Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Monday, Monday 3: Mayoral Men in Black
At the Ferry Building on "Spare The Air" Monday, we prayed that the overloaded craft to Sausalito didn't sink like one of those Philippine ferryboats you read about on page B-20 of major newspapers.
The rehabilitated and retrofitted Ferry Building, with its many pricey gourmet food offerings, can often look a bit like a ghost town on weekdays, but on Monday the place was hopping.
The place seems to be finally coming into its own as a public square.
At about 2:30 PM, there was a sudden entrance into the complex of media, politicians and bodyguards.
Mayor Gavin Newsom was conducting a photo-op tour with the Mayor of Chicago, Richard E. Daley, Jr., son of the infamous old ward boss himself.
Newsom is a master at photo-ops and interacting with crowds, so he stopped to talk to a little girl...
...and then to an aggrieved woman who needed something, which he referred to one of his staff.
On a day where the temperature was in the 80's, and just about everybody was in shorts and T-shirts, it was amusing to see this phalanx of Men in Black Suits...
...looking like traditional gangsters.
Frank Chu, in the right foreground in the photo above, had managed to make it from the Israeli consulate over to the Ferry Building.
He can smell unexposed video better than any person in San Francisco...
...other than Mayor Gavin Newsom.
After their quick tour of the interior, the Men in Black went outside and speechified a bit in front of the temporary Burning Man sculpture, "Passage."
Note to Leslie at the Black Rock Arts Foundation: You should be asking for more arts grant money from the mayor, since he keeps using your pieces as major photo props.