Archive for September, 2013

An Actual Electric Motorcycle Sighted in the Wild – From Zero Motorcycles

Monday, September 30th, 2013

From this place

I think.

Very quiet.

Anyway, I’ve seen these rides before, but only at demonstrations n stuff.

This dude is actually motoring around.

What are Odds that this Fellow from Golden Gate Park is an Engineer? Hint: Recumbent Bike

Monday, September 30th, 2013

I’d say about 110%

I envy his efficiency

Assignment Desk for Monday Morning, September 30th, 2013 – Pine and Gough, America’s Cup

Monday, September 30th, 2013

1. The recent collision at Pine and Gough – you all don’t know the name of the driver or you all are just simply sitting on it? The SFPD won’t tell you? You can’t figure things out from the license plate and the VIN? If my Hyundai-driving grandmother killed somebody going “80” in a 25 or 30 zone, I wouldn’t mind if you published her name, srsly. So what’s the standard on releasing names? That’s a story in itself. And what’s the standard for witness reports of 80 MPH? Isn’t that an absurdly high number? Yes it is How fast was that 2nd-gen Mercedes M Class going? How fast could it have been going? And how many 58-year old ladies are driving around in V8 SUV’s with enough juice to keep their names out of the paper, if only temporarily? Just asking. (cf. the older lady at Washington and Gough who failed to yield at a stop and killed a ped on the day the driver was at the DMV trying to keep her license.) Oh yeah, some Mercedes Banzes have a brake assist function, specifically designed for “timid women” (I’m srsly) that detects a sudden braking action and then pushes the brake pedal to the floor automatically. I guess that system doesn’t work if you don’t have your foot on the brakes…

2. [UPDATE: Oh, its Jennie Zhu, per Sal Castaneda – never mind, I guess.] Wrongful death lawsuit /settlement for the family of Andrew “Bart” Simpson while training for the America’s Cup earlier this year – the first offer was $5,000,000, I’ve heard. Is this over? Has anybody anywhere posted the video? Apparently, somebody posted still images of the crash and aftermath but these images were pooh-poohed by the Larry Ellison people as being misleading, somehow. But srsly, no video? Can’t you get it from the SFPD? Mmmm. If this case had occurred in Italy, there’d be a noisy manslaughter investigation. Why not here? cf. Formula One race driver Aryton Senna back in the 1990’s. If the AC people like to compare their “sport” with F1 racing, what about that? Senna’s case was ruled to be manslaughter. Guess who was held liable – the higher-ups.

3. So we keep hearing about the benefits of the America’s Cup, but what of the other side of the ledger? By the standards of the Larry Ellison people, we lost 1000 “jobs” (actually, those job figures are job-years, but anyway) when Teatro Zinzanni blew town. Didn’t Mayor Willie Brown recruit this show to town? Yes. Now sure, they might have had to move anyway, but the AC was what kicked them out. There was some big news conference at Broadway and Embarcadero that the current appointed Mayor showed up to (after his staff paid a homeless person $100(?) for bus parking – they work for SFGov but they didn’t know about this scam?), but that was it. That’s just one biz of 80. So that’s it, bye bye TZ, which was a pretty good show, IMO. [I attended once, comped, FYI. Free “gourmet” (made offsite) dinner included, FYI. The show part of dinner and a show was excellent.]

4. So that Kyri McClellan(sp) MILF -ish Marinite (from a bit south of San Rafael?) woman somehow managed to work both sides of the America’s Cup deal, first for SFGov and then for the Larry Ellison people. And Ethics is cool with this because it got approved by some Supes? How does somebody without a college degree(?) (last known diploma = Davis High School per LinkedIn) get to do this? Because working for Larry Ellison in this capacity was her “dream job?” Srsly? Mmmmmm. She said her job was to raise, and I quote, “$40 million. Did she? Why not? The economy? Isn’t the economy doing sooooo much better now than before? So what the Hell?

