Posts Tagged ‘airport’

Point/Counterpoint: Former Mayor Willie Brown Opposes Renaming SFO Havery Milk International for One Reason Only

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

“Supervisor David Campos is making a terrible move with his call to rename SFO for Harvey Milk.

WELL, THAT’S YOUR OPINION, ISN’T IT, WILLIE? HEY, HOW’S IT GOING WITH RENAMING 3RD STREET “WILLIE L BROWN, JR BOULEVARD” THE WAY YOU SO DESPERATELY WAN?. YOU KNOW, LIKE THIS:

OH, WHAT’S THAT? YOUR IDEA “BOMBED?”

WELL GEE, WHY WAS THAT? WAS IT DUE TO HOMOPHOBIA? NO. SEXISM? NO. RACISM? HEY THAT MUST BE IT, RIGHT? ALL RIGHT, GO ON, WILLIE.

If it makes the ballot and loses, it will be a disservice to Harvey’s memory.

NO IT WON’T. HEY, REMEMBER WHEN YOU WANTED TO RENAME SFO THE WILLIE L BROWN JR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT? HEY, THAT IDEA BOMBED TOO, RIGHT? BUT I’D BET YOU’D BE WILLING TO TAKE THE CHANCE ON A BALLOT, WOULDN’T YOU? YOU’RE LYING AGAIN, AREN’T YOU?

It will only create divisions within the city. Not because Milk was gay, but because renaming the airport after him makes no sense.

WELL, I DON’T KNOW. IT CERTAINLY WOULD MAKE SOME SENSE. THE QUESTION IS ABOUT WEIGHING THE PROS AND CONS.

Moscone Center is named after Mayor George Moscone because he negotiated the deal with various factions to get the place built, and a lot of low-income housing along with it.

WELL THAT WASN’T A GOOD IDEA NOW WAS IT? PERHAPS WE SHOULDN’T NAME ANYTHING AFTER POLITICIANS? AND WHY IS JFK AIRPORT NAMED AFTER JFK?

Harvey had no relationship with the airport. What Campos is doing is trying to heighten Milk’s symbolic stature as the liberator of gays.

WELL, IS THAT A CRIME?

It’s a mistake, and I hope enough gay leaders say so before this splits the town.

NO, WHAT YOU HOPE FOR IS THE WILLIE L BROWN JR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. WHY DON’T YOU JUST COME OUT AND SAY IT?

OH, AND IN NEWS FROM OTHER LYING POLITICIANS:

“I just want to make sure there is clear thinking about it, and the whole city family should be engaged in it.

OR MAYBE THE VOTERS WILL DECIDE AND THE “WHOLE CITY FAMILY” WILL JUST HAVE TO DEAL, HUH?

THAT’S THE WAY THINGS ARE GOING NOW. C’MON, THINK. HEY, WHAT ABOUT THAT LETTER HARVEY WROTE TO  JIMMY CARTER? WHY DON’T YOU PUBLICIZE THAT? OR GET BEHIND  SOME OTHER CANDIDATE? CAUSE, RIGHT NOW, THE WILLIE BROWN ED LEE POLITICAL FACTION IS LOSING ON THIS ONE.

JUST SAYING…

The Real Cost of Renaming SFO as Harvey Milk International Airport is Much More Than $250K – It’s Billions and Billions

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

The real cost of renaming SFO for Harvey Milk would be the losing the equity of the highly-recognized SFO “brand.”

What’s it worth? IDK, but it’s on a par with the annual budget of the City and County of San Francisco.

Check out the effort those crazy kids down in Millbrae make in order to curate SFO’s brand identity. To wit:

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Like, go around the world and show people the letters SFO and they’ll tell you what it means.

SFO is a “world-class” IATA code, right up there with LAX and JFK, right?

Also, what if we kick-off an SFO renaming campaign for Harvey and the process gets hijacked by San Francisco Shadow Mayor Willie L Brown Jr.?

You know he wants something like that, right?

Real bad.

Just saying.

