The CrackBerry Chronicles:
Election 2008 Through the Lens

Written by Elaine Santore. Posted in Culture, Human Interest, Opinion, Politics

Published on November 13, 2008 with 2 Comments

Elaine Santore on location, Colma BART station.
Photos by Luke Thomas

 By Elaine Santore

November 13, 2008

“Most peculiar, Mama”

November 5 was a very long day for yours truly. I woke up early in the AM, wrote a column for all the beautiful, fabulous and all-around-superior readers of Fog City Journal, then jetted off to my night class.

Of course, I made the mistake of leaving my thermos of freshly-brewed Peet’s coffee sitting next to my laptop, which led me to fall asleep in said night class. In the first row. Oops.

I had no excuse for my narcolepsy. What was I supposed to say to my journo prof, “Sorry, I was up late last night drinking with some elected officials and celebrating a new dawn of the 21st century?”

There’s no way I’m going to be a journalist with a capital ‘J’ at this rate. WWRMD = What would Rachel Maddow do?

My life was not supposed to turn out this way. I was supposed to be a highly respected actor, performing Shakespeare in the park and spending my days convincing people I am not really a waitress.

Instead, I write columns in pajamas and spend my days convincing people I’m not really a hostess.

My mother certainly never told me I’d have days like these. But she’s proud of her bunso and forwards my columns to her co-workers. (Thanks for helping advance my career, Mom.)

With that, I present you a slide show of photos from the 2008 election, set to John Lennon’s “Nobody Told Me.”

We’ve got photos of the winners, losers, and those who are what we like to term “down, but not out” – including campaigns that may have lost at the voting booth on election day but remain undefeated.

“I’m just waitin’ on a friend” For those of you who ran for office and lost, may the Universe bless you with the support of family and friends.

One of FCJ’s neighbors travels through the TL
with his best friend, Jimmy the camel.

Elaine Santore

Elaine Santore was born in San Francisco during the awesome '80s. She spent a considerable amount of her childhood around City employees, all of whom taught her the value of pretending to be productive. After graduating from Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, she transferred schools three times but eventually received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in Psychology, with a double minor in Political Science and Textiles, Clothing and Design. This unique area of expertise makes her qualified to critique the sartorial missteps and psychological problems of local politicians. Elaine's work has also appeared in 7x7, California Home + Design, Filipinas, the Daily Nebraskan, SF Bay Guardian, and

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  1. oh, almost forgot the shot of the Colma BART station. Bet you didn’t know Wyatt Earp is buried in one of Colma’s many cemeteries, along with most of the deceased population of SF. We used to live on Mission about a half mile from Colma and us kids often used to wander into a cemetery. Thanks for the memory.

  2. I like the G & H Liquor & Grocery. Money orders? Buy or cash one in? ATM, VISA, M/C. The poor dog with its tail tucked between its legs is probably afraid of the camel. Or it could be symbolic of the Republican Party. Classic stuff. I love these shots.