Raw, adjective: 11. unprocessed or unevaluated

Oh man. Are we in the thick of summer or what?

Another stunner today, and I'm already brown as a berry from sitting in the midday sun for four hours yesterday as the Giants whooped the Yankees. Yes, you read that correctly. Our seats were killer - just a few rows back from third base, on the Field Level right there behind the dugout, right past the Press Box and the locker rooms. I managed to drag my eyes away from the back of Barry Zito's neck as he stood watching the game 10 feet away from me just long enough to keep tabs on the game. Not only did A-Rod have a ridiculous 11-pitch scrapple with Noah Lowry (including 7 foul balls; yes, 7), but Bonds stole some sneaky bases and the guys looked good for once. Two wins in a row and you'd almost forget they've been scraping the bottom of the barrel for a month.

So now that I am roughly the color of maple, I'm def. feeling the time of year. The City's crawling achingly out of its post-Pride Weekend hangover; planning for 2008 has already begun. There was a lot of chatter about the fact that Elizabeth Edwards was out to speak for one of the local LGBT center's fundraiser of some kind; this was a big first step in terms of recognizing the voting power of a big chunk of the SF populace. The local Dems seem pretty wildly split between Clinton and Obama yet, with Edwards not making the kind of splash they are, and it's hard to tell who's going to end up on top. I'm kind of concerned, to be honest. I'm nursing a secret hope that Al Gore will stealthily march toward November with a campaign up his sleeve and emerge as The Electable One come autumn, riding on that popular momentum of the post-Oscar fallout. Because who can quibble with a platform based on the fact that the planet's going to shit?

Sondheim's "Assassins" is playing here in the City, and I'm going later this week. If you don't know it, you should. Classic Sondheim pitter-patter rhythms, musically sound, and snarky and smart as hell. Pick up the soundtrack. It's worth it for the humor alone.

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