Just me. (lara7) wrote,
Just me.
lara7

no permit, dead goat, and, there will also be cake

Lessons learned on the Berkeley to SF Amoeba to Amoeba caravan:

1) When traveling across 2 counties and a toll bridge in a Caravan, remember the concept of ArtCar Time, and know the trip will take at least an hour and a half more than you expected even after you get going.
2) So don't drink a 20 oz. soda while Caravaning, dumbass! (yep, this one's me)
3) If you're going to make a snarky comment about another artist over the CB radio, maybe you ought to first check if that someone HAS A CB and is currently LISTENING TO THE CHANNEL. (No, this one isn't me, but I did witness it. Luckily, the receiver of the snarky comment took it gracefully, and as it was about his tendency to walk around in boxer shorts {and nothing else} at breakfast, it was probably good that he heard it).
4) The hills of SF + heavily decorated VW bug + long traffic lights= uh oh.
5) If you're planning a route that terminates at Golden Gate park on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, maybe you, as an organizer, should check to make sure that 60-100 artcars are allowed to park there BEFORE the cops come and run us off.

So yeah, the Amoeba to Amoeba run was fun, and when we finally landed at GG Park and I got to use the bathroom, it was a happy moment. Until 20 minutes later, when the cops came and demanded permits and made us leave when we didn't have them. I dunno what everyone else did, because there was talk of "Plan B", but RC and I elected to hit the grocery store for snacks and booze and go to our host's house for a shower before that evening's party at a junkyard (hosted by an artcar artist who worked there and was having her 30th birthday).

Went to the party, which was fun, but supplied no specific anecdotes worth recounting

Next morning was the How Berkeley Can You Be? parade, which is half making-fun-of-Berkeley-attitudes, and half artcar parade.



Best participant this year was definitely "Seoul Food", which advocated the eating (rather than euthanizing) of excess dogs and cats.





The best part of the joke? A few people complained, since the perpetrators insisted that the dead animals hanging up were a mastiff and two cats*, and the Animal Control folks actually came out to investigate that no ex-pets had been harmed.

*A goat and two rabbits, in case you were curious.

Luckily, the pranksters had saved the goat and rabbit receipts from the butcher shop. This got the Animal control people off their backs, and REALLY pissed off the complainers (since they were guilty of nothing but bad taste, no legal action was taken against them).

After the parade, we parked and I eventually went to Amoeba for my long-overdue consumer frenzy. I shocked myself by spending only 2.5 hours and $100 there. I must be losing my touch.

Then off to a closing party. Here are some pics (URLS only, since this post is already long enough), with identifications where appropriate. And as Smoove B would say, there will also be cake:

Jlea from PDX, Susan from SF, and me:
http://home.attbi.com/~lara7/westfest2002/pinkgirls.JPG

Toast, Jillian, and Darrick "Discordia":
http://home.attbi.com/~lara7/westfest2002/toastjillian.JPG

Jan "cork truck" Elfman and Joanne Northrup:
http://home.attbi.com/~lara7/westfest2002/wiggirls.JPG

Tim "Big Imp- the Yarn car", Raya, and others I can't recall in front of the Camera Van:
http://home.attbi.com/~lara7/westfest2002/timraya.JPG

Clockwise from top left:
Emily "bra ball/vain van/mondrian mobile", Gretchen of Bisbee*, me, Reverend Bill**, Colleena "dollcar"
http://home.attbi.com/~lara7/westfest2002/hatgirls.JPG
*note the high school marching band jacket i mentioned in an earlier post on the back of her chair
**I know he's not a girl nor wearing a hat, but you cannot deny the photogenic power of Bill.

Just Emily and Gretchen:
http://home.attbi.com/~lara7/westfest2002/emilygretchen.JPG

Harrod Blank in the silliest wig ever:
http://home.attbi.com/~lara7/westfest2002/harrod.JPG

Rick "the Duke" Mckinney, Joanne and Philo Northrup:
http://home.attbi.com/~lara7/westfest2002/dukejoannephilo.JPG

Then back to SF for one last night at our host's house. Though most people left Monday, I stayed until Wednesday. But those adventures must wait for the fourth and final post...
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