Archive for the ‘bidness’ Category

This Sidecar TNC (Transportation Network Company) Van was in an Accident and Then It Wasn’t Properly Repaired, IMO

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

The orange side mirror cozy tells us that that this minivan is operating as a Sidecar and the fact that its front wheels are closer to the median than the rear wheels when it’s going straight down the highway tells me that it was in an accident and then it wasn’t properly repaired:

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IMO

Is this a particularly dangerous sitch? Prolly not.

And, in fact, Lady Diana would have been better off in this vehicle* with this driver** on these roads*** and with San Francisco EMTs**** at the ready than she was in her deadly accident in France.

And it’s not an SFMTA-approved San Francisco taxi cab with more than a half million miles on the odometer.

But still, this Sidecar aint right.

IMO

*A Mercedes Benz S280 that had badges saying “S600″ and “V12,” an S280 that wasn’t repaired properly after being stolen for its airbages, an S280 that handled differently turning left vs turning right

**Not drunk, let’s hope.

***Pick America’s poorest state and try to find exposed support beams without a guardrail ala that tunnel in Paris. You can’t. 

****American-style “scrape and scoot” response vs. a French-style “stay and pray” let’s-take-more-than-an-an-hour-to-get-to-the-hospital approach…

Sorry “Christopher B. Dolan Law Firm,” But All Your New Phone Books Just Went Into the Recycling

Monday, December 8th, 2014

You know, I was just thinking how long it’s been since I’ve seen any waterlogged phone books stacked up on the Streets of San Francisco.

But now, they’re back, all over the place. See?

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But then, nobody picks them up and then they’re garbage. Or recycling.

Hey, how many days does it take for an unwanted stack of phone books to become garbage? One? Two?

And hey, what about the plastic around the phone books – is that the recyclable kind? IDK.

And if a hundred get stacked up outside a large apartment building, then the super’s gotta go through and unwrap each one? Sounds like a chore.

Speaking of which, here’s a dozen or so 2015 415 books in a Recology blue bin:

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Poor naive Dolan Law Firm – all that marketing money, wasted!

I’ve said this before – nobody in the 415 wants your product, phone book industry. What you all should do is deliver your books, unwrapped, direct to Recology and save us all a lot of trouble.

PS: “Opt out” is a lie. That’s just what they want you to do, opt out. Oh, please take all my information, you know, to prove I am who I say I am, so that the phone book industry can rest assured that “bad actors” aren’t impersonating me in order to deprive me of my phone book, for some odd reason, and I’m supposed to “opt out” each and every year, the better to keep track of me? OK fine. And oh, you dinosaurs have a “sustainability report?” Well why don’t you people print it out on paper and send it to me every year, whether I want it or not? GREAT!

Vanity Business, 94117

Friday, October 10th, 2014

If your store’s hours are designed to be convenient for you, you know, as opposed to being convenient for your customers, you just might be operating a money-losing “vanity” business:

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August in Frisco: Costco #144 Knows Its Customer Base – It’s Selling Thousands of Down Jackets Right at the Front Door

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

This is what you see as you walk in the front door of America’s First Urban Costco – hundreds and hundreds of new-school down jackets.

‘Cause it’s August:

Darth Vader’s Shopping Mall: City Center – Black is Back, Baby! – Central SF Really Loves Chain Stores, Coming Soon

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

If you’re looking for a shopping mall near the center of SF, this is it. So “City Center,” sitting high atop Mervyn’s Heights, certainly deserves its name.

But check out its white on black color scheme – quite striking, non? 

Anyway, there’s space on this tower for a whole bunch of chain stores – can you guess which ones?

I’ll tell you, if you tried to open a Chipotle’s a mile or two south of hear, you’d have people coming out of the woodwork to protest.

But up here, on Mervyn’s Heights (aka Target Tor), NOT ONE PERSON has yet objected to our soon-to-come Chiptoles.

‘Cause we just love chain stores ’round here, in this part of SF…

Oh, Costco is Selling Apple Stuff Again: iPods and iPads with a Modest Discount of $15 Or So

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

One supposes the great Apple Costco Spat of Aught-Ten is over, seeing as you can walk right in to Costco #144 and score an iPod Touch or Nano or, soon enough, an iPad Air or Mini or whatnot.

Apparently Canadian Costcos are getting iPhones now but supplies will be spotty in the U.S. depending on region and carrier.

(The last time I bought an iPod at a Costco it was co-branded with HP, believe it or not.)

Or if you really want to save money, there’s always the Apple Refurbished Store.

Anyway, enjoy.

The Perfect Follow-Up to @HiddenCash? It’s @SFHiddenBitcoin, Of Course! – Will YOU Find a Hidden BitCoin Wallet?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Presenting @SFHiddenBitcoin.

