A few GA items of no special moment:
1. The Count. For those of you enjoying the GA, know that JFNA has counted you at least 4 times to arrive at its "more than 3,000" attendance number. If JFNA had been responsible for creating the Omer, know that it would be 365 days a year.
2. Tours. It has been reliably reported to me that for some the best thing about this year's GA location is that almost directly across the street from the Marriott is a "Gentlemen's Lounge" (i.e., JFNA-speak for a strip club). Called "The Goddess." I guess that is what JFNA meant when it said it would hold future GAs in "the most attractive tourist destinations."
3. Sad. One FOB claims that she was walking past one of the suites at the Marriott when she heard through the closed door the following: "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most powerful woman of them all?" And, in response, a low growl: "Not you anymore, m'lady, sorry." Now, I can't believe this story is anything other than an old fairy tale, but a good one as I recall.
4. Transparency. JFNA has a large and no doubt cutting edge IT Department, adept at, among other things, at the orders of the bosses, at checking out the hard drives of those suspected of "disloyalty." But, when really needed, where were they...those, like me and many others, who actually wanted to participate in the JFNA Board meeting, called in at 6:15 CST only to be confronted by static (or unable to connect at all) until about 8:30 when JFNA leaders reported that the "connectivity issue" had been resolved. Of course, the Board meeting was over by then.
6. And...finally. At what I have heard was a lovely reception in honor of the new Chair of the Executive, among others, the now former Board Chair felt compelled to speak. In her remarks she reflected on the fact that she began each day infuriated by whatever might have appeared in this Blog -- a fury only exceeded, as she reported, by that experienced by the now former Chair of the Executive. And, this from the person who had told me to my face that the only time she read UJThee was when someone sent it to her. Thus, as she ended her appearances at the GA, Ms. Manning admitted that which she had for all these years, she, too, is a FOB!!