Sutro Tower Elevator, Top Floor

February 23rd, 2018

This is a new shot – as close as I’ve gotten when it’s at its highest:

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And here it is near the bottom floor:

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I don’t think it ever gets level, so you’re standing on a sloping floor the whole time:

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I haven’t seen it in action lately, but here’s a shot from aught-four:

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And more recently:

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Or you can take the stairs I guess…

FIRST LOOK: Bike Rider with “81” on Jersey – SECOND LOOK: “I AM 81”

February 23rd, 2018

I know JUST the thing to give on her next birthday:

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ROBOTS ARE COMING FOR OUR JOBS, Ch. CLXVII: The $50,000 “SPIDER ILD 02,” Official Robotic Lawnmower of San Francisco – From Czechia with Love

February 23rd, 2018

Oh, I guess these things are old, but they’re new on me – I suppose I should get out more…

Here it is in Golden Gate Park, with an official, screaming chicken government seal and everything, so that’s why I call it the Official Lawnmower of Frisco:

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Look no seat and no handle for an operator – Dey Terk Er Jerbs!

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Well maybe there is an operator for this 800-pound beast, but dude didn’t seem to be doing much. It’s radio controlled. From the Czech Republic it is. Anyway, it kept busy in Big Rec, despite the nearby presence of non-robotic, bright orange French helicopter yesterday:

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The ILD02 has no fear of slopes, that’s for sure:

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I don’t see what’s preventing this rig from going Full Roomba, just saying…

American-Made Storm Grates Put Out of Work by the Foreign Competition: SFGOV Tells You to “Shop And Dine” the 47 Square Miles of Frisco, BUT…

February 22nd, 2018

…it itself buys stuff from overseas.

See? This one’s from AJAX FOUNDRY of 45 Clementina, SF, CALIF:

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But this one’s from, well, simply, CHINA?

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I’ll tell you, if SFGov really wanted to, it could get these grates from closer to home, but apparently it don’t really want to.

One might think the greater SFGov entity was loaded with Frisco-centric contract steerers and multitudes of buy locallers, but I guess not. Not really.

Hey, remember when a former Mayor, the dude who pleaded with local families to not pick up and move to Neighboring County X, you know, back when he was Mayor, but then after he was no longer Mayor, packed and moved to … the very same Neighboring  County X. Isn’t it ironic?

Dont’cha think?

Anyway, that dude was the one who said that one of the reasons why the Santa Clara 49ers football team should no longer call itself the 49ers is because SF is 49 square miles, so this was like our trademark or something. But IRL, Frisco ain’t 49 sq mi, it’s 46.something. So did / does our dull-witted former Mayor actually believe the 49 square miles bit, like he’s DJT and somebody told him something was true one time, so he believes it?

You know, you can’t really tell.

Anyway, Shop and Dine the 49 should be Shop and Dine the 47, and in any event, SFGov shouldn’t be lecturing ppl on this issue anyway, IMO.

(It’s always Amazon Prime members who are lecturing you about Buying Local, in’nt? Or maybe it just seems that way. All these Shop Dine 49ers should have a ceremony where ppl could burn their Amazon Prime cards, IMO.)

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Incident at COSTCO #144: Irate-Sounding SFMTA PCO vs. a Lyft Driver from Sacramento – “THAT’S WHY YOU DON’T DOUBLE PARK, THAT’S EXACTLY WHY!”

February 21st, 2018

So I wondered how would an SFMTA-licensed cabbie drop off a grandmother at America’s First Urban Costco in the SoMA, like wouldn’t that be considered double parking as well?

Anyway, this PCO fiddled with his newfangled ticket giving machine and yelled that phrase at the driver of this Lyft with Sacramento-area license plate holders. One assumes that the driver had just picked up or dropped off on this block of 10th.

 

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You can bank on this being a real PCO and him loudly yelling this parking advice: “THAT’S WHY YOU DON’T DOUBLE PARK, THAT’S EXACTLY WHY!” But if this was an active Lyfter and whether a ticket was issued to anybody at this time, well, IDK.

This kind of yelling is not something I see every day, and I still don’t know how regular citizens or UBER Lyfters or cabbies are supposed to drop ppl off at Frisco’s Best Store without double parking for a few seconds at least…

Oh well.

$10.49 vs. $14.69 – Your San Francisco Soda Tax in Action – Diet Pepsi vs. Pepsi, Choose or Lose

February 21st, 2018

This is why I’m no good at ze politics – ’cause I can see the good and the bad of our San Francisco soda tax.

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In this particular case,  I can’t see somebody saying, “Oh, I’ll get the diet then.” But I can see somebody buying less of the regular Pepsi.

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IT’S NEW! Our SFMTA’s Proposed Operating Budget: FY 2019 & FY 2020 – Oh My, $3 Off-Peak Cable Car Fares? – And a $5 All Day Fare?

February 20th, 2018

Hot off the presses:

Balancing the Transportation Needs of a Growing City – FY 2019 and FY 2020 Operating Budget – SFMTA Board Meeting – Ed Reiskin, Director of Transportation – February 20, 2018

Or maybe this webpage went live four days ago. Anyway, this stuff is new to me.

And oh, the above link is sure to have gone busted by, IDK, let’s say April 2018, so here’s your permalink:

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So what would a Low-Income Single Ride Fare be, like $1.25?

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An Adult All Day Pass for $5 almost sounds like a deal. But the SFMTA is counting on purchasers only taking two trips per day like 97% of the time? That seems optimistic:

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OPTION 1 here means that the sucker fare in two years for ppl coming to Frisco just off the turnip truck will be an astonishing $3.25?

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What’s this, SFTMA? No growth in the great suburban Richmond, Sunset and Parkside Districts until 2040 at the earliest? Well played, SFMTA – there’s no reason to court controversy, especially if ppl in government want to bust you up, right?

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Our cursed Central Subway, second only to the quite corrupt NYC on the how many billions of dollars per mile in the how much is this thing gonna cost contest, will start being a load in 2020. (Of course, it was supposed to “make money” for MUNI – that was a promise:

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Pick your outrage here – does it really cost MUNI over $500 to remove a Denver Boot from a car? Wow.

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I’m not sure why the SFMTA’s budget is allowed to grow at all, much less with a built-in commish for the SFMTA. But look at this – an “Off Peak Cable Car fare for our Cable Cars. Just $3. Wow:

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Sunset District Update: Outta My Way, Kids, I’m Skateboarding Here!

February 15th, 2018

Start at 4:10.

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San Francisco Hills:

Here It Is, the Delightfully-Named “Auto Drive,” in the Inner Sunset – Finally a Road Just for Car Drivers – And Also in SF: “Automobile Drive,” Somewhere

February 14th, 2018

Thusly:

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Google it yourself: Auto Dr SF

I first noticed this odd notation when I was on one of my bikes, and I thought, “I can’t go through there, not on a bike.” But then later on I actually went through the thing, inside sort of an auto anyway. This Drive is kind of narrow. Seems more like an Alley to me:

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I’d love to see a street sign for it.

Au revoir, L’Avenue du Auto:

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And yes, this is official:

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Say, is “Automobile Drive” the same thing? One thinks so, but one doesn’t know.

All right, happy motoring, in your quadricycles!