Archive for December, 2014

Grab Your Swimsuits, It’s Time for the “Polar Bear Skate” in Union Square – Safeway Holiday Ice Rink, Jan 1, 2015

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Like this:


(I think this shot is from Frisco. There’s a better photo what pops up on Google, with beefcake too, but it’s actually from Indiana.)

All the deets:

“The Polar Bear Skate Returns to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West – California-Style Polar Bear Plunge Becomes Tradition in San Francisco’s Union Square

WHAT: The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West is putting its own spin on Canada’s “Polar Bear Plunge” with the San Francisco-Style Polar Bear Skate. In this version, ice skaters are encouraged to come in their favorite bathing suit and beach apparel.

WHO: The Public; Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West

WHEN: Thursday, January 1, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Union Square, San Francisco.

About the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink:

Since 2007, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink has delighted children and adults with a holiday-themed ice park located in San Francisco’s Union Square. Ticket prices are $11 for regular admission and $7 for children eight years old and under. Ice skate and hockey skate rentals are $6. Ice rink hours are from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. daily.  A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.  For tickets or more information, please visit or call 415-781-2688.

Sporting Soviet-Issue Ushanka on Geary – Is It Really That Cold Outside, Comrade?

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

One might have thought that the Russian response to the 2014 Ukrainian revolution would have made Russia less of a fashion lodestar this year…

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LINOLEUM LARRY’S? This Place on Lombard Looks Like an FBI Front, or Like “Best Quality Vacuum Repair” on Breaking Bad

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

It’s hiding in plain sight!

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A Couple Things Wrong with “Mayor Lee’s SHOP & DINE in the 49” Initiative – Is SF Really 49 Square Miles?

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Well, no it’s not. Add together all the land of San Francisco County, even including all the landfill and the Farallones and Alcatraz and even including the slivers of islands we only have small parts of, like Angel Island and Red Rock Island and Alameda Island, all of it, is only just 46 point something square miles.

Don’t you people know that?

So 7×7 = 49, yeah sure, that’s a good start, but what about the Great San Francisco Bight? (Or bite, either way.) A big part of our Upper Left is missing, right?

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So you’re the great cheerleaders for the City and County but you don’t even know what it looks like, right?

Is this pedantry what I’m committing? Well, you tell me, babe. Hey, let’s talk about the other Mayor who got appointed by Mayor Willie Brown – let’s hear something from Gavin Newsom:

We can sue – we’re a 49 square mile city, founded in 1849, by the 49’ers. The city [Santa Clara] can’t take the name 49’ers.”  

Well leaving aside the facts that SF wasn’t founded in 1849 and it wasn’t founded by 49’ers (who actually lived far to the east of SF in 1849), and that  some 49’ers settled in Santa Clara as well, leaving all that aside, we’re not a 49 square mile city, right? So that shouldn’t be a any part of a legal argument about where any NFL stadium should be, right? Until at least one of our Mayors gets things right, this pattern will continue. Right?

(And check the video – if that’s what he’s like post-“rehab,” what was he like before?)

Anyway, how about Get Your Kicks in the 46, you know, instead? I’m sure our NikeTown would like that one. Or, rounding up, you could go with Shopping Heaven in the 47?

Oh, and the other thing is that telling people to only shop in the county where they reside, which is more or less what we’re doing here, is a baaaaaad idea for a tourist town like Frisco.

Oh, and another thing is, gee, is this kind of feel-good thing effective? No, but you’re trying to throw struggling boutiques a bone? OK. But with stuff like this?

“Suggested posts:

Having breakfast/lunch/dinner @__________, my favorite place to #shopdine49

I’m making a difference by shopping and dining in the 49 this holiday season #shopdine49

I support local businesses and I love my neighborhood. #shopdine49″

Why would a normal person follow any of these suggestions?

Just asking…

What Trader Joe’s #100 Needs is Ocean Beach-Style Warning Signs for Its Shoppers Who Jaywalk on Deadly Masonic

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

This is typical, this is routine – people parking on Masonic northbound and then jaywalking across five lanes of traffic to get to Trader Joe’s #100 and then jaywalking again back to their rides

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Why do people do this? Well, ’cause getting from northbound Masonic to southbound, which is the only way to get into the parking lot, is a PITA. Drivers are banned from simply turning left into the parking lot because that would end up blocking half of northbound Masonic, and of course Masonic is the Great Connector betwixt The Avenues and the Place Where People Want To Be.

And even if you get yourself facing southbound, you still have to queue up to get into TJ’s ridiculously small parking lot. Hey, couldn’t they have built an underground garage? Well, sure, but you’d have to talk with the Planning Department about that. And hey, couldn’t they have built parking on the roof? Well, sure, and actually they did but you’d have to talk with the Planning Department about that because the average shopper isn’t allowed to park on the roof.

