Friday, June 15, 2007
The Madwoman of McAllister
The Civic Center neighborhood is host to a number of crazy people who inspire everything from pity to repugnance to amusement.
The lady above manages to make me feel all three emotions.
Whenever she appears in the neighborhood, she always brings along her huge collection of plastic bags.
Woe betide anyone who actually tries to get between the lady and her bags, but otherwise she acts quite harmless.
This week she was engaged in the Sisyphean task of moving her bags in shifts from the median strip on Van Ness Avenue across the street to a bus shelter on McAllister Street.
The bus drivers used to actually pick her up and transport her places, but now refuse to do so because her bags tend to take up the entire front of the bus. I always wonder where she's actually going, both in her own mind and in reality.