"Break out" rooms

On Tuesday, January 4, 2005, at 10:23 AM, David Terry wrote (in part):

I have no idea what a "Breakout room" is.

  It's typically a windowless, box-like room occupied by a number of padded, armless, stackable chairs arranged in straight rows facing a podium or long table at one end of the room. At the opposite end of the room, or along one wall, is another long table or tables covered with a dark-colored cloth, on which may be found large pitchers of water and glasses, and if you're lucky and depending on the time of day, perhaps pitchers of coffee or something to eat.

  The bland, sterile uniformity of these rooms, which are omnipresent at the hotels where the Libertarian Party holds its conventions, is such that after you've spent a couple days of sitting in them, you begin to feel an acute need for sunlight, fresh air, or at least some interesting art or unusual architecture to relieve the monotony of the surroundings, and may develop an overwhelming urge to "break out." Hence the name.

Yours in liberty,
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