I showed up to do phone banking and the campaign worker informed me that due to a recent push of donations they had been able to hire people to do that, which is great. She said my other option was to go to 16th and J and hold a sign. I really question the efficacy of that, but she's a pro and she said that's what the campaign is currently focussing on, so I did it. I walked from 5th and J in the rain, stopping by the Crest briefly to kvetch and check out the haps as far as the Creature Feature doc that Midmo blogged about. I noted that the Cosmopolitan restaurant is now open.
It was pouring down rain, and I picked up my plastic sign and started waving it around. There was a small group on each corner. We got about 20 to 1 positive reaction with tons of honking and waving. There was some kind of Christian convention going on at the convention center yesterday so we got a lot of flack from folks in nametags. As soon as I arrived this teenager came up to me and asked why he should vote no on 8. I stammered, "because..." and he quickly said, "just because?". Then I recovered and said I felt my gay friends should be allowed to marry their partners and he interrupted with, "even if it's against Biblical principles?". Well he had me stumped there, and he quickly turned and walked off anyways. Others took great delight in yelling "yes on 8" or flipping us off or yelling "faggots". But like I said, the majority were positive. One women gave us her giant Monarchs umbrella to stay dry, and then she went and bought a bunch of rain ponchos. It was very touching. It was crazy to see how many people were talking on the phone in the rain and dark and rush hour traffic at downtowns busiest intersection.
Then I headed back towards my car and decided to get a drink at the Cosmopolitan. Even though I was in sneakers and soaked and musty smelling they were quite nice to me at the bar as I drank my ten dollar cocktail. Holy shit is this place filled to the gills with white-haired richies, recession be damned. It's because the first show next door is "Forever In Plaid" and it was starting in an hour. The menu is boring as hell, the beer and wine list are terrible, but the food I saw looked damn good. I want to try the roasted chicken with pomegranite seeds, which is quite lovely, and they have corned beef and savoy cabbage, also.
Then it was on to the movie "Watch horror movies, keep America strong". This was the slogan of "Creature Features", which ran on late night TV in Sac and the Bay Area. It was one of the first places that "Hardware Wars" was shown. Even I remember that. I was very stoked on this movie as soon as it started. All of this was just a scoche (is that real word?) before my time, as Bob Wilkins retired as the host in 1975, but Bob Wilkins is a complete badass. There aren't many clips online, and the one below doesn't demonstrate how fucking funny he is. Look at him, though! So rad. He smoked the cigar the whole time the show ran.