Archive for August 1st, 2017

New Electronic Sign Literally Tells San Francisco Drivers to SLOW DOWN, SLOW DOWN, SLOW DOWN

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

See?

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At slower speeds, it tells you your speed.

I’m not sure what the limit is here. I was thinking that the sign might know WHEN CHILDREN ARE PRESENT or if it could know the limit based upon the day of the week / month, but now I’m thinking, nah, it prolly doesn’t.

Other signs will flash your speed at you when you’re going too fast or change the numbers to red, but this one equates one over the limit with 30 by telling all speeders to

SLOW DOWN

SLOW DOWN

SLOW DOWN

Goat Boy, Frisco

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

I’ll get out there this weekend with some drywall stilts, see if I can keep up…

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A Brief History of Some San Franciscans’ Attempts to have us Host a Summer Olympics – Plus, a Glimmer of Hope for 2028

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

From the Big Bang to 1999:

Nothing much happened AFAIK.

In the year 2000, in the year 2000:

A half-assed attempt was begun to host the 2012 Olympics in San Francisco. It failed around 2003.

2003:

The same people started trying for 2016. It involved Mayor Gavin Newsom and a new stadium for the then-San Francisco 49er’s. It didn’t work out. (Then the Niners moved to Santa Clara – things haven’t worked out Down There either, not yet.)

Sometime later:

The same people tried for 2024. It looked like this:

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But it didn’t work out yet again. Frisco made it to the Final Four (as far as the U.S. bid people were concerned), but then ended up coming in third place. So yeah, Boston got the nod, but then the people of Boston weighed in. So then Boston looked to be out. Then there was talk of a joint hosting by Los Angeles and San Francisco, but where would you have all the pomp / circumstance – in L.A. of course, right? Well, official Frisco didn’t like that. So then the USOC gave L.A. the right to be the sole American bid for 2024.

Then the Frisco people were all sore. So they even wished that Los Angeles would lose. Why? Well, it was going to be a loooooong time before the IOC even considered coming back to Cali if Los Angeles hosted in 2024. The Bay Area Olympics people would simply try again for 2028 after Paris won for 2024.

Then all the other serious international contenders for 2024 dropped out, so it became obvious that Paris would host. Then, all concerned (NBC included – it really wanted another U.S. Olympics before its contract runs out) cut a tentative deal that had Los Angeles host in 2028. This is the worst result possible for Frisco’s chances of a future Olympics. I’m thinking maybe the year 2060 would be about as soon as this could happen.

Nowadays:

So now the talk is about having San Francisco host a few events at the soon-to-be-new Mission Bay arena of the Oakland Warriors, or someplace like that. And I’m sure that they’re pondering which other sports would be appropriate for the Frisco Bay area. This would allow for the tiniest amount of Oly Fever, but nothing like the raging infection we’d have if we were hosting or even full-on co-hosting a Summer Olympiad.

So that’s it. You can debate whether San Francisco hosting would have cost us 10 or 11 figures, you know, somewhere around there. But, fortunately for the People of the City and County of San Francisco, we are OUT of contention, at least until most of you Gentle Readers are dead.

DEAD DEAD DEAD!

At this point I’ll attest that I have no beef against Sport in general and/or The Olympics in particular. It’s just that it would have cost us billions and billions to host the 2024 Olympics, so I’m very happy that we got off of this carousel after Area Millionaires were only able to get SFGov to spend mere millions and millions on all these fruitless efforts.

In closing Plus Dur, Meilleur, Plus Rapide, Plus Fort

OMG, HAMILTON Returns to San Francisco in Early 2019 – Get Your Tickets Soon!

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

‘Cause they’ll be hard to get, as they are these days for the 2017 tour, of course.

(What my buds did was to join SHN for one season for the sole purpose of getting some Ham ticks. That paid off very nicely for them and they were all quite proud of themselves.)

Take it away SHN:

“HAMILTON RETURNS TO SAN FRANCISCO IN EARLY 2019

Producer Jeffrey Seller announced today that HAMILTON will return to San Francisco in early 2019. Information regarding engagement dates and how to purchase tickets will be announced at a later time.The first national tour of HAMILTON opened in San Francisco on March 10, 2017 and moves to Los Angeles following the final performance in San Francisco, Saturday, August 5th. Performances begin at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, August 11th.

“I was blown away when the ticket-holders who had gathered outside the SHN Orpheum Theatre prior to the first preview cheered and cheered when the doors opened and they could finally take their seats. Hamilton at the Orpheum Theatre is gorgeous, powerful and kinetic,” says Jeffrey Seller. “We look forward to returning and staying for a long time in early 2019.”

A second national tour will begin in Seattle in February 2018. The musical first opened on Broadway in 2015; a Chicago company opened in September 2016; and the London company premieres November 2017.

Once complete details are confirmed, SHN members will be first in line for tickets. For details on becoming an SHN Member, click here.