Some weeks ago, John and I went to a fundraiser for his work. Where he works doesn't matter, what the fundraiser was doesn't matter, what did matter was that there were a lot of older people at this event. Now I used to work with the elderly, so for me old doesn't even start until 70. So to be older, we're talking 80. 85. What also matters is that where John works is in District 5, home district of Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi.
For those of you not familiar with San Francisco politics, Ross Mirkarimi came to District 5 after Matt "the mayor of my heart" Gonzalez left politics. I was suspect of him at first because his campaign seemed to have something to do with pot clubs, which to me is a political irritant. Legalize it or don't, people, aren't we too grown-up for these kinds of squabbles? Plus, I live in District 11 so even if I cared about the District 5 Supervisor race, I couldn't do a damned thing about it.
As it turned out, Ross is a pretty decent supervisor. If nothing else he sponsored the no bag left behind measure. Plus, he's cute, just ask Emily. However, there is more to our loyal public servant than politics and intermittent facial hair. It turns out that whenever there's trouble, he's there on the double.
That night, at the fundraiser was no different. During the opening comments, the chair of the event was introducing the evening and working her way up to introducing the honorary chair of the event, Ross Mirkarimi, when I noticed an older man suddenly slump over in his chair. My first thought was, "Oh my god, that guy just died!" Two people on either side of him, maybe a son and/or daughter, tried to lift him so he was sitting up in the chair, but he kept slipping. Then, out of the shadows of the back of the room, leapt Supervisor/hero Mirkarimi! He stabilized the man in his chair, confidently instructed the other two people on how to lift the chair and they wisked the man out of the room!
Later, when Ross took the stage, he assured us that the man had merely fainted and that he was under his doctor's care. No thanks necessary.
Mild-mannered city super-visor or super-hero? You decide.