Info Gluttony

November 2010

Posted in personal, san francisco by echan on November 5, 2010

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.


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  1. zygote said, on November 5, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    d00d, i can’t believe you put using your clipper card for the first time, next to the giants world series win! and i don’t even watch/like sportZ (though i do wish i’d gone to the parade).

  2. echan said, on November 5, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    The World Series is huge, don’t get me wrong, but the Clipper Card represents one of those subtle long-term changes that is huge.

    There has been a lot of change in mass transit in SF this year. The Clipper Card means no more Fast Passes. The Clipper means no more old turnstiles:

    On top of that, the physical environment outside morphs too, as Muni replaces all of it’s old bus shelters.

    It’s just a lot of change at once.

  3. AP said, on November 12, 2010 at 12:32 am

    I like that the clipper card is easy to auto-reload. But tagging into the trains takes forever. And even leaving the station takes longer now, waiting for the doors to open. Why didn’t they keep the turnstiles with the new readers?

    As far as prop L, they need another law to outlaw sidewalk pooping during daylight hours, too. The city is kind of gross.

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