Archive for the ‘cars’ Category

If You Think Frisco Govt Moves Slowly, Just Park Your Car in Front of a Garage Door – You WILL Get Towed, VERY QUICKLY

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

What’s in this scene? Well, there are two BMWs and one Prius playing supporting roles, but the stars are the Subaru wagon blocking the driveway of the garaged Audi.

Man, it’s go-time, cause yoga pants has her iPhone out – that means that a city-dispatched tow truck is already on its way. This particular Subie was gone with a quickness:

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I think the goal for SFGov is to have a tow truck on scene within a half hour. That’s lightning fast action for our normally somnolent City Family.

Anyway, this is Life on the Streets of San Francisco…

Stealth Cruiser: This Aging Toyota Must Be Invisible on Radar – A Very Bumpy Car

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

See?

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Who Owns the Streets of San Francisco? This Cleaning Company from Burlingame, Apparently – “CCSI” v. Telstar Logistics

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Here you go – look who’s parking on busy Fulton, smack dab in the middle of the street:

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It’s CCSI, whatever that is. Oh, it’s a cleaning company out of Burlingame? So what gives them the right to park illegally? Is it the orange cones? Or it’s just some technique developed over the years, ala Telstar Logistics?

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Hey, is this kosher?

IDTS.

But it looks like illegal parking is a part of CCSI’s bidness model:

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And the kicker? Ohio plates on the back of the truck.

That’s the kicker.

And at the end of the day, CCSI execs count their fat stacks and laugh at poor poor Ed Reiskin…

A Pickup Truck So Long It Requires an Expensive SFPD Police Escort – Life in This “World-Class” City

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

IDK, filming something, prolly.

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And the flat black paint reduces reflections, that’s what I’m going with.

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But when you film in SF, you face a lot of costs. That’s what killed Nash Bridges after a few years and that’s what also helped to kill Trauma after a few months worth of shows got aired.

Anyway, we’re no Vancouver, that’s for sure…

A Tattoo for Your Car? – This City Car Share Chevy Volt Doesn’t Know It’s a Gas-Powered Hybrid, But Nice Kitty!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

As seen in Civic Center:

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Hey, does this ride have a fuel tank? Yes it do. 9.3 gallons worth.

Hey, does this ride have a tailpipe? Yes it do again. But it’s hidden away, the better to fool you.

Does the artist what tagged this car know all this?

IDTS!

Anyway, if this ride is an “EV,” then so is craig Newmark’s old-school ’99 Prius, just saying…

Word on the Street: A Touching Plea to Those Who Break Car Windows – “Have Been Five Times in a Very Short Time”

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Via San Francisco photographer James Corrigan:

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You know back in the day a plain “NO RADIO” sign sufficed. Those were simpler times…

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Easy Rider, 94102 – Passive Aggressive vs. the Regular Kind – “People With Bikes” vs. “People With Cars”

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

This is McAllister inbound in the PJ’s, ’round about where the 94115, the 94117 and the 94102 come together in the Western Addition.

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Now let’s pay off on the headline. The cyclist on the left was going about 20 MPH, which really isn’t keeping up with traffic, so she should have been further to the right, IMO, you know, per CA law and per common sense. She was impeding the driver of the red pickup, who should have either passed her or who should have slowed down and stayed in his lane. But no, he just trailed after her like this, mostly in the opposite lane, for more than a block.

Here’s what I do, I just assume that anybody in a car or on a bike is an ex-con who just got out of the Big House and who’s having a bad day already. That’s why I don’t try to block people who want to pass me by teaching them a lesson and why I don’t try to pass people who don’t want me to. And I don’t enforce speed limits. So if you want to pass me going 28 in a 25, I’ll make it easy for you, be my guest.

Anyway, the cyclist, who wasn’t going all that fast and who was effectively blocking other cyclists and any drivers from passing her, is the Passive Aggressive and the pickup driver, who seemed to want to try to make a pass on McAllister for a long time no real reason is the Regular Aggressive.

And also anyway, they both got caught up by the long red light at Gough anyway, so this pointlessness was extra pointless. So, so much for that.

And here’s your Locution Update. Apparently, instead of cyclist or biker or bike rider, we’re now supposed to say People Who Bike, as a way to “emphasize the humanity” or something. But then what would you call car drivers? Well, and I just saw this for the first time this past week, it’s “People Who Drive.”

All right, but I don’t really see how this change really helps anything, just saying…

Our Sad-Sack SFMTA, a Part of the SFGov, Violates SF’s Sign Posting Rules to Advertise Itself to You

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Here are the rules you have to obey.

And now here comes our SFMTA to remind you how great the SFMTA is:

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I’ll tell you, I’m meh about this project for the 3000 feet of Masonic betwixt Fell and Geary and I’d still be meh about it even if the money earmarked came from planet Mars for free and even if all the work required could be done in just one day.

I don’t think Masonic will be “transformed.” I don’t think we’ll end up with a “new” Masonic.

I don’t think I like our SFMTA promoting itself like this…

Anyway, our SFMTA seta a bad example, but here are the rules what applies to you, Joan Q. Public:

“Tips for legally posting signs on public property

To legally place a sign on a utility pole, it must:

Be less than 11 inches in height

No higher than 12 feet from the ground

Conform to the shape of the pole

Be attached with tape or other non-adhesive material such as twine, string or other non-metal banding material

Include a legible posting date in the lower right hand corner

Be removed after 10 days, if the sign is promoting a date specific event

Be removed within 70 days of the posting date

Not be installed on historic street light poles*, traffic signal poles or traffic directional sign poles.

* Historic street light poles are on these streets:

Market Street from 1 Market to 2490 Market

Mission Street from 16th Street to 24th Street

Grant Avenue from Bush Street to Broadway Street

The Embarcadero from King Street to Jefferson Street

Lamp Posts on Fisherman’s Wharf from Hyde to Powell

Howard Street from 3rd Street to 4th Street

Lamp Posts within Union Square

Mason Street from Market to Sutter

Sutter Street from Mason to Kearny

Kearny Street from Bush to Market

Hey SFMTA! Where’s the Notice Warning Drivers to Not Park on Fell Here? – The Big Bay to Breakers Towaway

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

This is how things looked yesterday evening on Fell Street in the 94117. Do you see any warning signs about how everything parked on this stretch will get towed, with extreme prejudice, in a few hours?

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Well sure. I can see:

AT&T / Verizon COWS temporary cell phone towers in the Golden Gate Park;

A whole mess of portapotties; und

A lot of metal fencing

But what about non-locals, your Airbnbers and your VRBOers – how should they be able to tell that they SHOULD NOT PARK HERE?

Well, off to the right, outside of the frame, there are a couple notices posted on light poles. And I’m sure that there are more notices at the other end of the block, near Masonic. But as far as what you can see on this side of this block, your notice is hiding behind the white Toyota Prius. Click on in, you might be able to spot the top of it.

Hey, is this sufficient notice?

One wonders.

The Substandard Lane Widths of Northbound Sansome in the Financh

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Here you go – a MUNI bus tries to go around a double-parked truck:

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Just south of California:

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And just north, where the slow lane of Sansome is at its narrowest:

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How can you call this lane a lane?