also. Those who don't hear well will almost always sit at the back, and then, if (when) they have trouble hearing, start talking to each other about the fact they can't hear ... thereby guaranteeing they won't EVER be able to hear, nor will anyone else.


Rachel L said...

I love the Ford Museum. Were you in that room next to the miniature White House? I always sit up front in that room to hear the speaker. The last one I heard was George Washington and the same thing happened to us. (My mom and me.) The acoustics might be bad in there, too.

Kristen & Cliff said...

What? Sorry, coundn't hear you. (snicker, snicker, snicker)

Trinka said...


Pastor Brian said...

Hey...been teaching through titus, and thought this would be an encouragement for how to handle those crummy emotions...the story was very similar to my opening illustration on this passage about how I feel when people are blocking the intersection, while sitting directly beneath the sign that says, "please don't block intersection."

Ahhh....if not for the grace of God, we would all be yelling "Can't HEAR!" (or blocking intersections!).

Paul writes in Titus 3:2b-5that we should, " peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men (EVEN THE FOOLISH ONES). 3 For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit."

From a former fool, and slave to my own pleasures.