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    BERLIN
    1982


    i better write that again, it's a lot to take standing up:


    god is a homosexual fantasy created by usurers to foster misogyny and gain control of the female power.


    and why choosing to be unattached to the future is worthy of consideration.


    don't get FOOTBALLTEAMED.
    you have too many facts to be a victim.


    ******


    i get it, that sounds crazy, just like beer & pretzels.


    normally, in my forbidden language fashion of hierophantic and pontificating insanity i would literally SPELL it out for you.


    but today, i figure fkya. you can do the GD work.


    i’d rather tell a story about how stupid i am and the kind of life trouble i get into instead.


    so i went on a date the other afternoon which turned into an evening.


    and it was amazing in a very limited way.
    a slice of heaven.
    i guess i should add that for homosexuals, a date is oftentimes a fun event that ends or starts with sex.


    that is, getting laid and going on a date can mean the same thing for us. in fact, a date without sex is weird unless you really really like someone.


    oftentimes we homos will just put the word "coffee" in front of date if we really mean it's JUST A SEX DATE and we don't want to offend the rest of the world by just saying a sex date.


    this was more of a fun date that had sex, too.


    however, there were complications from the start.


    first, he’s partnered.
    i know both of them and we've dated.
    and they have an open relationship, but this doesn’t mean what people think it does. generally, in an open relationship one member of the relationship or possibly both members realize that monogamy is not JUST emotionally challenging and mentally fatiguing, but a recipe for failure.


    these people realize that those myriad fantasy intrusions of temptation and thought distraction can torture a male. literally twist him up into a raging rapist fk machine that doesn't care who he plugs. sad.
    sadly true.


    and there are endless depictions of this in medieval art and the italian traditions from the past. later, gustave dore did a whole reinterpretation of this in his magnificently illustrated bible -- so fking hot. talk about smoking obscenities and torture scenes!!


    which later reminded me of bongwater’s 1991 song “OBSCENE AND PORNOGRAPHIC ART” when it came out.


    at that time in the late 80s the whole attack against immoral “art”, which was secretly just a way of focusing the public’s attention and creating a “”celebrity cast list”, was in the news a lot. endlessly. a new hollywood pantheon of outcasts-turned-star, brave icons and prettyoffs.


    the lyrics of bongwater's song are about how the new york METROPOLITAN museum is basically a building filled with sexual fantasies in full speed and at every stage of engagement -- interaction from “satyrs with hard on’s” who are "Vibrating that little bitty Richter-scale looking thingy box
    That sits in the corner of the controlled environment
    Behind the
    Cold
    Hard
    Glassssss" to Leda and the swan.


    and ironically, in our strangely undersexed, but overly-obsessed-with-sex society, the voyeur element can be used against us.


    fantasies don’t have to stand up to anything. they can rage through the mind. but when the fantasies of the voyeur -- fantasies that involve "having sex" become realized, therein is also the tedium and twists and tantrums of REAL life.


    suddenly a man who has fantasized about banging young women for decades is doing it and realizing that the fantasy was just that.


    it never was meant to match reality.
    it was a mental diversion, a twist away from time, a FKING WASTE of time. because then he comes and with that there is the rendering.


    and sexual renderings are epic moments for men.


    but also, there's the 19 year old, having her full life and getting banged by some old dude, working out her missing male protector figures, working out some fantasies of her own history...


    and he suddenly realizes how old he is and that he's basically with a child fantasizing about being with an adult or just earning extra bubble gum cash and then the ACTUALITY of what a realized fantasy isn't and is.


    all that comes to life like the dancers in michael jackson's thriller.


    but us homos are just barely better than zombies, and we are already so outcast that it's expected for us to have sex and go through all kinds of really unpredictable and challenging moments where the COVERS COME OFF and you see the startling truth of nature and need and biological obsessions.


    and we know more.


    we know all about how those fantasy walls come down to be replaced by REAL walls which we immediately start to put up.
    as we GROW UP!!!


    as this happens, that "fantasy object" begins to turn out to be way too chatty or annoying, OR conversely, the "fantasy object" starts to feel that way about you.


    either way, the disconnections become more and more apparent.
    and suddenly the man grows up.


    the fantasy dies.


    i am in favor of our society confronting this.
    in both sexes.


    i’m not sure what would be the correct approach/approaches, as there as so many different ways and opinions. it’s almost like each individual needs to find their way but the idea of guides is inevitable.


    in the mean time, the option that is inherently forced onto all but the young is MONOGAMY or nogamy. nogamists ain’t getting any game!


    and monogaming is boring.


    it is, and i’m sorry and i get that there are SUPER boring people (taurus people can find great joy in rutting down on a gymnastic-like approach to life, so grab one of those bull-headed folks if you like the same thing over and over and over again and then hearing them say how great they are at it, like it was a finished product that they knew they could whip up exactly the same every time…)


