Thursday, May 10, 2012

Today's SF character: Crazy City Hall Bullhorn Guy

Crazy City Hall Bullhorn Guy (CCHBG) is, as the name implies, a floridly psychotic older genetleman who walks with a cane, has a long biker-style chinbeard, appears to be in his 50s to 60s, wears a shirt that says something about "Jesus," and appears from time to time in front of San Francisco City Hall clutching a Bible in one hand and shouting unhinged rants up at the edifice through the other.

I know, hard to see, but he's the squat little character in white on the left. He sometimes pauses his amplified rants to chat with passerby.

I've never been able to figure out what triggers a CCHBG appearance, but, like Frank Chu, he is often attracted by gatherings in front of City Hall, of which there are many. Unlike the Chu, he comes even where there aren't television cameras present. Today there was a whole Bike-to-Work Day thing set up in front of City Hall, and I guess it was like a salt lick to a deer for CCHBG. As I write this, right this instant, the Bike-to-Work thing is gone, but CCHBG is still out there ranting. When I walked by he was screaming something about "ideology" and "San Francisco" but, much as that could be direct from Bill O'Reilly, it was hampered by the absence of complete sentences, which O'Reilly manages to accomplish occasionally, although he and CCHBG work at about the same level.

Sometimes he shows up when City Officials are having some kind of Official To-Do on the steps with a podium and mikes and TV cameras and it's fun to watch the deputies who do security for those things surround him like a Flying Wedge and inch him away from the steps so he doesn't get in the shot. They also seem to be good at talking to him and distracting him from using the bullhorn long enough for some supervisor or another to get through their announcement about Take Your Marmot to Work Day or the Green Blender Initiative or whatever silliness they're wasting our money on today.

So carry on, CCHBG. You're not appreciably nuttier than lots of your fellow citizens; you've just got the bullhorn to loudly advertise it.

UPDATE!!!!! Helpful reader Lindsey sends along this much better pic of CCHBG. Thanks, Lindsey!


Tamagosan said...

We all have our commute-to-work crazies: Mine is FALLEN, FALLEN IS BABYLON THE GREAT guy. That's the first line (of a lot of Biblical Things) on a sandwich board worn by a tall guy on the south side of Market bet. 5th and 4th. Only in the morning, though.

TK said...

That's not the guy with the elaborate sign who sits by the cable car turnaround and yells at women that they're whores, is it?

Tamagosan said...

This is like a low-budget version of that guy. Literally a sandwich board he walks around with in the morning and only on the south side of the street, but not far from that guy. Putting the two together would be kind of amazing, though.

Civic Center said...

And I'm going to have a much better pic of him up at Civic Center soon because he just interrupted an Asian Art Museum photo-op this morning in front of the big new Red Lotus in Civic Center with Museum Director Jay Xu and Mayor Ed Lee doing a major photo-op that was sorta ruined. It was amazing.

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