Jun 18: Patrick Otellini, SF's First Resilience Officer


Lots of business peaks and valleys at the MMC.  Two weeks ago a down business week put us back into the Commandant’s Room.  Last week, an extremely busy business week put us into the Leatherneck Lounge and theatre lobby on the 2nd floor.  This week, business is down again and we’re back in the Commandant’s Room.  As a result, Jorge and Elmer were happy this morning.  With Bert Hill on his 400 mile bike ride, the Master of Disaster, John McKnight, handled the five minute warning for President Jill Hoffman.  No fire truck bell, no Barbie horn, John just used his best deep Reg Young voice.  Got everybody’s attention except President Jill’s.  This prompted Past President Harvey to jump up to the podium and announce it was 7:36AM, and Mike Mustacchi to also use his best deep Reg Young voice to announce “attention everybody”.  This resulted in President Jill’s mad dash to join Harvey and start the meeting.  Actually, it was only 7:31AM.  Even the trains in Italy allow a five minute cushion, so a minute late is still considered on time.      

Again, we had only two guests this morning.  Hosted by Patricia Fripp, even though Patricia was getting on a plane at SFO to take her to Virginia requiring an excuse for this morning, was new-member-in-the-pipe-line Dana Walsh, back for her second visit.  Joel Panzer handled the introduction.  Our second guest was frequent GGBC visitor Judy Tuck, wife of 42.9 years to her host, husband Hugh Tuck.  Our warm friend since 1908. 

Other excuses requested for this morning; from Reg Young for Mike Hanlon, who is at a meeting for Catholic Charities and for Jim Simpson who has an appointment with Dr. Jacobs.  Of course, since Tom was here, maybe Jim could have come to breakfast.  Steve Shain excused Rich Corriea, who is under the weather.  Joel Panzer excused son J. J. Panzer, who did properly request an excuse last week, and is still on the beach in Cancun.  Joel also mentioned J. J. and wife Michelle’s new baby is a girl.  That’s old news Papa Joel, since J. J. already posted the sonogram image on Facebook.          

Excuses requested for the future; Wayne Veatch needs a month’s worth.  Going to Scotland, where his ancestors immigrated from in 1651, Ireland, and then to the Veatch family reunion. 

Member that has returned; Doug Wilkins back from his extended tour though Costa Rica and the Caribbean.

Although suffering from laryngitis, Betty Taisch gave us some words of advice; smile and be happy.  Betty also has her fingers crossed.  She’s writing her fifth offer on a house for her son and hopes he gets this one

Do you know a good immigration attorney?  John Mathers says his guest from last week Deniz Beces, the daughter of one of John’s good friends, would like to stay here in the USA after she finishes grad school.  John also took special note to thank Mike Mustacchi for volunteering his time and expertise to take the photos at a charity event John was involved with.  

This week’s restaurant recommendation from Joanne Fazzino; Zazie in Cole Valley.  A great spot for brunch.  Must be pretty good, because Janet Von Doepp gave this restaurant a recommendation at our April 16th meeting.  Joanne also says she can get you a two bedroom in Pacific Heights for under $5K a month. 

Prior to Terry Cowhey’s self-introduction, President Jill issued the GGBC’s disclaimer and indemnification indicating the GGBC does not condone or agree with any of Terry’s comments and those comments are solely the responsibility of the speaker.  Except our insurance agent, Jack Shea says the GGBC’s General Liability Policy has a Cowhey exclusion.

If you haven’t signed up yet for the GGBC’s Golf Tournament, Steve Shain says you’re too late.  Close of business on Wednesday was the last day.  The Tournament is next Wednesday, the 25th.  Have your $75.00 ready.

John Stewart doesn’t have to worry about missing the deadline.  Steve called John while John was in France to make sure John was going to play.

All this talk of France prompted John Bell, making three meetings out of the last four, to tell a story or make a comment about France.  Except John was facing the back of the room and I didn’t hear a word.  Except “France”.

This further prompted Cathy Scharetg, after telling us daughter Maeve has a new job at a health club that necessitates a 4:30AM wake up time resulting in a 4:30AM wake up time for Mom too, to invoke the memory of my predecessor and mentor, Dick PohliDick always said “speak slowly, fully enunciate your words, and face the front of the room.  Don’t mumble, don’t ramble, make it short and sweet if you want your comment to make it into the column”.  And, my wife would really like Cathy’s black and white polka dot scarf.       

Do you know what PDR stands for? Physician’s Desk Reference.  Well, you’re right.  Except it also stand for Production, Distribution and Repair zoning.  The Showplace, where Chuck Mills and new-member-in-the-pipe-line Dana Walsh have their showrooms, is in a PDR zoned area.  How do you get around this zoning if you want to turn your building into offices for techies?  Have it declared a historic building.  If the City’s Board of Supervisors agrees, it’s adios for Chuckles and Dana.      

Phil Moscone can’t understand it.  Left home early and got to MMC late.  Phil, traffic in the Bay Area is rated second worst in the nation.  Next Wednesday, join Marty Mijalski on BART.  