And actually, the current parking situation is better than before. Our vaunted Planning Department did a very poor job with this project and now we’re left with a kludgy fix that commits part of Masonic to TJ’s shoppers idling and parking and waiting.

So that’s the situation, that’s why people say I-don’t-wanna-deal-with-all-that and simply park on northbound Masonic on the east side of the street.

And that’s fine, that’s legal, but then the shoppers see that northbound Masonic has long stretches when it’s empty (because drivers need to wait at a red for a long time to let traffic on Geary go through) and they see a bunch of stalled traffic on southbound Masonic (because of the shoppers queuing up and also to wait at a red for a long time to let traffic on Geary go through). So they march across 30 MPH Masonic to get to the store.

How many TJs shoppers do this on a busy day? IDK, hundreds. It’s their thing, it’s their routine.

So can you die doing this? Sure. Does TJ’s know about this situation? Sure. I don’t see how they couldn’t be aware. I mean, when you have journalists calling up your store asking about how somebody died, I assume that you’re aware of the situation.

What’s the solution? Well, people’d be safer walking down to Geary and crossing legally, but they all already know that.

You see the problem is that they don’t know how dangerous it is to do what they’re doing.

Hey, you know how many people die at Ocean Beach during a typical year? A lot. So many theat they have a special sign:

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How about similar signs for shoppers at this unique store:

People Jaywalking Have Died Here

How about that?

Unique situations call for unique signs, right?

Are you going to do anything at all, Trader Joe’s #100?

US Navy C-2A Greyhound Caught Flying Over Alcatraz with Its Cargo Ramp Down

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

How embarrassing!

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My first thought was that they might have been doing photography…

Harsh: “DON’T GET HAMMERED – TAKE A TAXICAB” – Oh Uber, Will You Ever Win?

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

This of course is a reference to a very unfortunate incident.

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UPDATE: The Quasi-Unconstitutional Prayer Book Cross is STILL on Public Land in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Our four-star Yelp-rated Prayer Book Cross doesn’t really belong on public land.

Here’s a repost from 2009. I haven’t kept up on things, but I don’t think much has changed. It’ll take somebody to sue SFGov to have a chance to change this situation, the way things happened with the big cross atop Mt. Davidson.

Just look at this monstrous cross, complete with rune grafitti, on govmint land in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park:

“The Prayer Book Cross was erected in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in 1894 as a gift from the Church of England. Created by Ernest Coxhead, it stands on one of the higher points in Golden Gate Park. It is located between John F. Kennedy Drive and Park Presidio Drive, near Cross Over Drive. This 57 ft (17 m) sandstone cross commemorates the first use of the Book of Common Prayer in California by Sir Francis Drake’s chaplain on June 24, 1579.”

Didn’t the City have to sell off the similar Mount Davidson Cross (Yelp-rated) after a lawsuit back in the 1990s? Yes it did.  So, do you think the Prayer Book Cross creates an “appearance of governmental endorsement of religion” as well, particularly considering that we’re living in a post-Everson world?

Do these trees help to make this cross kosher, cause fewer people see it? Potentially, yes. Click to expand:

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In other words, does the City’s ownership and maintenance of Prayer Book Cross violate the No Preference Clause and the Ban on Aid to Religion Clause of the California Constitution and the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution?

Or maybe it’s all good, because the  cross communicates “primarily non-religious messages” ala the shorter Mount Soledad Cross down in Fun Diego County? This is a close call.

Read all about the Mount Davidson case here, where the  United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit lays down the law. It’s pretty accessible.

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You see it on the right here, as seen back in the day, during the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894. Electric Tower at Night, with Search Light on Prayer Book Cross in Golden Gate Park:

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The PB cross was a big deal back in the 1800’s, even making the New York Times.

But should it be on government land today?

Just asking…

Presented to Golden Gate Park at the opening of the Midwinter Fair, January 1, A. D. 1894, as a memorial of the service held on the shore of Drake’s Bay about Saint John Baptist’s Day, June 24, Anno Domini 1579, by Francis Fletcher, priest of the Church of England, chaplain of Sir Francis Drake, chronicler of the service. Gift of George W. Childs, Esquire, of Philadelphia. First Christian service in the English tongue on our coast. First use of the Book of Common Prayer in our country. One of the first recorded missionary prayers on our continent. Soli Deo sit semper gloria.”

Tuscani Elisa? With All the Troubles Coming from the Korean Peninsula These Days, It’s Nice to Have a Laugh

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Nothing about this San Francisco Hyundai is Italian except for the badges on the back:

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Just saying…

Play us out, Beck:

I said “Lady, step inside my Hyundai

I’m gonna take you up to Glendale….

What’s This, the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle Costs “Only $3.00?”

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

I could do without the “only” part, frankly.

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What’s that, it costs $10 to make a Sunday paper and get it to you, the Reader? Yeah, maybe, something like that.

But even so, I could do without the “only” part.