Mar 12th John McKnight, Salvation Army Disaster Planning


Even though Bert Hill has returned from Washington, DC, and its nasty weather, this morning President Jill Hoffman again handled the five minute warning personally. Although Il Duce is dead because President Jill called the meeting to order three minutes late.  So, the trains didn’t run on time today.    

 We had three guests this morning.  Hosted by new member Chris Burns was general contractor Tre GraffTre must be a pretty good contractor, because he’s doing work for Chris and Chris invited Tre to breakfast.  Rob DeMartini hosted Alesia Mack, who checks in our drivers at Recology Sunset Scavenger when they complete their routes and return to the yard.  Our speaker, John McKnight, brought along Laine Hendricks, the Director of Public Relations for the Salvation Army’s Golden State Division.  If Laine appeared to be underdressed, don’t take offense.  Laine and John spent all last night serving 800 meals to the first responders at that gigantic apartment building fire in Mission Bay, and they came direct from the fire scene to the GGBC.  Plus, Laine was still better dressed than Rickey Wilson.                 

 Excuses requested for this morning.  I’m going to request excuse for your editor, Antonio White.  I received Antonio’s request via text message.  I hope Alex King doesn’t read the column this week.  Joel Panzer excused son J. J. and Karen Nemsick, who are both at what should be the final Wednesday morning Board meeting for Rebuilding Together San Francisco.  Joel also offered a correction for last week’s column.  I said Patricia Fripp will be in Jacksonville, Florida, helping the speaker’s bureau of the Wounded Warrior Project.  I was a little off.  Fripp is in Sacramento helping the speaker’s bureau of the Wounded Warrior Project.

 Excuses requested for the future; Wayne Veatch will be in Fortuna celebrating the birthday of a long time friend.  Wayne points out; as we age we have long time friends, not old friends. Tom Smegal will be playing golf at El Dorado Country Club in Palm Springs and Alan Garber will be in Scottsdale replacing Marty FleisherMike Mustacchi, wearing a Steve Shain like Argyle sweater, will be in Calistoga as it’s his honey Honey’s birthday.         

 New member Joanne Fazzino received a second new member round of applause and says not to worry.  Even with that big 360 unit apartment house burning down in Mission Bay, there are still 184 one bedroom apartments available in SOMA in the $3K/month price range.  Joanne’s restaurant recommendation for this morning; Starbelly at 16th & Market Streets.

 Betty Taisch returned from a techie convention in Phoenix.  While Betty was there she took in a performance of the Phoenix Symphony.  The symphony was playing the music of Marvin Hamlisch and Betty says the performance was surprisingly good.

 Even though Roy Wonder was here, he didn’t get his customary “all rise” intro from Ed Flowers.  I think that’s because Ed’s too excited about the return of Fleet Week.  The Blue Angels will be back and San Francisco is also going to host the commissioning of the new USS America right around that time as well.    

   No joke from Marty Mijalski this morning because Marty wanted to give us a travelogue.  Heading north on 101, Marty came upon the town of Garberville, the pot capital of Northern California. 

 David Dissmeyer says there’s a fifty percent chance of rain next Thursday.  Not tomorrow, next Thursday.

 This prompted Rickey Wilson to mention how much he misses those old farmers in the Capay Valley.  Those old guys would say, “now that we’ve had our two weeks of winter and our two weeks of spring, bring on our forty-six weeks of summer”. 

 Lots of interesting people go through SFO.  Last week Rich Corriea met the Dalai Lama who was coming to the Bay Area for three speaking engagements.  Meeting the Dalai Lama reminded Rich of the movie Caddyshack, where Bill Murray’s character, Carl Spackler, relates the story of how he caddied for the Dalai Lama.  In Carl’s story, the Dalai Lama hits his drive down a 10,000 foot crevice and starts shouting gunga galunga, which Rich says is the Tibetan expression for peaceful dismay.  My favorite Carl Spackler story is the one where Carl says in reference to killing gophers, “they’re like the Viet Cong-Varmint Cong”. Still makes me laugh to this day.  

 Also, if you didn’t have anything to do for lunch today, the Irish-Israeli-Italian Society of San Francisco (the three I’s) is holding its annual St. Patrick’s Day luncheon at the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club.  One of today honorees……Rich Corriea.

 Semi-retired Phil Moscone drew a one day assignment to Traffic Court.  Phil convicted a bicyclist for running a red light.  The result; a fine of $238.00.  Of course, in my car, if I run a red light, the fine is $490.00.  Plus a point on my license. Go to traffic school you say.  Can’t, I have a Commercial Driver’s license and we don’t have that option.             

 Tom Jacobs’ Recology safety report of the day; truck #10178, which Tom correctly identified as a rear loader, was blocking Polk Street.  Like I said before, no traffic restrictions for Recology on Polk Street.  Our driver was just doing his civic duty in keeping commuters from Marin from speeding down our neighborhood streets.

 Living in a motel at California and Masonic Streets; Steve ShainSteve had a water pipe break at his house and was flooded out.  Since we’re quoting Saturday Night Live Alumni, Steve, at least you’re not “living in a van down by the river”.

 Chuck Mills says the Marvelous Marin Breakfast Club celebrated its fiftieth anniversary last Saturday.  Remember, the MMBC and the GGBC were founded by the same guy, Frank Beckman.

 Last Saturday was opening day for the San Francisco Little League.  Don Persky says there are 130 teams playing this year.  Don also declined to speculate on the fate of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. 

 Well nobody had an answer for my quiz in last week’s column.  What was Arlan Kertz’s childhood nickname?  Chico

 We had two jokes this morning.  One from Alan Garber and one from Joel PanzerGarber’s joke: A man suffered a serious heart attack and had heart bypass surgery.  He awakened from the surgery to find himself in the care of nuns at a Catholic Hospital.  As he was recovering, a nun asked him questions regarding how he was going to pay for his treatment.  She asked if he had health insurance.  The man replied in a raspy voice, “No health insurance”.  The nun asked if he had money in the bank.  The man replied, “No money in the bank”.  The nun asked, “Do you have a relative who could give you the money?”  The man replied, “I only have a spinster sister, who is a nun”.  The nun became agitated and announced loudly, “Nuns are not spinsters! Nuns are married to God”.  The man replied, “Then send the bill to my brother-in-law”.

 I will only give you the punch line from Joel’s joke; husband to wife; “why are you ironing your bra, you don’t have anything to put in it”.  Wife replies, “ I iron your shorts don’t I”.

 President Jill didn’t want to make the call on who should get the Goldie Award, so she left it up to the membership.  The winner; to slightly less tepid applause, Garber.  President Jill had one of those “hey, don’t I know you moments”.  Waiting for her annual fitness medical exam, a gentleman came up to her and delivered the line.  In this case, he really did know Jill.  It was Alex Johnson from Carrier Air Conditioning.  President Jill looks different when she’s not being presidential.        

 President Jill also reminded the membership we are having a membership drive breakfast on April 23rd when our speaker will be SFPD Chief Greg Suhr.  Guests are free, but they have to be prospective members. 

 Mike Hanlon had a single birthday this morning, Bert Hill, who was here and got his choice of hats.

Knuckleheads of the week:  most San Francisco pedestrians.  I know I may incur the wrath of Robin Brasso, but if I can train my little dog Ollie to stop at a corner, sit, and wait for it to be clear before he crosses the street, why can’t supposedly mature, educated human adults do the same.  They don’t have to sit, just look both ways.