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There’s Always One…

Have you ever been compelled to sit through question and answer session on completion of an interesting lecture; the closure being prolonged by some egocentric type who loves to hear himself talk? So it was for me the other evening. 

There’s always one and I clocked him straight away; sitting in the front row of the auditorium. I was three rows behind him and I could see his twitching shoulders and his hand being raised every few minutes to interrupt with his banal questions…”Would the learned Professor agree with me that…?” or “I’m sure the professor will accept that my…? or  “The house, I feel assured, will support my opinion that…?” 

The lecturer, after the twit’s fourth intervention to get some meanless point across, attempted to ignore him. I could see his eyes desperately searching the audience in the hope of finding a less bothersome questioner. It was not to be. The pompous fool persisted on being heard, even standing up and waving his arms to catch the speaker’s attention. 

By now the majority of the audience was suffering along with the professor and murmurs of discontent, including mine, were being expressed. Obviously, not wanting in any way to be discourteous following what had been an excellently presented lecture, by leaving before the end; some began barracking the intruder. 

The lecturer called for last questions and finding no other volunteers, he had no choice but to listen to another of the conceited man’s, hairbrained opinions. These, in order to bring the evening to a satisfying end, he destroyed with alacrity. 

He then gracefully thanked us all for our presence before addressing the conceited bore personally, “Sir, if I may say so, you amaze me. The opinions which you have expressed this evening are some of the most idiotic ones I have ever heard. I believe everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to them. I award you no points.”

The applause was loud and long.

About bbryanthomas

Not so young man about town who, having witnessed and enjoyed life, is presently having fun, writing about those by-gone times and life in general.

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This entry was posted on January 8, 2020 by in Non-fiction, Opinion, Philosophy and tagged , .
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