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Jackie Hasa
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Last Logged In: May 25th, 2016
BADGE: Journey To The End Of The Night BADGE: The Sweet Cheat Gone TEAM: 761 Oak Street TEAM: Team Shplank TEAM: SFZero Animal Posse TEAM: San Francisco Zero TEAM: The Icepacks TEAM: LØVE

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Journey to the End of the Night: Glasnost by Jackie Hasa

June 25th, 2007 4:56 PM / Location: 37.790641,-122.4178


The city spreads out before you. Rushing from point to point, lit by the slow strobe of fluorescent buses and dark streets. Stumbling into situations for a stranger's signature. Fleeing unknown pursuers, breathing hard, admiring the landscape and the multitude of worlds hidden in it.

For one night, drop your relations, your work and leisure activities, and all your usual motives for movement and action, and let yourself be drawn by the attractions of the chase and the encounters you find there.

If you participated in Journey in any way (as a player, chaser, or volunteer), please post your proof here. The more detail you get into, the more thorough you are, the better. If you have photographs, please post them! If you don't, make a comic like Rob (our winner this year and third place last year) did. Describe your chases, the people you met, what you thought of the checkpoints, etc.

We will be posting the results later this week, once there are some completions up.

The SFZero Daemon

For this event, I did a bunch of prep work in addition to being the Morton Salt Girl at Cala Foods. I helped scout locations, helped procure the tiki torches, and cut out the Sutro Tower luminaries you saw at the end. While I was at Cala Foods, I bought all the food and drink, which I brought to the Wave Organ (except for that handle of Jameson, courtesy of [I think] Sean) just before the bulk of the players showed up. Whew!

I felt pretty ridiculous walking into Cala Foods in my costume. I never cease to be surprised, though, at what you can make yourself do if you just have to...I certainly couldn't back out of this one. So yeah, I dressed up as the Morton Salt Girl, famous for being on cannisters of salt in just about every American household, in her little yellow dress and purple umbrella. I walked around Cala for a bit and loaded my cart up with as much salt as seemed necessary (maybe 30 or 40 cannisters, but only half of what was on the shelf!) for my desired effect, and proceeded to push my burden around the store to collect some delicious snacks for the end party.

While I was doing my shopping, I got some good comments from fellow patrons: "I've never seen anyone buy so much salt before," (to which I responded, yeah, but it's really cheap, so why not?), from a couple people: "Is salt on sale?" (no), and finally, a little boy (maybe 8) with his mom, who was dressed in (I'm guessing) some sort of Muslim-type garb, all in black, no face covering, but basically in a giant shifty black robe. He was her translator. At first I thought he asked me what I was doing, and I started to explain it was for a game, but then I realized all he wanted was to know where the salt area was. I pointed them to the correct aisle and thought, well, I guess I was the right person to ask for that information.... Surprisingly, not a single Cala Foods employee said a word to me, despite the fact that I was standing around for a few hours in different aisles with my umbrella up the whole time. Perhaps this was because, as someone mentioned to me at the end, I was "acting natural." I like looking at food packaging and so was really just reading all the nutritional information and other packaging copy; for instance, I learned that many canned meats are mostly composed of something called "mechanically separated chicken," that microwavable brownies and lemon cake exist, and there's a brand of tea that teaches you yoga poses. So I wasn't really bored at all.

Anyhoo, a bunch of players came through, mostly jittery and out of breath, and very amused by my outfit! It was all a quite rewarding experience. Some of them said witty things like, "When it rains, it pours," or other things about salt or saltiness. Someone said something about pasta? Rob (spotlight skullshines) came through first, basically gasping for air, and took off immediately. Next, by about 20 minutes (which is why it's CRAZY that he was only behind by 2 at the end) was Edward, who said he'd been looking for me for like 10-15 minutes and thought there was no way he could be looking for a crazy girl with an umbrella in a grocery store. He was really nice and I hope he joins the site. A bunch of groups and solo players showed up soon after and I sent them all on to Alan at the Japantown Denny's.

