Every now and then San Jose Bike
Party likes to have a multi-start ride. This being the 8th
Anniversary ride, it was decided we would do it that way. When I
got there it was early, but slowly people filtered in. Many did
something worth noticing.
One of the first people I talked to was Sid. He hasn't been to
bike party for years. He said that he's a farmer nowadays in the
central valley. Sounds like honorable work to me!
One of the great things about
earlier sunsets is that lots of bike party has great lights on
their bikes. That adds to the festivity and makes us a lot more
Ed was there for his 61st
Enrique has a major sound system on
that bike. Not just for tunes, it's also got a microphone and a
very loud "A-HOOO-GA!" horn. The lights are good to.
How about that monster beer drinking
Darwin fish? I love it when people add creativity to make a
Any "on theme" image worked for me.
Even a tiny alien hitch hiking on the handlebars.
The zombie/mummy thing on that
trailer was clearly on theme. The monstrous nature of San Jose's
proposed sidewalk cycling ban takes more imagination to get.
Boone's working to get people involved with fighting it.
Maybe there were a couple of hundred
of us rolling for the first regroup together. It was enough people
that we filled the road nicely. Way too many to keep together at
lights. Probably we stretched out over at least half a dozen
blocks by the time we reached the first regroup.
When I took that Nun's picture I
thought she had green skin. I kept the picture in because the
woman really worked with me to get an image, which I'm grateful
Gotta honor the Ravens! Without
their work the city would shut us down for leaving too much trash
I know that technically the men in
black in MIB were humans not aliens, but since there were lots of
illegal aliens in that movie he's close enough. See that green
sticker that says "AGENT (can't read that part)"? That makes it a
costume not just a black suit.
By this time the dance floor was a
happening place. Thank you Mark Hirsch and the songbirds! Old
timers remember when SJBP didn't get it on the whole dancing
thing. There has been a lot of evolution in that!
I'd recoil in horror if a monster
like that one was feeding off the contents of my bike basket!
Yup. Cone heads are an alien
For sure we were dancing on a floor
that holds the world record for the biggest permanently installed
monopoly board. There were a lot of people dancing, but nobody
counted the monsters and aliens to say for sure we took the record
for "most monsters and aliens dancing on monopoly". Seems likely
we did though.
This bike blinked from red to blue
as shown. The rider said he has a friend that takes it to burning
man every year.
That guy (disguised as?) a Mexican
has that expression on his face because some photo bomber was
making an obscene gesture that I cut out. I put in the picture
because the expression on his face captures the usual Latin
feeling about the whole "alien" issue. I found out later that
somewhere else in the crowd, Ivan was cleverly disguised as a
resident alien from eastern Europe. That costume was so subtle I
missed it. Sorry about that.
Once again, Ronnie was our fearless
leader. Thank you sir!
The guy with the lights was dancing
them over the dancers, creating a somewhat strobe-ish effect.
Definitely making it more of a happening scene.
The woman in the NASA overalls
looked a lot like Sigorney Weaver. She was a bit concerned that
people weren't getting that the monster on her handlebars was "the
face grabber from Aliens".
Cookie Monster is definitely a
monster. I can tell by the name.
That flying angel was at least ten
feet off the ground. I'd call that the most dangerous pose I saw
I love this aliens taste in pins! :-)
A lot of people that used to do a
lot with bike party showed up again for this ride. John was one of
Dead Kennedys are definitely
monsters of punk! By this time just about everybody was in a great
Boone wants people to vote for
Cortese "because his opponent voted to shut down most of the pot
clubs in the city and is also behind the sidewalk cycling ban."
After that regroup it was more or
less over except for the getting home part. The route taken by the
south side riders and the Santa Clara riders forked where this
couple was standing calling out "Southbound riders turn here." The
lit arrow was pointed in the correct direction. Many people were
listening, so that must have been a popular start.
Not long after that I passed a kid
that was falling down drunk trying to ride his bike. If I was in
his shoes I would have walked the bike for half an hour or
something like that to gather my wits. Friends were spotting for
him so I just rolled on by. Not sure I could have been much help