Posts Tagged ‘golden gate park’

Those “Cherry Trees” You See Blossoming About Frisco Now are Plum Trees, NTTAWWT

Monday, February 13th, 2017

So blossoms in late January or February aren’t as much of a sign of global warming as some think.

Anyway, plum trees are famous for early blooming, is what I’m saying.

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The Laziest Hummingbird in Golden Gate Park

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

So lazy!

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Lively up yourself, Mon.

Belted Kingfisher, Golden Gate Park

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Megaceryle alcyon (female) with fish, Chain of Lakes Drive:

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She works hard for the money
So hard for it, honey
She works hard for the money
So you better treat her right

Speaking of the SFMTA and JFK Drive, Who’s More Distracted Here, This PCO or This UBER Driver?

Monday, December 19th, 2016

This is how we live, in 2016:

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You think these ppl were just parked, checking the Facebook? Nope, they were driving at about 20 MPH inbound on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park. That’s why the hands are on the steering wheels and the phones are held up high.

Hey, do UBER drivers go about with handicap placards hanging from the rear view? Yes, some do.

Anyway, here’s the PCO again. How much time pressure is this person under if she’s fiddling with her ticketing assistance device whilst driving?

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What’s that, SFMTA – you don’t have quotas, but your employees act as if they do? Sure seems that way…

The Battle’s Over and the Canada Geese Have Won: Bird Poo’s All Over Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park

Monday, November 21st, 2016

(I suppose that Strybing has a new name these days, but I don’t approve of the change (and also the new paywall – up to $8 per capita these days), so oh well. Hey, is Strybing for People Who Visit or is it a vehicle for some garden “society” to, somehow, attain “world class” status – that’s the choice, it seems.)

I ‘member when just a few geese would hang out in GGP year ’round, back in the 90’s. Well, that was then and this is now:

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Now IDK if numbers are up over the past decade or so, but what I’ve never seen is goose poop all over the Great Fountain. I expect to see poo on the lawns, but not up here, is what I’m saying.

In the words of one tourist, “Eight bucks for this?”

THE URBAN SCHOOL Plants Itself Amongst the Victorians of Haight Ashbury – Fitting In On Oak – A Higher Profile

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

The 94117’s fantastically expensive private high school has completed its new building facing Oak:

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This is the first I’ve seen the signage – URBAN in white. Well, it certainly is.

And the school mascot is “the Color Blue,” so that explains the blades what almost rise as high as the blue gum eucalyptus located right across the street in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle.

Anyway, most people in Frisco aren’t familiar with this institution, but that might change with so many commuters using the Fell / Oak corridor on a daily basis…

Ever More “Speed Hump” Speed Bumps for Golden Gate Park – What’s the Recommended Speed for These Things?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Get up to “speed” here.

Here we go – on JFK looking east towards Transverse / Crossover

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And now close to Marx Meadow looking west – this one will be going in soon:

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I guess this one will go almost all the way across JFK Drive:

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And, now closer to 30th Avenue, looking east – this was the first to be installed, now with a new sign:

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I don’t know when I’ll make it back here with a vehicle. IMO, 20 MPH or so is prolly the limit for you. (I had my decidedly non-sporty ride mistakenly set in SPORT mode, but I don’t think it makes much difference on a road regularity as big as this, but I’ll try it again sometime on my ride’s softest suspension setting.)

OTOH, if you have a brand-new BMW M4 GTS, how about 0 MPH as the limit?

And on bikes heading west, IDK. Look out, Jack, is all I can say.

I think the actual speed limit for the bumps is 25 MPH, but that seems too fast for IRL.

Our SFMTA has reported that some drivers go 32-34 MPH on this stretch of JFK and I’m sure these numbers come from someplace real, but I’m also sure whatever stat they’d report has been manipulated for their own purposes, oh well.

On It Goes…

A Brand-New “Near Term Speed Hump” Speed Bump, Installed on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Here it is:

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These photos are from a few days back, and this bump / hump itself prolly was installed about ten days back. If you hit this thing at 25 + you will feel it, I promise you. My ride was practically made to handle something like this bump with aplomb, and I certainly felt it. Oh, and look, a speedometer system, of sorts:

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Here’s the “near term” language, straight from our incompetent SFMTA.

Humps cause car deceleration without creating the noise, vibration or safety issues associated with their sharper bump cousins.

I’ll tell you, not a whole bunch of drivers go signif more than 25 MPH on the JFK, despite what SFGov might tell you, or imply, with their nonsensical “some traffic travels through JFK at 32-38 MPH type” of stat. Well, sure, some traffic. I go through at exactly 25 which requires a touch of braking on the downhillier parts like near Speedway Meadow. (Hellman Meadow? I don’t think that’ll take for a good long time.) Anyway, if you get on my rear bumper I’ll simply pull over, pretending to get ready to park, and then pull back in after you’ve passed me. But I don’t do that too often.

(If you wanted to decrease illegal “speeding” on JFK, you’d raise the limit to 30 MPH and, conversely, if you wanted to, for some reason, increase illegal speeding on JFK, you’d lower the limit to 20 MPH.)

Anyway, if you want to lower speeds on JFK, you’d put in a brace of speed bumps – that’ll work. Of course, there’d be the noise, vibration, and safety concerns of San Francisco voters, but that will get addressed later, one assumes…

And of course, a few speed bumps is nothing like this recent proposal.

And oh, down Mexico way, if a municipality want to have a nothingburger speed bumps like this, they’d hire somebody to do it one day and then it’d be done the next – it wouldn’t turn into an expensive half-year “project” with countless meetings and endless news releases…

Strong Biker, Golden Gate Park

Friday, October 28th, 2016

This could be you, someday:

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The Wild Parrots Not of Telegraph Hill – As Seen Over the Eucalyptus of Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

The range of dese boids has increased a lot since I first saw them on the Filbert Steps some 11 years ago:

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Speaking of which, they still hang out there, but they aren’t as approachable as back in the day:

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FAQ

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And some shots from the Aughts