Whose idea was it to have the Olympic torch make its only North American appearance in a city that happens to be one-third Chinese-American and who-knows-how-many-thirds Crazy Hippie Style?
It was strange to attend a volatile protest where America was not the villain. Lefties denounced the largest Communist country on Earth. Pro-China protestors waved Communist flags and wore sparkly Uncle Sam hats like Rockettes on a USO tour. China manufactured every single object in each of these photos. Win-win-win.
I saw frequent uses of the "peace" hand sign, even during moments of extreme confrontation. This reminded me of the first punk shows I used to go to, when I would give the band the finger simply because I was scared and didn't know what else to do.
At one point my friend John Kriksciun from Lifesblood called and I stared out at the San Francisco Bay and we talked about Lifesblood for a while.
Without warning, hundreds of protesters - running as if the Bay Bridge had collapsed - attacked an empty bus. It occurred to me that the entire event was actually a ruse by the International Olympic Committee to gather all the troublemakers in San Francisco while the torch passed untrammeled through Simi Valley.
A die-in was held in front of the empty bus. It was a bummer.
Eventually the empty bus was released on its own recognizance.
Here's my complaint with the Samsung NV3 digital camera: it takes crummy photos. The cheapest of Kodak Brownies could probably have made this shot look like the liberation of Paris.
Here's what I like about the Samsung NV3: you can stand two blocks away from a bunch of cops, then - from the comfort of your own home - swoop into the megapixels and make it look totally ominous and not at all like a bunch of bored middle aged men standing around discussing last week's Grey's Anatomy.
Anyone who brings a toddler to a political protest should be forced to live on Garbage Island. But then I take their picture and suddenly I'm the bad guy? What?
This photo would have been a bit more poignant if the Bay Bridge had actually collapsed.