She didn't cooperate. Mother Nature failed to deliver a solid hour of sunshine for the Dore Alley Fair yesterday, as Queer Law requires. The chilled wind, gray fog and overcast sky all conspired to put a damper on the kink and nudity.
I give the 2013 edition of Up Your Alley, on a scale of 1-to-10, a strong 7 rating for the fair over all and the dudes and dudettes who made it happen by showing up, and a solid 10 for attitude and vibes, not to mention music that didn't deafen or irritate my ears.
Thumbs up to the clean up crew for getting in their positions at the appointed end-time of 6 pm, orange vests and gray gloves on everyone, brooms in hand, and not blowing loudly on their whistles signaling the closure of the fair. The fair was considerably thinned out by then and most folks know the drill that the sweeping begins promptly at 6 pm, so their was no need to get assertive. Nice touch!
Kudos to the queers and fetishists of all stripes who let it all hang out, the volunteers and security of Folsom Street Events and the people staffing the booths. Let's hope Folsom Street Fair has warmer weather and lots of sunshine!