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12:33 p.m.

The first minute of sign-holding is definitely the hardest part. Drivers that have stopped at a red light see me take position. There's something vulnerable about that.

Once the light turns green, I feel like I have the upper hand because I become the established person among all new drivers. That's when goofing around becomes a whole lot easier. Apparently confidence comes from people not knowing anything about you... unless they see this journal. Fingers crossed that they don't.



12:35 p.m.

When I drive, I rarely make eye contact with pedestrians who are trying to get my attention. I'm beginning to realize that the rest of the driving population does this, too. As a sign-holding pedestrian, it's incredibly fun to see to what length I can go (i.e. sing made-up songs to passengers at a red light) and still have them refuse eye contact.

I wish I would have made a sign that was a mirror.



12:37 p.m.

A couple seated in Murphy's Restaurant watched me hold Sign #1 (Ugly Tie). When I debuted a new sign, they exited the restaurant to see what the fuss was all about. I'm not sure that they got the answer that they were looking for, but I must have said something right because the woman of the couple asked to have her picture taken with me.

Also, a necklace of gold beads was placed around my neck and all I had to do was lift up my shirt.



12:39 p.m.

MAN: Hyphens?

PLUG: Hypens!

MAN: Why not commas? I expect to see you back here next week with commas. The next week after that I want exclamation points.



12:41 p.m.

I've been yelling much more while holding Sign #2. Singing, too. A pack of ladies looked at me like I was the biggest idiot in the world.

Sorry to disappoint you ladies, but would the biggest idiot in the world proudly let the whole world hear the ditty that I sang to you?



12:44 p.m.

WOMAN: Why are you doing this?

PLUG: I am informing people about hyphens.

WOMAN: Don't people already know about hyphens?

PLUG: I feel that some people could use a reminder.

WOMAN: Okay. Good luck.



12:46 p.m.

WOMAN: What's hyphens?

PLUG: You know when you have a long word but there are only so many characters left on a line...

WOMAN: I know what hyphens are, but why are you holding the sign?

PLUG: I thought it would be a nice reminder for people.

WOMAN: Uh huh. That's it? There's nothing more to it?

PLUG: No. Not yet.



12:49 p.m.

Remember the couple that I pointed out in the journal for Sign #1? Here they are again, walking diagonally through a crosswalk to avoid the handsome noisemaker who challenges people to think about hyphens. That brings our scorecard of words exchanged to... zero.

I wonder if I'll be seeing them a third time.



12:50 p.m.

WOMAN: What's that mean, hyphens?

PLUG: It's a kind of punctuation mark.

WOMAN: Okay. Why are you holding that sign about it?

PLUG: Hm. I guess because I couldn't think of a better six character word. [looks at sign]. I mean, eight characters.

WOMAN: Good counting.



12:53 p.m.

Sign #2 was a bit of a bust, I think. Not many people approached me. I realize now that Sign #1 (Ugly Tie) was written in first person, which probably contributed to people talking to me. Whereas hyphens, they're just hyphens. You know?

By the way, I'm fully aware that the hyphen placement shown on the sign is grammatically incorrect. Had I put the hyphen in its correct position (following the y) then the sign would have been unbalanced and not as cool looking and, okay, I didn't realize this mistake until five minutes ago.



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