GK: Mayor Herenton announced his resignation today, effective July 31.
Me: Wow. I guess the celebration has begun already.
GK: What's to celebrate? He wasn't defeated, he wasn't scandalized like John Ford, he's going out on his own terms after a 16-year run as mayor. He's imposed his will and his cronies on this city and, as a result, Memphis is a crime-ridden, downtrodden village. We're more racially and economically divided than ever and Herenton is just walking away from it. It makes me sad, it makes me sick every morning when I sit down with my espresso and bagel, trying to stomach the newspaper. What is there, really, that's worth celebrating?
Me: You make a good point for a 26-month-old.
Me: Whatever. So who's the next mayor?
GK: I believe it will come down to a special election this November.
Me: Hey, maybe I'll run for mayor!
GK: Your fly is open.