Just What Frisco Needs: 13 More Year-Round Geese in Golden Gate Park – Isn’t This HUGE Brood of Goslings?

April 26th, 2016

I’ve never seen this.

13(!) goslings for one mated pair?

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Brace for an even bigger honking pile of poop in GGP…

Another Howler From Our SFMTA: “Adjusting Fares for a Faster and More Equitable Muni”

April 26th, 2016

Here’s the latest from America’s Slowest Big-City Transit System:

Adjusting Fares for a Faster and More Equitable Muni

 1. Leave us begin:

“We’re making changes to Muni fares…”

No MUNI, no! Just say “INCREASE,” MUNI! Say it, say it, oh, ohhh!

Now, what would a normal person say? How about something like this:

Muni raises cash fares by 25 cents under new budget

2. So, here’s another way of saying increase:

“Starting January 1, 2017, single-trip Muni fares paid with Clipper or MuniMobile will cost 25 cents less than fares paid with cash…”

Hey, SFMTA! Why not just keep fares the same and offer a 25-cent discount for using Clipper or whatever? Wouldn’t that be better? And wouldn’t that be more “equitable?” Oh, what’s that, SFMTA, you need more and more and more money to pay for all the mistakes you’ve made over the years and to pay for an expanding crew of highly compensated (indeed – just look at the TCOE (Total Cost Of Employment)) “media relations” staffers and to pay, effectively, for all of our SFMTA’s unique-to-the-world “work rules” what have accumulated over, what, the past century?

3.  Now here’s a puzzler:

“We’ll start with … Providing Clipper Cards without the $3 purchase fee*…”

You’d think the asterix would lead to something else on the page, but it don’t. Oh well!

4. And here’s another impossible goal promised by our SFMTA

“…ensure everyone knows how to get a Clipper Card…”

I’ll tell you, I don’t know how to get a Clipper Card right now. I’m sure I could figure it out, but I’ve never had a reason to get one, oh well. Of course IRL what’s going to happen is that a lot of people will end up paying the 25 cents more. Our SFMTA knows this, but doesn’t seem to want to acknowledge it.

5. Ahem:

“…making Muni a faster, more reliable system…”

How about instead, “Making MUNI a less slow, less unreliable system,” you know, instead?

6. And what’s this?

“Comments for this thread are now closed.”

Well, why’s that, SFMTA? [UPDATE: Comments are now enabled at the SFMTA website. Hurrah.]

Anyway, as always, our SFMTA is run primarily for the benefit of … those who are employed by the SFMTA. Cest la vie, Mon Amie. But, man, it’d sure be nice if our SFMTA could correctly identify Yet Another Fare Increase as such. Oh well.

Sign of the Times in Frisco: A Playground Just For Dogs

April 25th, 2016

I don’t know where the closest human playground is from here.

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At first I thought it looked a little bleak for a playground, but then I saw that it was dogs only…

Heron Watch Season Returns to Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park – Giant Birds in Giants Nests

April 25th, 2016

What’s this? It must mean that Heron Watch 2016 is on in Frisco:

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Here’s the scene, on the other side of Stow Lake this year:

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Passersby wonder what the fuss is about, then stop to check things out:

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And here they are, some of the new babies:

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I’ll tell you, I prefered the former breeding location, near the Stow Lake Boat House – you can see one parent here, what just had barfed up / regurgitated a freshly-killed gopher. Can you see which fledgling gulped it down?

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Dem boids were certainly were closer to shore back in the day, easier to see.

Anyway, on it goes. They’ll fly the coop by the end of May, most likely…

Dot-Matrix Skywriting in the Skies Over Hippie Hill on 420 Day – New School Advertising Requiring Five Pilots

April 25th, 2016

Five pilots were necessary for this pizza ad, unless these were drones, which I doubt they were:

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The ad was dispersing afore it had even been completed, oh well

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“GET FRESHLY BAKED AT PAX.COM” was the mesage I think.

Unusual Lyft Ad: “DISTINGUISHED SOCIETY OF PEOPLE WHO GET IT” – An Appeal to Flattery ala Charles Manson

April 22nd, 2016

First. let’s talk Cole Street, where Chuck Manson use to live, win friends, and influence people.

Second, let’s move a few blocks over to Masonic, also in the 94117, to see this Mansonesque appeal to flattery:

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(Hey, what are Lyft drivers supposed to think about after seeing this, you know, when they themselves are “sitting in traffic, looking for a place to park [or just giving up and parking illegally], and sweating monthly car payments?”)

All right, welcome to the Lyft Family, you good-looking, “clued-in” Gentle Readers you.

Crows Have Replaced Hawks at the Top of the Food Chain the Past Decade Atop Twin Peaks – Good-Bye Raptors, Hello Corvids

April 22nd, 2016

A decade or two ago, you’d see hawks hunting for mice above Twin Peaks, like every day. There were hawks, like this one, all over:

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But they’re gone now.

Replaced by crows. Here’s one with a field mouse from a few weeks ago:

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Anyway, hawks out, crows in, for whatever reason…

A Bicycle Built for Two (Nerds) – Unique Tandem Recumbent Bike – Easy Rider 2016

April 22nd, 2016

Never seen this

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Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s Electric-Yellow Electric Convertible Spotted in North Beach

April 21st, 2016

This ride has about 47 pieces of Aaron flair:

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(Hey, remember when longtime Republican Ron Conway said that giving a lot of his money to support the appointed D3 incumbent might cause a “backlash?” Good times.)

I’m not sure if this car is for the last election or the next one…

Three Iconic Vessels on Frisco Bay: Lil’ Yellow Water Taxi, RocketBoat! and USA76, a Reminder of Our Failed America’s Cup

April 21st, 2016

Here we go:

Lil’ Water Taxi

RocketBoat! (Cue music! DO YOU LIKE LOUD MUSIC? I SAID, “DO YOU LIKE LOUD MUSIC?!” It’s a rocket on the water! It’s ROCKETBOAT!)

USA76 (which Donald Trump would call “a loser.” Sad!)

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They’re all in there. Which do you choose?

See you on the water!