Don’t Got to a Sierra Club Meeting…

…unless you’re wearing heavily cushioned underwear.

At a meeting today with a TV producer that’s going to start using some of my shots, I found out that Asheville Green Drinks was meeting jointly with the Asheville Sierra Club. I was told the meeting would happen at the Unitarian Universalist Church and would start at 7pm.

Well, 7pm came and the social half-hour started. Some fancy types of tea, some conversation and lots of what I call “air-kisses”. Who said the social half-hour had to last 30 minutes. By the time 15 minutes had passed, most of the meeting participants had already finished off their tea, kissed the air several dozen times and found a seat while they waited for the evening’s program to start.

Did I say they waited…and waited…and waited?

Finally, when it was obvious to everyone — except the people running the meeting – that people were getting bored and restless, the meeting began.

No, that’s not accurate. The preliminaries started. Yah, that’s better.

Twenty minutes went by while we listened to some Sierra Club member that doubles as the political committee chair give a long winded and boring detailed discussion of the politics of Heath Shuler, Mountain Top Removal and other stuff that could’ve easily been saved until after the program…that way, visitors – and by a show of hands, over half were visitors – wouldn’t have been bored to tears hearing info that had nothing to do with them.

Finally the speaker was introduced. She was present to talk about how KFC (Kentucky Friend Chicken) is ruining the wetland forest of North Carolina by refusing to use “eco-friendly” paper products.

By my count, there were 55 people attending. The wasted hour times 55 people exceed the number of hours in one work week. I wonder how many acres of wetland forest in North Carolina were obliterated during those 55 hours.

I’ll never find out. I grabbed a shot of the speaker, rubbed my sore butt and got the hell out of there.

Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist living in Asheville, North Carolina. He has traveled the world documenting the tears, joys, laughter and lives of people everywhere. He currently focuses his camera on the same topics in America. His work has appeared in such diverse publications as USAToday, CNN, Upsurge, Dream Row and others. A portion of his income from each photo shoot is donated to organizations that help the homeless in the communities in which he works. You can see more of his photography by clicking here.

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