I purchased all the food (I returned all the salt to its proper shelf) and went to my house to change quickly and make genmaicha. At the Wave Organ, it was great to talk to so many players, many of them new, and hear about the insane shit that was going on in the Presidio (and elsewhere). A player disguised as a homeless person who avoided a chaser by mumbling crazily? Lowteck (or Prank Monkey, or Bill Clinton, or whatever) producing an army of drunk chasers and players, stumbling around one of San Francisco's most prized parks? A player just strolling through the chasers unnoticed because he didn't look suspicious (since he wasn't paying attention to their dangerous presence)? Someone catching a cable car like 2 or 3 times to escape chasers? I can't wait to hear about these in more detail...

A super fun night!

- smaller

There she is!

There she is!

I was trying to look like her.

Waiting around in the Cala Foods parking lot

Waiting around in the Cala Foods parking lot

As befits a checkpoint-person, I waited around for the game to begin before hitting my mark. Unfortunately I had to move my car to a garage because an evil tow-truck came by and took down my license number

Here I am!

Here I am!

This was before any players showed up, while I was collecting food for the end point (note that I've stopped near the crackers). A very nice woman took my photo; she didn't seem bothered by my outfit at all. I put on my white coat later because I got a bit cold. See that curious shopper in the back?

Just to drive the point home, I filled my cart with salt.

Just to drive the point home, I filled my cart with salt.

And all the food you found at the end. This thing got heavy to push around.

A Sutro Tower Luminary

A Sutro Tower Luminary

I cut out maybe 6 or 7 of these and left the rest plain; sand courtesy of Ocean Beach.

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10 comment(s)

posted by Ink Tea on June 25th, 2007 7:01 PM

You completely made my night. I'm calling you Cordelia from now on.

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posted by Fonne Tayne on June 25th, 2007 7:50 PM

I thought the luminaries were the work of that other guy who does origami!

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posted by Leslie on June 25th, 2007 8:51 PM

wow, you looked great. I was so late that you were already gone by the time my group got to Cala Foods. Poo : (

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posted by Jackie Hasa on June 25th, 2007 9:33 PM

oh no, sorry about that! i hadn't seen anyone in like half an hour and confirmed that others were leaving their checkpoints, so i took off with my booty. did you get the signature of a stranger instead?

also--ink tea, feel free to call me whatever you please, but why cordelia?

ink tea, feel free to call me whatever you please, but why cordelia?
posted by Ink Tea on June 25th, 2007 11:34 PM

I award a vote to the first person who correctly answers Jackie's question.

Could it be
posted by Cthulhu Kitty on June 26th, 2007 1:59 AM

in honor of the Cordelia Salt Marsh in Solano County?

SF0 makes you learn things!
posted by Saul Z on June 26th, 2007 5:20 AM

From the folk story sources of Shakespeare's King Lear. A king asks his daughters how much they love him. The youngest answers "I love you as fresh meat loves salt", from which a great drama unfolds. For more versions of the story go to

In Shakespeare's version, Cordelia's sisters speak bombastic about their love, and then Cordelia refuses to lower herself to their shameless flattery, answering instead (Act I, Scene I):

Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave
My heart into my mouth: I love your majesty
According to my bond; nor more nor less.

How, how, Cordelia! mend your speech a little,
Lest it may mar your fortunes.

Good my lord,
You have begot me, bred me, loved me: I
Return those duties back as are right fit,
Obey you, love you, and most honour you.
Why have my sisters husbands, if they say
They love you all? Haply, when I shall wed,
That lord whose hand must take my plight shall carry
Half my love with him, half my care and duty:
Sure, I shall never marry like my sisters,
To love my father all.

The word salt appears once in the actual play, some banter from the good crazy king (Act IV, Scene VI):

"No seconds? all myself?
Why, this would make a man a man of salt,
To use his eyes for garden water-pots,
Ay, and laying autumn's dust."

In other words, Cordelia chooses Salt! For Love!

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posted by Ink Tea on June 26th, 2007 10:13 AM

Yes. Saul for the win.

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posted by Ian Kizu-Blair on June 26th, 2007 4:37 PM

Seeing you in Cala Foods gave me the energy to bike back and forth over the rugged hills of San Francisco.

posted by Blond Jesus on June 26th, 2007 11:26 PM

Thanks Jackie!

Seeing you at the Cala in your Morton outfit was very inspirational. I feel a quote coming on...

"You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its flavor, with what will it be salted? It is then good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men. You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill can't be hidden. Neither do you light a lamp, and put it under a measuring basket, but on a stand; and it shines to all who are in the house. Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."

Blond Jesus, Matthew 5:13-16