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            PERPLEXED: Forty-something male
            PATRON: Forty-something female
            FORLORN: Forty-something female
            HAPPY: Forty-something male
            OBTUSE: Forty-something male


                                   (A coffee house with a couch and

                                   (PERPLEXED and PATRON are seated on
                                   couch in mid-conversation.  FORLORN and
                                   HAPPY are seated with them, both
                                   reading NEWSPAPERS.) 

            So that's it.  I think I'm finally done with it.  I'm just
            going to focus on poetry and plays.  I'm not talking politics

            That's awesome!  Not that you're not talking politics
            anymore, but that you're going to direct energies to creative
            stuff.  I can't wait to see some of your work.

            Can we make a deal?


            If you like it, you let me take you on a date?

            Now....  I already told you, I have a man in my life.

            I know.  I can't help it.  You're just so attractive--

            You'll make me blush--

            And you understand.  Nobody gets the political angle, but you

                                   (Beat.  She sips her coffee.)

                                   PERPLEXED (CONT'D)
            Well, maybe things will change--I mean if you're happy, I
            wouldn't want to disrupt that.  I just....  I just want you
            to know....

            Duly noted.

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Writer/artist/activist from California, with a degree in Creative Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Advocating for the convention clause of Article V since 2001.

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