This morning hundreds of people gathered at Dolores Park for one of the few celebrations that hasn’t yet gone hipster: the Golden Fire Hydrant Painting Ceremony. This hydrant at 20th and Church was the lonely working fire hydrant in the Mission after the 1906 Earthquake. It saved the world – or at least part of the Mission.
It’s a moving ceremony, attended by first responder, city authorities and relatives of victims and survivors of the Earthquake – a bunch of people you can just love, respect and listen to easily. Dressed like Millennials from the ‘1900 – but with smartphones – they shared stories about their loved ones and the 1906 fire, taking turns spray-painting the hydrant in gold.
I call this part “People trying to understand how spray-can-painting works,” but I’m horrible.