Before Bikini Atoll:
And now live video…
Do we need cars anymore? IDK, but we have more registered in the history of Frisco right now, just saying. Anyway, this boxy 1973 BMW 2002 is totally max:
But the cathode ray tube (CRT) TV abandoned on the Avenues? Nobody wants that, obvs.
And the USPS letter box? It doesn’t get so much use anymore, but just try taking it away – you’ll hear howls of protest with a quickness I’m sure. (Or people’d email their complaints, more likely, these days.)
Which box do you prefer?
Here’s the scene, located hundreds and hundreds of feet above us Frisco Flatlanders:
IDK, man, I think they’re pushing this outdoor metaphor a bit far, you know, for an urban area:
5pm – Registration and camping opens
7:30am – Registration, light breakfast, and lunch prep begin.
8am – Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
12:30pm – Break for lunch on trail.
3:30pm – Head back to camp.
4pm – Drinks, appetizers and socializing. Showers available.
6:15pm – Dinner and entertainment.
8am – Registration, hot breakfast, and lunch prep.
8:30am – Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
11:30am – Break for lunch on trail.
1:30pm – Head back to camp to pack gear and truck.
2pm – Celebrate the work and say goodbyes
(It’d be like “camping” at Piers 30-32 and then “hiking” to Pier 39 to do some yard work, IMO.)
Anyway, thanks for your work, V-O-Cal volunteers.
And I’ll tell you, TP is a “smaller” place now – it seemed to be at capacity and yet there wasn’t a whole big crowd of people there the way we had, on dreaded sunny days, back before RPD and the SFMTA took away all those parking spaces…
This was the promise, back in aught-twelve:
In 2012 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors enacted a new violation in the SF Transportation Code to address inappropriate parking of oversized vehicles on city streets. SFTC Section 7.2.54 prohibits parking a vehicle over 22 feet in length or over 7 feet in height, or camp trailers, fifth-wheel travel trailers, house cars, trailer coaches, mobilehomes, recreational vehicles, or semi-trailers, between the hours of 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. when SFMTA signs are posted giving notice.
And yet this is the reality, in 2016. (I’ll note that the one in front has the brand-name “BRAVE” written on it in large letters – that’d certainly be true if the owner/renter planned to leave it there past midnight.)
The millionaire homeowners of Fell wanted these rides gone from their view, but, well this is what they’re staring out when they walk down their stoops these days.
Of course this photo was made in the daytime, so maybe this caravan moves out every night to neighboring streets without the SFMTA ban? IDK, cause I’m sleeping during those hours, usually.
But actually, a ticket for just $110 sounds cheap compared with the cost of a tiny Airbnb apartment in the 94117 what could go for double that, easily, for one night.
I’ll have to do an RV nose count next time I’m skulking about the Panhandle after midnight…
August 20, 2016:
At that time last year, I was thinking that the SFPD was going easy on the homeless having to do with the end-of-the-year holidays, or the (anticipated) El Niño rainstorms, and I also wondered if preparations for the unexpectedly expensive and unpopular corporate party for the NFL’s 50th Super Bowl were a factor.
These days, I know that tents with cheap but functional fiberglas poles can be had for like $25, which seems a lot cheaper than what I can recall that the old North Face Outlet sold aluminum-poled tents for, even at a super duper discount.
Those are the four factors I can think of for why 2015 became the Year of Sidewalk Tents in Frisco.
Anyway, these tents are back, as of August 2016.
This is from yesterday, but it’s been like this for decades:
Back in the day, you’d see broken U-locks (which you didn’t necessarily want to leave on scene and you definitely didn’t want to get caught with) in the bushes. But these days, there’s less effort and more reward in leaving the lock alone and simply taking parts, oh well…