I'd been there a minute or so when I
saw lego Lincoln, my first "on theme" image if you don't count all
the medallions on my bike. I'd started preparations for the ride
by downloading the art for 16 different Presidents from the U. S.
Mint website. (All I'd had time for the previous evening) It was
easy once I found the right page. Then I shrank and printed about
45 medallion sized things. I shot for 3.33" across images and got
close. I laminated as many of them as I could before the event and
hung those on my bike with clear packing tape.
There wasn't that much participation
in the theme this time. At the beginning I wandered around looking
for a bit. I saw the lady in the top hat and I thought "At least
SOMEBODY did something for the theme!" I would say there was a
revolution. San Jose just yawned about the theme. Thanks to the
nice weather we had a huge crowd though. Lots of people there if
you count that.
I saw Justin in the traffic jam
going into the first regroup. I suppose technically Franklin was a
"senior statesman" not a President, but he's dead for sure.
Considering how people that call money "dead presidents" can often
be seen in Franklin bill art I'll take it...
We had sized the spot figuring for a smaller turnout. February?
For cold and wet we'd get fifty people. Not this year. Perfect
weather. Big turnout! Oh well... The crowd was mostly mellow and
if the street was just five yards wider it would have been great!
As it was it was awesome.
I guess these guys figured the theme
meant represent the dead for those present. Nice try.
Often I'd run into someone else with
no "on theme" anything. I'd offer them a dead president. I got
lots of takers. Sometimes they'd look at the choices and say
"never heard of William Henry Harrison (or whomever)." Sometimes
they'd say something that was news to me. Diane pointed to one and
said "he has the record for heaviest President." By the end of the
night I was down to the ones that were hard to remove from my
This guy won the "MOST ON THEME
OUTFIT" award! Everybody wanted to have their picture taken with
Another reason I didn't find much on
theme stuff to take pictures of was that the dancing was great at
the second regroup. I just danced for a while. Especially when
that "California likes to party" song came on...
Lloyd explained that since he was
wearing a Washington Redskins shirt and Washington was our first
President he was on theme. I'll take it.
The next day John posted this
picture of the dead president I gave him to my wall on facebook.
Now I'm adding to that collection as I notice them. I'm hoping
some of those history nuggets I spread around will seed
discussions and/or some "look him up" type learning.
Until I saw these pictures in the
Raven Report I'd missed the fact that the Mt. Rushmore
Presidents were represented in the beer supply. Thanks Joe Tate
for that info!
Thanks SJRides for putting that dead president on your sound
Then later I blundered across the
left two in Lloyd Cha's pictures of the event. More recently I
found that right one in Jarek Acevedo's pictures.