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Hey Kids! Volunteer to Sell Sell Sell the 2011 Bay to Breakers – Your Commish Will Be Zero Percent!

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

You know what it takes to sell, sell, sell the 2011 Bay to Breakers Civic Event? Well, just ask Alec Baldwin.

And after that, send in your application, why not. Then you’ll be able to spend hundreds of hours “presenting sales opportunities” and “supporting the sales staff” with “sales efforts.” It’s going to be sell, sell, sell!

And best of all, you won’t get Jack. Thanks, AEG!

And if you don’t like it, leave. Now, here’s what it takes to sell the Bay to Breakers – it takes brass balls:

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Of course the gig’s in Los Angeles, ’cause, you know, not many people behind the oldest something-or-other that is BtoB actually live in the 415. They don’t mind visiting occasionally, but, overall, S.F. is just a skosh too faggy for them. Oh well.

Remember, sell! Just think of your zero commission.

“Address: 714 W Olympic Blvd Ste 301

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Application Deadline: No Deadline
Position: Part-Time, Unpaid
Timeframe: 01/10/11 – ?
Description:
The AEG Sales & Marketing Department is seeking an energetic and hardworking individual to join our team! This internship will focus around the longest continuously run footrace in America – the Bay to Breakers 12K in San Francisco (***.*************.***). The internship will provide qualified college students the opportunity to gain access and insight into the highly competitive world of professional sports. Our goal is to allow each intern with the opportunity to provide their input through their creativity and resources. Qualified individuals must be current college students and receive college credit for this internship since this is an unpaid position. Flexible hours to correspond with their school schedule.

Responsibilities:
Job Responsibilities

Assist the Sales & Marketing Department’s programs and initiatives
- Support sales staff on sales efforts
- Operational support on Festival and VIP Experiences
- Implement execution of grassroots campaign within the running community
- Present sales opportunities to running clubs and organized groups within the targeted demographics.
- Engage on collegiate campuses to create awareness of AEG events.
- Collect, organize and import new customer and prospect leads into database
- Weekly Reports and updates
- Use the Internet to research industry trends and opportunities

Requirements:
- Currently enrolled in an accredited college or university
- Able to receive school credit
- Detail oriented with strong follow-up skills
- Proficiency in the following Microsoft Office programs: Word, Excel, Power Point & Outlook
- Candidates must possess excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work 20 hours a week

Bay to Breakers 100: 7:00 AM Start Time Ensures That Only “Real Runners” Will Show? – Plus, Point-Counterpoint

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

You know an organization is in trouble when they hire a guy called the “Master of Disaster” to take over and start running things like a year or so ahead of time. Anyway, changes are afoot with our Bay to Breakers Civic Event, you know, the one owned, for some reason, by a Colorado billionaire who hates gay people and the concept of evolution.

Click over to see What’s New for 2011. See? T-shirts aren’t guaranteed for all registrants anymore, oh no. Only “finishers” get T’s. And this year, finishers will get medals too. And the registration is capped at 50k people and the start time has gotten pushed up to 7:00 AM.

Why, you say? Well, why not? Party people hate getting up early on Sunday mornings, right? And if there’s one thing that the rich NIMBYs of Western Addition microneighborhoods such as Hayes Valley, Alamo Square, and NOPA (the blessed NOPA) hate, it’s drunken frat boy-eeeees dropping by uninvited.

Proceed for Point/Counterpoint.

Read up on this recent bit from Jill Tucker and away we go:

“It was a club race, a serious race,” said Angela Fang, the Bay to Breakers general manager.

So therefore what, it should be “a club race, a serious race” once again? That’s one opinion, anyway. How do we know that that’s best for San Francisco?

“If you come out with alcohol, there are going to be consequences.”

Uh, no there won’t. You all say this every year, but there are never any consequences, right?

“Organizers will be starting a no-alcohol public awareness campaign, focusing on high schools and colleges to get the word out, she said.”

Boy, I can’t think of a more effective way of driving high-school and college age kids to drink than through a “no-alcohol public awareness campaign”

Organizers pledge to pull any unregistered runners from the course.”

