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New “iCars” On-Demand Car Service? Looks Like It’s From That Horrible Bauer’s Limo / Bauer’s “Intelligent” Transportation

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Well here’s something new – it’s “iCars” from that horrible Bauer company.

See?

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That was the wind-up, now here’s the pitch:

“ iCars® service is a network of luxury cars, SUV’s and Mercedes Sprinter vans in San Francisco. This network is accessed through a sophisticated mobile application that allows riders to book and pay for on-demand, private and eco-Iuxury transportation service.

iCars® is managed by Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation, leveraging its transportation expertise and quality standards to ensure responsive, safe and superior transportation. iCars® service combines one of the best high-end transportation companies in the USA with the latest mobile technology to improve the ease and experience of on-demand transportation.
What is it? Luxury car service ordered “in the moment” for 1 to 12 passengers—in and around San Francisco, to SFO (San Francisco International Airport)

How to book? Through your smart phone—Apps available for iPhone and Android phones—reserve and pay online”

Hey Gary Bauer! Doesn’t your company(ies) kind of suck?

I think so!

I say that because your Yelp ratings are pretty low even including all those five-star shill reviews. Check it:

Bauer’s Limousine

Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation

What good does social media branding do if your service sucks?

And hey, speaking of Bauer’s social media branding and purported blogger Zennie62 / Zennie Abraham, what’s up with this?

“Note: Bauer’s Transportation is a Zennie62.com sponsor”

Is this arrangement still going on now? I don’t know.

It’s mighty interesting tho.

IMO.

Hey Gary Bauer! Isn’t a Sprinter van mostly a delivery vehicle? I think so. Do you really consider it a “luxury” vehicle?

Hey Gary Bauer! Why don’t you raise your rates so that you can improve your services so that your customers could be a little happier?

Just asking.

Bro-ham.

Crappy “Bauer’s ‘Intelligent’ Transportation” Update: “Upgrades” Wedding Limo to Corporate Van – Gets Sued by S.F. Bride

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Let’s just say that long-time Yelper Rosie S is not a fan of Bauer’s Limousine / Bauer’s Transportation / Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation. Why? Well, ’cause they sent a tacky van instead of a proper limo to her wedding a few months back. Check the excerpts:

The 10 passenger limo I ordered did NOT arrive. Instead, they sent us a VAN! The morning of my wedding. Not what I ordered.

I contacted the company when I returned from my honeymoon–note: they NEVER contacted me to explain the situation nor to apologize–and they said:

“I have checked with our operations department as to what happened this day and it appears there had been a mechanical issue with a regular stretch limo so they made the last minute decision to upgrade the vehicle to a limousine van.  This was our next best option at the moment.  I sincerely apologize that a regular stretch did not appear, but this was viewed as a free upgrade to the original vehicle reserved.”

Horrendous company, terrible service, awful fleet of cars if they have seemingly frequent “mechanical issues.”  Do yourself a favor and STAY AWAY FROM BAUER’S unless you want to get ripped off and disappointed!  Especially on your wedding day….

Can you believe that? Now, if I were running a crappy limo / transportation / “intelligent” transportation company, I’d feel bad about my fail whale exploding all over a wedding and I’d apologize and then I’d give a full refund, but that’s just me.

Now, speaking of crappy, how about them Bauer limousine van / bus / whatever drivers on the 101?

Speeding? Sure, we’ve got to get you to the church (or wherever) on time! But signaling? Not so much. You see, there’s no money in signaling:

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Rosie says that the Bauer people didn’t respond to her until after she filed suit in San Francisco Superior Court, Small Claims Division. Oh well.

Now, judges might be sympathetic to plaintiffs in a situation like this, but you never know how they’d rule. Sometimes what’s in the contract is what matters and sometimes not so much. Oh well.

But I believe the gist of Rosie’s story – I don’t think that she’s committing Yelp fraud, I don’t think that she owns a rival cheesy “intelligent” transportation company or that she’s sponsored by one.

