Tue 7 Apr 2009
Dear SF Po-Po, why do you keep trying to put the SMACKDOWN on me? I am just trying to use my powers for AWESOME. Really.
So Saturday night’s FlashDance 19 was just kicking into STUPENDOUS-FUN gear and suddenly 6-8 cops showed up and put a SMACKDOWN on us. One was especially super f&%ng aggro: Before even saying word one, he had already plowed through one of my speakers and then started grabbing at cables on the back of my rig to yank them out. NOT COOL.
I should say that I’ve had numerous run-ins with the cops both on Trikeasaurus and with FlashDance. Most have been pretty good experiences – most cops have been pretty cool and either allow me to continue on my merry way or explain why I have to stop (& I do) in a reasonable fashion. But every once in a while, I get a real jerk and Saturday night was one of them. Ugh. I don’t like being shut down, but I can handle it. However, being an ass about it IS NOT OK.
The reason I was shut down? Amplified sound without a permit. Grr – I can get into the reasons why this was pretty irrelevant where and when we were at, but I won’t.
The best line of the night was one of the nicer cops sincerely asking, as she looked out at the 80-100 people who she had JUST stopped from joyfully dancing away, “Don’t you guys have anything better to do on a Saturday night?
Two things helped salvage the night:
- The fact that maybe 50-60 folks got my SMS messages and showed up Dolores Park where we rocked out til 10! Excellent energy and fun as always. The cops showed up there too, but were MUCH nicer. (If you are an FDer and ARE NOT getting SMS message on your phone please sign up**!)
- My friend Kelleth’s cute little girls dancing away merrily and thanking me afterwards (like CRAZY cute!)
But enough bummer. I have been trying to get this bad taste out of my mouth for two days now and now I realize the only way to do that is to IMMEDIATELY DO ANOTHER FLASHDANCE THIS WEEKEND.
Yep – that’s right: THIS SATURDAY. FLASHDANCE 20. We’ll be taking it to one of the best and safest locales: Ferry Building. More info SOON. I hope you can come. I can’t wait
* Also I’m starting to look into legal protections – any lawyers out there? My friend Doug Herbek, a lawyer, using his powers for AWESOME, has already started investigating. Preliminary results don’t look good though. Anyone else want to strategize with Doug?
** To get SMS notifications on your phone, you can EITHER:
- Just send an SMS message that says “FLASHDANCE” to 41411. (This uses TextMarks.com)
- OR for all you TWITTER heads, just send the message “follow deepasaurus” to 40404 or you can also do “follow firstname.lastname@example.org” from Twitter.com
- Flash – Queen
- SOS – Rihanna
- Hombre is in the groove (Deelite vs M.I.A.) – DJ Prince mashup
- Livin’ la Vida Loca – Ricky Martin
- N.A.S.A. Music (LA Riots Remix) – N.A.S.A.
- Hung Up – Madonna
- Ching – Swami
- Supafunkadholic (Esjay’s Red Light Remix) – Delhi 2 Dublin
- Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) – Beyoncé
- Like A Prayer – Madonna
- American Boy (feat. Kanye West) – Estelle
- Believe In Sexual Eruption (Snoop Dogg Vs. Cher) – A Plus D
- Get Down On It – Kool & The Gang
- Mundeya De Dil Hil Gaye – Kais Feat. D.S.I.
- Kids – MGMT
- Boyz – M.I.A.
- Electric Feel – MGMT
- Lady Marmalade – Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya & P!nk
- September – Earth, Wind & Fire
- Gold Digger (Featuring Jamie Foxx) – Kanye West
- Sexual Healing – Max-A-Million
- Beware of the Boys [Mundian To Bach Ke] – Panjabi MC
- Starry Eyed Surprise – Oakenfold
- I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross