Barnaby Monk 5:30 a.m., Feb. 10
The Filner handshake
Mayor Bob Filner and I have crossed paths on three occasions: once in the Gaslamp and twice in movie theatre lobbies.
Our last encounter took place at Reading Cinemas Town Square. After picking out a ticket, I spotted Filner just as he was exiting one of the auditoriums. I haven't had the guts to speak publicly about the incident until now.
We exchanged pleasantries. It couldn't have lasted more than a minute. Before parting, I extended my hand.
The moment of humiliation arrived in mid-shake. I could have sworn that he tickled the inside of my palm with his middle finger.
It made me feel cheap and dirty.
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