Year of the Boar

There was a disappointingly small turnout at the candidates forum this evening.  It's a shame, because, as Yogi Berra once said, "You can observe a lot by watching."

I observed Jay Imperial interrupt his own response to a question to check his ringing cell phone.  THREE TIMES!!!  For goodness sake!  You're at a candidates forum, and you're a candidate, up there on the stage, with four other candidates and a moderator.  If the phone rings while you're speaking on the stage, apologize, then turn it off immediately.  Don't check to see who the call's from.  And don't check to see who the SECOND call is from.  And do not, under any circumstances, check to see who the THIRD call is from.  Show a little respect for the dignity of the office and dignity of the event.

And don't mock the forum time keeper for cutting you off when you're out of time, and don't interrupt when another candidate is speaking.  It's just common courtesy.