[UPDATE: It's been drawn to my attention that I could have been more careful when discussing all the different names of divisions of ING, aka Internationale Nederlanden Groep, aka International Netherlands Group. Basically, I conflated ING Direct United States with ING Americas, I think. Still a little hazy on all this. Anyway, I think the following version of this post is improved on this score.]
Sarah Duxbury has all the deets on our brand new ING Direct Cafe at the corner of Post and Grant in Union Square.
(Did you miss the site tour yesterday? It was sweet. I entered a drawing to win one of seven schweet, bright orange Marin hybrid bikes. I knows I’m going to win one, I just knows it.* Now, why on Gaia’s Green Earth did ING Americas think it was a smart idea to give money to a Burnsian billionaire** every year to sponsor the Bay to Breakers civic event? Anyway, Big Orange is actually doing something now, down there at 101 Post near Union Square.)
Basically, ING Direct is a bank without branches. Until yesterday, I didn’t know that. Actually, I’m a going to look at their website and maybe become a customer and stuff. Building this cafe or whatever it is is a zillion times better than sponsoring the Bay to Breakers, so thank you, ING Direct.
A mayoral frisson in the lobby:
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All the deets after the jump.
See you there at the “Retail Café Experience!” (Srsly, maybe.)
*Actually, I’ve probably already lost. And actually, the thin aluminum frames and the small tires on these rides would be ill-suited for my beefy frame and the mean Streets of San Francisco. And actually, if I won, I’d tell you about, regardless of the FTC’s ridiculous, never-implemented guidelines. Still can’t believe my crumple-up-the-entry-slip-and-then-smooth-it-out trick didn’t win it for me – it always worked until now…
**This is how I responded to a B2B insider, who went out of his/her way to try to do “outreach” with me a few months back. I didn’t get a response, so that takes care of that little inchoate tête à tête. I’ll note that things have improved recently with the statements coming out of the B2B org. And it looks as if some of the longstanding issues are going to get taken care of for the 100th running. So that’s good. Anyway, quoting myself here:
“If you want to disabuse me of any of the following notions, then be my guest:
The A in AEG stands for Anschutz.
The A in AEG was a prime mover behind Colorado’s anti-gay Amendment 2.
The A in AEG apparently doesn’t believe in evolution and uses his money to oppose the concept, somewhere up in Washington State, in the Northwest.
The “victimized” woman running BtoB is very fortunate to have her gig, fortunate to have the connections to have gotten that gig.
The ”victimized” woman running BtoB doesn’t live here, doesn’t know here, but pretends she does.
The white trash people working for her have made multiple unfortunate, unhelpful remarks over the past years.
BtoB purposefully undersupplies port-a-potties in order to placate the aforementioned whiny NIMBYs of the Western Addition.
The whiny NIMBYs of the Western Addition represent only themselves, not “the neighborhood.”