We’re only 5 days into this month, but very momentous things have happened already.
November 1, 2010 shall henceforth be known as a very big day in my life as a San Franciscan because of two things. First, after 18 years of intermittent Fast Pass use, I used a Clipper Card for the first time. Second, the Giants won the World Series. Before the Giants’ victory, I underestimated the gross local happiness that a World Series trophy could bring to the City.
On November 2, 2010 was election day. I could elaborate about my disappointment about Senator Russ Feingold’s loss, or my surprised relief over Sharon “You Latinos look Asian” Angle’s failed bid, but the civil libertarian in me is stuck on Prop. L‘s passing in San Francisco. Prop. L criminalizes the act of merely sitting or lying on a public sidewalk between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. and is targeted towards the homeless in San Francisco. I think it’s funny that the same San Franciscans who voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing pot were the same people who voted to criminalize not having a place to go. To my fellow smug San Franciscans, you are not as liberal as you think.
But November 3, 2010, Giants Day in San Francisco washed away any sins with a sea of orange streamers. Seeing the two Willies (McCovey and Mays) in the parade once again highlighted the meaning of the win. I am just so happy that the Giants achieved this victory while these two legends were still around to enjoy the victory. I wish that my grandfather could have seen it too.
To top it off, before this morning’s fog, the November weather had been uncommonly warm. The unexpected warm nights after a chilly summer and wet October seemed to add one extra blessing to San Francisco this week. It almost makes up for that feeling of loss that accompanies the shorter days.
But the jubilation and sun are already slipping away from us. The City pulled down the orange, black, and white balloon bouquets along market and replaced them with snowflake lights.