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March 2010

How Do You Not Know Better?


I am shaped like Kim Kardashian, minus the fake boobs. She is trimmer and fitter than I am, but we are both short, short-waisted, ultra curvy with big butts. It's a blessing and a curse.

But I am not a millionaire celebutante with a stylist and a wardrobe that goes for miles. I shop at Goodwill. But even I know that those of us with serious hips don't wear this sort of skirt. No one, frankly, should wear this sort of skirt, but especially not myself or Kim Kardashian.

And it pisses me off that she doesn't know better.

Why did I just spend 5 minutes writing this? God knows, but now I am pissed at myself that I did.


Just before I left the house to catch the bus I went to get a straw for my road smoothie and pulled the entire drawer and all its contents loudly onto the kitchen floor. I have zero doubt my downstairs neighbor will file a complaint with the building management.

The 38-L and I met at a very opportunistic time, and I boarded a very, very crowded bus. I stomped out a spot with my giant overnight bag looped over my head and grabbed a bar. It was going to be a bumpy ride.

At Presidio a man in a truck drove alongside the heaving bus, a cat in his lap. At first I thought I had been mistaken, but no. That was a cat. Sitting in the driver's lap, its head out the window, whipping around, taking in all the sights.

"That is a cat in that person's lap."

I had to say it aloud.

A blonde girl with round cheeks did not look at me, but said, "That is a cat in that person's lap."

"I just had to say it out loud," I repeated verbally.

"I used to live in San Diego and there a man would ride his bike along the beach with a cat just CLINGING to his back. The cat always looked miserable, but it was out there every day."

I imagine the cat was indeed miserable.

At Divisadero more people climbed on at each entrance, the bus swelling with riders.

"I am not going anywhere until that back door is closed," said an exasperated driver. "I will sit here all day."

Someone's mom, no doubt, started barking orders. "Move up, move back, move up, move back," until the doors finally closed. "Cool!," she shouted, once the bus lurched forward.

An old man coughed and spit on the floor.

Blogger is not a bad word. Don't let journalists convince you otherwise.

Last night I went to this event for local bloggers called Swagapalooza. It was specifically for bloggers. I introduced myself to a guy in a blazer while my friend Brock ran to get more taquitos. We exchanged names, I sipped my vodka and soda and asked, "Are you a blogger?"

His reply? "For lack of a better word."

Immediately, this guy made my shit list with a bullet.

"Actually, I am a journalist," he said with a straight face.

"Journalists can be bloggers and bloggers can be journalists," I told him, instead of punching him in the mouth.

"Not really," he countered. "You see, journalists report facts, and bloggers write opinion."

I sipped again my vodka and soda.

"Plenty of bloggers report without adding opinion, and film critics and columnists--journalists--write mainly opinion," I countered.

Soon after, Brock returned, and I told him about my conversation.

"Now I'm pissed," he said.

Brock is a professional blogger who excels at both reporting and opinion. He and other people who blog as a career have every reason to be pissed.

Blogger is not a bad word. Don't let journalists convince you otherwise.

Angela Chase Revisited

You can watch every episode of My So-Called Life on Hulu.

This show aired when I was in high school. I also dyed my hair Crimson Glow and wore plaid baby doll dresses with my Doc Martins.

I just watched Episode 1 (Description: "Angela Chase makes some new friends at school."), and these are the quotes that made me consider that shade all over again: 

  • "You dyed your hair. Well, here is some cheese."
  • "I can't bring myself to eat a well-balanced meal in front of my mother. It just means too much to her."
  • "He is always closing his eyes. Like it hurts to look at things."
  • "How would you describe Anne Frank?" "Lucky."
  • "Like I'm devastated."
Definitely working that last one in as a non-sequiter on the regular.

How I Met the Mayor of San Francisco

Me and My BFF GavIf you have never been called "Madame Mayor" by Mayor Gavin Newsom, I highly suggest it. That happened to me today.

I spoke with a producer on Wednesday afternoon about doing a story on Foursquare's popularity in San Francisco, and I suggested going along because so far as I know, I'm the only person in the newsroom who actually plays the game. (I may be completely wrong, but I have never heard any one mention it.) They were down with that, so I teamed up with Mike Sugerman, a charismatic TV and radio reporter who sits right across from me.

This morning I found all the places in SF that offer specials or mayoral freebies, and before I could make a list, Sugerman was rushing me out the door.

"We are gonna go get the mayor, let's go."


