Thank you Lauren and Danny for
showing up early to help with setup. By 8 PM all the fixins were
on the tables and people were showing up.
Can you imagine? Bakon flavored
vodka. That's what Lizzie and Chris (Virginia's son) brought over,
along with some great fudge from Uranus. Others brought
cheese trays, yummy dips, cupcakes, chicken, cookies, cakes, and a
whole bunch of other stuff that got there later. It worked out to
plenty of food and drink for everybody.
For a while people just milled
around, ate, drank, and made merry. I was busy telling people the
plan and doing this and that.
Matt took this great picture. I
found it on the facebook event page a few days later.
I got the circle going. First we
honored those that had gotten here under their own power, a
surprising percentage of those present. That was a real feat of
strength! Then I told everybody "If there is something you want to
say to everybody, now is the time." One by one people took a turn
with the talking stick/festivus pole.
Lizzie's grievance is that sometimes
a stoplight will stop her someplace and make her wait for nobody
to do nothing for far too long. That one was a crowd pleaser for
They asked me what my grievance is.
I talked about the oil issue, basically the same thing everybody
there has heard me talk about many times. Then I said how grateful
I am to know a community of people that are okay with me going on
and on about it.
One of the Kiwi kids said something
about how we need to respect the privacy of future generations on
the internet or something like that.
Rob talked about how frustrating and
dangerous it is to have to maneuver his pedicab around Uber and
Lyft drivers parked in the bike lanes. Cami found a humorous angle
I remember hearing "The rent is too
damn high!" to lots of agreement.
Thomas summarized this part in an
email to some absent friends as "...some universal
"Grievances", funny ones, sad ones, and very personal ones.
About half of the crowd of 50 people, had a Grievance to share,
including kids." Wish I could remember more of them.
After the circle there was some
general milling around. People that had been holding off their
exit to witness the sharing said their goodbyes.
Alison was among
them. She'd been my boss for the past couple of years parking
bikes at Levi's Stadium. Unfortunately, she had decided to go back
to New Zealand. Likely this was the last time I'd see her. One of
those people it's been a pleasure to know.
Lizzie had read someplace that
"feats of strength" were required, so she arm wrestled a few
people to much amusement. To start it she challenged Virginia to
The outcome was only in doubt for a
little while. Then Virginia uncorked a can of whup ass.
Something similar happened in the
Mostly though, it was just people
eating, drinking, and talking in a warm and comfortable place.
There was some dancing to.
We posed for a group shot.
It took Danny a while to go through
all the cameras people wanted it on.
Somebody decided the festivus pole
needed augmenting with that purple can.
Barry has some words of grievance
about the way his parts suppliers are treating him. The light is
great, but people keep raising prices on him and there isn't
enough margin there for him to get anything from it himself. I
could just feel the frustration and anger in his voice. He's
particularly angry at the supplier of the clear body piece.
Thank you Summer for taking home the
last couple of guests that were too drunk to pedal their bicycles.
Probably they were all gone by 3 AM. Virginia and I had to clean
the place, but that only took another hour and a half or so. It
was all over by 5 AM. After we woke up Virginia and I went back to
check our work, but it was too late. There was some kid's birthday
party in full swing already. That clubhouse is used a lot!