Posts Tagged ‘bay area’
SFGate Properly Covers an Offensive Charm Offensive from Ugly Billionaire Vinod Khosla – Plus CW Nevius and Sean ParkerMonday, July 28th, 2014
The first rule of Fight Club is, of course, Don’t Talk About Fight Club!
Similarly, the first rule of managing property that’s a part of the coast of California is It’s Very Hard To Manage Property That’s A Part Of The Coast Of California!
If you don’t already know this, then you might be a naive billionaire like Vinod Khosla. Or Sean Parker, who didn’t know(!) he needed to get permits to do what he done with his recent wedding.
Hey, here we go:
Vinod Khosla blames costly demands for Martins Beach trial, by Peter Fimrite
Now this is a remarkable bit in that the writer had to use the word “said” 19 times. Check it:
So I guess that the Vinod Khosla PR people feel that this new article helps to make up for stuff like this:
But I don’t think so.
In any event let’s praise writer Peter Fimrite for not falling into the CW Nevius trap of believing everything a source says hook, line, and sinker, and then regurgitating it in the pages of the Chronicle. No no, Peter Fimrite plays it straight.
Here we go:
“The ugly courtroom clash over Martins Beach, near Half Moon Bay, would not have happened if government and environmental zealots had not made unreasonable and costly demands, billionaire investor Vinod Khosla said Thursday in defense of a beach closure that has captivated Californians up and down the coast.
Gee Vinod, you didn’t know that doing anything on the coast is hard? Are you stupid?
“If they wanted you to make your backyard a park, would that hurt you?” he asked.
The reply to this is that Martin’s Beach is not anyone’s backyard.
“The Coastal Commission and the county have been completely unreasonable. They have been taking an extreme view and don’t want to compromise on anything.”
Well, IMO, from an outsider’s perspective, is that they haven’t been unreasonable at all.
“The founder of Khosla Ventures characterized the lawsuit Thursday as a dishonest attempt to wrest control of his property regardless of his rights while, at the same time, impugning his reputation.”
Well, make a deal now and your reputation will improve, Vinod.
The fact is, he said, Martins Beach had been run like a business by the previous owners for many decades. The Deeney family set up the first cabin in 1918 and continued building through the 1950s.
Uh, this was a vanity purchase from a billionaire. Martins Beach really isn’t a “business,” right?
“What’s amazing to me is that we did not change anything about how the property had been run for 50 or 60 years and then one day out of the blue we got a letter from the county saying we had to have 1973 prices and be open 24/7,” Khosla said, meaning he was limited to charging the visitors only $2 and could never close the gate. “Does the county charge 1973 prices?”
So there’s just three paying customers a day and what they get charged will make or break the “business” of Martins Beach? Does that make sense?
Speaking of which, why does this billionaire dude care about the reputation of some business in Marin?
The shellfish operator’s lease was not renewed and Khosla said the organization’s reputation was wrongly and unfairly dragged through the mud in the process.
Oh well. Leaving you with this:
“Who is going to take a half-million dollars in liability and losses for something that is actually dangerous?” he asked…”
I can answer: a naive billionaire.
Driving Around the World in a Third-Generation New MINI Hatch (F56) – Sighted on Lombard – Next Stops: Germany, JapanMonday, July 28th, 2014
Back in the 1990′s, Euros went Around The World via French House.
These days, they use tiny BMW’s:
“Around the World with a MINI F56 2014.
Start, 16. June 2014 in Germany.
7 countries, 2 months, 2 people, MINI takes the States, 22.000 km. Kick-off 16. June 2014″
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It’s Around the World in 60 Days.
Bon Courage, you daft punks.
UPDATE: This just came in, FYI:
“MINI TAKES THE STATES Motors Across The Country With High-Flying Send-Off From Tony Hawk
MINI owners from around the world rally from San Francisco to Boston: 14 states, 18 cities in 15 days
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., July 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Motorers, start your engines! MINI TAKES THE STATES (MTTS) 2014 is now underway. The rally kicked off early on July 27(th) with fellow MINI owner and partner, Tony Hawk, performing a MINI inspired skateboarding stunt to send off MINI owners itching to hit the road.
Sue Ellen Mischke, 94109 – Cruising the Tenderloin Wearing a Bra as a Top – Was This a Sorority Initiation?Monday, July 28th, 2014
I’m not sure just how serious this woman was. Maybe this was a Truth or Dare situation…
Anyway, here she is, walking down Polk in the 94109, in the part of town I call the Tenderloin, to the contrary of Randy Shaw, an aging white male lawyer who lives in a mansion in the East Bay Hills and who, for some reason, gets eight figures a year from _San Francisco_ taxpayers to basically run the Tenderloin – it’s amazing.*
“Sue Ellen Mischke is Elaine‘s nemesis whom she calls the “bra-less wonder.” Sue Ellen is the heiress to the Oh Henry! candy bar fortune, and has known Elaine since they attended high school together in Maryland. Sue Ellen is portrayed by Brenda Strong.
“In “The Caddy“, Elaine is so incensed that Sue Ellen doesn’t wear a bra that she gives her a bra as a gift, which Sue Ellen then promptly wears as a top. This causes Kramer to crash George‘s car when he and Jerry see her walking in her bra down the street. Kramer calls upon Jackie Chiles to help sue. Despite the suit, Jerry falls for her when she comes in his apartment. The courtroom scene that follows is a broad and obvious allusion to the O.J. Simpson trial, which ends when she tries the bra on, which does not fit.”
“In the pilot for Happy Days, there is a character mentioned named Sue Ellen Mischke. It is unknown if this name is a reference or just coincidence.”
“By the summer of 2008, going “uptown” in San Francisco will mean heading to the Tenderloin.”
This was a laughable statement back in 2007, and it came nowhere close to coming true in 2008 or beyond.
And there’s this:
The “Uptown Tenderloin” is the authentic historic name for the over 16-block area north of Market Street…”
And to that I say, “Nope! It’s not.”
Ah, BMW’s 528e – The Low Rev Modest Driving Machine
Boxy Bimmers on the hillside,
Boxy Bimmers made of ticky tacky
Boxy Bimmers on the hillside,
Boxy Bimmers all the same.
There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same
Hello Kitty Father, Hello Kitty Mother, Hello Kitty Son, Hello Kitty Daughter – Plus SF Giants Hello KittyFriday, July 25th, 2014
It’s a Hello Kitty nuclear family!
Complete with two Hello Kitty dogs:
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Master with Student in Golden Gate Park – One In Very Good Shape and the Other Trying to Get In Very Good ShapeFriday, July 25th, 2014
I’ll tell you, Gentle Reader, I’ve lived in this town longer than you, but I’ve never witnessed people exercising by holding their arms up like Sutro Tower until just recently.
(My best guess is this is something to do with the Bollywood Dance Workout – Slumdog.)
And then there’s was this ritual – passersby were gawking:
I’m thinking the number one requirement to be an aerobics instructor or personal trainer is being in very good shape and, actually, I don’t know if there are any other requirements – maybe just being in very good shape yourself is all that’s necessary…