PS: Oh, and what would the new IATA code be? MLK? Well, that code is already taken, by someplace in Montana. And also, well, MLK, just don’t go there, girlfriend. If you wanted to say something like “SFO, An International Airport from Harvey Milk” or something like that, the damage would be lessened.

Here It Is: “NANCY PELOSI DRIVE” – San Francisco, CA – Formerly Known as Pork Barrel Parkway

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Enjoy:

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I don’t know, is this a thank you for all the fed money we’re getting for the wasteful Central Subway?

Perhaps.

Next stop, Willie L. Brown Jr. Boulevard!

Thank you, drive through.

Uh, shouldn’t we wait until people die before honoring their legacy? 

I think so.

Otherwise you end up with something like Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti International Airport, with Uday Terminal and Qusay Terminal, right?

(Incidentally, Willie Brown was behind a push to change the name of SFO to Willie Brown International back in the 1990′s. I’m srlsy. Then the airport people came back with a study showing how the IATA code letters SFO constituted one of the world’s best-known “brands.” So that was the end of that proposal. But the impulse is the same, in’nt?  The desire to have one’s name all over the place, statues, busts and the like. How sad!)

If You Want to Park Illegally at SFO, Just Slap the Russian Coat of Arms on Your Car’s License Plate

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Thusly, right at the entrance to International Arrivals:

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And thusly:

I should add that it would help if you had a Rolls Royce, and if your license plate had no letters* on it, and if you had a chauffeur to keep an eye on the car…

Oh, to hail from Mother Russia!

*See? ‘Cause it’s “special.”

**Someday, I’ll be special. (I’m a driver, I’m a winner. Things are gonna change, I can feel it.) In the meantime I’ll just have to circle around powered by my straight-outta-Toyota-City 2UZ-FE V-8 with hypereutectic pistons, you know, an engine from this century. The one  what will surely outlive whichever visiting comrade happened to be coming in from Moscow on this particular day…

*** Someday.

OMG, It’s “Zeppelin Flight Timelapse: San Francisco, California!” – Video of Cruising Low and Slow Over the 415

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Here’s what the Bay Area’s big Zeppelin looks like from San Francisco…

…and here’s what San Francisco looks like from the Bay Area’s big Zeppelin:

Ah, mem’ries:

Passing by Coit Tower:

A close up view, click to enlarge. Can you see pilot Fritz Guenther and his Peltor brand headphones? Sure you can.

And an adorable piggly tail in the back:

There we go, back to normal:

The Great Twitterloin Four-Way Telephone Exchange is History – WiFi Replaced It – Oh, Wait a Second…

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

WiFi has not replaced these pay phones, not yet anyway.

Hey, remember that State of the City address from that former Mayor / Willie Brown appointee, you know, the one who promised free WiFi for the entire 415?

I do. It was like six years ago. (Hey, how’s that working out? Not well, last time I checked.)

Anywho, we now have a new Mayor / Willie Brown appointee, you know, the one who promised that Twitter would pay for Twitterloin-area WiFi, you know, instead of paying its fair share of taxes.

(Hey, how’s that working out? Nothing so far.)

Anywho, in anticipation, out go the famous pay phones at the corner of 6th and Market:

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Nowadays if you want to make a phone call and you don’t have a cellie, you’ll have to buy a stolen iPhone the next block over.

And maybe, just maybe, we’ll get fee citywide WiFi from the next Mayor / Willie Brown appointee, perhaps around 2020.

On it goes…

Flying Spaghetti Monster: The Beauty of the SFO Interchange with Highway 101

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Or maybe this is ugly, I can’t tell:

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December 3rd, 2011 was San Francisco’s DAY WITHOUT CLOUDS – A Jumbo Sky Filled with (Quiet) Jumbo Jets

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Yesterday, owing to the unusual winds what blew away* the fog, I saw jumbo jets above S.F. in places where I normally don’t, but I couldn’t really hear  them. (I guess jets have gotten a lot quieter these days.)