    WORSE, so many monogamers don’t really know what they are doing to themselves. they think, “oh, sex with taurus is great!” but that’s because they never had sex with sagittarius. and maybe they also had some weird, hurried, drunken, whatever sex encounters that were lame and half-baked with aries or capricorn and they never realized that great sex is athletic.
    and or rather, it’s not always romantic, unless you're a cancer or a pisces.


    so little dotty dum cow gets married without any sexual exploration of men or herself.
    how fking trite.
    and this is precisely why the europeans do the "behind their hand snicker" at us to OUR FACES.
    or rather, it's precisely at least one of the many reasons.


    so stop taking their snicker so personally.
    making personal amends is a way of showing respect to people who are more civilized than we are.
    and we have much to learn.


    besides, there is a shamefulness in marrying before you know yourself or the nature of men.
    and vice versa.


    it's just damn stupid.
    but USURERS like stupid hits.
    it makes usury easier and faster to bring down into the physical realm.


    think about the bulk of loans in this country -- housing and education. followed by the invisible COW industry.


    yuck, that's fking unsexy and i'm banning it from my story here.


    so back to the sex.


    we'll agree that sex can be both romantic and athletic, but it’s always athletic at the very end. the body requires a speeded heart rate to concoct the mixture we have so carelessly and foolishly limited to the tiniest measurements we can grammatify -- sperm. mostly because we all know that the power of this amazing SERUM syrup comes from unknown parts of us to form a whole.


    using allopathic logic with biological creatures is instructive, but the error rate is so high that it's not really even heuristic to reality. it's like throwing a rock and saying, "you can get to china if you go that way."


    unless you get stuck with scorpio.
    they will pretend to agree with that and then at the first real opportunity, they will steer you elsewhere
    .
    whereas virgo and libra will tie you up in knots and virgo will ask if they're having fun or not.
    next libra will make a joke about the word knot and will run around like a braying donkey from boy's island in the disney classic repeating the word "NOT! NOT! NOT! NOT! NOT!"


    but dammit, man-SEX IS ALWAYS somewhat athletic.


    and you don’t have to be an athlete to be athletic.
    you just have to stay fit at some basic level with blood pressure and all.


    if you have to run up a hill, you might burst your lungs if you’re out of shape.
    and the same is true of sex.


    and so many people fall into a personal state where they aren’t athletic enough to have sex.
    they become sexually ugly to themselves.


    and this is a good indicator that your society has social ills that are radically hurting children.


    and hurting children sucks.
    it is devastating for the culture.


    in social math, "hurt kids" oftentimes are not kind adults.
    they are damaged. and damage is weird.


    it can pretty much go two ways with damage.
    it appears to depend on the individual’s personality/spirit and the amount and type of damage that is meted out.


    a strong personality and spirit that is good, becomes a champion against their enemies and those who would purposefully hurt children and make more damage from a psychotic position.


    in a sense, this type of damaged child becomes MILITARIZED JUSTICE by surviving the attacks and onslaughts of their “victimizer”. they are the good monster types, but they have the monster in them and everyone knows this.


    other personalities, and these are the majority, don’t survive the attack by their victimizer. and wittingly, the surviving just becomes a magnetic attraction to others who would inflict the same damage. their life-vibration drops down in that range where they vibrate their own fear and vulnerabilities. and this is where this category splits and forms its own half-lives.


    one victim in the personality range incubates after the attack/onslaughts and gives birth to the MR. HYDE monster rage.


    and this person becomes the tiny monster.
    this is the child who is only four or five and teaching all the other little kids about their sexual organs and brings a strange enlightenment to children who pretty much know nothing at all. these kids can affect entire neighborhoods of children.


    we all know that the awakening of a child’s sexual consciousness is a long contested and forbidden action. mythically, we have created the concept of childhood to protect kids from sex responsibilities.


    having grown up in the united states and watched from a sidebar position, it is oddly strange how seemingly protective this behavior is and yet how little it actually succeeds. for me personally there were two separate occasions where i needed protection from an adult source and it wasn't there.


    the first time was so torturous and painful that i don't even have it as a memory. my twin brother does. and this is so deeply unsettling to me. it destroyed his life on the surface and my not knowing destroyed my life below the surface. it only killed half of each of us.


    which is weird. and it hurt.


    the second time this same moment came again, i was seven. and as it happened, i was descended upon by the spirit of my adulthood.


    in harry potter, jk rowling identifies this as some kind of spirit beast, but it wasn't really a spirit as much as it was a realization that was a spirit. the spirit of yourself. the power to say no. the power to stand up against that person who would hurt you.


    and i did.
    and i was forever different after that.
    i was not afraid to fight back and to say "get the fk away from me!"


    but again, in this case, it happened after my twin had already been hurt. it was his hurt that had saved us.
    it was his hurt that had given me the power to say no.
    but his hurt can never be undone.


    and like the first time, this time he was hit below and the hit that i should have received above, didn't happen.


    and on that day fate gave birth to a new kind of kid.
    and that kid sees through the myth of parenting.
    that kid sees through the veil of control, the way sex and birth are used to punish men and women.


    everywhere there is this powerfully strange mythical belief that everybody is supposed to be a parent and successfully raise kids.


    every single movie and tv show is about this.
    it’s stamped into and onto everything like an expiration date.
    YOU MUST MAKE BABIES!!!
    YOU MUST MAKE BABIES!!!


