Next Stop: Oz. There's No Place Like Muni, There's No Place Like Muni...
|No Toto, though...|
Our eye-catching Dorothy Gale stepped on the train at Powell, followed the yellow-brick road only momentarily, and disembarked at Montgomery. We had time to ask her what was going on ("it's October!") but didn't catch her name. What a world! What a world! But at least she was on the Auntie M train...
It does make us wonder, however: If you were going to cast The Wizard of Oz with San Francisco characters, who would play whom?
|Yep, it's the Auntie M train...|
We can't extend the allegory that far. But here's our quick casting call:
Dorothy: Tom Ammiano. Naturally. You've got to get people to see this movie, after all.
Tin Woodsman: Chris Daly -- The woodsman was cursed to cut off his limbs -- and the harder he worked, the more he cut. We can't think of any politico who's been his own worst enemy more than Daly; if the tin shoe fits, wear it.
Scarecrow: Gerardo Sandoval wins a tightly contested race with Jake McGoldrick.
Cowardly Lion: Matt Gonzalez -- If only he had "the noive."
The Lollipop Guild: SEIU members will be getting these roles -- or John Avalos will be outside the casting director's office with a bullhorn complaining about privatization and outsourcing.
The Wicked Witch of the West: Who do we know that could play a movie villain and was recently excoriated by all of the city's elected officials as representing the antitheses of everything San Francisco stands for? That's right. It won't be the first time Arnold Schwarzenegger has played in drag.
Wizard of Oz: In the book and movie, the wizard appears as all things to all people -- but turns out to just be a bumbler, "a humbug." Who do we know that's all flash -- but is really just a humbug hiding behind a facade? Who could that be?