Last night, on Boston Legal, William Shatner, playing Denny Crain, an egocentric excentric who got himself into trouble, and then out of it, all in the same episode, said something that expressed my own situation. Earlier yesterday I had substituted as chairman of the resident's committee at the old folks home.
I ran the meeting, not with an iron hand, but with a closed mouth. I let the spouters and the ranters entangle themselves in parlimentry fol-de-rol and sat silently. When they had spewed themselves dry it was quiet. They looked at me and said, "Well, what are you waitin for?"
I said, "Waiting for a motion." Nobody said anything, so I said, "Meeting adjourned." I rolled out. There was a stunned silence, then they exploded. Now everyone talked, and all at once.
"Nothing happened", "We didn't DO anything", "The reason I voted ....". I said, "Don't tell me, the meeting is over."
I am in the doghouse with the residents, and I think it is hilarious. I hid out in my room for the rest of the day. I got more interest in our committee in fifteen minutes than they have shown in five months. And all by being quiet when they expected bluster and words.
William Shatner, speaking as Denny Crain, said, "It's fun being me."