Last Sunday we woke up in a shaking RV that nearly tumbled us out of bed. The blast lasted a few seconds, and at first I thought a maniac had run into us. Then the maniac turned into a skateboarder who'd lost control because I didn't want this to be a deliberate violent act. Could a Bernie poster really draw such aggression? Rushing outside, we didn't see a skateboarder or a maniac, but an elderly Asian couple standing next to a Honda Civic that lay crammed under the RV, with 3 of its 4 tires flat.
To say we were stunned is an understatement. How can a car crash into a 12,000 pound parked vehicle with such force that made it jump forward 4 or 5 feet? The couple didn't speak English, but the lady managed to say that her daughter was coming over. And that this was her daughter's car. Oops.
The man who sleeps on the corner of the lot during weekends came up to say that the car suddenly raced forward from the other parking lane, hit the parking bumps that separate the spots, and then crashed into us. How on Earth? Then another guy told us the same. What the fuck?
Turns out the lady had just gotten her learner's permit and was practicing, with her husband in the passenger seat. He obviously didn't have her thoroughly practice the importance of remembering the difference between the gas and the brake.
(10 minutes after John bought the RV back in December, it got hit in the side by a sleepy driver, which took 2 months to repair. A month to the day after getting it back, it got hit again. Haunted RV?)
Two days later, Nikon had foot surgery, and his 'cone of shame' prevents him from tearing the bandage off from his paw, while the shoes prevent him from losing the suture. Animals don't complain, they simply suffer in silence. But one glance at him and he's ready to play, and show you his girlfriend hedgehog. She fits right in his cone now. Nikon lets happiness conquer suffering anytime.
This quote applies to him and frankly all the subjects in this entry:
“I also believe you sort of attract what you want, what you’re looking for, and I think that one must always be in love. To be in love with a person is of course ideal, but you can be in love with a flower, a tree, an idea. Just waking up in the morning, you know. It’s an attitude, an attitude of romantic readiness,” she concluded firmly, quoting F. Scott Fitzgerald. “We have to have that.”
(Gloria Vanderbilt in The New York Times today)
Our weekday headquarters are in Golden Gate Park, where the DeYoung Museum is located. A small retrospective of photographer Bruce Davidson is on view until September. Shown are primarily works from the 60s and 70s. His work gravitates towards the unrepresented; the ones for whom nothing comes easy.
Bernie and Davidson are only a few years apart, and are part of the same generation that called for and brought about needed change. A quote from Davidson about this series:
'I wanted to experience, uncover and expose the underpinning of segregation and the climate of poverty across the country. I needed to see for myself what was being endured and what was no longer going to be tolerated.'
This photo series in particular harkens back to a time when the right to vote was not a right for all. As African-Americans took to the streets and faced violence and aggression as they insisted upon their right to participate in the political process, a future Senator from Vermont and Presidential hopeful named Bernie Sanders was fighting for equality alongside them. These photos serve as a reminder of the importance of participation in our democracy. People for decades fought for this right, first women with the Suffrage movement at the turn of the century, and then African-Americans with the Civil Rights movement of the 60s and 70s. Now is not the time to be complacent and fail to show up to vote, when people before us have lived and died for this right. My hope is that Bernie's optimism and vision for this country serve as a reminder of why this campaign matters.