If there were a constitutional amendment barring meetings lasting more than one hour in the workplace, I am convinced productivity would soar. The meeting is like lip-synching in church; it's the way to appear like you're doing something useful when by and large you're not actually doing anything.
My hatred for meetings is now at an all-time high, thanks to one today lasting from 10 to 7, including, inconveniently, the hours from 3 to 5 p.m., when the US national team will be taking on Mexico's eleven (plus another 100,000 fans or so). My suggestions to make the lunch hour coincide with the game were brushed off without serious consideration. For what it's worth, the Americans seemed calm and collected in the coverage I've seen, while el Tri seems a bit jumpy. But maybe that's a product of pressure; if Mexico loses today, a three-spot in Concacaf qualifying will be very tough to snag. If the US loses, first place might be unlikely, but they are still going to South Africa.