    [for more critical thoughts, read the poem
    "the reconstruction" from 1993]



    and that’s insane.
    it’s just fking crazy.
    it’s as if no one ever took any time to question whether or not this was even a rational way to look at the lifespan of a human.
    and more importantly, why should every human be absorbed by this process so indebtedly?


    especially when so many damaged kids were emerging as TELLTALE evidence of SOCIAL FAILURE within a parenting system?


    and remember this, in social math, for every kid you hurt, they hurt ten more.


    BUT in real life, if you look at the male “monster” statistics — men who physically and sexually abuse other men and boys — they affect 100 other kids. and almost without exception, each one of these male monsters was damaged and created by another male monster.


    MALE MONSTERNESS is a sickness, a sexually transmitted mental disease that spreads through mental and sexual violations that demonstrate our society’s inability to protect a child against a monster invasion.


    and of course we all know that top males are truly male monsters and they protect the male monster syndrome and participate in it.


    ANYWAY, that is one good reason to get RID of MONOGAMING.
    monogaming, as i’ve mentioned in the title of this essay, is a mental leveraging and economic tool used by usurers to enslave the human population into work theories and finite end points. it is their religion of shame and defeat.


    but MONOGAMING and family engineering is empty of anything but PURPOSE. and purpose is fking abstract drivel.
    it will always delude the purposeful.
    that’s what it does.
    like GAMING.
    it pretends to know the future.


    yet, realistically, MONOGAMING promises a miserable future.
    the best case scenario is that you successfully breed and manufacture a brood of yous.
    that’s it.
    THAT’S IT!?!?!


    sounds like a fk load of work to me and for what?
    is that really better than a having a place where children are raised by children raisers?
    a place where kids grow up together without parents and the neurotic love of the “individual fkrs”, which, i think, if we spent even 45 minutes thinking about would overwhelm the silly little notions that are currently in play.


    so in a sense, monogaming is a lot like MONOTHEISM.
    just like i said above in the title, usurers use monotheism to form christianity and its offshoot branches. judaism was originally designed to protect its members from inside usury and outside usury.


    as societies stabilize, the spirit of usury lurks closer and closer. USURY takes its life and breath from the social contract. it can’t exist strongly in the face of murder and mayhem. it is an intellectual force and while it likes the threat of murder and mayhem, it gets its reward from its invisible force. and honestly, since usury is spiritual and murder and mayhem are physical, they can’t really coexist in the same space.


    which is why REAL LIFE usurers have what we call HENCHMEN.
    and henchmen are, not oddly, but truly, male monsters of some form or other. you see how the cycle is really a full circle when you see it?


    so let’s get back to that impulse where you REJECT MONOGAMING and the fantasies of that disgusting world view.


    instead of participating in what is FUNDAMENTALLY a biological self-rejection of one’s BASIC SEX NATURE, a lot of gay men pretend that the open relationshipping model will work. especially if they are both in agreement and open to play.


    naturally, this is where our story begins.


    so i’ve known a lot of gay men and many of them have been partnered.
    some were married to women.


    but i’d say most of the men i've met were just ordinary homosexuals not involved in relationshipping (straight or gay) they weren't the ones in denial and then proceeding to lie to everyone about it.


    and we all SHOULD know that "lying" is just the first time you tell a lie.
    after that, ANY support of a lie
    is REALLY ACTIVE CHEATING.


    so i'm a huge supporter of the free man and the free woman ideology.


    and this is my favorite kind of man or woman.
    they vibrate accurately.


    and these kind of men are my favorite to get athletic with behind closed doors -- honest, present, unattached to the future or the hideous past they are trying to deny or escape or erase or threaten.


    which is why one of my basic rules for CASUAL SEX is that it isn't about shared histories.


    you are not relationshipping with casual sex.
    or at least that is the intellectual construct i apply -- this is fun sexual athletics, not a relationship.


    for me, i am intentionally sexualizing the sex active experience and minimALYzing all other parts of my fellow player's life.


    how much they make.
    where they work.
    who they know.
    fk that.
    that's relationshipping stuff and is unwelcomed in casual sex play.


    i knew a guy way back in the late 80s when i lived in SF for the second time. he lived upstairs from my place.


    he would go out at night to the sex clubs and try to relationship. it was as if he had a mission. and everyone would tell him to shut up and he would yawn and sigh and say things like, "no, please talk to me."


    i thought he was hilarious.
    one night he had gone on and on about racism and how it was all true and the white people were the superior race that were destined and made to control the whole human population.


