Last year the October theme was “Hats and Noise.” But should we be doing reruns on themes or be thinking of new ones?

The current thoughts riding around in the collective Bike Happening Head are these:

1. Themes should be so easy that someone could find out the theme a half hour before the Bike Happening and be able to pull it off.

2. Simple is great but do we always cater to those who do everything last minute?

I think we should, at the very least, change up or add to an old theme before using it again. “Hats and Noise” might become “Pots and Pans and Coffee Can, a Hobo’s drum circle”

But I am also into simple and crazy themes like “Dollar Store Fashion Show” that might actually require someone to put out just a little more effort.

What do you think?????

BTW, November theme is “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) Google it for inspiration


  1. sidekick said,

    September 9, 2006 @ 2:08 am

    a hobo hapnin sounds sounds like good ol’ fashon fun! ya think we’ll be aksin for it though with all the noise of a coffee can big band? so my vote is for hobo hapnin. um, i like it best because it’s both simple and dirty. oh, and wasn’t made in china.

  2. Chubby The Liar said,

    September 10, 2006 @ 8:55 am

    Superheros! Put on a sheet, bring out the masks aths capes! Create your very own masked hero!

  3. Lady Penolope said,

    September 10, 2006 @ 9:03 am

    Columbus Day! October 10th. Dress up as your favorite SLAVE TRADER or Indentured Servant! Indians, whips, chains, shackles. Nina, Pinta, Santa Maria…Sailors, Scurvy…..

    All in the Pursuit for religious freedom (aka: Catholicism)

  4. sidekick said,

    September 10, 2006 @ 3:32 pm

    so my friend (The Fair Maiden) and I would like to make portraits of the Bike Hapnin Folks. Polaroids and candy canes given to all theme lovin participants for the low low price of five big ones ( not milllllllions of dollars).the big picture is a glossy paged, full color, coffee table worthy year book released in ya know,… a year or so. k-mmm so we would appreciate a convenient site for us to set up. we were imagining Central Coast Brewery hosting a pre-party.so maybe there…? I don’t know, what do you guys think?

  5. bill mulder said,

    September 10, 2006 @ 8:41 pm

    The hobo style fits well with the bike subculture that pack their belongings in shopping bags and converted kid trailers. I’m liking that. Oh, and noise too.

  6. broken BOner, the hoBO with the mOst said,

    September 13, 2006 @ 8:01 am

    i’m sick of the public fascination with bums. And, i already look so much like one, that nobody would be able to tell that i had dressed up for a theme. How did all those bums afford nicer coats than me anyway?

    As for Mulder’s “bike subculture that pack their belongings in shopping bags and … kid trailers,” those people already have a daily bike Happening in this town. It’s not like they need any more publicity than they already make for themselves raiding our recycling bins so that taxpayers have to pay twice to reuse every can and bottle.

    I’m all about a pots and pans theme. No need to incite noise when everybody’s packin’ steel.
    *clink klank* it’ll just Happen.

  7. carrera grrrl said,

    September 14, 2006 @ 8:09 pm

    Has a cowboy and indians theme ever been done?

  8. Trog said,

    September 14, 2006 @ 8:36 pm

    Hobos on bikes is a theme that is done everyday here in SLO. How about Rocktober…we’ll have rocks, noise, and potential for hats, as well as pots and pans if that’s what you’re into.

  9. Hefty Helga said,

    September 14, 2006 @ 8:40 pm

    Hobos on bikes? Poopoo! How about vikings on trikes? Or maybe Miami Vices? Let’s have a little fun shall we, half of us are almost hobos already…….

  10. Yardsale said,

    September 14, 2006 @ 10:54 pm

    Well it looks like the hobos might have it. So sticking with the October NOISE theme, we’ll make it official. See next posting

  11. Yardsale said,

    September 16, 2006 @ 8:57 am

    Ok, trippy, I didn’t see these comments before I posted the theme. Oh well. It’s done. Maybe those free loading hobos don’t really deserve this month’s theme but they were given a hand out by Yardsale.
    And hobos are not bums. So there!

  12. Broken BOner said,

    September 16, 2006 @ 11:35 am

    The comments can be painstakingly moved to the next theme post if you want me to swing it.

    “Here’s something i learned along time ago, Ya might hafta be poor, but ya don’t hafta be dirty.”
    - RTA bus driver, 9-11-6, route 12

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