Posts Tagged ‘bay area’

Historic Koshland Mansion, Frisco’s Most Expensive Listing, is Taken Over by HandyCam-Toting Skateboarders – Another Indignity at 3800 Washington

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

For one brief shining moment, some thought Taylor Swift would buy this long-empty fixer-upper up in Presidio Heights.

Then there was the art-thieving squatter – he’s imprisoned now, AFAIK.

And now this is how things looked last week:

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I count five sk8tr boyz recording their tricks up there.

Look for the results on the YouTube.

Our poor, poor Koshland Mansion…

How Forest Hill Sees Itself / How MUNI Sees Itself – Mural Depicts Frisco as a Bucolic Ireland with Detached Single-Family Homes

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Hey look – it’s the streetcar what’s named Desire:

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Or at least it’s somebody’s view of what big city living should look like.

Precita Eyes Mural Outside Laguna Honda Hospital Nears Completion

Yeah,
Lover I’m off the streets
Gonna go where the bright lights
And the big city meet
With a red guitar, on fire
Desire

And best of all, if we’re looking at the History of Forest Hill, and I think we are, there’s not any pesky Chinese laundryman playing basketball on his roof across the street…

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…and no poors living next door

Target Trolls Frisco with “SAN FRAN” T-Shirts – Is This a Joke? – No, Seriously, Is This a Joke?

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

[UPDATEKatie Dowd of the San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate weighs in here. And here’s . And KCRA-TV of Sacto (or Sac, or Sactown – the list for Sacramento goes on) weighs in as well.]

Read the news and turn the pages:

“17 Reasons Why It’s Okay To Call It Frisco – San Fran is still strictly forbidden.”

And yet, here comes City Target West. at Geary and Masonic on the west si-iiide:

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I dare you, Gentle Reader, to purchase this SAN FRAN shirt and walk about town.

READER NOTES:

“Balderdash,” Caen wrote. “The toughest guys on the old S.F. waterfront, neither rubes nor tourists, called it Frisco, and no effete journalist would have tried to correct them.”

There is *nothing* ironic about my Frisco usage. Nothing.

Frisco is okay. It is “San Fran” that is to be hated.

Just What Frisco Needs: 13 More Year-Round Geese in Golden Gate Park – Isn’t This HUGE Brood of Goslings?

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

I’ve never seen this.

13(!) goslings for one mated pair?

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Brace for an even bigger honking pile of poop in GGP…

Another Howler From Our SFMTA: “Adjusting Fares for a Faster and More Equitable Muni”

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Here’s the latest from America’s Slowest Big-City Transit System:

Adjusting Fares for a Faster and More Equitable Muni

 1. Leave us begin:

“We’re making changes to Muni fares…”

No MUNI, no! Just say “INCREASE,” MUNI! Say it, say it, oh, ohhh!

Now, what would a normal person say? How about something like this:

Muni raises cash fares by 25 cents under new budget

2. So, here’s another way of saying increase:

“Starting January 1, 2017, single-trip Muni fares paid with Clipper or MuniMobile will cost 25 cents less than fares paid with cash…”

Hey, SFMTA! Why not just keep fares the same and offer a 25-cent discount for using Clipper or whatever? Wouldn’t that be better? And wouldn’t that be more “equitable?” Oh, what’s that, SFMTA, you need more and more and more money to pay for all the mistakes you’ve made over the years and to pay for an expanding crew of highly compensated (indeed – just look at the TCOE (Total Cost Of Employment)) “media relations” staffers and to pay, effectively, for all of our SFMTA’s unique-to-the-world “work rules” what have accumulated over, what, the past century?

3.  Now here’s a puzzler:

“We’ll start with … Providing Clipper Cards without the $3 purchase fee*…”

You’d think the asterix would lead to something else on the page, but it don’t. Oh well!

4. And here’s another impossible goal promised by our SFMTA

“…ensure everyone knows how to get a Clipper Card…”

I’ll tell you, I don’t know how to get a Clipper Card right now. I’m sure I could figure it out, but I’ve never had a reason to get one, oh well. Of course IRL what’s going to happen is that a lot of people will end up paying the 25 cents more. Our SFMTA knows this, but doesn’t seem to want to acknowledge it.

5. Ahem:

“…making Muni a faster, more reliable system…”

How about instead, “Making MUNI a less slow, less unreliable system,” you know, instead?

6. And what’s this?

“Comments for this thread are now closed.”

Well, why’s that, SFMTA? [UPDATE: Comments are now enabled at the SFMTA website. Hurrah.]

Anyway, as always, our SFMTA is run primarily for the benefit of … those who are employed by the SFMTA. Cest la vie, Mon Amie. But, man, it’d sure be nice if our SFMTA could correctly identify Yet Another Fare Increase as such. Oh well.

Sign of the Times in Frisco: A Playground Just For Dogs

Monday, April 25th, 2016

I don’t know where the closest human playground is from here.

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At first I thought it looked a little bleak for a playground, but then I saw that it was dogs only…

Heron Watch Season Returns to Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park – Giant Birds in Giants Nests

Monday, April 25th, 2016

What’s this? It must mean that Heron Watch 2016 is on in Frisco:

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Here’s the scene, on the other side of Stow Lake this year:

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Passersby wonder what the fuss is about, then stop to check things out:

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And here they are, some of the new babies:

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I’ll tell you, I prefered the former breeding location, near the Stow Lake Boat House – you can see one parent here, what just had barfed up / regurgitated a freshly-killed gopher. Can you see which fledgling gulped it down?

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Dem boids were certainly were closer to shore back in the day, easier to see.

Anyway, on it goes. They’ll fly the coop by the end of May, most likely…

Dot-Matrix Skywriting in the Skies Over Hippie Hill on 420 Day – New School Advertising Requiring Five Pilots

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Five pilots were necessary for this pizza ad, unless these were drones, which I doubt they were:

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The ad was dispersing afore it had even been completed, oh well

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“GET FRESHLY BAKED AT PAX.COM” was the mesage I think.

Unusual Lyft Ad: “DISTINGUISHED SOCIETY OF PEOPLE WHO GET IT” – An Appeal to Flattery ala Charles Manson

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

First. let’s talk Cole Street, where Chuck Manson use to live, win friends, and influence people.

Second, let’s move a few blocks over to Masonic, also in the 94117, to see this Mansonesque appeal to flattery:

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(Hey, what are Lyft drivers supposed to think about after seeing this, you know, when they themselves are “sitting in traffic, looking for a place to park [or just giving up and parking illegally], and sweating monthly car payments?”)

All right, welcome to the Lyft Family, you good-looking, “clued-in” Gentle Readers you.

Crows Have Replaced Hawks at the Top of the Food Chain the Past Decade Atop Twin Peaks – Good-Bye Raptors, Hello Corvids

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

A decade or two ago, you’d see hawks hunting for mice above Twin Peaks, like every day. There were hawks, like this one, all over:

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But they’re gone now.

Replaced by crows. Here’s one with a field mouse from a few weeks ago:

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Anyway, hawks out, crows in, for whatever reason…