Fog City Journal toasted the end of 2007 with the ladies of Code Pink (and some dudes here and there)
Exchange's Imagine Peace 2008 event at the Wax
Museum in Fisherman's Wharf. The last time I'd been inside
the Wax Museum was sometime in the early nineties with my dad.
The museum has since been remodeled, with new additions from sports, entertainment,
and politics (hey, Willie
Brown!) Throughout the night, I had a tough time determining
the real people from the wax figures, and vice versa.
A very life-like Medea Benjamin
greeted us at the door in a lovely pink strapless gown, and she
wasted no time hitting the dance floor. Medea made headlines in
December during her trip to Pakistan,
where she and fellow Code Pink member Tighe Barry were arrested,
had their visas revoked, and were eventually deported back to
the US. During the party, she said President Pervez Musharraf
was implicated in the death of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
Usual suspects Sue Vaughan, Sasaneh
Solaimani, and Rick Hauptman volunteered for the event, and Rick
made sure I had plenty of SoloRosa
Rose in my glass. How did Rick guess my weakness for girlie
wine, and pink drinks in general? Don't worry, Mom, there was
plenty of yummy food courtesy of La
Tireless progressive Wonder Woman, Sue Vaughan, pondering a possible run in
Oh, yes, back to the party. Peace-loving
party people danced with wild abandon to performances by Hyim
and the Fat Foakland Orchestra, Average
Dyke Band, and drummer Tony
Mayfield (who claims he's the son of Curtis Mayfield, which
the Mayfield family denies).
Hyim and the Fat Foakland Orchestra
Average Dyke Band
Assemblymember Mark Leno arrived
just before midnight, fresh from a trip to Florida, only to run
into a creepily-realistic wax figure of his boss, Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger. Mark said, "Medea, you're going to have to
trust me that I'm wearing something pink. I'm keeping my trousers
on." Medea found him a pink scarf that went perfectly with
his sporty attire.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (far left), failed to negotiate an actual party
There's always next year, Arnold.
A tanned to the crisp Mark Leno ties one on with Medea Benjamin.
Mark looked into his crystal
ball: "I have some predictions for 2008, call me Polyanna,
eternal optimist. Some great things are going to happen. We're
going to get rid of the republicans out of the white house. I
think we can all agree upon that. I'm also going to predict that
the California Supreme Court is going to issue a decision on the
issue of marriage equality that we are going to like." Marriage
Medea Benjamin with School Board President
and District 9 candidate, Mark Sanchez.
Mark Leno: Converted?
Medea Benjamin and Elaine Santore
President George Bush welcomes New Year's revelors to his club
Fidel Castro: Not dead yet, Perez Hilton!
For Big Brother and BFF Aaron: Vincent Van Gogh.
Powerful women in history.
Pope Benedict XVI with Pope John Paul II and Pope John Paul I
The Last Supper
"The role of First Lady will now be played by..."
My CrackBerry buzzed at about 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve. It was
Karen Babbitt, calling to say Mayor Gavin Newsom and Jennifer
Siebel got engaged. My first reaction? "I'm surprised they've
lasted this long." Impressive. Seriously.
Meanwhile, angry San Franciscans were blowin' up the comments
section of SFGate. People really, really don't like Jennifer.
They don't seem to like Gavin that much, either. Here's one of
my favorite comments:
Man that's one really, really white couple...literally. I
see buckets and buckets of SPF 340 in their future. My guess is
Gav picked her for her brains, or lack there of, i.e., she won't
run off like the smart one. Congrats just the same. Everyone deserves
a chance to be happy.
- Posted 12/31/2007
I agree. Nothing against Gaviffer, but gossiping about
a wedding between two rich heterosexual white people doesn't interest
me right now. Fog City Journal probably won't be invited because
Gavin is still pissed at Luke for reasons unspecified, and has
now taken to giving nasty looks to the camera.
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Jennifer Siebel's ex, George Clooney (far left, with Brad "Brangelina"
declined to comment on the Siebel-Newsom nuptials.
Note to Gaviffer: if it makes you feel any better, my
mom thinks you guys make a nice couple. Congrats, kids!
Happy Birthday, Mom!
It's my mom's birthday today. I won't disclose her age, but she looks about
twenty years younger. Dad, Big Brother and I are truly blessed.