Kissing Booth or Free Speech Booth? Take your pick.

September 7, 2010 at 7:09 am 2 comments

by Tony

Way back in the day, before I sported my current, clean-cropped hairstyle, I wasn’t quite the ladies man. Since I didn’t have Leon Phelps, or more appropriately Giuseppe Franco , to help out in this department, I took advantage of the Queens County Fair.  Yes there was such a thing. Although there wasn’t a cow milking contest, they did bring in a pony that was three weeks from the glue factory that you could ride for half a buck. There was a Dunking Booth to display my pitching skills, and even a Kissing Booth where a youngin’ could step right up, without the fear of rejection, for a sublime trip to first base.

Gone are the days of Kissing Booths – only to be replaced by the Free Speech Booth.  That’s right; I snapped this photo right in the terminal of a major US airport. I was a bit frightened to venture closer for some recon – after all, I didn’t want my “funds to be solicited.”

Instead, I contacted my buddies Google and Wikipedia for some more info. Apparently, “Free speech zones (also known as First Amendment Zones, Free speech cages, and Protest zones) are areas set aside in public places for political activists to exercise their right of free speech in the United States.” These first popped up during the 1988 Democratic National Convention to “protect the safety of those attending the political gathering, or for the safety of the protesters themselves.”

I dug in a bit further and found that anyone can join the free speech movement at this airport, by simply completing a permit form. I’ve already informed my crack marketing team.  With any luck, on your next business trip you might see me hawking my wares as you walk off the plane. Talk about ROI! My finance team will love the free price point of this free speech. All those brands that pay the big bucks for in-airport advertising can eat their hearts out.

Now, if only you could know at what airport I spotted this. Click on your guess below, and stay tuned for the answer.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dave Cooney  |  September 7, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Look at this picture. It’s beautiful. It captures the current political climate. One guy goes one way and the other goes the other. One guy’s way to the left, the other to the right.

    There’s no guy in the middle but if there were he’d be saying, whaddya want from me?”

    Reply
    • 2. Tony D  |  September 7, 2010 at 8:16 am

      Dave,

      Very observant/ Who knows, maybe this is how the phrase “monkey in the middle” came to be.

      TD

      Reply

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