From post to prison to protest site to park, the island of Alcatraz has worn many hats. The thing of it is, how can a rocky piece of foggy, cold outcrop amidst the freezing waters San Francisco Bay not be enticing?
I felt like a prisoner last night at San Francisco's Hyatt Regency Hotel. That's because the hotel's Eclipse Restaurant is now serving meals based on those that were served to Al Capone, the Birdman and other inmates at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary.
Gasp after gasp was met with mouthfuls of the Pacific and soon panic was crashing over me. I was choosing the psychopath less traveled by. As I plowed forward, I prayed that there was no beastly guardian, unseen but for a fin, following in my wake.
The legend of this escape lives on today, 50 years later. Most people believe that these men died in their escape, but a number of people believe they made it. This is a tale, much like that of D.B. Cooper, which will likely remain unsolved.
The reasons that we're worried by the America's Cup have to do with those residents of the Bay Area who don't have the wherewithal to negotiate development deals or even lobby City Hall. Yes, I'm talking about wildlife.