spiked-leather-dog-harness-h91.jpgDear Babe,

What do you think of the Folsom Street Fair? Would you recommend it to visitors?

Folsom Curious

Dear Folsom Curious,

I’ve never gone to the Folsom Street Fair. I was on my way once but then I ran into a friend who lived on Folsom Street. She said that she had to leave because if she saw one more person whipping the sidewalk in a provocative manner, she’d have to stab herself. So we went to a bar.

Also, I’m not a big fan of public sex. I don’t care what other people do, I just don’t want to see it. In my mind, people making out in a restaurant might as well be taking a shit on the table.

So, before I’d send a visitor off to the fair I’d ask them if they like to see droves of people, semi clad in leather, having sex on city sidewalks and if they say yes, I’d tell them to go. In any case you owe your visitors a clear and fair warning so that they can make an informed decision.


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Babe Scanlon is a writer living and working in San Francisco. She's worked as an archaeologist, computer game designer, agent at Agent Provocateur and hypnotherapist. She is controlling your mind at this very moment.

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  • Matt Baume

    I think non-attendees may tend to think of Folsom as a bit of a safari — a chance to get kinda close to scary, weird animals, but not so close that you couldn’t run away if they charged. But I think you’d be disappointed if you went just to gawk. It’s really more like a trade show, where most attendees are really focussed on networking and closing transactions. People are there to WORK, and tourists just get in the way.

    If you show up, you should be ready to play.

  • Babe Scanlon

    I agree completely Matt. As with any event, if it’s not your thing, don’t go, you’ll just bother other people with your unhappy presence.

    Thanks for the comment!!