5. The initial “expectations” for AC34 was a million people per day, per SPUR, and $9.9 billion, per that Bay Area Economic yada yada study. What did the numbers turn out to be? Other entities made deals with the Larry Ellison people what had escalator clauses and whatnot? Why didn’t we do that? Can we bring that up next time? Can Larry Ellison just pay an event fee after the fact?

6. New rules for to to bags for SF restaurants start tomorrow, October 1, 2013. What do they mean IRL?


Here’s What’s Wrong with the SFMTA’s Absurd JFK Jr Bike Lanes in Golden Gate Park: #1, Tripod Zone, Hummer Limo Zone

Monday, September 30th, 2013

People come from all over the Bay Area and from all over the world to see Golden Gate Park, right?

So, how long will it take the SFMTA to educate all the drivers in the world about how to park on JFK in the eastern part of GGP?

Never, that’s how long.

To wit, check out this recent scene:

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The camera tripod takes up half of the dedicated westbound bike lane and the driver of the lovely stretch Hummer limousine takes up the other. And I believe that’s a horrible Pontiac (ask your folks, kids – it was like a sporty Chevrolet) G6 (yes, GM’s marketers intentionally made it sound like a private jet, and yes, “you get a car and you get a car” on Oprah) parked in the “door zone” making part of the bike lane the door zone.

What’s this, is it a “teachable moment” for the citizens of the world? I suppose. But where did you learn _your_ lessons from, SFMTA? From Europe?

From Europe exclusively?

Why is that?


Anyway, the difference betwixt how the SFMTA wants people to behave and how people actually behave is one, just one, reason why the SFMTA’s JFK Jr bike lanes are fucking horrible.

You Know Who Hasn’t Aged a Bit? Hot “Rod” from Bell Plumbing – His Friendly Request? “Please Call Me, (415) 550-0777”

Friday, September 27th, 2013

And then when you do, he never shows up!

It’s always some other dude who’s not as hot as Hot Rod.

Oh well.

Now, don’t even ask about Bitch Patrol in the OutSet, the Outer Sunset a waaaaay out there there in the West Bay.

And here’s this, from The Richmond:

Rod, you’re older than I yet you’ll bury us all.

Keep on keeping on!

If Drivers Want to Protest the Policies of Lyft, They Should Cover Their Mustaches in Black and Turn Them Upside Down

Friday, September 27th, 2013


Oh Lyft, will you ever win?

The Face of Bicycle Theft in San Francisco, Where the Streets Have No Name, Where Stealing Bikes Isn’t a Crime, It’s a Lifestyle

Friday, September 27th, 2013

I thought I was pretty far away from Faceman and BA Baracas, but they noted my presence nevertheless.


Now I’m thinking this is where 11th Street and (lucky) 13th Street meet up (ala 3rd and 4th in Mission Bay, but I’m a little hazy as these under-the-I-80 streets aren’t well marked.

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But here’s what you do, you get on the Twitter and report the bike chop shops you just happen to notice.

Happy trails

SFPD Anti Bike Theft


Crimes In Progress Call 911

Report a Chop Shop call (415) 553-0123 Anti Bike Theft Information From the SFPD

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Word on the Street: “EAT DESSERT FIRST” – Courtesy of Highly-Rated “Candybar” on Fulton Near Divisadero – Dessert, Wine, Art!

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

I’m thinking it’s not easy to get a four-star Yelp rating from 1100 Yelpers and yet here it is:

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And look at this, they aint never heard of the acronym NoPA:

“Welcome to San Francisco’s First Dessert Lounge

Candybar is located in the Western Addition neighborhood of San Francisco.”

How refreshing!

Perfect Dog Harmony in NoPA, the “Northeast of the Panhandle Area” Part of the Western Addition

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

The Best Royalty-Free Stock Photo Ever: “Baby’s Pilot” – This One Has It All – But Who On Earth Could Use This Shot?

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

I know not