Overheard: Spider-Man Caught in Political Web

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(Photo By: heydayjoe)

 

Welcome to the second in our series of eavesdropped conversations.

[We couldn’t help but overhear your private conversation in a public place.]

 

EXT. NATIONAL MALL, NEAR REFLECTING POOL IN FRONT OF U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING – JUST AFTER NOON

Hundreds of costumed crusaders are gathered in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most assembled costume players gathered in one place. Cameramen and reporters swarm the crowd looking for the inside scoop on how it feels to pretend to be a superhero. A reporter confronts one of the more authentic-looking spider-men, among a half-dozen imposters.

FEMALE REPORTER

Spider-Man. Can I ask you a question?

SPIDER-MAN

[strikes superhero pose with hands on hips, feet in a wide stance and head held high)

Yes!

FEMALE REPORTER

What do you think of the funding being given to science programs in elementary schools?

 

Overheard: Conservative Compassion Is the New Compassionate Conservatism

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Welcome to the first of our series of eavesdropped conversations.

[We couldn’t help but overhear your private conversation in a public place.]

 

EXT. CHINATOWN ON 7TH NW BETWEEN G & H — AFTERNOON

A 20-something white couple passes a middle-aged black man wearing a jacket with armed forces veteran insignia and asking for change.

YOUNG MAN

Ooooh. That one makes me feel bad.

YOUNG WOMAN

What?!? Have compassion for the guy claiming to be an army veteran and asking for money?!? No compassion! Compassion is weak.

[BOTH LAUGH]