It’s new, it’s you!

Look, these people even hid some Bitcoin (current market value = $20 or so) at Mark Zuckerberg’s house(?) in the Mission-ish area:

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Will YOU find an aluminum BC wallet? IDK, but you can’t win if you don’t play.

114 Followers can’t be wrong!

In closing, AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Amazingly, Our Local Postal Service Opens Its Doors Earlier on a Saturday Than UPS Does Monday Through Friday

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Here you go, here are the hours for USPS Clayton Station 94117 in the Upper Haight:

Compare that with the opening time for the big UPS Customer Center at 320 San Bruno Ave.

Well forget about Saturday ’cause the UPS aint even open on Saturdays. And M-F, the UPS begrudgingly opens at 9:30 AM.

I’ll tell you, a few decades back, UPS outperformed the Post Office in all aspects. But these days, for a lot of aspects, it’s hard to tell much of a diff.

IMO.

What Mayor Ed Lee Is Doing Tomorrow: The “HSBC Made for Trade” Tour – Hey, Is Trade Good or Should We “Buy Local?”

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The “HSBC Made for Trade Tour” is blowing through town tomorrow – sked below.

Observations:

- So “trade” is good? I thought we were supposed to “buy local?” I don’t have a beef against international trade myself, but I’m a little surprised to see SFGov participating in this trade love-fest.

- Isn’t the Bay Area Council Economic Institute now discredited owing to the recent America’s Cup fiasco? I think so. And yet here there are popping up as if nothing at all is wrong. Here you go, this BACEI report was a laugh riot: The America’s Cup: Economic Impacts of a Match on San Francisco Bay. Check it, potential “economic benefits” of “$9.9 billion,” whatever that meant. And a “fleet of super yachts” was supposed to motor through the Panama Canal and then shower riches upon us in some sort of Build It And They Will Come aquatic cargo cult. Hey! Perhaps the BACEI could gin up a report for how great the 2024 Olympics would be for us – wouldn’t that be a nice encore?

- And isn’t our Chinese Consulate the Locus of Espionage for Northern California? I think so. Or name me a better one, gentle reader? Anyway, here they come, as if nothing’s a matter.

Here you go, here’s the pitch:

HSBC Made for Trade is a national conversation with leaders in business, government, industry and academia about the role of global trade in today’s economy. This national tour looks at the contribution of the international flow of goods, services and capital to the U.S. economy, and the opportunities for American businesses brought about by global trade.”

And here’s tomorrow’s agenda:

Program Agenda

Financing The Future
The Palace Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

11:00 a.m.
Welcome 
Steve Bottomley
Head of Commercial Banking, North America, HSBC

11:05 a.m.
Innovative Policy Approaches To Support Globalization
Deputy Assistant Secretary Ted Dean
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration

11:15 a.m.
Trade In The Bay Area: Investment And Global Financial Flows
Introduction by Steve Bottomley
Head of Commercial Banking, North America, HSBC
Moderated by Andrew S. Ross
Business Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle
Dr. Sean Randolph
President & CEO, Bay Area Council Economic Institute
Additional commentary from:
Deputy Assistant Secretary Ted Dean
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
Debra J. Lodge
Head of RMB FX Business Development, North America, HSBC Global Markets
Xia Xiang
Economic and Commercial Counselor, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China, San Francisco

12:00 p.m.
Keynote Remarks
Introduction by Steve Bottomley
Head of Commercial Banking, North America, HSBC
The Honorable Edwin M. Lee
Mayor, City of San Francisco

12:20 p.m.
Lunch Served
Marlon Young
Chief Executive Officer, Americas, HSBC Private Bank

12:40 p.m.
Panel Discussion: How Bay Area Businesses Are Fueling The 
Future Of America
Introduction by Marlon Young
Chief Executive Officer, Americas, HSBC Private Bank
Moderated by Jim Wunderman
President and CEO, Bay Area Council
Benedict J. Bowler
Treasurer, Matson, Inc.
Lisa Peschcke-Koedt
Vice President, Global Tax and Customs, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Johan Nystedt
Vice President and Global Treasurer, Levi Strauss & Co.
Dan Shapero
Vice President, Talent Solutions, LinkedIn

1:25 p.m.
California And The Business Of Trade
Introduction by Marlon Young
Chief Executive Officer, Americas, HSBC Private Bank
Kish Rajan
Director, California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

1:35 p.m.
Closing Remarks 

Look at All the Useless Things You Can Buy at the Hilton from the Most Expensive Vending Machine in the World

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

One supposes some business travelers can simply expense these kinds of purchases?

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But if you need a brass knuckles case for your iPhone like right now…