    he was, by claim alone, the male offspring of a fled nazi war criminal. he had grown up in argentina, but i was never really sure about any of this.


    we went out for drinks at the detour later that night and this is the bar that is now beaux that host a lot of gender-inspired dance parties and gatherings that seem a bit obsessed with beauty and all that this entails. but back then the detour was one of those rather easy-to-maintain sex-pig bars with a big trough instead of urinals and stalls without doors. they played hardcore music, which was still in its infantile stages of development, but had an ear-shattering quality and was played so loud you had to shout to talk and you quickly learned to read lips if you had a conversation.


    fate had intervened and when i came back from the bar, weaving my way through the close knit throng of hardcore leather men -- in an age when AIDS was king and HIV was still not even really a thing -- to locate this strange argentine neighbor, the only spot next to him was between him and a person of NOT WHITE COLOR?


    my little leprechaun spirit could not have been more pleased with destiny. how perfectly fitting that his stupid lecture should be so fatally devastated by reality so quickly!!!


    and one day i will write about that stranger in the bar that i ended up talking to most of the evening instead of dear racist frederick.


    this new stranger with dreadlocks -- he and i being the only people in the entire place with hair that wasn't buzzed or gay-cut short -- was there with a friend of his who was playing pinball and shaking his ass like a puppy who is holding onto a rope or a blanket.


    but back then i was a nogamist.


    i wasn't interested in sex enough to risk my life against the unknown. i was literally watching men in the castro waste away and die in front of my eyes.


    there was this one bad ass leather daddy, cigar smoking hustler who lost over 150 pounds within a 6 month period before simply disappearing. he went from stud rent daddy to old dead man so fast it made my head spin. we'd see him at cafe flore and i'm sure it broke a bunch of hearts -- knowing that this same horribly decimating and mortally inflicted disease was eating him alive and thousands of others in our society and millions of others in south africa without any constraints.


    but at this time i had already confronted all the sadness and the sorrow that my life as a "gay" man who would never be straight and normal could mete out. it had literally killed me and that person, that sad, little person disappeared with the grief and mourning that poured over me for six months after. all those realizations of the person i could have been if i hadn't ended up so disenfranchised from "the path".


    so FK if i was going to die for sex!!!
    that's crazy.
    i mean, sex is fun. when it's good.
    but people who say that sex is like pizza are definitely confusing the concept of leftovers and convenience with the idea of fun.


    fun is rarely convenient.
    and fun has a way of surprising us which sort of makes it fun, you know?!?


    so when you’re single and gay and not trying to be in a relationship — an anti-monogamist or a nogamist (they aren't the same) — you are constantly confronted with the ever-changing terrain of sexual uncertainty. will you get some? with whom? how much time will you waste? will it work out? once? twice? 24 times? will it be fun? or just convenient?
    and remember, convenient is inversely LESS LIKELY TO BE FUN than fun is to be convenient.


    which is certainly a primary reason for why a lot of people settle for monogaming.
    but it is settling.
    and in SETTLING, there is a dishonesty which leads DIRECTLY to cheating.
    it is built into this system.
    and that sucks.
    cheaters suck in the same way prettyoffs suck.
    they make fun stupid and wasteful.
    they make convenience their turnstyle.
    they buy it off.


    and they kill happiness at the same time they kill fun.
    that's why they end up controlling the PORN AND METH industry.


    anyway, this system of monogaming is BUILT ON THE CREATION OF CUCKOLDING. it’s a literal BOOGEY MAN theory.


    and prettyoffs love having a boogey figure to deflect and distract toward. just look at the current regime masquerading with donald trump as "president", when we have really just been secretly FOOTBALLTEAMED.


    and nothing personal, but what happens when your whole nation state falls in love with this social option theory and develops a penchant for CUCKOLDING? or worse, you realize your country likes to be cuckolded, too?


    or worse, now they want you to play...


    look, whore, we all know that the key to comedy is knowing how to hang your bling!!!

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    interestingly, a lot of big festival and events fall apart because they expand too quickly and the result is social chaos.

    the FOLSOM STREET FAIR has reached this point.

    THIS IS AN ESSAY ABOUT THE PHRASE "ECONOMIC SHADOW".

    an economic shadow refers to the visible and traceable monetary exchanges which are "cast" by an event.

    the easiest way to say it best would be to say, "i rode MUNI for $2.25 to get to the fair."

    the $2.25 is part of the economic shadow.

    cities obviously benefit from economic shadows where they can collect service fees and taxes and legislate all manner of deals.

    anyway, let's look at two cases among the economic shadows cast on FOLSOM STREET FAIR. one will be a local shadow. one will be a tourist shadow.

    but first, let's look at the fair itself.

