The Takoma Park City Council made the surprise announcement that most of the councilmembers have recently acquired extraordinary powers and were forming a league of super heroes.
Mayor Bruce “Captain Takoma” Williams made the announcement at the special work session April 1. He introduced each councilmember present by his super-hero nomenclature and a brief description of his new power: Doug “Neatman” Barry (ability to clean up neighborhoods with a blast of his super-breath), Dan “Enviroman” Robinson (shrinks carbon footprints with his Frostovision), and Reuben “Snipperman” Snipper (able to cut red tape with his new scissor-bladed appendages), and Terry “The Suit” Seamens (supermodel). Councilmember Colleen Clay said she needed no additional special powers or name – “I’m already a mom!”
Strangely absent was councilmember Josh Wright. And the rest of the council refused to explain his whereabouts. Your Gilbert wonders if the rumors are true – that there is something more than an uncanny resemblance between Wright and the infamous Doctor Horrible!
Following the announcement, the council deliberated for four hours about what their super-hero league should be called. They eventually settled on a draft version of the name, ‘The Takoma Park Community Project for Sustainability, Livability, and Environmentally Positive Development and Community-Oriented Safety, Outreach, and Recreational Opportunities Project, but they didn’t feel the name adequately conveyed their entire mission, so they asked for a staff review and recommendations for lengthening it.
The council then adjourned and, colorful capes billowing in the cool night air, flew off to their secret headquarters.