At this point, I’m convinced Jackass Brother Jed and his minions are stalking me. They haven’t been at Speakers Circle all week, but on the one day I can go out there to play? Of course…
So, I’ve started playing the whole thing up. The atheists help too. They now come and plague the hate preachers at every chance as well, making sure that there’s plenty of action at Speakers Circle any time the preachers are there. They provide a great foil, getting right in the preacher’s faces with their signs, and often drawing them out of the center of the circle for a ‘discussion’. That’s when I move in.
One of them carries around a sign: “I will give $500 dollars to anyone who can convince me your religion is real” I’ve seen the envelope with the money, he really does carry it on him when he does this.
A couple times now, I’ve been able to use this as an opportunity to loudly proclaim: “Hacky Sack is MY religion! Can I convince you Hacky Sack is real? After all, I could really use the $500 bucks. I’d buy EVERYONE here a Hacky Sack with that money!”
The students seem to love that.
The best part is, I got at least 3 new “converts” to Hacky Sack today. The one guy in the video, whom I ended up giving a footbag to; a soccer player who swears he had never played footbag before today, but freaking tore it up (and I think he’s genuinely hooked); a girl that does hula hoop (like, seriously); and I think there may have been one other guy who was trying it for the first time as well.
I had been solo kicking for nearly 2 hours when the soccer player and a couple other guys came over and asked to use one of my footbags. Within 10 minutes, there were 8 people in the hack circle, and we pretty much took over the area. I ended up hacking with the circle of students for another hour and a half, showing them how to do tricks like pendulums and clippers, or whatever else they asked.
At a few points, I would count the people in the circle and loudly proclaim: “The Hack Man has made SIX new converts today!” The crowd always cheered for that, too.
Before I go, I should link in last week’s video too, since I didn’t write a blog for it last week. You can hear all the banter between the hate preachers and their hecklers, who drew them out of the circle for me.
I think I might have started something. Until I challenged Sister Cindy a couple months ago, the preachers had pretty much total run of the place. Since then, the students have been setting up tables in the middle of the circle almost every day, denying them their ‘place’, and the atheists and other hecklers have been both very creative and absolutely relentless. Last week it was some guy with a “God Hates the Seattle Super Sonics!” sign, totally dogging the preachers and ruthlessly mocking them.
I’ve lost what few shreds of reservation I’ve had about the issue; when I show up now, I just crank up my radio and literally hack right around them. We are going to reclaim the circle from the hate preachers.
2:15 / 2:30 (was actually 3:30 but almost 1:45 circle kicking) – 40:05 for the year so far. Thanks for tuning in!