So it's come to this: As reported in this week's SF Weekly, Castro residents concerned that a lack of Halloween Porta-Pottis will turn their neighborhood into a Porta-Potti are considering "toilet vigilantism."
The notion of the entire Castro being transformed into the men's room floor at CBGB's for Halloween is the latest turn in a strange and terrible saga we've been keeping a close eye on here at the Weekly.
So, if your enquiring mind wants to know more, click "more" for our Halloween retrospective...
August: We break the story that through a combination of bad planning, bad luck, and good old-fashioned Nixonian secrecy, the city's Halloween plans fell through, forcing a cancellation of the official Castro bash.
September: An oft-surreal community meeting reveals that the city's plan for dealing with throngs of Oct. 31 revelers is "We got it covered." Hilarity does not ensue.
Oct. 10: After the city gives the silent treatment to anyone who dares ask how it plans on handling Halloween festivities, Police Commissioner Theresa Sparks demands a progress report.
Oct. 11: At Sparks' much-ballyhooed Police Commission meeting, more of the city's plan is revealed -- but Castro activists are still steamed at being locked out of a process they say is doomed to failure. Also, the word "potty" comes up about a thousand times.
Oct. 17: District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty announces that the city's "Do NOT come to the Castro!" ad campaign has been so successful, it can be scaled down. The Weekly's response: "Really, doctor?"
Oct. 19: City official says, with straight face, that outhouses could be used as "projectile weapons" by Halloween hooligans. The Weekly is there.
-- Joe Eskenazi