1:25 p.m. MDT

I just got up and walked around the hall. It’s less than half full, but there’s a steady stream of people coming into the hall. I stopped to talk with some people I know. “We didn’t hurry our lunch,” they admitted, knowing that all the candidates speaking today were running in uncontested elections. But they came.

And as I walked around, I saw that nearly everyone was really paying attention. I didn’t even see anyone knitting. Democracy at work: people paying attention even during the less-than-exciting bits.

1:11 p.m. MDT

The candidates are making funny and brief statements. But as I look around, half of the delegates I see are reading their program books.

1:02 p.m. MDT

The hall is still more than half empty. There wasn’t much time for delegates to have lunch today… or maybe people just aren’t interested in the non-contested elections for UUA committees and Board slots.

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  1. Bobbie Sproat

    Sorry to be picking on a minor point in your blogging, but I have to object to “…nearly everyone was really paying attention. I didn’t even see anyone knitting.”

    Many knitters, myself included, find they concentrate and listen better when they’re knitting. It’s an annoying throwback, to assume that knitters can’t/don’t pay attention. Just because we like to keep our hands busy doesn’t mean we can’t use our ears and our brains at the same time.

  2. Dan Harper

    Hi Bobbie Sproat — As someone who can’t sit still during meetings, I’m a big supporter of people knitting during meetings. What amazed me is that everyone I could see was so intently involved that they had no attention left over for anything else. It was unusual enough that I felt I should mention it.


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