Speaking of which, there’s somebody on Yelp saying how great Bauer’s is but he neglected to add in or update the little tidbit that Bauer’s is a “sponsor” of his. Oh well. I’ll give you one guess how many Yelp stars he gives to Bauer’s IT.

Did you guess cinco?

You’re right, mi amiga/o. (And actually, it appears that purported “Luminary” and “City Bright” writer at the San Francsico Chronicle’s SFGate.com Zenophon / Zennie62 is incapable of ever giving anything less than five stars on Yelp. How sporting!)

Anyway, good luck Rosie!

Who the Hell is Zennie62 and What Makes Him So Special? Will Gary Bauer’s Mouthpiece Get Snubbed by the Oscars Again?

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

[Yeah, mouthpiece, that's the ticket, I'll change it to mouthpiece and keep out of trouble.]

I don’t know, saw some bit about “solar” buses on SFGate and I clicked on it thinking, “oh, so we have solar buses now, to go along with science-project solar cars and NASA-funded solar airplanes?” Well, turns out that it’s  San Francisco Chronicle “City Bright” (and also a Seattle Post Intelligencer “City Bright” as well!) Zennie62. And he has a “sponsor.” See?

Bauer’s Transportation is a Zennie62.com sponsor.”

So that explains why Zennie would prattle on about that cheesy one-star-rated Bauer’s Limousine company. Anyway, here’s the bit that grabbed my attention:

“What Is The Solar Bus?”

But, work with me here, it’s a diesel bus he’s talking about. That’s the big fuss.

Here’s his latest:

“Are you stupid? No one – especially me – has said the buses had Solar Engines! Where the hell did you get your education? A San Francisco Bar? Learn to read — for you own good.”

Well, I don’t know about the nonsensical term “Solar Engines” (oddly capitalized, non?)* but I do know he called a diesel bus a “solar bus” so I called him on it. (Then he started calling it a conversion to an “electric bus”, but of course the rig in question started out life as a big old heavy, smelly diesel bus and it will end its life as a big old heavy, smelly, diesel bus, end of story.)

And he does it again here, in his “original creation” blog post:

“The solar bus has been in operation on our fleet since January 2010 and the results have been outstanding.”

Or maybe the Bauer people wrote that part? But didn’t they write the other part too? So which part is Zennie’s “original creation?”

Now check it, here’s a Google on the phrase he used. Note that a good lot of those hits are his.

And yet, this simpleton is on the SFGate claiming how many millions he’s “driving” to SFGate (but isn’t that the other way ’round?) and boasting of 19 million views on YouTube, or something:

That prompted his two loyal fans to give him the business:

And BTW, is that lot of claimed views on YouTube? I mean, doesn’t a typical 16-year-old girl unpacking her mall purchases have a lot more views?

I mean, even Fighting Trousers has a quarter million views at this point, and that’s about 25 times as much as a typical effort from Z62, it would seem.

Now, speaking of metrics, I could have sworn that this search only got like 900-something results just yesterday, and now it’s over 1000. See?

(Does Gary Bauer pay Zennie for every mention Zennie puts on SFGate? Mmmm.)

Now, poor Zennie is still smarting from not being able to go to the Academy Awards last year. Oh, the oppression. Oh well.

But maybe all his yammering will get him an invite for 2011, who knows. And then maybe he won’t be whinging all the time.

So, c’mon Academy, kick somebody out of your show to make room for Zennie. Somehow, that could result in Zennie62 “advancing women in business and politics.” (I mean, the best woman for that job is a man, right girlfriends?)

All right, now I’m begging. Please, Academy, give him his ticket or voucher or whatever he wants. If anyone deserves to yammer his way to the Academy Awards, it’s Zennie62.

D’accord?

D’accord!

*This is called a negative pregnant, a device typically employed by con men, criminals and lawyers. Not sure what a “solar engine” is but Zennie called a diesel bus a solar bus (and then later an electric bus) – that’s the issue at hand.