    this is called ONSITE economics.
    unlike SHADOW ECONOMICS,
    onsite economics are just economics -- the sum total of all of the revenue which LEGALLY and TECHNICALLY should be able to be traced, sourced and accounted for, but we all know how the FOOD AND BEVERAGE cartels have skimmers, floaters and embezzlers in their midst as much as fire stations make pefect homes for fire bugs...

    anyway, our onsite economics will look directly at actual on-site revenue collected through entry donations and booth rentals.
    it also will include the onsite food and beveraging, but i will not be computing the food revenues and they will not be included in my totals.

    i have forced all of my numbers to be very low.
    the end totals are therefore potentially much higher than are represented in my calculations.

    next we will look at the offsite revenues. offsite revenues fit into what we have defined as shadow economics.

    off site revenues (SHADOW ECONOMICS) are gained through TRANSPORTATION & LODGING, FOOD & BEVERAGE, and the ENTERTAINMENT industries. these are harder to officially trace/track.

    in old rome, all of these cartels were referred to as "cake and chariot clubs".
    just kidding.
    bread and circus, whatever..


    but seriously, if we use the numbers which we get online:

    "The 33rd Annual Folsom Street Fair, a true only in San Francisco original, covers over 13 city blocks filled with 400,000 people in their most outrageous leather, rubber, and fetish attire enjoying the world's largest leather fair. 2016 Folsom Street Fair.
    Sunday, September 25, 2016 | 11 am to 6 pm.”

    we can see that they are claiming 400,000 people attend.

    i’m not sure about these numbers. i know people come and go, but it really seems like a completely outrageous number for attendance.

    but THOSE are THEIR numbers, not mine, so we have to use them for our calculations, but i will use SUPER LOW numbers anyway, because i’m not sure that many people actually attend or if those are inflated numbers.

    anyway, at many of the entry points (you can slip in for “free” on several side streets), the MAIN entry points, attendees are MORE THAN STRONGLY ENCOURAGE to donate $10

    in the past, they have used funneling techniques to get this 10$ out anyone visiting the fair. but this year, they used a single file tunneling line with barriers attached.

    if you DO NOT DONATE, you are shamed by the fascist dynamics that are embedded in LINE FORMATION THEORIES.

    sadly, the average person, has grown totally used to the “normalization” process of LINE FORMATION THEORIES here in the u.s.

    LINE FORMATION THEORIES, though apparently embedded in the human spirit, always attack the human spirit.

    anyway, let’s work with all of this info in creating our numbers.

    i stood at the entry point of several of the FREE entry zones. very few people were entering the fair though these incredibly easy entry points. NOT only were there NO LINES and no obligation to pay, but you could enter the fair at better spots.

    weird, huh?

    but that’s what LINE FORMATION does. it cowers that human spirit and tells them to get in line.

    people see a fking line and, like sheep, they think, “i gotta go stand there.”

    and they do.

    so in my numbers, i’m going to account for this human gullibility.

    as a street photographer, i wrestle each year with the idea of donating to the fair.

    this year, i chose not to donate.

    not only do i share ALL my photos freely and make them available for viewing and reproduction and sharing with attribution, but i also write essays like this about human freedom and sexploration and who we are as people.

    and ten dollars to do all of this is starting to make less sense to me.

    there’s too much money being raked in, skimmed&stolen, etc.

    big business has found a loop hole and big business is going to put ITS stamp on the fair. it has been for quite sometime.

    add the POWER OF YELP and MEDIA and the human desire to REPLACE THE LOVE PARADE with anything similar, and you have a financial windfall/social downfall paradigm that will be great for the city — imagine our own LOVE PARADE!!!

    which is super cool.

    we should have a love parade!!!!

    and EVERYONE should be invited.

    but why invite ALL people to a BDSM play space on outdoor city streets if all they want to do is go to a LOVE PARADE? some of them might object. it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

    some of them might object and BE VOCAL AND start trying to change the event itself, so that the event can adapt to the newcomer.

    SF MET needs to embrace their own LOVE PARADE.

    intentionally ignoring this seems like limited vision, especially for a city which is so progressively interested in creating global interest in itself?

    okay, right, so let’s make up some numbers from what we were given.

    basically, according to these numbers, 400K people visited the fair.

    let’s say, based on what i saw, some 300,000 of these 400K (notice how liberal i’m being. in reality, i’d imagine that only about 8% of the visiting population went through side entrances) were funneled through DONATION SUGGESTED!!!! entry points.

    based on a 60% response to the ENHANCED FILING entrance where the SUGGESTED DONATION actually becomes a STRONGLY IMPLIED CONTRIBUTION FEE,

    if even an average number of 40% of the people attending the fair made a contribution of 7$, we end up with $840,000.

    that’s shy of a million dollars,

    but it’s all floating cash (unaccounted for actual dollars), collected in buckets without receipts.

    that’s a lot of floating cash, so you know there will be a crackdown on this soon.

    the pride parade went bankrupt because FLOATING CASH is a code phrase for YOU CAN STEAL SOME OF THIS.

    it is a magnet for professional embezzlers and thieves.

    but that aside, let’s take our number of $840.000 of floating cash and tie it up with some less floating numbers.

    we will start with the sale of booths.

    www.folsomstreetevents.org/exhibitors-and-vendors/

    if you check out the link, it’s blank, so we can’t really know what the actual sales figure for a booth is. we can know that there are single booths which are sold at a different price than double booths.

    because we don’t know and apparently can’t know, let’s just say that it’s 300$ for a single booth and 500$ for a double booth. these numbers will be loosey goosey for sure, but we need to have something to put in.

    there are over 200 booths in the fair. the link above has a map if you want to run the actual number of single booths versus double booths.

    here is one block’s numbers for you — eighth street to ninth street.

