Friday, April 17, 2015

Hosting my First Easter Brunch and a Big Wheel Race

B Man and I finally hosted a small party at our place!  We finally got a really awesome new couch and a nice living room set up so we could actually have people over!  We decided at 21st Amendment on Friday that we'd be celebrating Easter at our apartment on Sunday with a brunch.  Cue the FREAK OUT.  I had 4 bottles of champagne at the house...so that part wasn't the part of the problem, but what was the problem is that we only owned 2 champagne glasses and only 4 plates!! YIKES!!! This called for a scramble in the purchasing department!! But it gave me a great reason to buy new things and have uses for things I've already purchased!!

What did I make? Good question! You can see some of the things in the picture above, let's see....I made deviled eggs, these adorable pancake/strawberry/banana/nutella skewers, cantaloupe/prosciutto bites, breakfast potatoes, scrambled eggs and a cute little peep wreath! And 4 bottles of Domaine Carneros champagne!!!

I got to use my California shaped cutting board I purchased drunkenly one night (drinks and Etsy or amazon should never be mixed!!) from Etsy. These would make such a cute gift for a housewarming gift!  The company will even put a house or a heart where they live on the state. We have a house printed where San Francisco is. I also go to use my new green bar cart from The Container Store and my teal mason jar vase from World Market.

After a boozy brunch we all headed to Potrero Hill to find the Big Wheel Race!!!!  You read that right, adults in a big wheel race! You know like those little plastic big wheels you used to ride as a kid. Its the 15th year that this is in existence in San Francisco and everyone races down the ACTUAL windiest street in San Francisco (no, not Lombard street).

Gearing up for the race, yes that's Mario and Luigi!

How did this race come about you ask?  According to their website:

The race was conceived in the mind of a mad man named Jon Brumit. As legend has it, in 2000 Jon happened across a big wheel. He wondered what he should do with it and much like the apple that fell on Newton’s head, Jon had the vision of riding his newly found plastic toy down Lombard Street.

So, having passed out a few hundred fliers to invite anyone interested in joining him to partake, he chose Easter Sunday to ride down the 2nd curvious street in the world. (That’s right, SECOND.)
On that day in 2000 Jon was the only brave sole to embark down the hill. Under the watchful gave of thirteen spectators, he’d wait for the street car to pause at the top, clearing Lombard Street below so that he could ride freely without being run over.

And so Jon continued this tradition for the next six years, accumulating other riders and friends that decided to partake over the years. By 2006, thirty brave souls would join him to bravely brave that curvy street. A few hundred would watch in anticipation as these collective genius’s skidded their way down the history street.

A video was posted to YouTube and for the next year, it accumulated hit after hit. And so in 2007, riders swelled to hundreds while audience swelled to thousands.  The neighbors didn't like this and wanted the race to end. So what was Jon to do? The race was in peril! Jon himself was moving out of town and if Lombard was not available, what street could possibly be used?!?!? And then, someone had a totally non-peyote induced Google map-a-thon search to find a replacement for the fabled Lombard Street… VERMONT STREET!

Yes this most excellent of roads was actually designed by the same architect! And it was curvier! After a little testing, a decision was made that in 2008 we would descend upon this road for what might possibly be the last year of BYOBW. Out of fear of being tossed from yet another site, Jon and his BYOBW Crew took to the streets for what we believed might be our last event. But low and behold?!?!? The residents of Vermont Street (most of them) were pleased to have our race in their neighborhood? Could this be true? Could BYOBW have found a home? Verily, it was true! BYOBW has lived at Vermont street since 2008 and is still continuing strong!

Kind of epic when the website says in big letters: ABSOLUTELY NO METAL FRAMED TRIKES WILL BE ALLOWED.

Already going down the hill!

Green body suit? Big wheel? CHECK.

Check out the video!!

You can hear them going down the street before you can actually see anything.

Even Elmo came out to play!

And the crowds were insane! 

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