10–5-08 Hardly Strictly Blue­grass, Golden Gate Park, San Fran­cisco, CA poster by Chris Shaw

10/5/08 Moonalice poster by Chris ShawOcto­ber 5, 2008 Hardly Strictly Blue­grass Fes­ti­val
Golden Gate Park, San Fran­cisco, California
Moon­al­ice poster by Chris Shaw

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, the ori­gins of the place we call San Fran­cisco are shrouded in mys­tery. You know that an Eng­lish guy built the first set­tle­ment out­side the Mis­sion. He called it Yerba Buena. Yerba Buena means Good Herb. Have you ever won­dered why he called it that? More impor­tant, have you ever won­dered why any­one would get rid of a great name like Yerba Buena?
His­tory books don’t say, so we con­sulted the Moon­al­ice leg­end. The Moon­al­ice tribe first set­tled here at least 2,000 years ago. The area pro­vided a fan­tas­tic envi­ron­ment both for the tribe’s agri­cul­tural clan, the hip­pies, and for its nomadic clan of musi­cians, the bands. Since the dawn of time, Moon­al­ice hip­pies have farmed the land, but their spe­cialty has always been that most Amer­i­can of crops, hemp. From way back, the tribe demon­strated its sophis­ti­ca­tion, pro­duc­ing spe­cial hemps for rope, for fab­ric, for paper, and for enter­tain­ment. And then the Euro­peans arrived. Before long, real estate prices shot up and the tribe was forced to move to Men­do­cino and Hum­boldt. They left behind the hills, but took their Yerba Buena with them. The rest, as they say, is legend.

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, Octo­ber 5 did not hap­pen in the year 1582 in Spain, Por­tu­gal, Poland, and Italy. The day got lost in the switch to the Gre­go­rian cal­en­dar. We cel­e­brated by tak­ing the rest of the day off.

In recog­ni­tion of the eco­nomic cri­sis, Big Steve pro­posed a new ben­e­fit for Moon­al­ice fans: a den­tal plan. Big Steve is offer­ing five years of den­tal cov­er­age to any Moon­al­ice fan. There is only one catch: the ser­vice is only avail­able from Big Steve him­self. We note that Big Steve never went to den­tal school and he offers only two ser­vices: extrac­tions and “mod­i­fi­ca­tions”. How­ever, he does use Sears Crafts­man tools — the power drill is his favorite — and he promises to wash his hands at least once a day.




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