Never again to look up at its friendly face wafting in the air. Never again the possibility of hearing its whirring whisper.
Oh, woe is she, the bereft person who posted signs spotted by Bob Feyer on lampposts at Lombard and Hyde: “Check your rooftops! Lost drone. Last seen over Francisco and Mason at 2:30 p.m. June 23rd. Reward for return.”
Tourists in the area may need hard hats. As to the rest of us, with vulnerable heads … finders keepers.
The Irish Times reports that Erin Brockovich, whose successful 1993 battle to hold PG&E accountable for pollution was the subject of a movie starring Julia Roberts, has promised to help the families of victims of the recent Berkeley balcony collapse.
“I urge immediate action on the costs for Berkeley families,” she said on Facebook. “The company behind the construction of the Berkeley apartment block should take action to ensure that the families of those involved in the balcony collapse disaster are not left with enormous medical bills as a result of the faulty construction. … I am available to meet with and assist the families, and to advocate for them to find a non-litigious solution in the coming weeks.”
The story goes on to say that Brockovich, famous for aggressive action on environmental issues, in this case has “partnered with Dublin law firm Phelim O’Neill Solicitors to facilitate” these payments. “As a Californian,” she wrote on Facebook, “I am devastated that these young visitors to our shores were caught up in this horrific situation.”
In response to a question, solicitor Phelim O’Neill e-mailed that he has no financial arrangement with Brockovich and that he is offering assistance to the families voluntarily and on a pro bono basis. “Everybody in Dublin and in Ireland have been deeply affected by this tragedy. … I myself was a J-1 visitor to California on two occasions and therefore I feel a personal connect to the families caught up in the unspeakable tragedy.”
•Music lover Steve Evers flew to Amsterdam to see Paul McCartney perform his “Out There” show at the Ziggy Dome on June 7. The program contained an interview in which he was asked about his last performance at Candlestick:
“It was sad to see the old place closing down,” said McCartney, “but we did it in style. It was an emotional night. I had some very special memories from there, and it was great to be able to create some new memories, too. Such a cool audience, both times around.”
•At last week’s 26th Annual Ronald McDonald House Golf Tournament, CNC Motors of Ontario provided a 2015 Alfa Romeo to be a prize if anyone got a hole-in-one. The car was expected to be at the Lake Merced Golf Club at 7:30 that morning. When it hadn’t arrived by 2 p.m., the event coordinator contacted the car firm. And discovered that the bright and shiny vehicle had been delivered to the Olympic Club instead of Lake Merced. A hunt for keys ensued … and in the end, the car never made it in time for the tournament. Ah, well, no one hit a hole-in-one, either. The good news, via Deana Freedman, is that $230,000 was raised at the event.
At the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, tradition has it that authors trying to name their new literary efforts host pizza lunches for their Grotto comrades in exchange for brainstorming sessions that produce titles.
When Janis Cooke Newman sold “A Master Plan for Rescue,” her about-to-be-published novel, to Riverhead, it was titled “Silvertone,” the brand of a radio to which the boy in the book constantly listens. “Silvertone” was the product of such a lunch. But the book’s editor hated it and insisted it be changed.
So it was back to the lunch table. The second pizza lunch resulted in “The Best Book About Jews Ever Written by a Shiksa,” suggested by Jeff Greenwald. Newman “kind of loved” it, but it didn’t fly either.
“Two hundred bucks worth of pizza and no title,” Newman writes. “Jeez, I should have ordered extra toppings.” Newman is to read from “A Master Plan for Rescue” on July 14 at Book Passage in Corte Madera and on July 16 at Booksmith in San Francisco.