Posts Tagged ‘bay area’

Skateboard Gang, Financial District – If You Want to Appear Like a Professional, Sponsored Boarder, Copy This Look

Friday, May 19th, 2017

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Tesla Drivers with License Plates Hiding in the Trunk for Years Think YOU are a Sucker for Paying Bridge Tolls

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Oh yes, officer. I’ve been meaning to put on the license plates DMV sent me all those years ago, but [INSERT EXCUSE HERE].

As seen on the 101:

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Cf. Steve Jobs, famous for going plateless on the 101:

2016’s New Year’s Resolution is 2017’s Hard-to-Move Sidewalk Garbage

Friday, May 19th, 2017

As seen in the Western Addition:

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Vaunted Panhandle “Transformation” Project Appears to be Mostly the Addition of Green Garbage Cans on Concrete Pads

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Here it is, more neighborhood minutiae.

When did this project start? I forget, a half-year ago? You can see an old-school can in the background. I guess they’ll take it out soon? (They used to have a recycling catcher for aluminum cans up top, but I guess that system didn’t work out, and a lot of the time your bottle/can would go straight down into the garbage pile anyway oh well. Sometimes I leave recycling atop the cans, for recyclers, but RPD don’t like recyclers I’ve noticed, and these new-school cans are curved up top as you can see.)

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People thought that they’d put benches in here, but obviously not.

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(I don’t get SFGov, man. Are garbage cans good or not? Sometimes they are, apparently, but you can’t find a one in Dolores Park these days. And yet, they just added a bunch of cans on the Valencia Mission corridor. And right around these places you can see in the Panhandle here, they’ve taken out cans, to fight rats, I guess, but now they’re adding more in the same basic place. And for that matter, is free parking for cars on Sundays good or bad? Our SFGov can’t seem to decide. First it’s good, then it’s bad, and now it’s good again, and there are proposals to get rid of it again. This is like over a period of what, three-four years? And our SFMTA seemed to like traffic for a while there, but now it’s against traffic, particularly when it’s caused by UBER Lyft. Etc.)

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You know man, down in some place like Mexico City, they decide to put garbage cans someplace and then they do it, no muss no fuss. It doesn’t take a year, it takes like a week. The local government doesn’t boast about how great it is with endless signage and marketing and it doesn’t tell us how we should all support the area’s unpopular, appointed Mayor. So IDK, Man.

Anyway, there are still a few concrete pads unfinished, so there might be a few more benches going in. And I guess we got LED streetlamps last year (so now when they’re shining all day long in the daytime, they use less juice).

But many places in the world have garbage cans, and LED lighting for that matter. Like all over the place, the Central Valley, for example. And yet they don’t have this whole self-congratulatory hullaballoo about “transforming” the “streetscape” or whathaveyou.

Oh, and another thing. People fall down on the horrible, unmaintained surface of the Panhandle walking path along Oak like every day/week. Do you know that Rec and Park? Oh you have claims filed against you from joggers and others so you do know that? But you don’t really care? OK. OK fine.

And, needless to say, the Panhandle is still the same place as it’s been the past half-century. There will be no “transformation,” anytime soon. Sry.

Anyway.

Your View of the Farallon Islands from Inside the 3.5-Starred Charlie Sava Pool Way Out There in the Sunset

Friday, May 19th, 2017

On a clear day, you can see the world’s most mouse-infested island from 19th Avenue:

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I was there at Sava during its kickoff back in aught-nine – this place was a money-no-object kind of thing, so I’m kind of surprised it’s only rated 3.5 on the Yelp scale.

If Your Mojo Stops Working and You Live Near the Panhandle, These Temporary COWS Transmitters are the Reason Why

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

For Bay to Breakers 2017, near Fell and Masonic:

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Myself, my mojo is fine, so far.

But it’s sort of funny how some parts of SFGov consider BtoB an “athletic event” and other parts acknowledge the hours-long street party aspects of it…

Tree Mail: Major Cell Phone Service Providers Use a Giant Eucalyptus as a Temporary Utility Pole – Entmoot Expected

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

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So our downsized and somewhat defunned Bay to Breakers 2017 is a coming this weekend so that means that Frisco’s annual street party will tax the bandwidth of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, so some of those suspects must be responsible for this temporary installation, which will allow all the partiers to get emails and texts and, IDK broadcast live or whatever the kids are into these days.

I’ve never seen this kind of tree-as-utility-pole setup, in all my years.

I’ll tell you, Certain People about town will NOT like seeing this.

I’ll get you started:

Ey yo the government is lies, son
United States of Google, Verizon
They all spies son

A Surefire Way to Stop Crime at Infamous Haight and Stanyan: Simply Park an SFPD SUV and Officer on the Sidewalk There

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

I mean, right?

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Normally, this place is filled with people just hanging out, but I saw no one at all here at this time…

Giant Eucalyptus Attacks Pickup Truck, Wins – Someday, Somebody Will Get Killed by a Tree in Our GGP Panhandle

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Our RPD’s way of taking care of trees appears to be to wait for them to fail and then haul off whatever hits the ground. IDK, do Blue Gum Eucalyptus really belong here on the somewhat sandy fringes of the Great Sand Wastes of the West Side? No, not really. But they’re here now, and they’re just waiting to kill you.

Here’s your clue as to what happened:

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A definite prob here:

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The sad message to our heartless SFMTA MUNI DPT:

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And look, no ticket on sweep day. Que bueno!

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And here’s the offending tree branch, cut up into firewood:

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I suppose both tree and truck will both live on, a bit worse for the wear.

But this tree and others like it? Well, THEY SHOULD ALL BE DESTROYED.

JMO.

Our Thoughtful RPD Provides a Bird Bath for Our Fine Feathered Friends – Or, This Fountain has been Broken for Years and Years

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Well, I guess it’s been broken.

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Can’t really turn it off, and it’s generally all plugged up, so it’s now a birdbath…

(And ask about our nearby rats they live about 20 feet away. And of course, that attracts birds of prey. Check it. But they’re far too big to take a bath in a bubbler.)