Water in Lotta’s Fountain

I woke up at oh-my-god-thirty today, and wandered down to the 1906 Memorial Service at Lotta’s Fountain. The reason they hold it at Lotta’s Fountain is because this is where lots of people posted notices for loved ones, in addition to being the only source of water still working in the Financial District.

Every year, they crank the fountain up for one day. I am not sure if it’s still turned on today, but I took the chance to take a picture of the only day of the year you’ll see water still coming from this fountain.

There was only one survivor there this year, the 104 year old guy that works at Andronico’s in the Sunset. Out of the past three years I’ve been going to this, there has always been a rather hilarious elderly lady who invariably flirts with Gavin Newsom — enough to make him blush. This year we were all sad to hear that she had died in December. She was a hoot.

There were only about 150 people there this year at best. As opposed to last year, with 10,000 people. We got to meet the Chief of Police and the Mayor, and got to talk to them for a while too. Gavin intoduced us to Jennifer too.

The Mayor told me I had to remind you all that an earthquake is coming! Go to http://www.72hours.org and get prepared!

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