Like  this low-flying United Air 747-400 near the Ferry Building – you could hardly hear it:

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*I suppose – cf. yesterday’s Blue Sky Red Bridge from Burrito Justice

Kicking it Old-School With Allegiant Air Out of Oakland International – Super Old “Super 80″ Aircraft

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

There I was monitoring recent Zeppelin activity over the 415 and what do I see but an old-school Allegiant Air McDonnell Douglas DC9 / MD80 / MD85 / MD90 / whatever flying out of OAK.

See?

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You can buy a used jetliners with ancient low-bypass engines for as cheap as $4,000,000 and then start up an airline? Did not know that.

Anyway, these kinds of planes are old, baby.

But you can fly to Phoenix, AZ for $32* so I guess that’s some consolation.

*Plus fees, baby. Lots and lots and lots of fees.

Down with the landing gear
Up goes the useless prayer 

OMG, San Jose Has a Skyline That You Can See From SF – City Hall, Bank of America Building – They’re Just Like Us!

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Well this is the view you can get from Buena Vista Park in the middle of San Francisco.

That’s world-famous* Candlestick Park, Home of the 49ers and the Gold Rush, in the foreground, and in the background camera left is the City of San Jose, California’s third-largest and the Capitol of the Bay Area:

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Now I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking, “Enhance that image.”

Well here you go, it’s downtown San Jose with all those tall buildings. See? It’s San Jose City Hall, “The 88″ residential building (which is actually only 87 meters high but let’s not dwell** on that), the Bank of America Building (nee Bank of Italy) from 1926, and the “Knight Ridder Building” (per Google Earth, I don’t know what they call it these days).

Oh, and somewhere in the mix there’s also Mineta San José International Airport – Silicon Valley’s Airport and the San Mateo Bridge and the Dumbarton Bridge.***

Anyway, I didn’t know San Jose had a skyline what you can see from the 415.

But don’t look for it to get any easier to spot in the future owing to the fact that that SJC international airstrip is right in the middle of it all and there’s a height limit of 87 meters (I think?) in the area.

So, San Joser has a big, domed City Hall and a tall Bank of America Building and whatnot. They’re just like us!

(Oh, and speaking of the Niners, enjoy our winning football team(s), Santa Clara County.)

*No, not “world-class.” 

**Check it: 

Eighty-eight (88) symbolizes fortune and good luck since the word 8 sounds similar to the word Fā (发, which implies 发财, or wealth, in Mandarin). The number 8 is considered to be the luckiest number of all in Chinese culture and prices in Chinese supermarkets can often be found containing many 8′s (see numbers in Chinese culture). The Chinese government has even been auctioning auto license plates containing many 8s for tens of thousands of dollars. The 2008 Beijing Olympics opened on 8/8/08 at 8 p.m. The shape of the Chinese character for 8 (八) also implies that a person will have a great, wide future as the character starts narrow and gets wider toward the bottom. 88 is used to mean “bye bye”; found in Chinese-language chat, text, SMS, IM. 88 is pronounced in Chinese Mandarin language as “ba ba” (“bā bā” to be precise), simulating the sound of the English language farewell “bye bye”.

And there’s this:

Eighty-eight is used as code among Neo-Nazis to identify each other. H is the 8th letter of the alphabet, so 88 is taken to stand for HH which in turn means Heil Hitler.For example, the number is used in the song “88 rock’n’roll band” by the neo-Nazi group Landser. The late convictedOrder terrorist David Lane wrote “Fourteen Words” and 88 Precepts, and the numbers are often found in combination (1488, 14/88, etc.). This form of the number has inspired the naming of the groups Column 88Unit 88, White Legion 88 and Barselc88. Holocaust museum shooter James von Brunn often signed his writings as “JVB-88.”

***Both of which were featured in the 1992 Robert Redford movie Sneakers. Hurray!

“Redford tries to describe to Strathairn, who is blind, what he heard while in the trunk of a car. He remembers going across a bridge and being in San Francisco it means one of four possible bridges: Golden Gate, Bay Bridge, San Mateo, and the Dumbarton. They rule out the first two and then narrow it down to San Mateo based on the sound and frequency of the seams in the concrete.”