Another one from San Francisco photographer James Corrigan:
Archive for the ‘cars’ Category
The Price of Gasoline in High-Cost San Francisco Will Soon be … Two-Something Dollars Per Gallon – Here’s $3.25 Right NowWednesday, October 29th, 2014
I remember the first time I spent $20 to fill up a gas tank. It was for an Audi 5000 in Hawaii in the 1990′s.
And I remember the first time I spent $100 to fill a gas tank. It was for a Toyota Land Cruiser in Marin County in the 2000′s (by that, I mean The Aughts).
Now here’s present day SF, at the infamous Fell Street ARCO:
Now I’ll tell you, my Nana, who just had stomach surgery Back East, so she’s been slowed down a bit, well, she just told me about paying 30 cents per gallon for gasoline something like 60 years ago, back in ’54. Adjust that for inflation and that works out to two-something dollars a gallon, right?
And back then, America was a poorer country, right?
And back then, you couldn’t buy no hybrid cars to get super-high mileage, right?
Obviously, changes are afoot. Obviously. But the Peak Oil crowd (the latest gathering was circa 2007 or so) has been proven wrong, once again – it’s like clockwork, since the 1800′s.
Attention Tour Bus Operators: After a Fender-Bender, Get Your Rigs Out of the Middle Lane of Oak Street – Don’t Be Calling Your Insurance AgentWednesday, October 29th, 2014
So, yes, you had a little fender-bender with your big bus, and yes, it was related to the endless tinkering done by the SFMTA MUNI DPT DPW bowl of alphabet soup. So what! It’s not that big of a deal. CSI San Francisco isn’t going to send it’s Go Team and the NTSB isn’t coming neither.
Therefore, get your bus out of the roadway, pull it over. Sure, take a couple iPhone shots first, sure. But then get outta the way. THIS IS SFPD POLICY. Don’t you know this? You had at least two employees on the scene, why not have one, I don’t know, let’s call him the Driver, drive the bus to one side of the road or the other. Did you call the SFPD? IDK, but if you did, don’t you want them to show up? Now, how are they going to do that if you block the road, which, as stated, is a noteworthy bottleneck already, due to ongoing construction efforts, for umpty-ump minutes?
I cry foul.
Artist’s conception of a young Joe Montana as Shuddle user off to his art class or whatever:
(And I’ll bet she doesn’t have a hammer hidden under the front seat. I’m thinking in a fight over a disputed routing choice, he’d have the muscle mass but she’d have the reach – that’d be a toss-up, I’d give even odds. But what are the chances of something like that happening in the first place? The screening process at Shuddle would appear to be more stringent than Uber, by about one or two orders of magnitude.)
We’ll see how this one goes – it might sound like a dream come true to a lot of parents in town..
Ah, the Notorious “GreenCarCo” of Washington State – It Used to Advertise on Bay Area Craigslist? – Hey, What’s Up with TDI Motors?Friday, October 24th, 2014
Well, this here’s a scene from Masonic in the 94117:
And I’m thinking, gee, what makes this VW “green?” Its diesel engine? Mmmm…
And what’s up with “TDI Motors?” What’s its relationship with Green Car Co of Washington State? Is this old wine in new bottles? IDK, but mmmm… And what’s the relationship with Volkswagen? And hey, isn’t TDI a trade name or a trademark or a service mark or something like that, you know, owned by the VW Group, or someplace like that?
1. TDI does not equal green.
2. If somebody calls me from out of state to do a car deal in craigslist SFBay territory, I don’t think the conversation is going to last long, JMO.
If You’re Going to Jaywalk Across Masonic to Get To and From the Trader Joe’s, This is How You Should Do ItThursday, October 23rd, 2014
Instead of heading up the hill to get back to their ride, these gals walked downhill a few paces and then used congested traffic near Geary to their advantage:
That’s better than most, of course.
What they’re doing is turning a complicated, deadly game of chicken into a simpler chore of waiting for northbound traffic to get a red and then shuffling across two lanes…
Driving an Earth Mover to Work on the Streets of San Francisco – A 25 MPH Backhoe on Fell Street – Can This Be Legal?Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
As seen on Fell Street
(Did the driver flip off the DMV as he whizzed by, you know, screaming, “Stick It To The Man?” He seems to lack respect for authoritah.)
In any event, this backhoe (aka rear actor and back actor - Gentle Reader, please don’t punch any of these terms into the Urban Dictionary, perish the thought) seemed to be keeping up with traffic…
It’s hard to see, but this curb on MLK is mostly red, so it looks like a towaway zone.
But the signs say forget all that and park for free for four hours:
Prolly the RPD or DPW or SFMTA or some sort of ALPHABET SOUP org should clean off the red / reddish paint but if you say anything about that, then they’ll start begging you for more, ever more money, oh well.
Also note the fresh broken glass on the sidewalk, oh well