    48 booths on the one block
    26 of those are accounted for by 11 groups who bought multiples booths.
    22 are single booth representation

    so around 55% of the booths were bought at 500$
    and 45% of the booths were bought at 300$

    unfairly but for the sake of the task, let’s apply this same percentage breakdown to the advertised booths at OVER 200 this year.

    but to go low, again, let’s drop that number by 20 and use 180. we are purposely UNDERESTIMATING at every corner here so that when we actually have access to the “accurate” numbers, the numbers will be higher in reality, not lower.

    okay, so we have 180 booths

    we can round up and say that 100 of these booths paid 500 dollars and 80 of the booths paid 300 dollars.

    this math is easy, we can do it in our eyes.

    50,000$ and $24,000

    grand total

    74K$ for booth rentals.

    so now we have 840K plus from entry “donations”

    and we have 74K from booth rentals.

    that's already $914,000 before you minus out the peanut-costs behind beer, barricades, free volunteer security and organizer’s costs/salaries.

    and mind you, we are LITERALLY JUST GETTING STARTED on the actual economic gains.

    this is the “portrait” of the artist. we are about to dive into the artist itself, not just the FaceTime moment. we’re going to backtrack the actual monied costs and establish the REALCOST winners.

    let’s start with the FOOD AND BEVERAGE CARTEL.

    first, the event has a built-in tiered system that encourages beverage consumption.

    IF YOU DONATE, you subsequently get 2$ OFF of EVERY purchase of a liquid beverage.

    BEER, which was sold in a two-tiered format, priced at 10$ and i think $16. it might’ve been 18$ but i just wasn’t paying attention because i can’t day drink. my body punishes me immediately for any kind of day drinking, which has made me very unpopular at gay brunch parties. it’s intellectually and socially challenging to be around raging partiers at eleven in the morning if all you do is smoke weed and try to eat luxury food…

    but back on POINT.
    noticeably, let’s address the two TECHNIQUES from tourism/crowd control school that have already been implemented.

    firstly, the lined-file entry signifier & now IMPLIED donation that is accompanied by our gaming element of risk and chance — the two dollar drink discount on the variable number of beers you buy. that is, the more beer you buy, the more money you save.
    secondly, the two size discount theory. that is, the single booth price charge vs. the double booth discount.

    the best thing about all of this so far is that there is NO DISCRIMINATION involved.
    but there will be.

    that will start as FREE space that has been donated.

    at the FOLSOM STREET FAIR, they call it “the playground.”
    and laughingly, they call it an inclusive safe space, when all it really is

    IS A POLITICAL LYNCH PIN that will give the city and every number of special interest groups the RIGHT to dismantle the mission statement of the fair — THE WORLD”S LARGEST LEATHER BONDAGE event.

    so the playground is a space where trender ambiguous people can show off and lip sync but you can’t enjoy what they are up to unless you’re physically formed in a certain way or wish you were and aren’t faking it with some surgical dream that will usher you into a new world where only you know that you were once somebody else clicking your ruby red slippers together and making your MGM movie house dream fantasy tv-adoption theories come true.

    the weird thing about gender that everyone should know is that it’s not real.

    if you are brave enough to step up and be what you are as you are and want to be, the world you fear drops away and YOU become real. not the other way around.

    anyone who is afraid of themselves will always externalize their “enemies.”

    it’s instinctive.

    so in five years, these special interest groups like ASK FIRST will deride the freedom and the liberty and danger and the trust of the BDSM essentials.

    the separatist and shameful HIDEAWAY and misnamed exclusionists will wittle and carve their way into the fair wearing their comic-con and burning man gear and off cast clothes from the love parade.

    they are looking for a SAFE space to be shameful.

    and that’s really different than the ideals of FOLSOM STREET FAIR.

    the ideals of FOLSOM STREET FAIR were to bring out of hiding the deviations of the homosexual community when SEX PLAY becomes a central focus in a man’s life.

    and HOMOSEXUALS are men who have sex with men.

    that’s not a special interest group. it’s very physical and it’s athletic and it’s not about forming relationships the way that heterosexuals bevy and barter their lies and bulsht in order to self-protect and still get laid.

    that’s NOT HOMOSEXUAL.