Boy, San Francisco Chronicle “City Bright” Zennie62 Really Looooves Bauer’s Limousine – The “Solar Bus” Redux

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

[UPDATE: "Note: Bauer's Transportation is a Zennie62.com sponsor."]

I don’t know how people get compensated to labor as “City Brights” at SFGate / The San Francisco Chronicle, but it must be a sweet life. Anyway, got a little blowback from this bit about purported “solar buses” from that cheesy one-star-out-of-five-Yelp-Rated Bauer’s Limousine /Bauer’s Transportation Bauer’s Whatever company, the one with the bad drivers on the 101.

You know, this company:

Now, what I did last month was point out that we don’t have solar buses out there on the roads yet, despite what City “Bright” Zennie62 said. In fact, what we have from Bauer are diesel buses with about 100 square feet of photovoltaic panels that don’t do crap,* fundamentally, up on top.

Thus speaketh Zennie62:

“This is silly. You type “here’s an electric bus that gets it’s juice from solar,” and if you bothered to visit the website, you’d find that what Bauer’s is specializing in, is a conversion to exactly that: “an electric bus that gets it’s juice from solar.” What’s the deal? Did you just see that I blogged this and BLINDLY challenged it without thinking? I’m used to that from people in the Bay Area. This was another really stupid example.”

So maybe Zennie62 still thinks it’s still not a diesel bus just after I explained just that to him? (And is Zennie a local, a “City Bright,” or is he the Man from Mars, the auslander, paid to comment about “people from the Bay Area?” I’m unclear on that.)

I don’t know why the vaunted SFGate, an international website with employees that have expense accounts and whatnot, an international website that gets two to three orders of magnitude more traffic than this tiny WordPress joint, would come after said tiny WordPress joint.

Oh well.

And is that only 904 hits for Bauer’s Transportation on SFGate.com’s City Brights for 2010 - that’s all so far? Well, the year is young, Zennie Abraham, so if you make a few more banal posts and/or videos about Bauer’s, you know, that cheesy “transportation” company with the bad drivers, then you could get that number up to an even 1000.

Bon courage, Zennie.

*Could those solar panels power a single hair dryer? It depends. Drive the “solar bus” to Ecuador and then, on a clear “bright” sunny day at noon, I’d say probably they could, but I don’t have the exact specs on the panels and the energy storage system…

Resolved: Bauer Transportation Does Not Have a Solar Bus, Despite What “City Bright” “Zennie62″ Contends

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Let’s hear from “City Bright” “Zennie62” on something new and “exciting” ‘n stuff:

What Is The Solar Bus? The bus used in the Bauer’s fleet is a 57-passenger Setra that has rooftop solar panels and has been reconfigured for an interior floor plan with 52 seats and a set of table seatings. It was introduced this year at Bus Con 2010.”

Uh, it’s not a solar bus. O.K., work with me here. Would I have a “Solar Land Cruiser” if I put a photovoltaic panel on top of the moonroof? No, I would not.

Ergo, Bauer Limousine “Transportation” doesn’t have a solar bus. Sorry, we don’t have those kinds of things yet, not on Planet Earth. Solar airplanes, sure, but not solar buses and not even “solar hybrid” buses.

Now, here’s an electric bus that gets it’s juice from solar – that’s getting warmer. See?

So, and this might be news to Z62 and the people at Bauer, your vaunted solar / solar-hybrid bus is actually a diesel bus.

(Actually, diesel engines love to idle. They don’t get into a lot of the issues that gasoline engines have when idling. And diesels don’t use all that much fuel while idling, so that’s why it used to be industry practice to let diesels idle for extended periods even without passengers inside. But it doesn’t look good and it pisses off the neighbors sometimes so that’s why laws and guidelines have popped up lately. Anyway…)

Or, maybe this article was an ad for Bauer. Actually, that makes a lot more sense. And in that case, Zennie Abraham and Bauer Transpo are allowed a dollop of puffery, so no biggee.

