Posts Tagged ‘888 howard’

Macho Head Games: When a Car Cuts Off Your Bike-Riding Girlfriend on Howard, Chase Down the Driver for a Yellfest

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

So this five-foot-nothing (possibly hipster) gal on a road bike with unusually-smallish 24-inch wheels was heading outbound on Howard near the InterContinental Hotel with dude here following.

Then the driver of this blue car (6SZJ279, probably a rental) goes past the gal and to the right to get into the garage of the hotel. (Some might call this “cutting her off.”)

Then dude gets out of his saddle for a high-speed chase that probably lasted all of two seconds.

Leaving us here. (One assumes that window-tapping, fender-pounding, and/or tongue-lashing would come next, some kind of confrontation.*)

All huffy on a Huffy. Note Kryptonite lock (or something similar) in back pocket, which was the style at the time, heh: 

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So I don’t know, did the driver see the cyclists? If so, he/she was in hurry, as if the driver were a valet parker, which certainly could have been the case. So file this under “D” for discourteous driving.

Or maybe the driver didn’t see the cyclists at all, in which case this particular driver probably shouldn’t be on the road. So, instead, file this under “B” for bad driving.

So, you’re right, dude cyclist, either way, but you’re not as right as you think you are.

And you’re not as righteous as you think you are. Just saying.

There’s your ambiguous ending.

*I had to get to the big box before it closed so I didn’t slow down. Automatic 30-day price protection means you’re giving me back $200 just a month after purchase? Thx Costco!

Mr. Gary Oldman Graces San Francisco for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” – British Consulate’s Sneak Peek – “Cool Britannia”

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Well here it is:

“The British Consul General, Ms Priya Guha, requests the pleasure of your company at a reception prior to a screening of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” November 16, 6:00-7:15pm”

O.K. then. And that’s not at all a typical kind of thing for San Francisco’s consular community, really, but our British Consulate-General is out there in the Bay Area promoting the heck out of Britain. (Cool Britannia they used to call it.) And actually that’s not a hard job when you have Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding this year (and her recent California visit, dropping by just to say “hi”) and the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics and whathaveyou.

Add to that list the start of a movie series that could rival James Bond and Harry Potter, who knows. It’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (that’s a nice trailer, huh?) featuring Mr. Gary Oldman (H.P.’s godfather!) and, already, it has an obscenely-high 97% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Check it:

“Based on the classic novel of the same name, the international thriller is set at the height of the Cold War years of the mid-20th Century. George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a disgraced British spy, is rehired in secret by his government – which fears that the British Secret Intelligence Service, a.k.a. MI-6, has been compromised by a double agent working for the Soviets.”

So last night, San Francisco’s first female British Consul General, Ms. Priya Guha, introduced this film at the Century 9 in Westfield’s San Francisco Centre. She pointed out that Britain is quite big in the movie biz, having over 100 film studios and 2500 post-production companies.

And then it was on with the show.

And then, who popped up as the curtain dropped but Gary Oldman and Director Tomas Alfredson. (Or so I’m told.) This very same crew was up in San Rafael two days ago and who knows where they’ll be tonight:

“OH MY GOD, Gary Oldman is coming to the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy screening tonight?!!” 

Anway, I don’t have a shot for you, so:

INSERT PHOTO OF MSSRS. OLDMAN AND ALFREDSON WITH CONSUL GENERAL HERE

But I do have shots from last night of people who may or may not have wanted their photos taken, so I’ll leave them caption-free. (I’ll note that CBS Channel 5 was def. in the house with famous Liam Mayclem and Beth Spotswood (she’s earned a page on Wiki now? Wow) on hand.)

Don’t click to expand, don’t encourage him

So, Enter the Circus yourself, why not, starting December 9th, 2011.

See you there!

The Skyline View from Alamo Square in the Western Addition has been Ruined by that Horrible InterContinental San Francisco

Friday, April 8th, 2011

IMO.

So what do we have here, it’s One Rincon Hill, 100 McAllister (The “Towers” of UC Hastings), the yish-send-it-back-to-Miami InterContinental San Francisco at 888 Howard, City Hall, the New Federal Building, a giant tree and a hippie’s peace sculpture:

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It’s that blue hotel what doesn’t fit in.

Let’s look forward to its inevitable implosion…

A Decent Turnout for PETA’s Australian Lamb Protest at the TPP Trade Conference

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Yesterday’s protest at our Miami-esque InterContinental Hotel on Howard in the SoMA area had a hundred-something attendees, so that’s a pretty good turnout. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) don’t like the mulesing of sheep in Australia so they don’t want the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership meeting to go on business as usual.

 See?

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A view of protesters from our Buca di Beppo, where they no longer have you-know-what on the menu, AKAIK.

Chrissie Hynde wasn’t able to show yesterday.

Talks among the U.S., Australia, Brunei, Chile, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam are ongoing.

To Be Continued…

Azuria Glass: The Reason Why San Francisco’s InterContinental Hotel Will Never Fit In

Friday, March 6th, 2009

How blue is Azuria (nee Azurlite), the “spectrally sensitive” glass from PPG (nee Pittsburg Plate Glass) Industries, Inc.? Blue enough for the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas but too blue for San Francisco? You might think that, after seeing the stubby InterContinental San Francisco Hotel (artist’s conception here) from the Sky Terrace Privately Owned Public Open Space at 835 Market Street.

But that’s all right. So you’re a little blue, IC. I’m sure you look nice inside.  

Compare it with the old-school, 100-year-old green glass of the Westfield’s San Francisco Centre Emporium Dome:

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Welcome to the neighborhood, IC. May you live 100 years.