Bay to Breakers 2014 was pretty sad today. These city managers are sucking the joy out of all of our traditions. First, floats and anything with wheels were were banned in 2011. That took a truly original and celebratory event and made it far more vanilla. None of us got to vote on that, it was a Nanny State decision, imposed on us for their own good.
This year they banned backpacks because of Boston, or any bag over 8 x 11 x 4 inches. None of us got to vote on whether we wanted to keep our backpacks. Someone forgot the "Keep Calm" part of Keep Calm and Carry On. What's next, no backpacks in public places? Where does this lunacy end? People wore little transparent TSA-compliant backpacks. TSA may be there to do body cavity searches next year, since your feet are transportation, right?
The organizer's guide didn't let you know that the Muni buses back to the start cost $2, and the signs for how to get to them were very poor. So it wasn't clear how to use Muni. By contrast, Bauer Intelligent Transportation Shuttles were conspicuous, with huge signs, in prime locations. Organizers probably made more for themselves on the private expensive shuttles, so they steered people toward them by their various nudges, and made the Muni people feel like second class citizens. What sheit.
There was no music at the start anymore. We must thank some city admin for that. I'd love to know their name, so we can publicly shame them. Don't want to get people too excited, they actually might have fun at the start.
Instead, the race announcer read 10 mins of ads. Race predictably started 10 mins late due to "security issues". What security folks can we hold accountable for wasting the time of 50,000 people? Some of these Nanny State folks need to be held accountable.