Bill Clinton Speaks to UC Berkeley Students About Global Citizenship on February 24th

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

If you’re a student or faculty member at U.C. Berkeley, then you’re invited to see Bill Clinton on February 24th, 2010. The subject will be:

Global Citizenship: Turning Good Intentions into Positive Action

Admission is free for students, but faculty and staff will have to fork over $45 each. (Can you believe it? It would be cheaper for them to spend a night at Gump Station in the South Pacific.) 

The rush for free tickets starts at 7:00 AM, February 18th, 2010. See you there!

Sadly, despite the words of touchy, touchy CityBright Zennie62, students, faculty and/or staff won’t be able to help you, a non-UC Berkelian, get a seat. Actually, it will be tough for the students themselves to get a ticket online.  

But if you do get in, don’t be surprised if Bill shows up late, just like the last time he came to the bay area to do a big public address. Bill was late late late. Even the Mayor of San Francisco was reduced to gesticulations after being repeatedly lied to by Bill’s people about Bill’s arrival time back in 2006. Gavin’s coping strategy was to keep pointing at his watch to note the lateness of the hour. Like this:

Oh, here’s Bill:

Dalai Lama

The Blum Center for Developing Economies, University of California, Berkeley is pleased to announce that President Bill Clinton will speak to UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty about Global Citizenship: Turning Good Intentions into Positive Action at 3:30 p.m. February 24 at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Auditorium. Doors will open at 3 p.m.

Tickets for this event can be obtained online only.

Student tickets | Staff and faculty tickets

UC Berkeley students:

Tickets to the February 24 talk

  • UC Berkeley student tickets, which are free, can be ordered online starting at 7 a.m. February 18 up until midnight. This event is not open to the general public. Limit of one ticket per person.
  • Tickets that are not sold from the faculty/staff inventory will be available to UC Berkeley students for free beginning at noon on February 20.  (Please check back at that time to determine if additional tickets are available.)
  • To order a ticket, go to http://cal.berkeley.edu/President-Bill-Clinton-Lecture where you will be asked to enter your CalNet ID and password before being directed to the ticket site. This site will be activated at 7 a.m. February 18.
  • No phone or in person sales.
  • A Cal Student ID will be required at the door on the day of the event.
  • We expect high demand for this event; please be patient with the website and do not use your browser’s back button during the ordering process.
  • Tickets must be picked up at the Zellerbach Hall Will Call window at Zellerbach Auditorium on February 23 from noon until 5:30 p.m. or on February 24 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. When picking up tickets, all guests will be asked to present their Cal Student ID. 
  • PLEASE NOTE:  You risk forfeiture of your ticket, if you do not pick it up by 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2010. 

Persons or orders that violate the limit of one ticket per person will be canceled without notice. No name changes, exchanges, cancellations, or refunds permitted. Tickets are non-transferable and seating assignment will be random.  Tickets should be treated like cash; they are not replaceable if lost, stolen, damaged, or otherwise rendered unreadable. Ticket re-sale is strictly prohibited.

  •           ADA accommodations must be requested at the time of purchase. Sign language interpreters will be present.
  • All patrons subject to search and magnetic screening prior to entry. There will be no bags, backpacks, signs, banners, cameras, recording devices, food nor beverages permitted. The organizers reserve the right to prohibit any item not explicitly mentioned in this list.

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The Bagels of Lincoln Park: Do They Come From New York via the Lincoln Highway?

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Not sure who’s behind this bagel ritual at the plaza of San Francsico’s Lincoln Park, right near the Palace of the Legion of Honor.

Saw this type of scene a few times before. Maybe some raccoon or pigeon lover with a regular supply of old bagels is trying to a feeding using the railing of the overlook?

Dozens of bagels, ritually arrayed. What does it mean?

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I like to think that Lincoln Highway enthusiasts buy bagels at Times Square at the start of their trips and then deposit the bagels in San Francisco as a gift of love.

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Maybe…