Rest") got into building parade floats because someone wouldn't let him
join in a parade. He was studying martial arts and wanted to march with
his class in the city's Chinese New Year Parade.
of Styrofoam and fiberglass and paper mache, among other materials, and
surmises that he has made floats for just about every parade in San
Francisco. He stores the fruits of his labor in a warehouse at Pier 27
and the interior looks like something from a Hollywood backlot.
Towering Buddhas commingle with piles of giant sea horses. A replica of
the Castro Theater has a marque that reads: "We Are Family. Starring
Bevan, Fiona, Sophie, Family Builders, Culture Shock."
At this point you're probably thinking, "How do I get my hands on one
of these?!?!" Well, the answer is keep your eye on the Craigslist free
ads. Thomas is running out of room to keep all his creations and has
started unloading some of the items that aren't "pulling their weight."
Recently, he gave away a set of Greek columns and a sexy banana lady
with fruit covering her nether regions.
Thomas isn't sure what people are doing with the items they haul away.
"The banana lady has a husband, I guess.," he said. "What did the guy
do with it? I'd love to know. Is it in his living room? His bedroom?
His garden?" (We would like to think that the sexy banana lady was
adopted by a man with a pocket enormous enough to accommodate the double-entendre of the century.)
Thomas once gave away an elaborate dragon that was turned into a topiary with a door and interior room.
If you weren't the person lucky enough to land Banana Lady, Thomas says
not to fear. He'll be posting more items on Craigslist, including
plywood and Styrofoam for penny-pinching artists and builders.