From today's OT reading:
And you, son of man, take a brick and lay it before you, and engrave on it a city, even Jerusalem. And put siegeworks against it, and build a siege wall against it, and cast up a mound against it. Set camps also against it, and plant battering rams against it all around. And you, take an iron griddle, and place it as an iron wall between you and the city; and set your face toward it, and let it be in a state of siege, and press the siege against it. This is a sign for the house of Israel.
Can you imagine the mocking, eye-rolling conversations between people watching all this day by day (he's out there for over a year)? Like, the commuters coming into the city every day and passing him? ("Who is that guy outside the wall? He's got a brick with a picture of Jerusalem on it, and he's making little toy soldiers lay siege to the brick with a little toy battering ram.") Imagine someone doing something like this at the Park Street T station.
I'm sure it becomes a running joke. At the office party planning meeting someone says, "Let's invite the siege guy!" and everyone falls over laughing.
And yet it all happens, though.