Archive for May, 2012

Now the Brand Ambassadors of MUNI are Loitering About at Night – What’s the Point of This, SFMTA?

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

You see, MUNI, your problems aren’t really concentrated during the night, so what’s the deal here?

What function are these people performing?

Four in the day, two at night, at just one intersection:

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Oh, really? OK, but how does that help the average MUNI passenger? You know the people you disappoint each and every day? Yes, traveling to Europe on junkets (can I bring the wife, can I bring the kids!) and buying gigantic tunnel boring machines (for the useless and ultimately burdensome Central Subway) is fun, but why not instead just struggle to get an extra run or two in on a few lines during drive time? At least you’d look like you’re trying.

Don’t you realize that you’re a defective government agency, SFMTA? Don’t you think you have better things to do with your resources than operate your brand ambassador outreach program?

Or, more likely, you think, “Wow, if only we could get more money, we’d have six people out there talking to each other about what kind of weed is the best kind of weed and what was on Colbert last night ‘n stuff, and then our outreach would be three times more effective!”

Good Times: Playing Your Guitar for a Poster of a Guardian Angel in an Empty Room in the Western Addition

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Like this: 

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Well Here It Is, Your Moment of Zen: A Nine-Minute Video Called “Rehabilitating the Presidio Officers’ Club – An Overview”

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Our Presidio Trust just posted a video to the YouTube about the OC being in rehab.

You people want history* in the Presidio? Well here, have some, via un film du Melissa Peabody:

“No place in the Presidio is more beloved than the historic Officers’ Club, located on the Main Post. Over the course 235 years, the building has played many roles. It served as offices and living quarters for the fort commander, as a post headquarters, as officers’ quarters, and as a social center for the Spanish, Mexican, and United States armies. With each new use the building has grown and evolved, like the Presidio itself.

Today, the oldest and most revered building in the Presidio (and one of the two oldest in San Francisco) is undergoing a comprehensive historic rehabilitation that will revive its original grandeur and restore it as a focal point for visitors and as a venue for cultural events.

This video provides an overview of the Officers’ Club history and plans for returning it to its place as the Presidio’s premiere social destination.

The Officers’ Club will reopen as a community and social hub housing the Presidio Heritage Center in 2013. The project is expected to receive a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

This film is by Melissa Peabody. Copyright 2012, Presidio Trust”

*As opposed to a modern art building or a lodge or a working movie theatre or anything else the richers of the Marina actively fight against…

Flashing: “MUNI AT 100” and then “OUT OF SERVICE” and then “MUNI AT 100” and then “OUT OF SERVICE” and then…

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Isn’t it ironic?

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Dont’cha think?

How Many Brand Ambassadors Does MUNI Need at One Particular Intersection of the Western Addition? At Least Four

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Are you there, MUNI? It’s me, Margaret.

OK, instead of hiring street ambassadors to sit around and talk with each other in order to get people to feel better about MUNI, why not just have them do something to actually improve MUNI to get people to feel better about MUNI?

I suppose the people in orange are the low-levels, you know, younger, attractive – they’re supposed to be the “Face of MUNI.” The supe wears yellow. “Uh, so, what was your major in college?”

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Don’t you realize that you pass people by each and every day with full buses in this area, you know, because you all don’t know what you’re doing?

What if you were given a billion dollars each year, MUNI? You’d have all the money spent in a New York minute and then you’d cut service and then you’d come back whinging for more. Are you the worst big-city transit agency in America? No, you say? Well, which one is worse than MUNI?

In closing, MUNI sucks.


Oh Dear, Appears that “The Russian Embassy” of Alamo Square Opposes the SFMTA’s Attempts to Tax Parking in the Area

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

All right, first a little history:

Up at Fulton and Scott is a great shambling old Gothic house, a freaking decayed giant, known as The Russian Embassy

Here it is. Note that its owner opposes the current attempt of the SFMTA / MUNI / DPT to charge people for parking on the street. See?

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This issue is ably covered by Morgane Byloos in the Local Addition blog of the Western Addition.

Hey MUNI! Why don’t you manage your existing affairs before you start working on new things?

Just asking.

In closing, MUNI sucks.

San Francisco Paints Green “Bicycle Boxes” in the Lower Haight to Warn Pedestrians of Cyclists Running “The Wiggle”

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

This is the first I’ve seen of these things, so here’s a photo of one of the new “bike boxes,” or whatever they’re called:

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I wonder, does Strava have a Wiggle segment? You know, so people could keep track of their times and race each other, you know virtually, you know, as Chris Bucchere used to?

Maybe, I don’t know.

San Francisco’s Official “420” Bus, as Seen in Haight Ashbury, of All Places – Plus, GO GIANTS!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Look closer, you’ll see it.

You think it’s just a coincidence that the old 420 rolls through the Upper Haight?

I don’t.*

We’re on our way to The Vapor Room!**

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And hey, speaking of bud and Giants baseball, back in the 1990’s, people, just regular people, not just baseball players, would hang out in the crib of star pitcher William Joseph Van Landingham and smoke weed all day. So much so that other Giants called him Van Bongingham. I’m srsly.

All right, GO GIANTS!

*Check out what’s on the side of area fire trucks, for example.

**Indeed. 607A Haight is about ten blocks down the road, in the Lower Haight.

The Large Sutro Tower-Related Back Tattoo That the San Francisco Chronicle DOES NOT Want You to See.

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

For some reason.

For some reason, The Chronic wants to use a thumbnail of this image below to promote a recent bit about Sutro, but The Chronic doesn’t want people to see the actual photo.

A bit of tease, non?

Anyway, here it is, a larger version plus a link to the source. It’s Famous Bay Area web technologist Elly Jonez from back when she was keeping busy making this tat – it took two years.

Oh, and look for the raven*:

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*For some reason, IRL, ravens and crows love the Sutro Tower – sometimes they congregate way up at the top high above San Francisco.

The N Judah Shuttle Buses are Here, The N Judah Shuttle Buses are Here! For Now…

Monday, May 28th, 2012

And for a little bit.

As seen on Haight Street:

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