The CrackBerry Chronicles
With Elaine Santore
October 29, 2007
Last-minute Halloween costume ideas
On Saturday evening, I attended a birthday party and Halloween
celebration at Element Lounge. I nixed my original idea to be
"Messy Britney" (cheap wig, stained dress, fug boots,
and cheetos), and went as Scarlett
Johansson in Lost
in Translation because I found a cute pink wig at the last-minute.
I made sure to carry a toy microphone to accurately mimic the
Of course, my costume was nowhere near as impressive or creative
as BFF Aaron's: "I'm Gavin/Satan. Sexy Gavin with horns.
I'm wearing suspenders even though he doesn't, but whatever nobody
even knows who he is besides a creep, anyway." Actually,
I don't think anybody in Lincoln, NE, knows who Gavin is, which
adds a whole other level of hilarity.
Whatever you end up doing this year for Halloween, Fog City Journal
advises you to stay safe and well accessorized.
Halloween debate in the Castro
Breaking away from the norm, Friday's mayoral debate took place
at the Castro station during rush hour. The high-traffic venue
resulted in increased visibility, and it also gave the candidates
an opportunity to strut their stuff for a new audience in the
last weeks before voters go to the polls. Mayoral candidates Michael
Powers of the Power Exchange and showman Chicken John Rinaldi
popped their Friday-afternoon debate cherries by answering questions
with the other candidates.
Chicken John Rinaldi stops dancing around the issues.
Republican BFF's Michael Powers and Harold Hoogasian.
The debate centered on Halloween, and the canceling of Halloween
in the Castro. Josh Wolf pointed out that Halloween was cancelled,
but that suburbanites and assorted Bridge and Tunnel folks would
still show up looking for a party, anyway.
Candidates Collaborative maestro Josh Wolf
Chicken busted out the "Anybody but Gavin" platform
he's been hiding for the past couple months. But I'm not pulling
a JoJo by saying it's too little too late, because the current
political climate is in dire straits and needs something, anything,
to impassion an increasingly disengaged electorate. The city has
an impressive voting bloc of artists and creative minds that's
gone untapped for months.
On Wednesday, Chicken posted a letter
to the San Francisco Chronicle on his website. Here's favorite
"You've asked me to weigh in on the issues, but let's be
honest. You don't care what I think about homelessness. Your newspaper
has become a tabloid. Journalism is replaced with some hero-worship
fan-boy/girl crap for our rock-star mayor. The cult of celebrity
complete, you now throw the other candidates a bone so it all
looks fair. So it looks like it's balanced journalism."
Candidates George Davis, Josh Wolf, and Ahimsa Porter-Sumchai.
The star of Fog City Journal's Letters
to the Editor, Police Commissioner David Campos, attended
the debate. Luke Thomas jokingly asked Campos, "Are you a
real progressive?" I followed by asking him, "Do you
have your progressive membership card?" (Personally, I think
issuing membership cards and inventing a secret handshake could
easily solve progressive infighting.)
Karen Babbitt, Elaine Santore, Police Commissioner
and District 9 Supervisor candidate David Campos, Josh Wolf and
The Halloween debate draws onlookers, concerned citizens, political
junkies, and press.
Yearbook Photo: Josh Wolf, Harold Hoogasian, George Davis, Ahimsa
Ted Strauser, Michael Powers, Grasshopper Alec Kaplan, and Chicken
Chicken John Rinaldi brings his political A-game. Finally.
On Saturday morning, thousands gathered for an anti-war
rally in Civic Center Plaza. One group of protestors first
staged a die-in and blocked traffic for 5-10 minutes, then proceeded
to Dolores Park. Thankfully, there were no arrests or injuries
reported. Supervisor Tom Ammiano, Assemblyman Mark Leno, Senator
Carole Migden and congressional candidate Cindy Sheehan were featured
speakers at the event..
Supervisor Tom Ammiano
Assemblyman Mark Leno and Cindy Sheehan. Leno wanted to make it
that although he considers Cindy Sheehan a friend, he will not
be supporting her to replace
double-talking war appropriator Speaker Nancy Pelosi as San Francisco's
congressional representative. Shucks, Mark, we think Cindy would
truly represent San Francisco anti-war values.
District 3 Senator Carole Migden
Photo by John
Mayoral candidate Quintin Mecke took a page out of the Chicken
John handbook and arrived with a posse of 400 zombies dancing
to Michael Jackson's classic "Thriller." Being Filipino,
I still prefer the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation
but props to the Q for Mayor team for adding some much-needed
jazz-hands and fabulousness to the campaign season.
Mayoral candidate Quintin Mecke with his harem of zombies.
Zombies thrill the crowd.
"Which way are we going?"
After Friday's debate, Luke Thomas, Josh Wolf, Len Harrison,
and I attended Ally Johnson's 8th birthday party. Happy Birthday,
Katie, Ally, and Tina Johnson.
Tina Johnson, Ally Johnson, and Elaine Santore.
I'm pleased to announce Erika McDonald and John-Marc Chandonia
gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on Sunday.. Congrats, Erika
Erika McDonald at the State Green Party Convention in May.
CrackBerry Blind Item
Which dark-horse mayoral candidate was asked not to campaign
anywhere near a rival candidate during the anti-war protest? C'mon,
kids, there's plenty of room for everybody in the progressive