Archive for February 1st, 2018

Regatta de Blanc: White People + Annual THREE BRIDGE FIASCO = ??? (Also, MOTHERBOY is a Real Thing)

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

(Not to be confused with Reggatta de Blanc, back when Sting did “White Reggae,” and that was the way we liked it!)

No, this was the annual Singlehanded Sailing Society’s Three Bridge Fiasco, which certainly lived up to its name in 2018.

Of course, things started out OK last Sunday. (Can you see the building on the highest point of South East Farallon?)

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But then, look at this:

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It was a total FIRE SALE what needed attention from the Coasties:

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And then I was like, “Please don’t let this be white people, please don’t let this be white people,” and well, you know:

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So you had vessels going backwards under the bridge, going out with the tide. NTTAWWT, but I’m sure our local Bar Pilots aboard massive container ships Straight Outta Pusan didn’t appreciate all this foofarah.

Now look, it’s a tow, from MATER, get it? It’s Sir Tow Mater, KBE?

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Aint never seen this –  a sailboat towing a sailboat:

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Now this guy got all upset after I started giving him the business with my DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter Plus II, you know, for like five minutes – geez what a sore loser!

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No no, actually, the shot above is yet another one from the Golden Gate Bridge sidewalk and actually, dude looked totally competent, why not.

And these ppl too, they did fine – I guess they just got caught up with the TBF:

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But here’s how things ended, for some:

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Sad!

Oh well.

Anyway, here at the racing results for 2018, with just a 1% completion rate.

Oh, and fans of Arrested Development will be gratified to learn that MOTHERBOY is a real thing, at least it is at the St. Francis Yacht Club. See?

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(I came across this when I was trying to find out about the recent fiasco. You’re welcome.)

In closing, you beat me to the punch, yes, it was a “fiasco.” But I am therefore disarmed, if this affair was basically what was intended. And, unlike the America’s Cup, it didn’t cost John and Joan Q Taxpayer eight(!) figures in subsidy. So carry on, Fiascoers, but let’s be careful out there…

Coming Down Masonic, Bike Riders have Five Choices on Which Way To Go at Fulton – Which Would You Choose?

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

IDK, I’ll guess I’ll say that I don’t understand what the SFMTA is doing with Masonic for what, the past couple of years or so?

So, for the still inchoate “transformation” of the 3000 feet of Masonic from Fell on up to Geary, are people still riding their bikes on the sidewalks?

Well, Hell to the yes. And as a matter of fact, now more than ever.

So for instance, the northbound block between Grove and Fulton has bus stop that drivers just ease on over to. You’re going want to be on the absurdly wide sidewalk on this block of Masonic. (I guess when it’s all done, buses will just stop in the slow lane. And somehow this won’t create traffic during the Morning Drive. Somehow.)

Now take a look here, coming down the hill approaching Fulton. Where will you end up after you cross?

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  1. The “fast lane” of Masonic. Potentially legal, but NOPE.
  2. The slow lane. Also potentially legal, but also NOPE.
  3. The bus stop. Well, it leads to the bike lane further south, but that’d be silly. NOPE
  4. The bike lane. Usually peds are in it, instead of the crowded sidewalk, so MAYBE.
  5. The already-crowded sidewalk. You could squeeze between the new garbage can and the vehicle(s) what are seemingly always there on your right. MAYBE.

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I’ll tell you, I never go on the sidewalks of Market, but I always go on the sidewalks of Masonic, or at least on some blocks of Masonic, depending on traffic, conditions, etc. Go figure.

Anyway, you should too. My advice. Until the current morass dries out a bit, or rather, until the long-promised “transformation” of Masonic…

[And oh yes, if you continue on down towards Fell, I’ll tell you to take Central or Ashbury instead of Masonic, depending on your final destination. Or consider the sidewalk, depending, of course, upon traffic and whatnot.]

Lyft Tesla: How Does This Make Sense?

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

A four wheel drive Model S, for extra confusion, UBERing away in Lower Pacific Heights, the Locus of Lyft:

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So how does this work?

Buy car for $100,000. Then start paying it off through Lyfting?

Seems a lot of effort…