Our co-op's annual membership meeting was last night. Registration lasted an hour at which time about 4 members and 2 non-members registered. At 6:55 all the other member/non-members filed into the meeting room and signed their names. The meeting was conducted almost verbatim from every other meeting in past years and by 7:14 it was adjourned. All formalities and legalities.
Traditionally we are invited to eat at a local restaurant afterward and this time was no different. The place we adjourned to is about a 15-minute drive from town and having never actually driven there myself, always having been a passenger before, I missed the turn and Carolyn and I made a big loop to get back to the restaurant. We were not actually late arriving, as there were a few others just getting there, too. (Our CEO's wife and two sons were just getting there.) And we need not have worried that we'd walk in during the midst of everyone eating. We only had to wait a couple of hours to be served!
There were just too many of us for the number of cooks/servers/space. We might have exceeded the fire code capacity in the main dining room. Many ordered steaks; a few, like me and Carolyn, got shrimp or chicken. Yet we were among the last three tables to be served. Our former boss at age 84 was up way past his bedtime I'm sure. At least he wasn't going to try to drive the 3 1/2 hours back to his home last night. It was 10:00 when I got home and some others had a little further to drive than I did. The really good things about it were 1) we got to visit with people we don't usually see, 2) the shrimp was hot when we got it, and 3) we all got home safely.
But there's no overtime for late suppers!