I was asked by one of the people I saw this morning for some background on my participation, and I mentioned that I had an already had an idea that I could actually post it online for others to follow, since my colorful speech sometimes does get lost in the execution with an occasional loss of the underlying message. The engineers in our group will note that it is a signal-to-noise ratio problem. I have a long term blog for my business that I plan to use in the future for topics as well.
Since I am usually rushed by our timed format and tight scheduling, here is, for your review and enlightenment, an annotated version of what I tried to communicate today.
I read the quote from Big Fish on my tablet, the rest was extemporaneous and may not match what was actually said:
Let me start with the 4th of July Finale, let me shoot off the fireworks at the beginning in case time runs out:
"Pejorative Cajolery" - that got me out of bed on Wednesday morning at 3:30 AM to write down for today's meeting. It means that I am going to cajole you, (strongly persuade you) in a pejorative sense). That would be condemning or treating with contempt any conventional approach to speaking. We should strive to be different and original. I repeated the term pejorative cajolery several times as a way of emphasizing the alliteration of the words, especially the "j" sounds.
I come before you today my fellow Balconistos to abjure you not to be ordinary.
Let me therefore admonish you to abdure, the ordinary and the conventional, admonish you, perhaps even to astonish you. I have the answer to all your problems:
Don't be ordinary, strive for the extraordinary. I love the movie "Big Fish" because the stories are all bigger than life, the hero is a man of giant stature, and the movie rivets us with its depiction of the almost impossible tales, one of which was a real giant, and another was the rather diminutive in contrast.
And as Texans, we should be prepared to be bigger than life. It is part of our heritage.
Big Fish quote:
"Kept in a small bowl, the goldfish will remain small. With more space... ...the fish will grow double, triple, or quadruple its size."
Illustration (above) from the Big Fish Movie from the "G" book of the encyclopedia where the hero Edwin Bloom read about goldfish, and the possibility that his "gigantification" or sudden growth spurt that left him bed-ridden for 3 years was something more than a simple ailment. It took him that long to read to the letter "G"
His growth and that of the goldfish became a metaphor for his life as a foreshadowing and harbinger of something greater that fate had in store for him.
Please place your hands on your hearts thusly and face the flag of our nation as we take the weekly pledge of indivisibility. This is the 150th anniversary of a great American battle commemerated this week as well as the founding of our great nation's system of governance.
Follow up note
According to Pam's report, I used the word of the day twice: hackneyed, which is what I urged people not to be.
Another note is that Jerry B. did mention after the meeting that I used of the word "conglomeration" in relation to the process of preparing my online merchandise for shipping, so I verified the word at the Merriam-Webster site. Presumably it is a fairly rarely used word that I spontaneously uttered during the Table Topics portion of my participation: A good time was had by all.
noun \kən-ˌglä-mə-ˈrā-shən, ˌkän-\
Definition of CONGLOMERATION
1: the act of conglomerating : the state of being conglomerated
2: something conglomerated : a mixed mass or collection