A towed car sparked a brawl between two cyclists on 20th and Valencia streets last week. It all started with a bullhorn-wielding cyclist accusing a tow truck driver of “property theft” and being a Nazi sympathizer, and escalated when another man, who had previously been observing the commotion while standing shirtless on his balcony, decided to get involved. There is no evidence that the towed car belonged to either of the combative cyclists.
As some creative profanities and punches were exchanged, meter maids swarmed to the scene before SFPD got wind of the incident. Yet the highlight of the altercation was that a neighbor (who happens to be Mozilla Firefox c0-founder Blake Ross) captured it all on video. Fascinated by the rather pointless street corner confrontation, Ross decided to create a song about it – and it’s brilliant.
A few days ago, I witnessed the absolute dumbest fight I’ve ever seen—right here in the broad daylight of San Francisco.Today I was going to write my usual third-person-bastard account of the incident. But I’m trying to stretch myself into scary new forms of writing. So, regrettably for you, I instead used my footage of the fight to write a song.The best way to watch this video is to not watch it. The second best way is to rotate your phone and tap the barely-visible “HD” button in the bottom right after opening the video. Thanks to my friends who continue to support my close calls with sanity.
Posted by Blake Ross on Friday, October 23, 2015