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The Burning Pyre of the Archangel

The Burning Pyre of the Archangel, originally uploaded by hep.

Last night was the Ocean Beach bonfire some friends have been planning for a few weeks. Shortly after we got there and literally just when we spread our blanket and sat down the cops walked up and busted the party for drinking beer (zero tolerance no-alcohol policy). However victory was snatched from the jaws of the defeatist pigs (VIVA!) and we just moved the fire about fifteen feet down the beach after they walked off. As they left one of the cops mentioned that soon even the bonfires would be illegal. Later on some folks came by from Save Ocean Beach handing out flyers with the Public Comment Phone Number on it:

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Ocean Beach bonfires are a longtime pastime of myself and many of the social circles I have been a part of. I saw several fires with children last night (children attending, not fires made of children), and often I take my own kids with me to bonfires, as it's free, relatively safe since I watch them as I would in any other public place, and an exciting experience for them. I hope when they grow up they can still go to their own bonfires and have their own social learning experiences. If you have ever been to a bonfire at Ocean Beach, SF, or ever plan to come to SF and want the chance to go to one, please take the time to email or call and let them know. Don't let this traditional sf pastime be lost.

What kind of beach bans alcohol and fires? they probably ban guns and boobies as well :(
Well, that would suck. One of the things I'm looking forward to when I move back next year is the bonfires.
There is still one part of the beach here where you can get drunk and set things on fire, I can't imagine what this town would be without it. Emailing comments.