The biggest loser of the great 2009 Professor* Stephen Fowler Wife Swap Debacle has got to be one Richard Hanamura, ex Noe Valley. Why?
Well, ’cause bad reality TV played a role in aging Robert Hanamura losing his upstairs place at 479 Douglass ($850k? Sounds cheap.) in NIMBY Valley.
Let me tell you here, let’s say you’re a landlord in the 415 and you have some Hanamuras living upstairs that you want get rid of. Let’s say they’ve been there for donkey’s years, using an illegally-installed kitchen. Here’s how it go back in the day:
Landlord: Hello, City? There’s an octogenarian in my place using an illegal kitchen.
City: So what. Get bent.
Landlord: Japanese blood courses through his veins. His name is HA-NA-MU-RA.
City: We’re rolling the trucks right now! He’ll be imprisoned up in the high desert at Manzanar by tomorrow’s sunset.
“Anonymous disinterested party”: Hello, City? There’s an octogenarian living at 479 Douglass – his name is Hanamura. Japanese blood courses through his veins.
City: So what. Get bent. Who are you anyway, the landlord or someone working on his behalf?
ADP: No comment. I’m “anonymous.”
City: So what. Get bent, Anonymous.
ADP: He’s using an illegal kitchen. Or, at least that’s what I’ve been told…
City: We’re rolling the trucks right now! Well, maybe not, there’s some due process thing these days. But hey, why don’t you just throw him a few bucks and get him to leave voluntarily. Tell him that kitchen’s got to come out right now, and him too, sooner rather than later.
That’s your history lesson of the day.
Hey, why not head over to the SFGOV TV and start watching at 8:30, that’s 8 hours and 30 minutes into the recent Planning Commission joint. It’s a doozy. Who will win, the NIMBYs or arrogant Stephen Fowler and his flaky “I’m a healer and I release deep emotional wounds” wife or area NIMBYs?
Hey, who was the person who anonymously informed on illegal in-law resident Robert Hanamura?
Well, who have a reason to? He’d been peacefully living there for four decades, right?
Something to think about, huh?
Stephen Fowler’s 80 foot long “monster house,” as proposed:
I’m a Greenie! Supersize Me!
*Not really! Haha
Now people, no more of this:
“He is clearly an insecure man. Insecure about the very things for which he criticizes the “swap” wife. First, an advanced degree from the London School is hardly impressive in the venture capital world. Most VC’s have received their MBA’s from Harvard or Stanford and if you were able to gain admittance to either of those schools, you would never attend the London School. Second, he claims to have scored a 99.99% on the GRE. (BTW, not the standardized test for an MBA) The GRE only scores in even percentiles. For example, he would have not received a score that said 99.99 percentile (as he states in the video), but rather it would have said 99th percentile. Samll point, but character revealing. He calls himself a venture capitalist, but he is only a “venture partner.” Anyone in the venture world knows there is a big distinction. In San Francisco, he is a small fish who lacks impressive education and business credentials and from a career perspective, he has achieved relatively little. His wife has a bunch of “certificates,” an odd occupation, and is uncouth enough to apply for and agree to a role on a reality TV show. In San Francisco, they were most likely socially inferior even BEFORE their appearance on “Wife Swap.” I’m not a psychologist, but Stephen appears to be taking out his feelings of inadequacy on this woman. Kudos to her for keeping her dignity through it all.