Letters to the Editor

Week of March 19, 2003

Shorty the Dog vs. Silke the Great (Arf!)

Hint: Don't bet on Shorty:Thanks to Silke Tudor for drawing attention to International Quirkyalone Day ["Solitary Refinement," Night Crawler, Feb. 19]. We are glad that our lust for a life that explodes all conventional binary relationships has oozed into the pages of your newspaper.

However, I, Shorty the Dog, the dancingest dog in all of San Francisco and a longtime Shitsniffing Dogfucker, would like to question her portrayal of me. First of all, I was not wearing a "neck warmer," but rather a pink corduroy vest, an item which suggests a certain freethinking attitude and perhaps sexual promiscuity as well. I was distressed that Silke censored the reality TV show of my dreams as "Barking and Shitting" when my name tag clearly read "Fucking and Shitting."

Dan Savage gets away with the f-word all the time, so why can't you publicly embrace in the pages of SF Weekly the polymorphous perversity, the pulsating desire, that is Dog?

Shorty the Dog
Via the Internet

Silke replies: I want to thank you, Shorty, for finally taking time out of your busy shooting schedule to write. If you must know, I am truly embarrassed by my actions, which, I see now, were nothing more than a response to my own fear and insecurity.

I should have never mischaracterized your style and passion in print. But, while there is absolutely no excuse for such inaccuracies, you must admit you were not entirely without blame.

Do you forget my many attempts to reach out to you, to read your name tag -- a tag which was by no means maiden when we met -- and your, shall we say, sharp but strangely gentle rejection of my advances? Certainly it is your prerogative to choose when and by whom you are touched (even if it did seem to me that you were willing to sniff just about anything with legs), but to then accuse me of not paying close enough attention to you ... well, it's just hurtful, Shorty.

As to the vest, I will admit the oversight was due to a certain unwillingness on my part to get down to your level, but even here you are not entirely innocent.

Perhaps if you had taken just one minute to face me, to look me in the eyes and let me see your heart, instead of running away with your tail between your legs to hide behind every cute bitch in the room, perhaps, just perhaps, things could have been different. But alas. In the end, it is always the columnist who must stand strong and shoulder the blame, so ...

For the record: No one in town can pull off a pink corduroy vest like you can, Shorty, and really I hope "Fucking and Shitting" can capture that je ne sais quoi.

Now, please don't call again; I just wish to forget.

Silke Gets Some Love

Finally:Wow, Silke Tudor is an amazing writer! I really loved how she took the reader on the wild and incredibly delicious adventure that was the "Love 'n' Hades" fete ["Industrial Activity," Night Crawler, Feb. 26]! It had me really going, and I was there! Everyone who has read it has been blown away by her gorgeous storytelling skills and by the fact that it was all so unbelievably true and we all got to experience it together!

Thanks to Silke for her beautiful creative energy and for being a part of our gathering and for celebrating and supporting it in her own unique way! I am so glad that we all can come together and still create such things.

Bonnie Duque (aka "The Bonster")
Via the Internet

Raising the Roof

A new kind of fraud: Peter Byrne's article on proprietary-specification fraud in the roofing business was very interesting ["The Fix Is In," Feb. 26]. Although it mentions how proprietary proposals are a new method of fraud, I know for an absolute fact that it has been around for at least 10-plus years. It is also not limited to roofing. I remember back 10 years ago that it was happening with computer systems. This leads me to believe that it happens in every segment in government purchasing. Oh, it is also prevalent in regular corporate purchasing.

So nice to know that the greedy scum are everywhere.

Jason Coolbaugh
Berkeley

Looking the other way:I am a roofing contractor and this happened to me at Portsmouth Square. My general contractor made me do things and I tried to prevent other things, but they said they wanted Tremco. I also lost on a Japantown contract -- or, I should say, the city lost. I see this with the San Lorenzo School District. I feel bad that I've had to look the other way or go out of business.

Teresa Garcia
Oakland

This mess ain't just in S.F.:Excellent article. We are facing a similar problem here in New Hampshire. It is getting so bad here that the costs of roofing systems, when calculated on a life cycle costing basis, are as much as 20 times what the private sector is paying.

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