Really? How much does it cost to scan in and print out a bib to pin to your shirt? About five cents, right? That’s exactly what people did last year so what’s stopping them from doing the same this year? And what of walkers? Are they not “elite” enough for BtoB anymore? That’s what you’d call noninclusive, non? And that’s about as noninclusive as Colorado’s anti-gay Amendment 2 was, right? Hey, didn’t the owner of BtoB contribute money to this unconstitutional anti-gay campaign back in his home state back in the day? Yes he did. Hey, hey, Bay to Breakers! If you were a person, you’d have voted for Proposition 8 and against gay people, right? So why the frack did you buy the event, Adama? Please.

“It’s the fastest 12K race in the world,” said Josh Muxen, the race’s elite athlete coordinator, noting that from the top of Hayes Street, it’s all downhill to the beach.

Well, actually, it’s not a serious, elite 12K race at all since the starting and ending points are too from from each other. Mostly, the route is a straight line with a slight dogleg, right? Well, that doesn’t pass muster since “serious” 12Ks circle back to the start to militate against taking advantage of wind and whatnot. So, AEG, you can have a historic race that starts at the Bay and ends at the Breakers or you can have a serious 12k, but you can’t have both. And BTW, you’re incorrect about the highest point of BtoB – it’s actually in Golden Gate Park near Crossover so you’re a couple miles off. So, from the top of Hayes Street Hill it’s down three blocks to Fell and Divisadero and then uphill to Golden Gate Park and only then downhill to the beach. How could an “elite” athlete coordinator not know that? And by the way, is this you setting a bad example for the childrens with demon alcohol?

“If you are an elite runner … you come out and run the Bay to Breakers.”

And then get your ass kicked by the Kenyans, year in and year out, right? Oh well.

Oh, and there’s no sponsor to replace ING yet? C’mon, BtoB. We can’t start the sponsor boycott until you tell us who the sponsor is, right?

Let’s see here, in 2012, Bay to Breakers might start at 6:00 AM and be limited to just 25,000 people so the serious runners can be ever more serious – is that the direction we’re heading? Mmmm…

In closing, here are some Fun B to B Facts:

The “A” in AEG stands for Anschutz
The “A” in AEG was a prime mover behind Colorado’s Am. 2
The “A” in AEG doesn’t believe in evolution and uses his money to oppose the concept
The “victimized” person running BtoB is very fortunate to have her gig, fortunate to have the connections to have gotten that gig.
The “victimized” person running BtoB doesn’t live here, doesn’t know here, but pretends she does
The white trash working for her have made multiple unfortunate, unhelpful remarks over the past few years
BtoB purposefully undersupplies port-a-potties in the Panhandle in order to placate the aforementioned whiny NIMBYs of the Western Addition
The whiny NIMBYs of the Western Addition represent only themselves, not “the neighborhood”

See you on May 15th!

Why Would the Bay To Breakers People Threaten to Cancel the 2011 Show, But Then Start Taking Peoples’ Money?

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Last I heard, there were no guarantees the 100th running of the Bay to Breakers historic street party would occur.

And yet, sign-ups are a going on right now, started about a week ago they did. So, you can spend $47 this month and be assured of not being labeled a “bandit” by a rich Colorado B-as-in-”boy” billionaire (who really doesn’t like gay people*) and/or his minions, or you can be like Mayor Gavin Newsom, who runs the race without paying the entrance fee.

Your choice.

And look, they have a new logo. Here it is, sort of. The five-mile-tall runner has been replaced by a five-mile-tall unrinator. Both of them would pass out with a quickness breathing in air at 20-something thousand feet, non?

In B2B Land, our Bay Bridge merely has three towers, oh well. That’s one messed up skyline…

Anyway, here it is, your secret, discounted early sign-up page.

Select a Category: Price:
Adult $47.00
Children (under 18)
Age must be no more than 17 as of 5/15/2011.
$42.00

Uh oh, maybe you’re better off not signing up. ‘Cause signing up entails agreeing to all this, seen below. It just goes on and on and on. Mercy! Let me tell you, if you somehow end up getting harmed by BtoB 100, you don’t want any record any where of you agreeing to all this boilerplate…

*”Helped fund Colorado’s 1992 Amendment 2, a ballot initiative designed to overturn local and state laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation but was invalidated by Romer v. Evans after it passed”