"Yeah, we gotta hurry, he's at Mojo."

Mayor Newsom was at the public groundbreaking for a new parklet on Divisadero. (Check me out in the last picture of the post I just linked to, posing for the cameraman to my left [your right] as if I belong there.) Since one of the big features of Foursquare are the mayorships you can earn from checking in, Sugerman thought it would be humorous to introduce me, the Mayor of Hamburger Haven on Foursquare, to Gavin Newsom, the Mayor of San Francisco.

I thought immediately of Beth Spotswood, wished like hell I could beam her over, then grabbed my makeup bag and phone and hit the van. I Twittered where I was going, and Beth replied, "Give him my sluttiest regards," which gave me all sorts of ideas.

Rick, the photographer drove, I sat in the passenger seat, and Sugerman sat on a not-so-secure chair in the back. To put it lightly. We high-tailed it over to Divisadero to Mojo Cafe, where traffic on one side was down to one lane, and dozens of people gathered around the Man with the Hair.

I snapped a photo of the back of the mayor, because I thought that might be as close as we'd get:

Gavin's back!

It was very thrilling.

We all parked, got out, and I was given an IFB. I was wearing a dress with no belt to speak of, so Sugerman just clipped the thing to a gathering of the skirt's fabric. Rick the photographer saw the danger in this, and suggested I attach the pack to my boot. I did so, ran the cord up my dress and clipped on the mic. I had done that before, but never in preparation to meet the mayor. Like I said, thrilling.

It was a gorgeous, gorgeous day out--sunny and 70--and so I stood in the street waiting to meet Gavin.

"Hamburger Haven, right?" Sugerman was confirming my mayorship on Foursquare. That is when it sunk in that I would meet Mayor Newsom and be introduced as the head of hamburgers. Momentarily considered backing out.

Everybody and their mama has to talk at these groundbreaking things. Even a four year old got a nod for helping pick the type of trees. While we waited for them to finish, Rick kept pushing me closer and closer to Gavin, whose aura was radiating. He was striking poses for the many, many cameras, and waving at cute girls in tank tops hanging out of bay windows to get a look. He was owning that little parklet with his charisma. 

"Stand right behind him and look stoic." Rick was directing me. "Now look this way, and hold it."

Soon he had gotten that footage and I set to taking photos with my phone. I kept clicking away, Gavin always turning his head away at the last second when the photographer said, "Do that again."

Y'all. He was posing.

So I took another photo of Gavin. He let me finish then looked at me and said, "No, go stand behind him again."

I laughed loudly at thinking he wanted footage of my taking a photo of the mayor, which was laughter that came when the speaker was asking everyone to thank someone for something, and so everyone turned to see who thought that was so funny. Including Newsom. He turned right around and looked at the girl who guffawed.

Soon enough the speeches were through, and right away Sugerman got Newsom's attention. 

"Mayor Newsom, I would like to introduce you to Brittney Gilbert, the Mayor of Hamburger Haven."

This was actually happening. I was just introduced to this man as the mayor of Hamburger Haven.

He smiled broadly, probably glad he wasn't getting blindsided by political reporter questions, and said, "Madame Mayor, it's an honor."

He totally played along. He asked me how long it took to become mayor, and how I so quickly won the seat. I told him I had a strong platform of hamburgers and fries, and he said, "Nothing else? No milkshakes?"

It was kind of awesome.

Then he asked me when the next election was, and I told him that by staying on message I had already fought off plenty of contenders. He laughed and shook my hand and was very funny and gracious, with a little smarm thrown in for good measure.

You gotta see the man's hair up close. I bet he has stock in LA Looks.

I parted from him before realizing I had failed to send him Beth's regards, and totally regretted it. I was under the spell of the 'do.

After that we took off to Hamburger Haven where we taped an interview with me over someone's half-full dirty breakfast plates. Mike Sugerman pretended to be my bodyguard and announced me as Mayor to the entire diner.

Beat sitting at the desk all day.

[Cropped photo from Streetsblog.]

Cute Goats, Small Goats

I get to go to Harley Goat Farm this weekend to check out the 173 (and counting!) kids born in Pescadero right by the ocean's edge.

Little. Baby. Goats.

Stoked. Here is me getting the goods from a milker on my last trip:

Fun times ahead.

OMFG, UPDATE: From a Harley Farms rep:

Yes we have baby goats in a small pen which you are able to enter and play with them.

See you then,


Harley Farms Goat Dairy