Alan Wald wondered whether our designated driver departing from the north end of Pacifica heading south on Highway 1 would ever reach the Pumpkin Festival. "When will our D.D. cross the intersection at Highway 92 in Half Moon Bay?" Alan asked Riptide readers. Well, now that nobody turned into a pumpkin, click the Comments link below this post to see who guessed right, who guessed wrong, and everything else in between. Feel free to leave your comment, too. It was one helluva weekend. Hint: The smart money just stayed off the road. And one bit of bad news: A woman drowned at Gray Whale Cove.
chiasmus |kīˈazməs|noun: a rhetorical or literary figure in which words, grammatical constructions, or concepts are repeated in reverse order, in the same or a modified form; e.g., "Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds." DERIVATIVES: chiastic |kīˈastik|adjective. ORIGIN: mid-17th century (in the general sense "crosswise arrangement"): modern Latin, from Greek khiasmos "crosswise arrangement," from khiazein "mark with the letter chi," from khi "chi."
Also see "verlan": French wordplay reverses syllables, so pigeon becomes geonpi, etc.
Congratulations, Chris Fogel, yours was the first correct answer: 40. Right behind Chris came Carl May, Mark Stechbart, Eric Leavitt, and Dale Riehart. If you guessed right, way to go! If you guessed wrong, better revisit that geometry book.
This 2011 video (above) shows the brilliant sound-and-light show at the corner of Cape Breton and Rainier in Park Pacifica. In 2012 it was even better, including a Giants-themed version of Queen's We Are the Champions of the World. Motorists could tune their car radios to 90.1 FM and watch the lights sync to the music.