“By indicating your acceptance, you understand, agree, warrant and covenant as follows:
Participant’s WAIVER, RELEASE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT. This Agreement is executed by the undersigned (or if under 18 years of age, undersigned’s parent/ legal guardian) (together with any heir, executor, administrator, successor, representative or assign, collectively, “You”) for the benefit of the Organizers (as defined herein). In connection with Your involvement in the 2011 Bay to Breakers race (“Race”), You hereby certify, warrant, represent, and agree to Anschutz 12K Company, USA Track and Field, City and County of San Francisco and each Race sponsor/promoter (individually and collectively, together with each of their respective affiliates, directors, officers, employees, partners, shareholders, owners, sponsors, volunteers, contractors, agents, successors and assigns, the “Organizer(s)”), that You are:
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YOU DERIVE A MATERIAL BENEFIT FROM THE RACE AND AGREE THE RACE MAY BE STRENUOUS OR POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE RACE IS 12 KILOMETERS AND COVERS STEEP HILLS.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO DETERMINE IF YOU ARE FIT ENOUGH TO COMPETE IN THE RACE.  YOU ASSUME ALL RISKS AND DANGERS KNOWN/UNKNOWN, FORESEEN/UNFORESEEN, RELATING OR INCIDENTAL TO YOUR INVOLVEMENT, AND HEREBY RELEASE, DISCHARGE AND HOLD HARMLESS ORGANIZERS FROM ANY AND ALL DAMAGES, LIABILITIES, COSTS AND EXPENSES, WHETHER KNOWN/UNKNOWN, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE ARISING  OUT OF OR RELATING TO YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN THE RACE.
You agree:  (1) that by signing the Agreement, You will never institute any suit or action at law or otherwise against Organizers or aid in the institution or prosecution of any claim, demand, action or cause of action for damages, costs, loss of services, expenses or compensation for or on account of any damage, loss or injury either to your person and/or property as a result of your participation in the Race; (2) to defend and hold Organizers harmless from loss or damages, including attorneys’ fees and costs, sustained by any Organizer, as a result of your rescission of this Agreement or breach of covenants or agreements contained herein; (3) all Race entry fees are non-refundable, even if Race is cancelled and (4)  to  refrain from engaging or participating in “ambush marketing” campaigns including using signage or promotional displays to create a false association with the Race on behalf of a competitor of any sponsor or otherwise take measures intended to attack, embarrass or disparage the Race or any sponsor.
MEDICAL ATTENTION.  You agree that during the Race, Organizers are authorized to secure appropriate medical attention for You in the event of an accident, illness or injury.  You are responsible for any costs of medical coverage/ treatment not covered by insurance.
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If any provision of the Agreement is held invalid/unenforceable, such invalidity or unenforceability shall not affect any other provision and the Agreement shall be construed as if such invalid/unenforceable provision were omitted. THE AGREEMENT IS LEGALLY BINDING AND IRREVOCABLE.  ORGANIZERS MAY RELY UPON THIS AGREEMENT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE AT LAW OR IN EQUITY.
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Bay to Breakers at 100: Sheriff to Help Out – Mobile Jails Coming – Yet Heart Attacks Kill More than Alcohol

Friday, September 17th, 2010

[UPDATE: . And here are the general details of BtoB and see a bunch of photos from 2010 here and here's the latest about BtoB]

1. Is Anschutz Entertainment Group really “paying to use the streets” on any given BtoB Sunday? If so, what’s the rate? Can I get the same rate and then have the SFPD enforce the particular laws that I want them to enforce?

The kind of thing the Bay to Breakers people are trying to stop:

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2.  What’s that, AEG? You’re super close to getting a sponsor to replace ING? Let’s hope it’s Bud Light, you know, like the way it was before, before the time C. Montgomery Burns bought the race. Oh that’s right, alcohol is illegal on the streets that you’ve bought and paid for, right AEG? Anyway, let’s hope it’s some kind of consumer product, you know, so the boycott can gain traction…

3. Are you really going to put people into mobile jails, AEG? Or, maybe you’ll have your do-boys at the Sheriff’s Department do you bidding? All right. Would you have put Mayor Gavin Newsom into a mobile unit for not registering, the way he done this year?

4. Oh, that’s right, your security guards are  just going to eject people off of your property and hope the “bandit” runners don’t try to get back in the race again. Good luck with that. How many hundreds of security guards are you going to hire?

5. Now, has anyone died from a drug or alcohol overdose in B2B history? Not that I’m aware of. But people die of heart attacks all the time at the Bay to Breakers, right? By now, you know where and when this kind of thing will happen. Why not pay to have people standing by with defibrillators to help out before an ambulance can arrive? Oh, I see, you don’t really give a romeo’s alpha about health issues unless it furthers your goals, unless you can use it to justify you getting your way, like when you you talk about 30 ambulance calls for OD’ing in 2010 and whatnot. I see what you’re doing there, BtoB.

6. Bay to Breakers General Manager Angela Fang called the measures “imperative to the preservation of the event.” I see what you’re doing there again, BtoB. In your eyes, you’re the side that’s preserving the race. And those People for the Preservation of the Bay2Breakers, you know, the people you’re against, I suppose they’re not for the preservation of  BtoB. I don’t know, maybe Sam Singer is the wrong tool for this job…

It’s the same thing every year – lot’s of talk about what will happen, but when the rubber meets the road, none of this crap happens and it’s just same old civic event. Aren’t you tired of this by now, Angela?

See you next year…

Get the latest about Bay to Breakers 100 from Brent Begin at the Examiner and Andrew Dalton from the Aggressive Panhandler.

Spuds McKenzie judges us from Doggy Heaven:

Forgive us, Spuds. We’ve besmirched Your Legacy.

Bay to Breakers 100: Sponsor Boycott Delayed Due to Lack of Sponsor, But What About Bud Light?

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

I tell you, I can’t hardly wait until the AEG people pick a sponsor for the 100th running of this race Civic Event. Why? Because the sponsor boycott can’t start until we all know who the sponsor is, right?   

Since ING is gone now, why not bring in a corporation / brand from back in the day? Why not bring back Bud Light?

Now, you’re probably too young to remember but, just as Smoking Joe Camel introduced generations of kids to the world of smoking, Spuds MacKenziehelped Anheuser-Busch appeal to the all-important teen demographic. And the BotB civic party played a role as well, by actually having Bud Light become a major sponsor back in the 1980′s, back in the halcyon days of the BtoB.

See? Here’s an official B2B poster from the 1980′s:

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Now, granted, alcohol has been, once again, banned from the Bay to Breakers party, but it’s interesting to note that B2B did just fine with booze back in the 1980′s, back before millionaires started moving into neighborhoods with new names like NoPA and Divco.

And, speaking of alcohol, what’s the worst that can happen to you if you’re caught with an open container on the Streets of San Francisco? Well, let’s ask this fellow -he was just caught by the SFPD with the old beer-bottle-in-a-paper-bag at the Powell Street Cable Car turnaround.

I mean, can you guess? What would you do if you were the cop?

 

You’d make dude pour it out and then you’d give him a warning to Go Forth And Sin No More. Right?

That’s what happened here. And actually, at the B2B street party and fun run itself, the cops dispensewith the warnings. They won’t arrest you and AEG can’t arrest you, so why does AEG go on about people getting arrested. Don’t know.  

Or, if you want, you can always do what everybody else does – they pour their booze into another container. See?

Rum rum yum yum. This way, you’re nice and legal.**

Anyway, feel free to register for the 100th Bay to Breakers, if you want. I’ll think that you’re a sucker*, but that’s O.K., no biggee. I mean the Mayor’s a millionaire, right? He could have afforded to register for the 99th running earlier this year but he didn’t. Why? Well, you got to plan ahead ‘n stuff, you’re not sure of your sked, and, really, if you’re not trying to win money in the race, what’s the point of using some professional-style shoe-mounted RFID chip thing? If you want to know your time, just can just use your watch or your iPhone, right?

In conclusion:

1. Find a sponsor soon, B2B, preferably with a consumer product that has a strong brand-name to protect. The boycott can’t begin otherwise.

2. The reason why rich NIMBYs didn’t complain about B2B back in the 1980′s when the race had more people and more booze is because the rich NIMBYs hadn’t moved in yet.

3. Nobody gets arrested for open container in the 415 unless they start mouthing off to the cops, and even then….

4. Nobody’s died from alcohol at the B2B, right? And yet lots of people have heeled over and died from heart attacks over the years. Why not have portable heart defibrillators posted all along the route (and particularly near the end)? Wouldn’t that improve safety more than a big fight over alcohol?

5. And, what could flackmeister Sam Singer have done, back in the day, for Hitler, really? What can he do for you, B2B, really?   

*Unless you’re a serious racer. And I’ll take the time now to note that there are various things that AEG could do to discourage sponsor-unfriendly foreign competitors from winning year after year, but to AEG’s credt, they don’t do those tings, so that’s good, anyway.

**Well, maybe not actually legal or nothing, but close enough to keep you from getting hassled by The Man…

Bay to Breakers 100: Poll Shows Most NoPA Neighbors are Neutral to Positive About 2010 B2B

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

I’ll tell you, if you’ve been listening to the leadership elements of the homeowners groups complaining about the Bay to Breakers recently, you’d think that people who live near the event party area are monolithically, monomaniacally opposed to BtoB.

Well, check it, turns out that most of the neighbors in the NoPA are neutral to positive about this annual civic get-together:

Now, look at the questions individually - do you think that these residents would prefer more cops or more port-a-potties?

What’s interesting about that is that for the 2011 event (never call it a “race”*) the organizers want more police on the scene but not more  port-a-potties. What’s funny about that is that there were less than 50 port-a-potties provided in the Panhandle during BtoB 2010. That number was less than the number in 2009, actually.

Spending $$$ to hire Sam Singer as your mouthpiece doesn’t do any good if you don’t have your act together in the first place. Let’s call that the Lesson of the Day.

*Never call BtoB a “race,” cause that’s the word They want you to use. It’s a framing thing. That’s why a recent press release they have out uses the term “race” 22 freaking times. Now, this annual event actually is a race for a small minority of participants – those are the people who should register to get a number and a timing tag ‘n stuff. Otherwise when you pay to register, all you’re doing is putting money into the pockets of a Mr. Burns-style billionaire(srlsy) in Colorado (srlsy) who uses his money to fight against gay rights (srsly).

Bay to Breakers 100: Losing Money But Limiting Registrants?

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

That’s the news of the day, that the 2011 running of the Bay to Breakers Civic Event anf Footrace will have “limited” registration.

Oh, and this, it turns out that event director Angela Fang will get to decide how the San Francisco Police Department will enforce da law. So she’s saying that alcohol imbibers will:

“…be arrested, cited and fined by SFPD.”

Really? Isn’t that what she said a couple years back? Yep, pretty much. (She  must be under a lot of pressure from whomever writes her fat paychecks…)

Now I’ll tell you, I’ll do my part come May 15, 2011. I’ll walk around with empty beer cans (they shouldn’t be too hard to find on game day) as if I were a felon and then see if I get “arrested, cited, and fined” by the SFPD. That’s not bloody likely to happen, gov’ner.

And what about public nudity? Isn’t that illegal as well? Are the cops going to enforce that law in addition to the open container law?

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I’ll tell you, I’m not sure exactly when the fucking Ladies Temperance Union started moving into the western Western Addition, but the thing to remember is that leadership elements of the area neighborhood associations dealing with the B2B crew don’t speak for the people living in the neighborhoods. In fact, they don’t even speak for the membership of their own groups. Even the landed gentry that pay dues to the NIMBY groups are hardly united on the whole B2B issue.

Oh well.

This will not stand. This will not stand, this aggression against San Francisco Values and Traditions.

Anyway, here’s the latest. Feel free to substitute the word “might” for the word “will” - this press release  makes a lot more sense that way.

Bay to Breakers 100th running announced for May 15, 2011. Cooperation with City and Neighborhoods will result in improvements for 100th running of “Civic Treasure”

San Francisco—The organizer of the Bay to Breakers road race confirmed that the 100th running of the venerable 12k race will take place on May 15, 2011. The race, a unique celebration of San Francisco and its culture, will institute new measures this year as part of its centennial celebration.

“We cherish the fun aspects of the race that have made it unique worldwide–runners dressed in costumes, centipedes, group running–that add to the excitement of a professional internationally important 12K footrace,” said Angela Fang, general manager of the Bay to Breakers race. “In the coming months we will be announcing a number of compelling programs to enhance the race and the racing.”

Fang said the race has been meeting with residents, neighborhood associations, race participants and representatives of the City and SFPD and that they have collectively highlighted a number of changes which are required to make the race a fun and safe event that can be enjoyed by everyone–runners, walkers, families, children, neighbors and the City as a whole.

It goes on and on…

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Bay to Breakers 2010: One Bathroom for Every 2000 People Passing Through the Panhandle?

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Oh mercy, those Citizens for the Preservation of Bay2Breakers are on a tear after reading a couple bits from C.W. Nevius the past couple of days concerning the 2010 Bay to Breakers. Now, I don’t necessarily agree with all that they’re saying – check out my humble thoughts on the matter below, if you wish.

About those bathrooms: The reason why there were more port-a-potties in the Panhandle last year in aught-nine compared with 2010 is because the Citizens for the Preservation of Bay2Breakers went out and paid for them? Wow. So that explains why there were fewer this year?

Let’s do the math:

An estimated 100,000 racers, participants, observers, cops, etc. passing through the Panhandle on their way up to the highest point of the race in Golden Gate Park DIVIDED BY 44 port-a-potties set out in the Panhandle in four pods EQUALS 2,272…, right?

So let’s round down to an even 2000. One Bathroom for each group of 2000 passing by Sunday last. Do you think that’s enough?

So the small number of these (the bulk of the bathrooms in the Panhandle at 2010′s BtoB):

…led to this?

In other news, it might be wise for Mayor Gavin Newsom to register for the 2010 race after the fact. Just saying. Else B2b organizers from AEG will call him a “deadbeat” as well.   

Anyway, the main points from CPB2B’s recent manifesto and my thoughts: 

I. AEG is Pushing a False Narrative to Mask Their Own Mismanagement.

Yes, agreed.

II. AEG’s Campaign to Sterilize B2B Continues.

Not really sure about this. Would need to see a memo or something. But, Only Time Will Tell.

III. The Problem Is Not “Pirates.” The Problem Is a Lack of Resources.

1. First of all, get more toilets AEG.

Yep. This is pretty basic, actually.

2. Get some portable urinal troughs for the men.

Sure, perche no?

3. Account for spectators.

Yes, of course.

4. Host an event for the revelers in the park.

Well, the NIMBYs of Golden Gate Park proper probably would object, but they are not as organized as the hard-core Panhandle NIMBYs so maybe this could work. Hard to say.

5. AEG should better allocate barriers and police resources along problem areas

I’m sure that there are a few police captains and lieutenants who might think that they’re the ones allocating police resources, but anyway.

IV.  Maybe It’s Time for a Local Non-Profit to “Own” Bay to Breakers.

Well, if AEG wants to sell, then they can sell, but I don’t think they can easily be forced to hand over the race.

 

All right, read the manifesto at their site and see what you think.

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Pick Your Poison: Which Popular Drug from the 2010 Bay to Breakers Do YOU Prefer?

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Let’s take a look at the drug detritus that can still be found on Fell Street days after the great 2010 Bay to Breakers footrace cleanup. Is your drug of choice in the picture? Probably. Check below.

But first up is C W Nevius

“You know those glowing media accounts of how the 99th Bay to Breakers race is no longer a drunken mess? Not so fast.”

Any links here from Chuckles? No. A challenge to you, the reader: Find any “media accounts,” glowing or no, of BtoB 2010 that state that BtoB 2010 is “no longer a drunken mess.” If you can’t, that means Chuck’s a liar, right? D’accord? D’accord.

Then he throws in quotes from prudish, landed gentry NIMBYs who, of course, take pains (“I’m all for sex, butund I used to host race parties“) to make sure they don’t come off as prudish, landed gentry NIMBYs. Oh well. Moving on…

Check out the whole thing – it reads just like IndyBay.org  except it’s from the punta de vista of small-time millionaires. (How about EastBay.org – It’s Not Just a Place, It’s a Mentality.) Oh, the humanity!

(And check out the accompanying photo showing a dearth of port-a-potties. Mmmm. Does this particular shot support or undermine the crux of Chuck’s bit? Discuss.)

All right, back to bidness. Here’s the scene as it looks now:

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Let’s see here, we’ve got Colt 45, your nicotine, your wine, your nitrous oxide whippet(sp?) canister, your Nitrous (what a coincidence! Oh, maybe not) Monster Killer B energy drink cap and liner, and of course your caffeine.

Now, I’m not sure what MDMA/Ecstasy leavings look like, but the mellow and friendly crowd must have popped at least a couple of those Sunday last.

(Thank goodness floats were banned this year. Some of these made the Top 10 List of Drugs Not To Do While Driving.)

Anyway. Pity the poor millionaire NIMBYs of the Western A. Hopefully, with C.W. driving their whaaaaambulance they’ll be palliated in no time.  

(Or maybe they and Chuck shouldn’t exaggerate as much in the first place. Maybe.)