Archive for June 8th, 2017

Say Good-Bye to Boeing 747 Passenger Jet Service Over Frisco – Only 18 Left at SFO – All Gone by Oct 29, 2017

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

The Queen of the Skies above Coyote Point last month:

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United’s old birds flying out of SFO, only 18 left now, are skedded to leave us by the end of October 2017.

Now that’s just the plan, and it depends on United getting enough replacement aircraft. And the cargo version, well those will keep flying until after you’re dead, Gentle Reader, sry. And it’s possible there could be a 747-8 (the unloved replacement for the aging 747-400 seen above) flight in SFO’s future, who knows.

And IDK, Donald Trump’s Air Force One, that’s sort of a 747 – I can’t think of a reason for him to visit, but anything’s possible. And I guess some foreign carriers might still do something with passenger 747’s who knows.

But the fundamental point is that 2017 will mark the End Of An Era, an entire hubsworth of United 747 will disappear, so if you see a four-engined jet near SFO, it’ll be the even larger Airbus A380, (which is, already. becoming a kind of flying dinosaur itself oh well. You see, they made the wings too big, to facilitate the inevitable stretched cabin that was supposed to come in the future, but whoops, no stretch is coming after all. So all these A380 airplanes you see have too much wing for no good reason. Plus the wings are too short, owing to the sort of arbitrary limit of an 80 meter wingspan, which was necessary to limit the amount of re engineering required to get them to fit into airports. And Airbus could have opted for Boeing-style folding wingtips, but no, they didn’t, oh well.)

No fatalities in the long history of 747 jumbos at SFO but there was United 863, which almost plowed into Mount San Bruno in 1998 and also Pan Am 845 – check the YouTube –  video footage starts about halfway through:

I’ll tell you, I wouldn’t have jumped from the front part of a jumbo jet with its tail on the ground, but you have flight crew yelling at you to go go go, so off you go.

Anyway, adieu, 747.

Frisco Can’t Do Math: “PARK AT 90 DEGREES” = 45 Degrees or So, IRL

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

I’ll tell you, I can’t figure our if our SFMTA hearts parking spaces or not.

The only thing that makes sense is that it favors some citizens over others – if you go down there and yammer at them enough, they just might “create” more parking in your ‘hood* by putting up PARK AT 90 DEGREES signs, thusly:

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(Sweet Ford Mustang LX 4.9 litre. I sold mine more than a quarter century ago. It was the lighter notchback version without that heavy liftback glass panel. It had a Holley four-barrel carburetor what made the engine H.O. – High Output, a whopping 165 horsepower. Engineers from Old GM called it The Best Damn Ford Fairmont Ever Made, which was sort of true given the lowly Fox Platform heritage both nameplates shared. What else, oh, paper grocery bags wouldn’t stand up straight in the tiny trunk – they were too tall you see. Ah, mem’ries.)

But then somebody sidles on in at an angle and then all the sheeple (the sheeple, man!), well, they follow along and all that extra parking is “destroyed,” if only temporarily.

Park better, Frisco!

* A particularly egregious example is a couple blocks of Fulton west** of NoPA. Our SFMTA “created” parking spaces, so outbound bike riders are more less invited to “take the lane” and scan for cars backing up. Less than ideal, one thinks.

** Which is the area west of north of east of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, I’m srsly. Thx realtors!***

***The word realtors should always be in lower case, you know, put those ppl in their place. If you ever capitalize realtor, well then you’re a pansy, a daffodil. Oh what’s that, them realtorses are one of your main advertisers? Well, never mind then, (pansy).

Public Speech Board, Marin County: NO STAPLES NO TAPE NO POLITICS NO WHINING NO STRADAMUS

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

My special lady friend got this afore I did:

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I’m a little slow on the uptake sometimes…