Archive for November, 2010

The Presidio Historical Association, Once Again, Says No No No to Everything – Trust Meeting December 8th, 2010

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

[UPDATE: Whoops, the meeting, she’s postponed:

“Due to unavoidable scheduling challenges, we regret that the Presidio Trust Public Board of Directors meeting that had been scheduled for Wednesday, December 8, must be postponed. We will reschedule this meeting as early as possible in the new year and will notify the community via Presidio eNews and Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions, please contact the Presidio Trust at (415) 561-5418.”]

I’m not sure if the concept of the Presidio getting a lodge at some point will be “the topic” of the Presidio Trust Board Meeting on December 8th, but the Presidio Historical Association says it will be so there you go.

Anyway, something’s on their minds nowadays.

Read all about it, after the jump


The Gayly-Colored “Hippie Express” Arrives Above San Francisco – A Swiss International Airbus A340 Over Twin Peaks

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

My first sighting of the Hippy Express, coming in direct from Zurich.

(Look at them skinny, thirsty, old-school “high” bypass engines. What a mistake the A340 was for Airbus. Oh well.)


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(Five year old camera plus sub-optimal settings plus 600mm handheld plus loads of digital zoom plus quickie processing = DSLR noise. Oh well.)

What, Exactly, is Drunk Driver Joshua Calder Remorseful For? The Killing, the Running, the Bike Moving?

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Brent Begin continues coverage of Joshua Calder’s vehicular homicide on Masonic Avenue on August 13th, 2010.

Now, one of the lessons for defense teams from the Johannes Mehserle case has got to be the importance of making a display of  remorse early on, before all the details are even established, through proxies if need be. Thusly

Josh is so remorseful for what happened, and I know that the memory [of] the events of that horrific night eats Josh up daily,” his girlfriend said. “Every moment, Josh’s thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Nils Linke.”

I wonder, is there anyone else out there remorseful for her actions on that night?

The Ghost Bike of Nils Yannick Linke:

Nils Yannick Linke, RIP:

OMG, the NCAA’s Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is Almost Here: Who Will Play at AT&T Park – Boston College, Boise State?

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

The annual Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (that new name is starting to sound normal to me already) is a coming to the Phone Booth on Sunday, January 9th, 2011.

Where else will you watch an NCAA bowl game in NorCal?

Get your tickets now….

The Hub has all the deets:

“The Sun Bowl and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, two bowl games with Pac-10 tie-ins, will likely be scrambling to find replacements for a Pac-10 team. Both Oregon (Pac-10 champ) and Stanford (automatic BCS at-large) appear to be BCS bowl bound, while UCLA and California became bowl in-eligible over the weekend. That leaves the conference with just three bowl eligible teams with two more — Washington (at Washington State) and Oregon State (Oregon) — needing a win in their final game to get to six wins. Of the two teams, only Washington seems like a sure thing to become the fourth bowl-eligible team from the conference. That Pac-10 will likely see their fourth bowl-eligible team, Washington, land in the Holiday Bowl, leaving the Sun, Las Vegas and Kraft Fight Hunger bowl scrambling to fill their bowl slots.”

Where Oh Where is the U.S.S. Independence (CVL-22)? Is It Filled With Nuclear Waste Sitting Next to the Farallones? Yep

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

We’ve had more U.S.S. Independences than you can shake a stick at over the centuries, but this one is the one we had during the bulk of WWII. She came straight out of Joisey in ’42 and survived The Pacific War only to get blowed up with atomic bombs during testing at South Pacific locales like Bikini Atoll in 1946.


Then after, after the big atomic kaboom at Bikini. Ouch:

Anyway, instead of sinking, the Independence kept on floating so the Navy towed her right to Hunters Point in south San Francisco. Now, let’s let Lisa Davis(?) of SF Weekly take over – here’s her bit from all the way back in aught-one.

So there you go. Most likely, this old-school baby aircraft carrier is down there resting with a cargo of nuclear waste not too far from our Farallon Islands, radiating away.

Oh well.

How on Earth Can Afford to Sell a Decent “On Guard” U-Lock System for Your Bike for $15?

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

I’ll tell you, back in the day, back in the 1990’s the law school I ‘tended was so notorious for bike theft, a lock company decided to test its products there.

Something like “BONZ” was the name of the outfit – the locks had cross-braces (the namesake bones, I s’pose) to make sure the little monsters didn’t crank the things open with stolen Volvo car jacks. Ah memories.

Now, the new canine-themed bike lock company out there is called On Guard, competing with Kryptonite and what have you. Fine, but here’s how they get you, they’re selling a Chinese-made U-Lock with a security cable for just $15. See?

This thing feels like a toy compared with my old school New York Lock (the kind with the pre-9/11 World Trade Center skyline logo – they said wouldn’t change the design but they did, oh well) but it doesn’t look too much different from the real deal.

Of course, with the Wal-Mart version, you only get two keys instead of five and there’s no key number for getting a replacement key and there’s no warranty on bike theft, but, in mitigation, this set-up would probably make the average San Francisco bike thief move on for easier pickings.

Anyway, if you see these locks on sale in SoMA (and you will if you look) that’s why these decontented-but-still-usable locks are so cheap.

And remember, it’s in the way that you use it.

As seen in SoMA:

San Francisco’s Richmond District in Context – Can You Identify All the Landmarks?

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Here’s a nice view of the Richmond District on a clear day.

Can you spot the Three Landmarks of Arguello? There’s a temple, a church and a middle school in there, but those are the only ones I can I.D.:

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Now, I do better with the rest of the bay area that you can see

Here you go:

The Run Wild for a Child 5K/10K 2010 Run a Huge Success, But We Shut Down Fell and Oak for This?

Monday, November 29th, 2010

RUN WILD FOR A CHILD 5K/10K 2010 went off without a hitch yesterday.

Didn’t seem to have all that many people compared with other events.

Page Street was backed up coming…

…and going:

Maybe they could push the stragglers onto the Panhandle bike and pedestrian paths and open the streets earlier next year?

Just asking…

Who, Besides the New York Times, Says the Sunset District is Bleak? On a Clear Day, You Can See the Farallones

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Or maybe it’s just the Outer Sunset, the Outset, that’s “bleak?”

The view from Golden Gate Heights, more or less, after rain clears. Basically, it’s the Inner Sunset

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Sugarloaf is whiter, so it shows up better than Southeast Farallon proper.

That big underwater nuclear waste dump is just to left of Southeast Farallon, the Big Island. From Hunters Point with love:

But we haven’t dumped 55 gallon drums there since 1970, so that’s good, right?

Anyway, at least the air is clean…

In Midtown Terrace, You Can Flag Down a #36 Teresita With or Without a Bus Stop – It’s Just Like a Taxi!

Monday, November 29th, 2010

If a #36 Teresita MUNI driver sees you looking for a ride up in the Midtown Terrace, he or she will just pull over for you.

Que bueno!

(Don’t try doing this at any other part of town.)

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