May 17, 2004

Bay to Breakers

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at May 17, 2004 7:45 PM

I ran in San Francisco's famous Bay to Breakers race yesterday. The Examiner has some coverage that conveys a bit of the flavor of the race, although they do have an interest in promoting it. Assorted thoughts:

  • A disadvantage of being tall is that one's head is a prime target for airborne tortillas.
  • The tiki hut was indeed quite impressive.
  • The East Bay hills were excellent training for Hayes St. That hill wasn't bad at all.
  • Stopping to use the bathroom at mile 4 must have added at least 15 minutes to my time (the line was that long). Next year, less water beforehand.
  • On the other hand, running with the rest of the Kerry group prevented me from running for time, so it's not a big deal.
  • The utility of associating with the Kerry group in fact exceeded any utility I might gain from finishing earlier, so I made the rational choice in this regard. This event further confirmed my hypothesis about the non-political value of involvement in the campaign.
  • Angel: The quiet, reserved thing -- don't you think that makes me kind of, I don't know, cool?
    Cordelia: [indicating Wesley] He was cooler.
  • Another note for next year: wake up a little earlier so I have time to put on sunscreen.

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Hmm. Can we get an elaboration on this particular bullet point:?

"The utility of associating with the Kerry group in fact exceeded any utility I might gain from finishing earlier, so I made the rational choice in this regard. This event further confirmed my hypothesis about the non-political value of involvement in the campaign."

So, what was the non-political value of involvement? :) (I'm guessing it was just good company, but the vagueness and wording make me wonder :)

Posted by: Zifnab | May 18, 2004 8:07 PM

It's a good way for me to meet people, because political types tend to be outgoing, and something about having a common purpose makes it more likely for them just to walk up and introduce themselves.

In particular, it is a good way for me to meet people who fit the profile of the typical Kerry supporter. ;)

This solves one of my major social difficulties, but I then run up against another, namely that I am not currently a very interesting person to meet (hence the Angel quote). Something to work on...

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | May 18, 2004 9:53 PM
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