Saturday, June 16, 2012

Urban Race San Francisco!

Bryan, Doris, Jin and I participated in the CitySolve Urban Race SF today! It's sort of like The Amazing Race, for San Francisco. It was a timed race, with 10 clues (you had to complete 9 clues to be eligible to win), and one of the clues were mandatory. It was pretty hot in SF today, about 80 degrees, and we were walking/running/sprinting around all day but it was a ton of fun and I would totally do it again!  Our team name was Mixed Nuts!

We started off at a bar where we received the first clue, in which the answer to the multiple choice question was attached to a location:

Which band is NOT from San Francisco?

A) Jefferson Airplane
B) The Doors
C) Grateful Dead
D) Sly & Family Stone

And we were off!

In North Beach, we had to find a tourist wearing a gold chain (you can sorta see the chain):

 And take a picture with pizza (the guy was so hopeful that he was going to sell us some pizza :P)

We ended up in some kind of festival or market near Coit Tower and it smelled so delicious:

We also had to find a trumpet or a saxophone. So we found a music store, with what we thought was a trumpet in the window:

Me: "Hey it's a trumpet! Let's take a picture!"
Bryan: "No, that's flugelhorn."
Me: "What?! It's a trumpet!"
Bryan: "No, it's a FLU-GEL-HORN"
Store clerk: "It's a trumpet."
Bryan: "It's a flugel... nevermind. Let's just take a picture."

So here we are with the flugelhorn:

We started waiting for a bus, which never reached us because it kept turning, so we just walked from Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf. Here we are unfruitfully waiting for the bus:

 Michelle was a trooper and came along for the ride:

 We found Musee Mechanique near Pier 45:

Then we went to Pier 39 for our mandatory clue, which was to sell a bottle opener for $5 as a donation to OneBrick, a charity that connects volunteers with charities. Bryan says, "I think you girls would have the best chance at selling, go." So we ask about 10 people and they all turn me and Doris down. And then I started offering to take pictures of couples:

Me: "Hey, do you want a picture with both of you guys? I'll take your picture."
Random guy: "Okay, sure!"

And then after I take their picture, I chat them up and ask where they're from and such (the couple was from Brazil!), and then said, "Oh hey, so we're fundraising for this charity... yadda yadda, do you want to donate $5 to this charity...???" So the guy reluctantly gave me $5, and we were off! The dude had the funniest man-I-just-got-ripped-off face ever. Hahaha oh well it's for a good cause :P

Then SPRINTED to catch the bus to Civic Center, sitting down for the first time in 3 hours:

Took a photo with Sightglass (didn't get any coffee because it was already super hot out):

And then we were done! We ended up back at finish line, completing 9 out of 10 missions, along with some bonus clues as well. Woohoo! The first place team finished at 2 hours and 10 minutes, I think we were close to 4 hours. :P Oh well, go Mixed Nuts! :)