    homosexuals don’t negotiate like that. they negotiate about the action.

    and to try to make this kind of thing A PLACE FOR ALL, is homophobic.

    it just is.

    and if that is hard to understand, i can’t really enlighten this topic anymore, so i’ll just move back to the money…

    IT WAS SUPER HOT THIS SUNDAY AT THE FAIR> record temps for all.

    so there was a lot of liquid consumption going on.

    i donated 5 bucks to the cause and had a $1.25 retail/street value juice.

    that means $3.75 of fake money went into the beverage cartel’s pocket — remember, i already gave $1.25 to the retail street, so this is straight UP MONEY SHOT cash. it’s a collection/availability fee to the attendee.

    and i’ll say this, at my fair, i would offer FREE WATER and i would OFFER people who really want to volunteer, to bring these same products or get corporations to give away free products that are just as wonderful as the competition and SHARE THEM FREELY with anyone who is thirsty.

    lol.
    but there should always be FREE WATER.

    stick it to the cattle industry if you disagree and stop blaming human consumption of water when the drought is a manufactured attempt for upscaling the costs of water and privatizing it.

    wake the fuk up, people.
    nestle buys 1 million liters of water for 4 dollars, bottles it, brands it, distributes it, retails it for 99 cents of more and makes 55 million$ in profits after gushy payouts and all??

    oh. shit. really?

    anyway, because IT ISN'T MY GOAL in ANY WAY to disparage the industries which foist food and water bills on us, and in full compliance with veggie libel laws from the PATRIOT ACT, i disown any and all attachment to the importance of any of my statements. i’m just an artist and a philosopher who likes to do word problems

    and, for the record, i make the most concentrated effort to USE THEIR numbers, not just for the “truth” value of identifying with their system and their numbers (though the veggie laws themselves are UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND OUTRAGEOUSLY ANTI-AMERICAN), but because they are at least tangible numbers.

    i can’t MAKE THIS SHIT UP and it isn’t my intention to do anything but represent the numbers into word arrangements that make sense.

    i’m like the weather woman.
    you’re not going to send her to prison for suggesting that another one of our new and fantastic super storms has been started off the coast of florida or texas and will now destroy another city so that it can be rebuilt for global tourism…

    anyway, the NUMBERS PLEASE:

    out of 400,000 visitors, as it was so scorching hot and the beverages lines were constant steady streams of income collation, let’s estimate THAT EVERY SINGLE PERSON HAD ONE $10 BEVERAGE.

    in this number, let’s also assume that every one could take advantage of the discount of buying two or more.

    so 400,000 times 8$

    here, with this flimsy and completely deflated example of actual sales we find a rather large number:

    3.2 million bucks.

    i’m not even going to count food. that’s just hazy variables.

    but they made money selling food as well.
    i’m going to pretend it’s not even a factor, but obviously, they, too, made money. i just don’t know any prices and don’t really care. beverage sales have a much higher profit margin and a way lower overhead.

    so, the onsite money intake of the fair with booths and entry donations and a HUGELY underestimated statistic of beverage sales has us at 4 MILLION DOLLARS for one event.

    (all of our ECONOMIC studies so far are the actual event itself. the shadows, where MOST OF THE MONEY IS GENERATED, do not happen onsite.

    ________

    OFFSITE ECONOMIC SHADOWS

    economic shadows are the unaccounted BUT VISIBLE AND TRACEABLE elements that surround transactions.

    for instance, if you go into a store in san francisco and you buy a scarf that cost $99, how can two people pay the following costs for the same scarf?

    the local person ends up with all taxes and fees of life, paying 299$

    and the out of town person ended up paying 999$ for the same object.

    how can it be?

    i know, it sounds like a riddle, but i’ll explain it.

    the first person lives and works in a downtown neighborhood. she/he has a flat where she/he lives and pays rent for their tiny little shared bedroom in a flat or home or wherever.

    she/he shops in the city and travels in the city and does all sorts of ordinary city things. their daily rent is about 60$ and expenses for the rest of the day averaged about $135 including the $99 for the scarf and the daily cost of having an unlimited muni travel pass.

    she/he had an economic shadow for the day of $195 -- based on the scarf purchase as the focus point of spending.

    in our story, the second person is a TOURIST.

    the second person is already paying rent wherever they are from. this rent we will say is the less than the person who lives in san francisco, duh!!!! way less :)

    but they’re still paying rent for their apartment even if they’re not there. their rent is about 20$ per night

    the second person is ALSO renting a room in a hotel for $150 for each night.

    the second person ALSO flew to san francisco on vacation.

    the flight was $500 for a roundtrip.
    the second person is in the city for three days.
    that’s $166 bucks for each day as an average.

    the second person took private transport from the airport on arrival and departure. let’s low ball it and say that it ONLY costs 30 dollars round trip.
    that’s $10 each day.

    during the second person’s stay, they used lyft to get around and spent 60$ on rides. $20 per day.

