How often do you get to see the likes of Chaka Khan and Martha Wash for $5!? I’m so glad we went. My daughter and I took BART to 19th Street in Oakland. She overheard some guys say “follow the bear”. I met a few friends there and ran into a bunch of people I knew. I’m glad I didn’t bring my dog, because the music too loud for me. I can only imagine how hard it would have been for him.
Videos and pictures – One of the videos is from the Dyke March gathering after which I first heard, then saw Wanda Sykes and her wife. Wanda was amused by a completely naked man with a genital piercing so behind her sunglasses and with her short dreads, I saw her pull out her camera and take a shot of him. I’m glad their twins were not there!
I can’t believe that a 19 year old kid was shot and killed at the Pink Party. A few others were injured. I left relatively early that evening and I had quite a week with six days of staying in the city with various friends visiting from London, Berlin and Philadelphia. My friend Gene hung out with me a lot and he put me up for a night when two unmentionably flaky people from the Sacramento area left me high and dry at 1am after begging me to wait for them. I knew all the hotels would be booked this weekend of all weekends, so I had the prospect f sleeping on my office floor, which fortunately did not have to manifest.
I met a lot of nice men and women and came into town with my daughter and her two friends and my Yorkie on Sunday, but I didn’t stay too late as the week caught up with me. I was just getting over losing my voice the week before, but I got a lot of walking in and I had most of my energy back.
Video and pictures of Monte, Aaron and me: