Sourdough: Round 1 Results

May 21, 2008 at 9:45 am (bread, costume, san francisco)

This round goes to the baking tiles.  The wild yeast did a good job rising the dough, but my baking tiles were too hot and the bottom of the loaves got really burnt.  I’m too embarrassed to post photos.  A close 2nd place goes to the steaming method – the crust didn’t come out shiny and crusty like it’s supposed to.  I hope to triumph over these forces soon!

Because there are no photos of the ugly burnt bread, here are some more photos of B2B, 2008 (oil spill barge, Mario flagpole, and a day at the races):


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I didn’t find myself on Flickr, but I found other good B2B costumes

May 20, 2008 at 6:35 am (costume, san francisco)

I really have been looking through photos on Flickr to find photos of myself running as scissors and Mark running with scissors. Actually, when I was running more slowly, Mark had to walk because of his long legs to stay with me, so often, he really was not running with scissors. But in looking through all of the photos, I found lots of interesting costumes that I didn’t see that day.

It seems like a lot of people pick something that comes in a set (scrabble pieces, billiard balls, lucky charms, etc) and then each person in the group dresses up like a different part of the set. And the other costume “strategy” is to take a pop culture person or character and dress up like that. And then of course there are the political statements. Most costumes were fairly entertaining, but a few stood out for me (clicking on the images will bring you to the Flickr or SF Chronicle source):


A Wheaties box. I saw other cereal boxes, but this one was particularly creative and well-done.

I’m just going to link to it because the original photo that I copied here was deleted. I’m concerned that this Flickr user didn’t like that I put a copy in my blog (even though I linked to the Flickr page). I do like his photo and I’d like to share it. Hopefully, just linking to it will be okay.


A box of donuts. Having all the donuts in a pink box really brings it to another level. If only they had been running…
Painters and their paintings. Good execution.



The distant future, the distant future… Flight of the Conchords


What’s that in the sky? Superdelegates! From my buddies at UCSF!


A group costume that is based on a movie. Really great idea and you’ll have to click on the link.


Another movie reference. Rollerblades of Glory.


There are some costumes that are pretty good, but they would be more awesome if people ran in these costumes. Here’s an example:


I’m a fan of cleverness so there were a few signs that were pretty clever. First, playing off of the usual B2B protesters holding signs saying that we’re all going to hell and all sorts of other protesters, the runner protesters:
These protesters may have been more effective if any of the runners had actually seen them! But we were way ahead of these “walkers.”


And of course, we also have some Olympics in China protesters:
You’re lucky I don’t find nakedness “clever.” You are all saved from the photos of the naked people.

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Don’t run with scissors. Don’t run as scissors either.

May 19, 2008 at 9:54 am (costume, running, san francisco)

Updated 5/19/2008 at 2:19 pm.

I ran Bay to Breakers yesterday. Last year when I ran, it was a ton of fun, but it really made me want to run the race in costume. So this year, I dressed up as a pair of scissors. And Mark wore a shirt that said “Don’t run with scissors” on the back and we cut up the shirt with scissors.

My costume:

scissors costume

Mark’s costume:

Don\'t run with scissors

I don’t have any photos of us during the race. If any photos from strangers pop up on Flickr, I’ll share them. But it was definitely way more fun to go with a costume, even if there was more wind resistance while running. We got a lot of compliments from people and heard lots of chuckles around us, and hopefully at least some of those chuckles were for us. One woman even said that we had the best costume that she had ever seen! And she had just finished B2B, so that’s saying a lot! It’s unlikely that she ran the race with her eyes clothes, because given how crowded the route is, that would be really stupid and dangerous and unfun!

Update: A prize for anyone who finds a photo of me and/or Mark running the 2008 Bay to Breakers race.  The photo must be of us after the starting line and before the finish line.

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