Stages of Grief for the 'BPP': Anger

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The great preacher William Sloane Coffin said the world needs more anger. But, he said, anger should be distinguished from bitterness, because anger leads to action, while bitterness leads to apathy. I think that's smart advice.

And I think I'm a friendly enough kind of guy, but I'll admit there are times that my temper gets the better of me. I try not to get bitter, which is easier said than done. But there are things that make me angry.

Like when I'm riding the subway and people don't move all the way into the train, they just block the doors and then you can't get in. That makes me angry.

The fact that airlines charge you to change your flight even if you're changing from a more desirable flight to a less desirable flight, then they wonder whey they're in bankruptcy, that makes me angry.

Humidity. That SUCKS.

And when the BPP staff orders breakfast sandwiches from the deli downstairs, and I order bacon, egg and cheese on a roll with the eggs scrambled, and the eggs come fried, that makes me

    SO ANGRY!!

But the truth is, in most diners and delis, fried egg is the standard on an egg-based sandwich, and when there's an established way of doing things, those of us who want to scramble up the status quo often find ourselves fighting an uphill battle.

For instance, I believe that in the future, we'll all eat cheeseburgers with the cheese on the bottom instead of the top, because that puts the cheese closer to your tongue and thus maximizes cheesy goodness. That's how I do it now, of course, but I'm confident society will catch up.

Remember that TV show "Freaks and Geeks?" It was canceled quickly, now its creator Judd Apatow is the king of Hollywood. "Arrested Development" got canned — now it's becoming a movie.

The great news man Edward R. Murrow had serious doubts about moving from radio to TV. But he overcame those fears. When he advertised his now-legendary TV report on Joe McCarthy, CBS wouldn't even let Murrow use the network's logo in the ads. The idea of a TV news show doing an investigation of one particular U.S. senator was foreign and scary at the time. Clearly, CBS and the other networks have come around since then. But I'll bet Mr. Murrow was pretty angry when CBS made him pay to advertise the program himself. Being misunderstood, or not understood, makes me angry too.

Now, am I suggesting the Bryant Park Project is Edward R. Murrow? Hardly. I'll be the first to admit that we have plenty of kinks left to work out. Instead, I like to compare us to another great historical figure, someone who wasn't ashamed of being different, who wasn't afraid to take risks, someone who was also ahead of his time. He's the kind of guy who'd use a word that don't mean nuttin', like "looptid". And he's the man who sings the song that's my submission for Best Song in the World Today: Digital Underground's "The Humpty Dance," with Humpty on lead vocals.

Today I am angry, but not bitter. I'm going out with my head held high, proud of what the BPP team has accomplished. Just like ol' Humpty would want it.

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