You are late this morning. It is already 5:30.
::Yawn:: I stayed up late. Went to bed at 10:30.
That is not late.
It is when I normally have to get up at 4:24. I usually go to bed around 9:30.
It is better than 4:15 or 4:30. If I set my alarm for those times I would be putting myself in a traditional time rut. By getting up at 4:24 I am signifying my protest at being forced to arise so early to get to work at 6:00 in the morning. I have principles ya' know.
You have to be at work at 6:00?
Well, it's better 'cause I can get more work done without the phone ringing and people hassling me.
So you choose to be at work at 6:00.
And I miss the traffic too.
So you are protesting your own decision by getting up at 4:24.
It's complicated. I am a believer in protesting. I even joined the Wall Street protest, or whatever they call it, here in Houston last Thursday.
Yeah, they were marching past my building so I figured it was my duty to march and shout with them for a block. It was a little confusing though. The guy next to me was holding a sign protesting the war and I don't think he was shouting what everyone else was shouting.
Did you get arrested?
No -- it was really dissappointing. Maybe I should have found a bra to burn or something. The cops were laughing and talking with the protesters and stopping traffic for them. Everyone seemed to have fun and someone was playing drums somewhere and someone had a bullhorn blaring something and the cops were smiling and going with the flow and TV cameras were dashing around and there was a news helicopter. This really wasn't what I expected. I even shouted, "End corruption" right in front of a cop, and he shouted "Right on!"
I guess we just don't know how to do it like New York does. No blood or arrests or anything.
You were about thirty years late for bra burning anyway.
Anything to do with bras will get you in trouble. Just look what happened to that school board member.
What are you talking about?
There was this guy that had been on the school board for quite a few years, and he figured that school board meetings were getting pretty boring. Since he liked to dab in magic tricks -- the kind of thing that you astound and amaze family and friends with. Since his friends always laughed when he performed his tricks, he figured that he would start a school meeting with a laugh. He had the best of intentions.
What does this have to do with bras?
Well, as the meeting started and the audiance was settling into their seats, he walked up to a female school board member and muttered some mumbo jumbo and did a waving of his hands, and magically seemed to pull her bra off through the sleeve of her blouse. Ta Da!
He did what?
He didn't really pull her bra off, it just looked like it. He ended up standing there with a bra dangling from one hand fully expecting laughter and glee and awe. I mean, it worked with his family and friends. What he received instead was dead silence and the female sitting there with her head buried in her hands.
I feel sorry for the guy. He was just trying to liven the meeting up. He ended up having to resign.
But you have to understand, sometimes going against the flow is hard. But it has to be done. It is that school board member and me against the establishment. It is marching in protest marches. It is setting your alarm clock at 4:24 in the morning. There needs to be more like us.
You are quite the radical.
You and your alarm clock against the establishment.
And this has been in depth interview with Jerry at a secret location in Texas where...
Don't tell them I am in Texas.
This is a stupid interview.
Well, I stayed up to late last night.