So there we are on an afternoon out in the Park for the Harvest Festival event, not a tea tent in sight but plenty of all American food and some poor bloke who’s been strong armed into volunteering to be a bear for the kids. It’s 26 degrees and he’s wearing some monster Levi’s and a bear suit. Visibility and health and safety dictate that he needs a carer I suspect. After all we don’t want any crushed kids if Mr Bear keels over in the heat.
Imagine what the job description would be for this thankless task:
“Suitable candidate will be happy to sweat profusely whilst entertains small children from the confines of a bear suit. This is an equal opportunities post, though real bears might prefer to seek less demanding roles. Carer will be supplied by local police department. Renumeration will be in the form of a ready supply of honey. Well developed sense of humour is a bare necessity.”
Ron Galperin is what’s called a ‘Controller’ here in LA.
From what I can gather that means he and his team keep a watch on how the City spends their budgets. He has to get votes to become a ‘Controller’ so in an effort to glean votes here and there he hit on the idea of offering sunglasses.
How do I know this?
Well, we went with the family, to a small gathering at Griffith Park, which was billed as a Harvest Fesitival. Not in a religious way, but just a celebration for the time of year organised by someone who thought it a good idea. It was helped by the reliable weather: hot and sunny. They laid on little stands for people to find out about the area and/or what they did for the City. So there were people pushing hiking trails, some with local beauty products, a beer tent, a few food trucks ( more about these later ) a German band complete with lederhosen singing ‘I love to go a wandering’ and other German classics, and a stand where Ron Galperin was offering information, free sunglasses and lip balm.
Too good to miss for me as I thought I’d left my sunglasses behind in England. Free sunglasses, it could only happen in California. I looked up what he did later on Google.
I wonder if he has to account for the spend on them? Perhaps Boris Johnson could use the idea, rose tinted sunglasses seem to be a vital part of his election effort.