The CrackBerry Chronicles
With Elaine Santore
September 25, 2007
Debating in the Wind
I am not sure which way the wind was blowing Friday evening,
but I'm sure somebody in City Hall spat into the wind to see if
it landed anywhere near the Candidates' Collaborative debate in
As I approached Civic Center, I felt an autumnal chill from several
directions. The debate audience looked to be about average sized,
but there were more distractions surrounding the debate. The mkLotus
home remained open for tours, and curious convention attendees
circled the debate area taking snaps of a naked George Davis...
only in San Francisco.
Mayoral candidiate George Davis.
Meanwhile, Mayor Gavin Newsom met with reporters following a
Latino Heritage Month event
in City Hall. All the questions, however, revolved around embattled
Supervisor Ed Jew.
Mayor Gavin Newsom meets with reporters Friday evening.
I suppose I should give you a fashion run-down. Mayoral candidate
George Davis spent part of the debate nude, albeit for a knit
cap, socks and sneakers. Quasi-write-in-but-not-really candidate,
Kenny the Clown, wore pink sunglasses, a purple wig and clown
makeup, but only one red shoe. Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai wore
a lovely pale yellow suit. Josh Wolf added a blazer to his usual
button-down shirt and jeans ensemble.
Mayoral candidates Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai, George Davis, h.
Kenny the Clown and Josh Wolf.
Last but not least, Grasshopper Alec Kaplan embraced pure Technicolor
with his bright orange shirt, red sweatpants, orange slip-ons
and yellow and black "Impeach Bush" socks. Oh, yeah,
Grasshopper also wore a hockey mask which reminded me of Hannibal
Josh Wolf, George Davis, Kenny the Clown, Jerry Jarvis,
Grasshopper Alec Kaplan and h. Brown.
Grasshopper Alec Kaplan
While h. Brown, Grasshopper, George Davis, and Kenny the Clown
competed over who could garner the most rubber-neckers (Grasshopper
won by a landslide), I caught up with the SF Green Party's John-Marc
Chandonia and Erika McDonald, who are expecting a baby in October.
As Susan King said, "Yay for Liberals breeding!" Amen
Parents-to-be John-Marc Chandonia and Erika McDonald
share a spot on the grass with Elaine Santore.
The debate moderator from the Bay Area Reporter shut the debate
down by 6:00pm, and we joined the rest of our crew in Supervisor
Ross Mirkarimi's office.
Now to the party
After the debate ended, Luke Thomas, h. Brown, Krissy Keefer
and I headed across the street for Supervisor Ross' monthly art
party. We ran into Mike Farrah at the front door. Krissy asked
Mike if he'd seen Matt Smith's SF Weekly cartoon.
Judging by the look on Mike's face, the Mayor's Office wasn't
down with Smith's overt cocaine references and rehab jokes.
Not an alternate universe: Mike Farrah, h. Brown, Tony DeRenzo,
and Elaine Santore.
Krissy Keefer, Mike Farrah, and Elaine Santore are tired of paparazzi
September's art show was curated by Korean American Women Artists
and Writers Association, KAWAWA.
Hope Johnson and Susan Vaughan got the party started.
When I walked in, I was pleasantly surprised to see Andy Blue.
The last time I saw Andy, he was hobbling around on crutches at
the Progressive Convention. Andy informed me he's now mayoral
candidate Quintin Mecke's official campaign manager.
Shortly after, Jeremy showed up with some Quintin for Mayor buttons.
Everybody got excited about the buttons, except for h. Brown,
who acted like he wasn't impressed but grabbed one, anyway. (FYI:
h. liked the button so much he showed it off to some Gonzalez
fans in the Mission on Sunday.) Yay for buttons!
And the after party
Somehow, Friday nights always end at the Temple Bar. We invited
Ross to come with us, but he politely declined to attend because
he's TG (aka Too Good) for the Temple Bar. It's OK, Ross, we still
love you. Thank you for being such a gracious host, as usual,
and for letting me have the last Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.
Andy met us at the Temple Bar later, as did mayoral candidate
Lonnie Holmes. Andy and I debated the merits of my CrackBerry
versus his new iPhone. As much as I dislike
the iPhone, I had to acknowledge the exceptional picture quality
and wireless internet access. Now that Andy's a campaign manager,
he must be connected 24/7.
Jeremy, Andy, and I talked the SF blogosphere, and how I only
read Matier & Ross to review what was in FCJ last week.
Karen Babbitt, Sue Vaughan, and Marc Salomon were kind enough
to take some photos. Luke adapted to modeling surprisingly well,
and refrained from railing on about peak
oil and petrocollapse.
Don't get him started, unless you want to clear the dinner table.
Luke Thomas finally surfaces in a photo. Yay! (Thanks, Karen Babbitt.)
Progressive Dysfunctional Family Portrait: Hope Johnson, Luke
Thomas, Marc Salomon, Elaine Santore and Susan Vaughan.
Marc Salomon bares his nipple ring to God and Jeremy.
The star of the debate, Grasshopper Alec Kaplan, made an appearance,
to the dismay of Marc Salomon. Where's the love, Salomon?
Marc Salomon was thrilled to see Grasshopper Alec Kaplan.
Grasshopper Alec Kaplan admires Susan Vaughan from afar.
Despite the chilly debate and lower turnout, a fun time was had
by all. In all seriousness, I feel like an unexpected camaraderie
has emerged from these events. Despite feeling like a crowd of
misfits, I look forward to seeing everybody on Fridays because
I feel like we've truly made the best of a bad situation.
Bonus Grasshopper slideshow
Because Grasshopper is a big ole trainwreck, and I can't look
You know you've pushed the envelope when Kenny the Clown and h.
want you to tone it down.
Drew Altizer's party pics from last week's Kamalspa event
are now on SFLuxe.
Check out me and Damion Matthews' "Bloggers Gone Wild"
photo at the end of the post.
Sean Penn was spotted
at the Timberlake concert in San Jose on Sunday night. I love
JT, too, Sean!
For those of you living in a cave, Barneys New York opened
in Union Square.