Posts Tagged ‘ace’

Level the Playing Field 2010, the Anti Meg Whitman Campaign, Kicks Off

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

It begins, the independent expenditure against the gubernatorial dreams of Margaret Cushing “Meg” Whitman begins, with a single radio ad.

Appears as if the former brand manager for Mr. Potato(e) Head and the Teletubbies is going to take a few more hits before all this is done.

But it’s your choice – you can sign up now for Meg’s site, or you can sign up with the anti-Meg site, complete with Facebook and Twitter pages (but, alas, nothing on the Google Buzz so far.) 

Trust Level the Playing Field 2010 to quickly direct you to new articles like Dan Walters’ “arrogant cowardice” bit in today’s Sacramento Bee:

“Running for or being governor of California is not the same thing as being the CEO of a multibillion-dollar corporation surrounded by sycophants. Ultimately, remaining in her cocoon will probably backfire. If Poizner cannot exploit her cowardice, Jerry Brown surely will.”

(Ouch.)

Choose or Lose, Vote or Die.

Is Famous Cole Hardware a Local Store, a Chain Store, or Something In Between?

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

I don’t really get why San Francisco doesn’t have a Home Depot or a Lowes or what  have you. We’ll probably get one next year of course, but part of the reason why we haven’t had one up to now is opposition from beloved Cole Hardware.

As seen in Cole Valley. What do you see?  

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What’s the relationship betwixt Cole Hardware and the national Ace Hardware Co-op with billions dollars in sales? Don’t know. When you buy a hammer at Cole Hardware, does that get included in Ace’s claimed $3 billion in annual sales? Don’t know.

Ace can afford to hire spokespeople like former Oaklander John Madden, so that allows for a national brand and that has allowed Ace to become the “Savior of Main Street“? Really?

(Ace was famous for dropping Suzanne Somers as a spokesmodel back in the day because a goofy photo of her surfaced and then was used for a waterski company’s ad. Here’s the PG-13 version (oddly Photoshopped, for some purpose) and the here’s the R-rated Full Monty, though it looks more like something from an especially joyful mammogram, which she probably could have used at the time as she’s now a breast cancer survivor. Speaking of which, don’t “have a discussion with your doctor” when you turn 40 ladies, just demand your mommygram, that’s it, no discussion needed, to Hell with any federal task force. Speaking of local, poor Suzanne was kicked out of USF (nee Lone Mountain College for Women) for getting preggers back in ’64. What a different world it was back then. But I digress…)

How many Cole Hardware stores would have to open before it would be considered just another despised chain store? Don’t know.

And I don’t know what’s up with the 12 felony counts in that alleged procurement scam.

So, I’m not seeing a black-and-white issue here. I’m seeing charcoal grey and ash grey and medium grey and honestly, I’m not seeing a whole bunch of diff between Cole’s and Lowe’s.

Just saying, get your hammers and mouse traps wherever you wish, of course. I don’t care.

San Francisco Hardware Store’s Work Truck is a Porsche Cayenne

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

This Porsche Cayenne, a straight-out-of-Leipzig, “five-seat, mid-size luxury sport utility vehicle,” might seem a little odd as the choice for an Ace Hardware company car, but there you go. If only it were a $125k Turbo S model…

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Only in San Francisco!

(Or possibly Marin, I don’t know.)