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Monday, February 10, 2014

Logan's Run Game Brought to San Francisco -- the City Where it's Already a Documentary

Posted By on Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Meanwhile, in the Mission...
  • Meanwhile, in the Mission...
Imagine if you will, a city of plenty populated by young, confident, well-off folks. A place serving as life's smorgasbord, and providing all they desire -- until they want to grow up.

And then things get dicey. 

For San Franciscans on the cusp of adulthood -- which, these days, is about 30, it seems -- this is no fantasy. In its current iteration, this city has proven to be an indulgent womb for well-off young folks. Those hoping to move to the next phase of life, however, are increasingly out of luck. This is the city that won't grow up.  

So, it was fitting that around 250 San Francisco young adults on Saturday engaged in an interactive Logan's Run-themed game. That 1976 film, too, depicted a lavish, indulgent world servicing the beautiful young denizens of the future. Until they turned 30. There'd be no growing up. 

Inhabitants of that future world were euthanized, however -- or, like the eponymous Logan, ran like hell. Here, we just run like hell, to Fairfield, Portland, Oakland, or other more family-friendly locales. This, in most cases, is preferable to euthanization. 

Those who endured Saturday's downpour to play the game ran like hell between Yerba Buena Gardens and Pier 52 on the Central Waterfront; about 210 took the role of "runners," with 40 or so serving as "sandmen" -- the sweater-wearing futuristic INS types charged with tracking down overaged citizens. 

Your Life Clock is ticking...
  • Your Life Clock is ticking...

The game was the brainchild of married couple Catherine Herdlick and Gabe Smedresman, and thrown in honor of the latter's 30th birthday. 

Herdlick says that there was no intentional tying of the life of transitory pleasure and permanent adolescence in the film to the situation in our city. Any notions of a meta-statement on our twentysomethings' inability to grow up by having them all play a big treasure hunt game themed on an inability to grow up were unintentional.   

Besides, Herdlick notes, she's 36 years old -- "and I haven't left." 

So, there's hope for the rest of us. But the real-life sandman of market forces may be harder to dissuade than the cinematic version of a sexy young Michael York. 

Time will tell. 

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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