(I think I’m satisfied with that headline.) All right there’s this guy, let’s call him Manatease, who functions as our Department of Recreation and Park‘s number one social gadfly – I bump into him from time to time. And there’s this other guy who now runs the RPD – I think I might have been at his law school* the same time he was, a year or two apart maybe. O.K. then.
Apparently, one of them was haranguing the other in or around RPD HQ last week and that somehow led to an incident betwixt Manatease and a lawyer for the gardener’s union. Now, that’s not on tape, but the rest of it, including a humiliating apology, was recorded by some kind of beltcam or something.
Here it is, in a punchy 4.5 minutes. Whoops, here it is.
I’ll tell you, I don’t share Manatease’s world-view, really. I mean I agree with some of his positions (like the advisability of charging foreigners $7 to get into Strybing Arboretum, coming soon) and disagree with others (like the idea of using park property to make a few bucks off of Peter Pan) [UPDATE: Well, I suppose I could have phrased this in a different way – I object neither to the general concept nor to this particular execution of using Sue Bierman Park, aka Ferry Park, aka Fairy Park, to put on Peter Pan].
But it’s Mantease’s right to “disrupt” the plans of RPD, correct?
A skinned knee perhaps but the quick brown red fox lives to fight another day. This is what the foxes of the San Francisco Botanical Garden looked like back in the day, back before I decided to never again step foot in the joint. As seen in the New World Cloud Forest:
I think the YouTube clip speaks for itself, but stay tuned for all the deets (from Manatease’s point of view, anyway), after the jump.
*Back in the day when it was a dirt-cheap** top-20 law school. (It’s neither of those things now….)
**For CA residents, that is – the price of tuition was less than ten percent of what USC’s was, back in the day. Those days are over, never to return. Oh well.