As anyone who's sat through a council meeting in a small town will tell you, things can get pretty dull. San Juan County Councilman Howie Rosenfeld knows this all too well. For two years now he's been nodding off at council meetings, sawing logs while resolutions are passed, public comment sessions are held, and dreaded PowerPoint slideshows are presented.
KING-5 reports that after two years of falling asleep at meeting after meeting, folks are starting to quit thinking of it as sort of cute and more as just plain rude.
"He would nod off, then come back," said Island Guardian newspaper publisher Jack Cory, who took the pictures. "Almost every meeting... It really is inappropriate and frankly is somewhat insulting."
One of many shots of Councilman Howie Rosenfeld catching Z's at meetings.
As for Rosenfeld, he makes no excuses for behavior. He produces no note from doctors diagnosing narcolepsy, no stories about how the work of San Juan County keeps him awake for days on end, no tales of how he's just "resting his eyes." No, Rosenfeld says he simply gets bored.
In fact, he says he's "open to suggestions" on how to stay awake.
"I admit it's a problem and I've tried everything I can think of," Rosenfeld said "I find just some of the sessions just really hard to keep attention, especially PowerPoint's really kill me... It can't be good. So if the public is concerned I'm open to suggestions as to what to do about it."
There's something about the councilman's candor that's both refreshing and adorable. Sure, he's sleeping through perhaps the most important part of his job. But at least he's owning up to it.
So here you go, Councilman. The next time you find your eyelids getting heavy, just pop in some earbuds and hit play on this bad boy.