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madmadmad Donating Member (368 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-13-08 02:10 PM
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44. another perspective on the meeting...
Edited on Thu Nov-13-08 02:18 PM by madmadmad
a good friend who attended yesterday's meeting with me, and he was up until now, probably the restaurants biggest booster. he sent out the following email yesterday, and it helps illustrate why this situation is so unique ,and so devastating. when people loved this place, they really loved it- in defiance of the food quality, i might add- and as my friend i]really loved it, his sadness is palpable. for some (including both my friend and myself)), it feels as if a family member has turned on us- you know it happened, but it seems unbelievable and a bit surreal, and one still has hope that in the way of all family squabbles, it will soon pass. i have my doubts on that, though.

the opening "dog lovers" is a nod to el coyote's nick name "the dog"

Dear Dog Lovers,

The blogosphere and cyberspace are full of reports on today's events at El
Coyote, so I can only add my own impressions. It was a very emotional
experience, certainly a pivotal day in the restaurant's 80+ years.

Margie was a shattered trembling shell who read a prepared statement,
expressing her longstanding love for the gay community and emphasizing that
her contribution to Yes on 8 was hers and not El Coyote's. She asked us not
to punish the 89 other staff and their families for her actions. She has a
strong Mormon faith which guided her decision and when asked if she would
consider a donation to No on 8 now, said "No." She left shortly thereafter
without taking any other questions.

Billy, the host, said that El Coyote would be making generous donations to
various gay organizations (which was not well-received). Rocio, one of the
waitresses, gave an unplanned speech that moved me to tears. Ex-Mormons
talked about how the church controls its members. Articulate and passionate
people spoke in both anger and sadness. In the end, nothing was resolved
and, if anything, a bad situation was made worse, a mishandled mea culpa.
Most of the crowd trooped out eschewing the free lunch.

I don't know how this can be resolved. Although she does support the gay
community in many ways and is genuinely anguished by this situation,
Margie's faith prevents her from supporting same-sex marriage. Boycotting
her restaurant won't change that I fear. My compassion and concern for all
the wonderful people who take care of us at El Coyote is in conflict with my
disappointment that Margie is only sorry for the pain she's caused, not for
the cause itself.

It's going to be a rough road for El Coyote for a while. "Sauce of doom" has
more than one meaning now.

In sadness,

(name omitted)
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