Halecrest Chili Cook-Off and Bogus Signs
After my visits to the fire stations I headed on up to the Halecrest part of our community to take in the annual chili cook-of. It was a perfect day for this event and a sizable crowd had gathered by the time I arrived.
LOTS OF SPICY GRUB
There were plenty of tubs of chili bubbling on stoves, ready for the tasting.
PLENTY OF POLITICIANS, TOO
There were more than enough politicians milling around, trying to convince folks that THEY were the ones to pick on November 6th.
TRIO OF GOOD GUYS
This shot is of Costa Mesa City CEO Tom Hatch, a recent recruit as a judge for the chili, bracketed by Phil D'Agostino, principal of Costa Mesa High School and Kirk Bauermeister, principal of Estancia High School. All were still buzzing about the fantastic Battle of the Bell game the previous night, where the Estancia Eagles squeaked out it's third straight victory over the Costa Mesa Mustangs.
DICKSON AND JIMMYFITZY
When I arrived home I found what looked like an abandoned golf cart full of offensive political signs parked squarely in front of my house. As I contemplated whether to call the police department to report an abandoned vehicle my friend, Planning Commissioner Rob Dickson, came wandering up. Seems he was with the cart and had been attempting to convince my neighbors of the wisdom of electing 3Ms and passing Measure V. We chatted and he showed me photos of his brand new baby boy when I turned and saw, much to my surprise, soon-to-be-defrocked Sanitary District Board Director Jim Fitzpatrick waddling toward the cart! He was with Dickson.
JimmyFitzy just moved on past the cart and headed to the home of one of my neighbors - a wonderful gent of some 84 years who is suffering from early onset dementia. Fitzy stood on his porch, chatting with my neighbor who eventually invited him into the house. Shortly thereafter out comes JimmyFitzy with a big smirk on his face. He retreated to the cart, retrieved a sign and placed it in my neighbors yard - facing directly across the street at my house. I'm sure he felt quite smug about his coup - that's sure how the expression on his face looked as he and Dickson motored away.
This morning I spoke with my neighbor. I asked him about the sign and he wondered where it had come from. He didn't remember any conversation with JimmyFitzy and said he didn't like the sign in his yard. I suggested that he remove it, which he did. I was sure to steer clear of it, since I sure didn't want to be accused of removing or defacing signs. ;-) Of course, I'm not surprised that JimmyFitzy apparently convinced my neighbor to place the sign in his yard - briefly. It seems to me that the slate of 3Ms and Measure V might appeal to folks with dementia.
That dynamic duo were successful in having one more sign placed in my neighborhood. I suspect that those folks will also reconsider once I explain to them how ill-advised it will be for them to vote for 3Ms and the Charter. We'll see. I'll report back on that later.