Archive for December, 2017

Taking a Break – Have a Great 2018

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Gentle Readers, I must leave you. Why, I cannot say. Where, you cannot know. How I will get there, I haven’t decided yet. But one thing I can tell you, any time I hear the wind blow it will whisper the name, Gentle Reader. And so let us part with a love that will echo through the ages.

Plus it’s been a decade of regular postings. Posts’ll be sporadic at best in future…

Leaving you with the dolphins of Fort Funston:

Baby dolphins too, avec maman:

Have a great 2018!

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Gopher: It’s What’s for Dinner in Golden Gate Park

Friday, December 29th, 2017

It’s the circle of life:

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Buteo jamaicensis vs. Thomomys bottae

This $300,000 Ferrari GTC4Lusso Prolly Should Have License Plates, But the Ferraristi of Frisco Generally Don’t Like Displaying Plates

Friday, December 29th, 2017

This is a 2017 model, so like I say, it prolly should have plates on by now. As seen on gritty Fulton:

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But there are many benefits of running around without plates of course. I can name five* or six.

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Of course people who have Hondas and Kias all seem to be able to display their license plates.

Go figure.

*Avoiding those pesky license plate scanners so that your future ex-wife’s attorney can’t track your wheareabouts years later.
Free bridge passage.
Your nabes might think you have the new and “improved” 2018 model (which mostly looks the same except it doesn’t have all wheel drive and it doesn’t have this model’s V-12 (prolly for all-important emissions and MPG reasons), so is that really better? IDK).
A clean look for your ride.
Showing the world that you’re just like Steve Jobs, who also went plateless as a lifestyle.
(Don’t say use tax avoision, don’t say use tax avoision.)
Etc.

World Famous Mavericks Surf Competition Could be a GO – Between January 3 and February 28, 2018, Weather Permitting – Women Invited for the First Time

Friday, December 29th, 2017

This is news to me, if not to you. Via Elliott Almond:

HALF MOON BAY — The big-wave surf contest at Mavericks is a go for the upcoming winter season and it’s going to include women for the first time. The World Surf League announced Monday it has added the popular contest as the fourth event on its Big Wave Tour calendar for the 2017-18 season.

And here’s the latest:

HALF MOON BAY — The big-wave surf contest at famed break Mavericks has received approval from various government agencies and will be held between Jan. 3 and Feb. 28, the World Surf League announced Thursday.

If not the beginning of 2018, perhaps at the end…

(I guess they are keeping the name Titans of Mavericks.)

This was as close as I got, back in the Aughts:

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It’s a special event of course.

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Tink good toughts and then maybe everything will come together once again…

The Perils of “Slack Fill” – 8 Gums Sold in a Box What Could Have Easily Fitted a Dozen – I Am Undone

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

I’ll tell you, Costco doesn’t / didn’t do this to you (as much), but Frisco’s store #144 in SoMA no longer sells gum, as best as I can figure.

So off to a new purveyor. Check it:

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Man, I coulda had four more gums!

But the package had a giant “8” on it, so I can’t complain.

(That’s how they get you…)

MIschief Managed: “OVER 3 TONS” Route Prohibition Signs Replaced by “OVER 5 TONS” – So Now Large SUV’s are A-OK

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Allow me to explain.

Take a look at this, from back in The Aughts:

SF Mayor’s Hybrid SUV is So Heavy it Needs an Exemption to be Legal on Many Streets

And then take a look at this, from college-boy Andy Bowers:

California’s SUV Ban

Anyway, that was then and this is now:

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Now this sign aint in Frisco, but it’s the logical fix.

So if regular old SUV’s start to come close to being too heavy (be it actual weight, or curb weight, or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) for existing laws, well then simply change the laws, right?

Five tons is way heavy.  Even the massive Ford Excursion, which left us some dozen years ago  is under 5 tons no matter how you  slice it.

Anyway, that solves this intractable problem.

(So if Gavin Newsom ever visits town again and wants to see his old crib on Masonic, and he wants to get there in a large black SUV (as is his wont) he’d be barred from going up there using Masonic as a couple of the blocks up there still bar passage of OVER 3 TONS vehicles, I’m srsly. The quick fix for Frisco would be a bump to five tons, easy peasy)

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Hammer’s Doing Well for Himself

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

One time I had a peek at Hammer’s Driver License. I was wondering, “MC Hammer or just plain Hammer, or something else?” IIRC, it was just plain “Hammer.”

I saw Hammer one time at 2 Embarcadero Center, when he was getting sued over something, and then another time on a JetBlue flight – he had three seats all to himself in the far back row. That was JB’s version of First Class, I thought.

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They sell this 3M wall hook stuff at Costco. I got it on sale. It’s super duper sticky.

So, as stated, Hammer’s Doing Well for Himself.

Punch Buggy Yellow: GSR – Der Gelb-Schwarzer Renner (Yellow-Black Racer)

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

My first sighting.

Looks like we got a renner:

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This new one goes a tad faster than the original

Going All In for SB-562, the “Healthy California Act” (2017-2018)

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

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SB-562 The Healthy California Act.(2017-2018)

Tent Encampment 1, Exit 73, Interstate 80, Christmas 2017

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

As seen from the I-80:

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