Archive for the ‘cars’ Category

“Little Mouse” Spotted in Huge Golden Gate Park: Golly, It’s a Genuine Fiat 500 Ghia Jolly

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Fiat 500 Ghia Jolly surrey with a fringe on top:

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As seen on JFK:

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Wicker seats, baby!

Perhaps it’s tropponuova” to be called a Fiat 500 Topolino, but shoegazers are on my side…

Shake, baby, shake, you know I can fit you in my arms
Brake, baby, brake, taking me in with all you’re charms
I’ve never been inside you but you’re so alluring
They call you “little mouse” by name in Rome and Turin

UBER Lyft Driver Takes a Break in a Busy Geary Crosswalk to Fiddle with a Dash-Mounted Cell Phone – OH WAIT, IT’S AN SFMTA TAXI DRIVER

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

IDK, he might have stopped two spaces later, in a metered spot, if it hadn’t been taken. And I know he would have parked one space later, by the hydrant in a red zone, if it hadn’t been taken.

But no, he’s in the crosswalk, for a good long time, talking minutes here, and then it’s dash-mounted cell phone this and cell phone that, just like an UBER Lyft driver:

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I can’t recall seeing such UBER-ish behavior from a regular licensed cabbie.

There’s no radio dispatcher, it’s all app-based these days? Seems that way.

Back in the day, he’d have double-parked on Geary for the ten seconds it takes to offload and then have been on his way.

My, how things have changed in Frisco…

BOOM! An Unkempt Eucalyptus Tree vs. a Mercedes Benz and a Volvo in the Panhandle

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Nothing immediately obvious:

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There’s this note from SFGov…

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But you know, looks normal:

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Except for this:

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And this:

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Myself, I don’t know why we have euc trees in the Panhandle.

Maybe one of them will kill me someday.

(Avenge my death. Avenge me, you know, if you feel like it.)

Yet Another Burden for Overwhelmed Divisadero: Work on a One-Way Block of Scott Commences

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Northbound Scott is now Right Turn Only at Fell, FBOW:

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Anyway, if you don’t want Google buses on Scott anymore, Mission Accomplished.

Assembly Line Production of Self Driving Cars is Here: A Brand-New Bolt, One of 130 – Hayes Valley Meets Uncanny Valley

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Look what I saw coming out of Hayes Valley – it’s VEHT2079, a brand-new self-driving Chevy Bolt all the way from Orion Township, MI. It’s different. Notice the white thingamajigs above the front wheels:

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At first I thought it could have been a Project Titan from Apple, but no. It’s just an updated version of what we’ve seen for a while now.

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Of course that’s the human minder in the driver’s seat, but is that the robot in the passenger seat? Let’s ENHANCE:

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I’ll think of him as Frisco’s Star Trek Data, or Johnny Cab 2017, but you make the call, Gentle Reader

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Off they go, a boy and his robot:

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But not without a few Grove Street hassles. I mean, that’s what GM is doing here, a kind of driving torture test, right?

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And all this is just one block away from the Hayes Street block where Anthony Levandowski’s long-forgotten self-driving Pri-Bot used to get parked, right?

The Future is Now…

The Worst Case of Close Parking I’ve Ever Seen, In All My Years, on the Streets of San Francisco

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

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There should have been a Seinfeld about close parkers…

Summer of 92, in All It’s Glory

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

You know when I think of the Summer of 92, I think of all those movies I never saw and never will.

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Nah, actually this shot makes me think of the ex-CHP ’84 Mustang LX I sold right afore I moved here…

You Think You’re a Fan, Man? – Well, This Driver has Got You Beat – All Bases Covered Here

Monday, October 16th, 2017

A Trifecta of Fandom:

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Nothing beats the Oakland Warriors + the San Francisco Giants + the Santa Clara 49ers all together, man.

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Good SCOOT Parking vs. Bad SCOOT Parking

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Good:

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Bad:

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Frisco’s First Official “Lyft PICKUP AND DROP-OFF ZONE” – It’s Just Temporary, But Is This Our Future?

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Here you go, at the foot of MLK, Jr. Drive:

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Just a temporary deal, for fans of “Your San Francisco Deltas” professional* soccer team:

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(A mini convertible Cadillac Escalade and a convertible Jeep are at the ready.)

So, is this kind of temporary pop-up zone going to be a part of Frisco’s Future? Maybe. (Our SFMTA is working on this kind of thing, to reduce double-parking, for starters. We’ll see.)

So, are UBER drivers welcome here as well? IDK

And then, are UBER / Lyft drivers welcome here? Again, IDK.

IMO, this kind of branding should have nothing to do with RPD, and SFGov should be above this kind of “public private partnership.” So, Wreck and Park should ditch the trademarked pink and the “lyft” graphics the next chance it gets, which will be in a couple weeks, for the last match of the regular season of the San Francisco Deltas.

See you there. (But I’ve never Lyfted, and I’ve never UBER’ed neither, and I’m not about to start. Pity me!)

*It was a big deal for Rec and Park to set up Kezar for this inaugural 2017 season, which could very well be this team’s last season, we’ll have to wait and see.