It helped that I name dropped Bud Presley and made a metaphor of taking the charge against the developers rather than stepping aside and letting them go past for easy lay ins, like we have for the last 20 quarters or so.
“Don’t call me sir” he said as he galloped off into the morning. “Rich!” I yelled back. He made it sound like he would check up on me and maybe might call back with an endorsement. Definitely one of the more memorable nine minutes in this five year process of civic engagement. I caught up to him a block ahead and arrived breathing hard, which he said threw him off at first.
I name checked my coach Hans Delannoy who opposed Rich in the 1970 SPAL semifinals, and Nick Peterson, his former teammate now my neighbor or Terry’s rather in Downtown north. Nick and Hans both endorse me and have my shingle on their respective abodes.
Reminds that I should check back with Jason Peery the former Pinewood player and current Pinewood coach, from a prominent family I met at his yard sale, or his wife’s more likely. Nice guy, said he would probably vote for me on the basketball count. Did I mention I was a reserve small forward on a 25-3 League champ and CCS runner-up Gunn Titan team?
edit to add, and reposted four months later: Yes, I lost the election but just as the guy who gets a lot of talking points out of four total varsity points for the champion Titans, I talk up the 2,100 or so who voted for me, that we, as a group, could change the world, and all that. Meanwhile, speaking of Bud Presley, Hans and I saw his plaque at the San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame and coach Del struck the pose: