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San Francisco Pride 2009

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

I am currently back in the US but this time I am on vacation. To start with I spent a few days in the Bay. I spent some time with SonyaLynn and on Sunday both went to San Francisco to meet with the Chasing Amy Social Club women and march in San Francisco Pride. The club is a social club for bi-women and their supportive female friends serving the Bay area. I’ve met up with them before when I’ve been in the US. They’re a great group.

The club’s theme this year was a send up of the ex Miss California, Carrie Prejean, who spoke against same sex marriage. We all went as beauty queens and I went as Miss Begotten.

Miss Begotten

Our group was based around a Mustang Convertible with three of the women sitting on the back and one of the male partners dressed in the tradition clone outfit, including a leather cap, driving. The car had large speakers attached to it and was playing dance music. The rest of us surrounded the car waving and dancing along to the music.

The weather for the march was warm but not too hot. We marched the traditional route up Market Street in San Francisco whilst being watched and cheered by thousands of happy people. It’s one of the best parties ever.

Last year I was in London Pride. This year it’s San Francisco. I feel this is rather apt for a jet setting software engineer. And how do they compare? Both are fun however I feel San Francisco just has the edge on friendliness and party atmosphere. Appropriate for the city that started Pride parades.

Being part of a “Happening” #2

Monday, October 20th, 2008

A short while ago I posted about attending the MP3 Experiment in San Fransisco. Well there are now videos on You Tube. Firstly we have the ‘trailer’.

Then we have the video of the San Fransisco event.

I still smile when I think about it.

Being part of a “Happening”

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Last weekend I was part of an internet happening. I went to Improv Everywhere’s MP3 Experiment in San Fransisco.. I was picked up a couple of friends and we drove up to SF. After picking up a fourth we stopped off for lunch before heading to near Mission Dolores Park.

We were told to turn up with an umbrella, an un-inflated balloon, and having downloaded the MP3 from the web site on to our iPods, and synchronised our time pieces with the clock on the site. This we did. While we were sat as a group, waiting for 2.00 pm, we could see people come and go from the park. In some cases it was obvious who were other participants as they were wearing appropriately coloured t-shirts, carrying umbrellas or had headphones in their ears. Despite this we still didn’t know just how many would be there.

At precisely 2.00 pm we started the track playing. I did not listen to mine before event so I had no idea what was on it. After a few minutes of trancy music a ‘disembodied’ voice started giving us instructions. Shortly after that we knew who was involved when we all stood up simultaneously. Supposedly ‘random’ people all across the park stood up. And then the sillyness ensued.

After waving to one another we:

  • high fived random strangers in the park (everyone was happy to cooperate),
  • hugged inanimate objects (trees, lamp posts, telephone polls, swings and so on),
  • hugged animate objects (which involved packs of people chasing dogs),
  • hugged participants in different coloured shirts.

Then we had to put up our umbrellas and congregate in one area of the park. That was then we realised just how many had turned up. Further activities were:

  • Thumb wars
  • Attacker/Defender (where you had to keep a ‘defender’ you had nominated between you and your ‘attacker’)
  • Tetris

Culminating in a balloon war between red and yellow, and, blue and green. Since no one wins in a war we had to all ‘die’ in our own way leaving the ‘battlefield’ covered in ‘dead’. Since I was a red shirt I had to ‘die’ early in the proceedings.

Me being part of a red L shaped Tetris piece

Me (spiky bag) being part of a red L shaped Tetris piece (Photo: Scott Beale / Laughing Squid)

The entire event was photographed by a set of photographers and filmed from a helicopter hovering above. The movie should be out soon at which point I will post a link.

The follow up to the event is here and has links to photo galleries.