Hero & Zero: Lifesavers & an evildoer

By Nikki Silverstein

Hero: We’re again throwing accolades to the Golden Gate Ferry for rescuing a man bobbing in the bay. The Mendocino ferry, traveling its regular route from San Francisco to Larkspur during the busy afternoon commute last Monday, heard the Coast Guard’s call that a man was in the water near Pier 33. The ferry turned around to search for him. Fortunately, the crew spotted him quickly and placed a rescue stretcher in the frigid water for the man to grab and climb onto. Once aboard the ferry, the crew gave him dry clothes and blankets to keep him warm. He explained that his rowboat flooded from the waves of a ship’s wake. Thanks to the crew of the Mendocino, he’s just fine.

Zero: You may not like mountain bikers, but that doesn’t give you permission to try to maim them with a homemade tool of destruction. A pair of bikers on a single-track trail in the White Hill Open Space Preserve west of Fairfax found a downright frightening instrument fastened to the ground with spikes: A 4-foot rubber strip with dozens of long screws that were pointed straight up. Thankfully, neither ran over the land mine. Evil Zero, don’t take offense, but the fact that you dreamed this up, built it and then actually planted it leads us to believe that you’re a bit unhinged. While the Marin County Sheriff’s department investigates the matter, patrols are being stepped up. Can’t we just share the trails and play nice?

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