Is when I have scheduled my nervous breakdown!
This is a tried and true method to survive the chaos that happens before a high ranking Minister of the Cabinet swoops in, shakes hands, smiles a lot, talks a bit, smiles some more and swoops out. As long as I know that I get to lose control soon, I'm okay.
This 15 minutes of effort is preceeded by 4 weeks of on again off again promises to do the event "soon", indecisiveness until 4 days prior as to the location, revisions that cause our editor to threaten to quit 16 times in 10 minutes, and a supernatural ability to locate the services of A/V guys (not as easy to find as they were in high school) and a photographer in under 5 minutes.
We perform miracles everyday. For 2 minutes of press...so this government can get itself re-elected. And I get paid for this.
I shouldn't be so negative really. What they are announcing will, if it works, benefit a lot of people -- and cuts across party lines. I can get behind it really on a basic level.
Still...I'd rather keep my sanity.