9–17-09 Jew­els in the Square, Union Square, San Fran­cisco, CA poster by Ron Donovan

9/17/09 Moonalice poster by Ron DonovanSep­tem­ber 17, 2009 Jew­els in the Square, Union Square, San Fran­cisco, California
Moon­al­ice poster by Ron Dono­van

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, Sep­tem­ber 17 is one of the great days in the his­tory of the tribe. Every few years, some­thing incred­i­ble hap­pens on this day. In 1630, it was the found­ing of the city of Boston. In 1776, they founded the San Fran­cisco Pre­sidio. In 1787, the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion was signed in Philadel­phia. In 1814, Fran­cis Scott Key fin­ished the Star Span­gled Ban­ner. In 1859, Emperor Nor­ton I began his reign here in San Fran­cisco. In 1862, Sep­tem­ber 17 saw the Civil War’s blood­i­est bat­tle — Anti­etam. In 1920, they formed the NFL. In 1991, Linux was released. And today, we are play­ing this free show in Union Square. This gig may not be as big a deal as the sign­ing of the Con­sti­tu­tion, but we thinks it ranks right up there with Emperor Nor­ton and the NFL.

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, the tribe played a role in the cre­ation of San Francisco’s cable cars. In its early days, San Francisco’s growth was con­strained by the chal­lenge of get­ting peo­ple and stuff up the hills. The city solicited pro­pos­als to rem­edy the sit­u­a­tion. The Moon­al­ice tribe, which was never big on exer­cise or hard work, sug­gested that the city pro­vide a sup­ply of hemp buds at the bot­tom of every street to elim­i­nate the desire to go up hill. The city rejected that idea and went with cable cars instead. To add insult to injury, the city built the sys­tem with metal cables, rather than hemp rope. In the end, the tribe got involved the old fash­ioned way, by pro­vid­ing pas­sen­gers — and per­haps even cable car employ­ees — with the finest hemp prod­ucts in the land.




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