Charlie lost his ID card, he does not have a driver’s license, so I took him to the DMV to order a replacement.
On the way in, we noticed these guys with a table with a big sign talking about an FBI conspiracy against Donald trump.
On closer inspection we noticed that their signs referenced LaRouchePAC.com, so seriously crazed conspiracy theorists.
We had about a 20 minute wait at the DMV, so he wanted to think about a potential taunt.
He was concerned that he could not come up with one quickly, because this sort of reaction is analogous to a stand-up comic dealing with a heckler, and because he does stand-up comedy now and again, this troubled him.
I reassured him that that comics frequently prepare in advance to deal with potential hecklers, so we can prepare something for the inevitable wait at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
As we are waiting, he floats out some ideas, and I float out some ideas, including his pointing at his hat, and saying, “Chem Trails.”
Charlie wears a blind fold that he made out of duct tape as a hat. He made it for blind folded Rubik’s Cube competitions, and it does evoke the whole “tinfoil hat” thing, so the juxtaposition of the hat and, “Chem Trails,” is a statement that is both amusing, and unclear: It could be mockery, and it could be a statement that one is a fellow traveler conspiracy nut.
He liked that one, so that is what I was expecting when we left the DMV (He took the hat off for the ID pick, BTW).
Instead, he looked the man in the eye, and said:
Live in Obedient Fear, Citizen!
And then he turned and walked away, giggling as the guy at the table said, “What did you say?”.
Of course, this phrase is VERY well known to the reader(s) of this blog.
He needs to work on his delivery, he said it too quickly, and he should have pitched the words lower, because it really works better when said in a stentorian manner, but he worked out what would be the best quick take down.
FYI, here is some stand-up from a year ago: