photo hereThe following phone conversation really occurred. I have changed the name of the caller to protect his identity.
Coal S. Mountain: Hey, Sister B., this is Coal S. Mountain. How are you?
Me: I'm good. How about you?
CSM: I'm good. (nervous laughter) So, I wanted to ask your permission to take your daughter on a date this Thursday, January twelfth at around 6:30 in the evening or so.
Me: Well, I appreciate you asking but I guess it depends on what are you going to be doing for this date?
CSM: Oh. Well, (nervous laughter) we will actually be going to be a part of a protest.
Me: You want to take ElemenoB to a protest? That sounds like a pretty exciting date.
CSM: (nervous laughter) Yes, it probably will be.
Me: Can you tell me more about this? Like, what will you be protesting?
CSM: It's a protest on the government. They want to move part of the river and that means people can't do any more fishing in some places... and other stuff. And they're taking away some business, too. It's just a bad idea. (nervous laughter) Yeah.
Me: So, I assume there will be more protesters there besides you and ElemenoB?
CSM: Yeah. For sure. Unless someone's playing a really good joke on us. But yes, I believe there will be other people. Lots of other people there.
Me: And what is the likelihood that you'll be hauled off to jail because of this protest?
CSM: Oh, no, I'm pretty sure no one's going to jail. But if she does get put in jail, let me just say I apologize in advance.
Me: Actually, the proper thing to say would be, "If ElemenoB is put in jail, I will foot her bail and remain her friend for life to offset the stigma that a jail record can carry, such as not being accepted to colleges or getting gainful employment."
CSM: Oh, yeah - of course. I will totally bail her out of jail and be her friend.
Me: Well, when you put it all that way, how can I say no?
CSM: You really can't.
Me: I'll tell you what. That would probably be okay unless I look at our calendar and see something else is happening that night. Or if I think it over and something doesn't seem right, I'll let you know.
CSM: If you could call and let me know as soon as possible, that would be great.
Me: Sounds good. Will do. Thanks for the call, Coal S. Mountain.
CSM: Yeah, you have a good day, Sister B.
Me: You, too, Coal.