This months bike party started for
me on the train. I mentioned to this guy that I was going to bike
party and he started telling me about being at one of the first
bike parties that met at the Campbell Water Tower. It was funny,
because he got so drunk that he had trouble finishing the ride.
Then he had to figure out where to sleep it off, which amounted to
crashing the home of a fellow biker and falling down asleep until
the next day. A wild and crazy guy!
Participation was light because
there was rain in the forcast. Turns out the rain was more of a
threat than a problem during the ride.
The theme was "Nightmare Before
Christmas". They were expecting people to draw inspiration from
the Danny Alfman movie by that name. Participation in the theme
was very thin. Tiffany had sox to go with it that she wore to the
test rides, but I forgot to take a picture. Then this huge Jack
the scarecrow that rode the back of that tandem bicycle was about
all the "on theme" stuff I saw that night. I decided to take all
the "christmassy" pictures I could find, just to puff up this
We rode up and down through Willow
Glen, passing many houses with delightful Christmas decorations.
I don't know the lady with the
cowbell, but she does a lot for bike party. Many times I see her
at the start selling head and tail lights for $5 each. This
evening she announced the end of a regroup by wandering around
"donging" her cowbell. It worked really well.
I think the guy juggling fire just
saw us going by and decided to add something to the trip. He was
just standing there on a lawn juggling these burning pins, as if
normal people do that all the time. I had to take a picture.
I'd give Santa there a "Best Dressed
Award" if I had one to share.
Jack the scarecrow deserved the
"Most On Theme" award!
On the way home I passed more houses
with nice Christmas lights...