    this same person had a free breakfast at the hotel, but bought a $4 coffee and had a $17 dollar lunch, gave a 3 dollar tip and then had dinner that evening costing 30$. the food intake total for this second person’s day was $54.

    down on the embarcadeo, the second person also bought 200$ worth of knick knack gifts from the vendors in front of the ferry building at the base of market street.

    this second person had also come to town to attend the folsom street fair.

    so they made a visit to mr. S as well and bought an outfit for the fair. it was 45$

    the second person was in SoMa after dinner and paid 20$ in cover charges at bars and spent 40$ on drinks.

    the second person’s day kept on going after midnight, but that’s where our economic shadow for that day stopped — the night before the fair.

    so let’s compare these economic shadows that surround each one of our two individuals:


    individual number one, who lives in san francisco and also attended the fair spent a WHOPPING:

    two hundred bucks, for the sake of numbers i spent an extra five on something of this person.

    and TWO HUNDRED dollar days are EXPENSIVE> this is an EXPENSIVE city. one of the most in the country now.

    a lot of city people spend WAY more per day and have extraordinarily lavish lifestyles. but with average room rentals being so extravagant, that tends to be the real expense for a lot of less monied folks.

    as it stands, an economic shadow like this requires 6 grand per month.

    okay, so we’ve got our first shadow at $200 per day.

    now let’s look at the second person. the second person’s grand total for one day is:


    170 + 166 + 10 + 20 + 54 + 45 + 200 + 20 + 40 = $904

    NOW, ADD THE original scarf to finish the equation, VOILA

    $1,003!!!!!

    and that is how you charge 99 dollars and 999 dollars for the same scarf.

    and that is how business works. next year, that same scarf will cost 149 and 1399 if things work out the way you are supposed to work out.

    SF MET, baby!!!!!!


    anyway, i feel like i’m gossiping about real people.

    let me get back to my point.

    the first person hadn’t planned to go to the fair this year.

    they were tired of the way the fair was always the same and the twister game and the show offery.

    she/he bought a bottle of champagne for $25 to bring to the brunch, they all decided to go to the fair.

    so the townperson donated the required TEN bucks (sf people like to participate and can be generous with goods as well as kindnesses — though there’s a ton of criminal insanity that gets tolerated by these same manners of being…), so they got the drink discount.

    she/he had two beers at ten dollars a piece, eight after the discount. spent $16, “saved” four on the admission price wink wink — drink more, save more. historically, us gays have loved this kind of economic challenge. but we’re communist about we — it’s a right, not a taxation. we made the BEER BUST FAMOUS.

    we as a community are the biggest abuses of alcohol and drugs and anything to distract us from the tragedy and persecution of an indescribable group of men who merely have sex with each other and then must be condemned to that status forever coming-out, trapped in a trap. more beer please.
    oh, sex is now boring, give me some drugs and let’s keep playing!

    anyway, sorry, got a bit lost.

    our intown hero walked to the fair after having a late breakfast at some friends’ place. onsite costs at the fair in total were $26 plus the champagne purchase of $25 for brunch. all expenses (the 51$ and for the rest of the day were minor and our intown hero’s daily life total was once again a rather average $200 including the fair.

    which is a two day total of $400


    our tourist hero — one who brings a much larger economic shadow to town — skipped the free breakfast and met friends for brunch and drinks for a total of $42

    we’ve already factored our traveling/lyft total, so today’s share of that is $20

    our tourist hero pays the $10 donation 95% of the time. by its nature, TOURISM is rich people giving money away to poor people in exchange for passage and favors. locals live much more frugally on average than TOURISTS.

    inside the fair, the TOURIST stays three hours and drinks one drink per hour.
    all three drinks are nonalcoholic.
    they are 3 dollars apiece.

    with the discount, the TOURIST drinks $9 of beverages.

    our TOURIST/second person exits the fair having spent $19.

    in this scenario, both characters leave the fair and live their lives.

    i won’t make up more math about their days. we can just use the details we have, no need to add more and we already have daily averages determined.

    HERE ARE TOTALS for the day, which at first seem desperately obvious, but they aren't:


    in town local pays out: $26 + 200/day living expenses

    out of town hero pays out: $19 + $407/day living expenses
    ADD the previous day's total and this person's TWO DAY ECONOMIC SHADOW is: $1004 + $426 = $1430

    in COMMODIFIED TERMS, the tourist's expenses are WORTH a GRAND more than the local's output.


    now ask yourself this:

    which one is a bigger economic shadow?

    which one spent less at the fair than the other?


    and this is why the "city" is now becoming a "metropolis".

    new rules, new games.


    we should demand a love parade...
    END PART ONE
    maybe i'll write part two when the REAL numbers hit the street.


    LASTLY<<<< i'd like to end with a suggestion.


    LET'S INVITE THE WORLD's LOVE PARADE TO CELEBRATE IN OUR new metropolis.

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