Busy with weddings, funerals and graduations, Janet Von Doepp reports her friend and past GGBC speaker, magician Walt Anthony had the cast removed from his broken his wrist.  Except, Walt’s wrist is still pretty stiff and Walt can’t resume performing yet.  Fellow magician David Facer continues to hold down the fort in Walt’s place at the Magic Parlor.  David performs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00PM.  Mention the GGBC and you’ll get your $40.00 ticket for $10.00.  The Magic Parlor is in the Chancellor Hotel at 433 Powell Street.   

No poem this week from Stan Ellexson.  Only an update on Russ Gorman.  Unfortunately Russ is declining a bit every day.  Cards would be in order though, and I’m sure would be appreciated.

Tom Jacobs had a bit of a shock this morning.  While waiting to cross Sutter Street, Recology truck #14385 stopped to allow Tom to cross.  That driver must have lost the picture of Tom I issued to each route.

Looking for something to do next Thursday evening the 26th?  Karen Nemsick reminds us her big Builders and Brewers fundraiser is that evening at SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street from 6:00PM to 9:00PM.  It’s all the beer you can drink for only $75.00.  Our top jokesters pulled out all the stops this morning.  First from the Master of Disaster, John McKnightTop of Form

A lost dog strays into a jungle. A lion see the dog and figures “this guy looks edible.” So the lion starts rushing towards the dog.  The dog notices the lion and starts to panic, but he sees a pile of bones next to him, gets an idea, and says loudly “mmm...that was some good lion meat!”  The lion stops and says "Woah! This guy seems tougher then he looks, so I better leave while I can.”  A monkey witnessed everything and the monkey realizes the he can benefit from this situation by telling the lion what really happened and getting something in return.  So, the monkey proceeds to tell the lion and the lion says angrily “get on my back, we'll get him together.” The lion and the monkey start rushing back to the dog. The dog sees them and starts to panic. Then the dog gets another idea and shouts “where the hell is that monkey! I told him to bring me another lion an hour ago.”

Alan Garber followed with: One morning three women were golfing. On the fourth green suddenly a guy runs by wearing nothing but a bag over his head. As he passes by the first woman, she looks down and says, “well, he’s certainly not my husband”.  As he   passes by the second woman, she also glances downward and says, “he’s not my husband either”.  He then passes by the third woman, Audrey, who also looks down as he runs by her. “Wait a minute” Audrey says “he’s not even a member of this club”.

Garber’s joke was very well received, eliciting numerous chuckles and laughs.  I was quite impressed with Garber’s delivery.  Our new-member-in-the-pipe-line, Dana Walsh, mentioned to Wayne Veatch that she told Garber’s joke during lunch with a friend who was here for the day from New Zealand.  He laughed so hard; he’s wishing he could stay in SF longer and visit this breakfast club.

Not sure why, but President Jill didn’t award Goldie the Chicken to Garber.  Maybe President Jill didn’t fully recover from her shock and disbelief at the quality of this joke.

Marty Mijalski didn’t even attempt to challenge McKnight and Garber with a joke of his own, preferring to ask a profound question.  In the Old Testament it says “go forth and multiply”.  Does this mean early Christians and Jews couldn’t add or subtract?

Ray Siotto says he misses Johnson You.  

Hedy Kaveh had all the usual suspects this morning.  Hedy did admit he pulled the list early though, so the late arrivals didn’t get a chance to sign in.           

Special events reminder from Joel Panzer; the joint meeting with the Lake Merritt and Berkeley Breakfast Clubs is on July 24th, a Thursday, at the Lake Merritt Hotel.  Marty Lurie from KNBR will be the speaker.  And, the GGBC’s annual Dick Polhi Memorial Bocce Ball Tournament will be on Saturday, August 2nd at the Marin Bocce Federation in San Rafael.

Reg Young, still subbing for Mike Hanlon, had two birthdays this week.  Tom Smegal, on Sunday and Janet Von Doepp on Tuesday.  Since Smegal sneaked in during last week’s celebration, no hat and no birthday song for Tom this morning, only Janet.  I’ll also wish a Happy Birthday to two of our former members.  Sharing a birthday with Janet is Steve Tacchini and our other dentist, Stan Dintcho, who is celebrating his birthday on Thursday.              
Knucklehead of the week: Please note this column was written on Thursday, before I saw the day’s issue of the Chronicle.  I was not collaborating with C. W. Nevius nor did I have an advance copy of his column.  Our winner this week is Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco for travelling to Washington DC to speak at the March for Marriage on Thursday.  Archbishop Cordileone is the only member of the Catholic Church scheduled to participate in this event, which while it appears to be supportive of marriage, is really just an excuse to get together and bash members of the LGBT community.  There are a considerable number of gay Catholics in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Archbishop Cordileone’s participation is both hurtful and a slap in the face.  Given the state of heterosexual marriage in this country, with our still growing divorce rate, maybe by letting gays marry we’ll bring the rate down and make the state of marriage in this country look better.