Posts Tagged ‘booze’

The Smallest Bottle of Maker’s Mark You Could Possibly Imagine – From the Streets of San Francisco

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

I says to myself, I says, “Is that a tiny bottle of Maker’s Mark?”

Then after kicking it over, I see that it is, red wax on top and everything

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Fin.

Here’s What Tonight’s World Series Viewing Party Will Look Like – But No Alcohol in Civic Center – Vote No on Prop B

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

You’re invited to come to Civic Center tonight to see Game Four of the World Series on a makeshift “Jumbotron.”

See you at 5:07 PM (or earlier, to get a good spot if you want to be able to actually see the action unobstructed.)

It’ll look like this, but probably with more Matt Cain than Timothy Leroy Lincecum on the screen:

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The SFPD requests (more or less) that you transfer your alcohol to unmarked containers, thusly:

And, oh yes, speaking of the Rec and Park, Remember to Vote No on Proposition B (November 2012), the so-called “Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond”

Why?

Well, because Prop. B is too costly for San Francisco

And also because Reform is Needed at San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department.

Also because area lawyer Philip Alan Ginsburg would consider passage of Prop B (November 2012) an endorsement of how he’s running the RPD.

That’s why.

Now, let’s hear from San Francisco Mayor Ron Conway,* after the jump. (Spoiler: He wants you to go to Chipotle’s and spend your money before you blow town.)

PS: The after party will be in the Mission District – spread the word, bring fireworks.

*Poor Sony. It appears that any television-like contraption bigger than 100 inches now gets the generic term “jumbotron.”

Oh well.

Displays similar to the Jumbotron include:

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What It Looks Like When “The Man” Patrols Golden Gate Park: SFPD Checking for Open Containers in the Panhandle

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Open containers of alcohol, that is.

It looks exactly like this – note the bottle of Jack:

Oh, and there’s a “no smoking” law here as well, if you catch my drift, man.

All’s I’m saying is that the cops don’t enjoy this exercise neither.

So why not do as they want and just put your booze in a giveaway plastic water bottle?

Like this:

Now you’re protecting your juice AND making the cops happy.

This concludes What It Looks Like When “The Man” Patrols Golden Gate Park

How to NIMBY in the Inner Richmond: King Sing Restaurant is Dead But Yuubi is Coming – Your Protest Period Ends Soon

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Well here’s the sitch over at 501 Balboa at Sixth Avenue in the Inner Richmond.

It’s the former poorly rated King Sing Fine Dining Chinese Cuisine & Wine Bar.

He’s dead, Jim:

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See?

But here comes the replacement, Yuubi Japanese Restaurant:

Now, ss we all know, NIMBY’s and similar monsters aren’t born, they’re created, created by NIMBY-friendly rules and regulations.

You know, by stuff like this.

So have at it. You have ’til the end of the month to whine about one restaurant replacing another restaurant two football fields away from your fog-enshrouded, Prop 13-subsidized hovel.

Start up a group, why not? Call it the Inner Richmond Busybodies, or something. Say stuff like, “I’m the President of the IRBB and…”

Now that’s how you NIMBY in the 415.

All the deets, after the jump.

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San Francisco Giants Big Screen Broadcast a Huge Success – Thousands Crowd into Civic Center – But Beer Ban Enforced

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Well Giants fans have flocked to Civic Center this evening to watch Game 5 on the big screen.

San Francisco Police, Deputy Sheriffs, Park Rangers and the CHP were all on hand to make sure things didn’t get out of hand. They did this by making people pour out their beers.

“Tuck Fexas” and “Texas Sucks Cocks”  were typical sentiments, it appeared

Here was how things looked early on:

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And a little later, when they turned on the orange lights of City Hall:

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And here’s the scene later on when the Giants led 3-1:

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It’s On! Game 5 of World Series to be Shown Outdoors at Civic Center on the Big Screen – But, Hide Your Alcohol

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

[UPDATE: SF Mike is on the scene this afternoon - here's what the set up looks like. Now, you'd think Rec and Park would have a bigger big screen or maybe two little screens side by side to make a rectangular big screen, but, you know, lowest bidder and whatnot:

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And, oh yes, here's your fresh new theme song for tonight.]

[UPDATE 2: And here's what it looked like.]

You might need to get to Civic Center early in the afternoon of Monday, November 1st, 2010, if you want to get a good seat to see the Giants clinch World Series 2010 on a giant television screen.

But this event, like the annual Bay to Breakers civic event, will be “alcohol-free,” at least on paper. See?

“In keeping with the event focus on families, alcohol will not be sold or permitted on Civic Center Plaza during the broadcast. Mobile food vendors from Off The Grid will be onsite to provide sale of food and non-alcoholic beverages.  Those attending the broadcast are encouraged to come early to secure a spot on the lawn and take public transportation via MUNI or BART to Civic Center or Van Ness stations.”

Civic Center will have more fans wearing orange than when The Netherlands lost to Spain in the World Cup Final earlier this year:

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The show starts at 4:30 PM with the first pitch coming from the left arm of Cliff Lee at 4:57 PM.

All the deets:

MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES BROADCAST AT CIVIC CENTER PLAZA OF GAME FIVE OF THE WORLD SERIES
City to Host Public Viewing of Monday’s Potential Clinching World Series Game for Families, Giants Fans

San Francisco, CA–Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced that Monday’s Game Five of the World Series will be publicly broadcast live in Civic Center Plaza for families and fans to gather and cheer the Giants onto a potential World Championship.  Similar to the successful public broadcasts of the World Cup earlier this summer, a jumbotron screen will broadcast the potential clinching game of the World Series in front of San Francisco City Hall. The City previously received permission from Fox Sports Broadcasting to show the potential clinching away game.

“The Giants 3 – 1 lead in the World Series has electrified the City and brought us all together to celebrate our hometown team and what’s best about the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Mayor Newsom. “The game that could clinch the Series may be in Texas, but we’re creating an opportunity right in front of City Hall for families to gather and cheer the Giants to a World Championship.”

The Mayor’s Office is collaborating with the Recreation and Park Department, who successfully hosted the World Cup Live soccer events at Civic Center Plaza earlier this summer, to broadcast the game. In keeping with the event focus on families, alcohol will not be sold or permitted on Civic Center Plaza during the broadcast. Mobile food vendors from Off The Grid will be onsite to provide sale of food and non-alcoholic beverages.  Those attending the broadcast are encouraged to come early to secure a spot on the lawn and take public transportation via MUNI or BART to Civic Center or Van Ness stations.

“I also want to encourage fans from across the City and Bay Area to watch the game at their neighborhood bars and restaurants,” said Mayor Newsom. “Let’s give a lift to our local economy and small businesses while we’re boosting the Giants to victory in the World Series.”

San Francisco City Hall, the Ferry Building, Coit Tower, the Conservatory of Flowers and other City landmarks and buildings will continue to be lit in Giants Orange through the World Series.  Mayor Newsom is also urging Giants fans and local businesses to show their pride in the National League Champion team by wearing the Orange & Black or displaying signs, flags or other shows of support for the team.

Potential Final Game of World Series Broadcast Schedule
San Francisco Giants at Texas Rangers
Game 5, Arlington, Texas: Monday, November 1st – 4:30pm PDT, first pitch at 4:57pm.

Absence of Booze/Nudity/Costumes Mars 2010 San Francisco Marathon – Photos of Early Leaders

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

This was the scene this AM at Mile 19 of San Francisco Marathon 2010. The crowd of two coffee-drinking women waited to see which runner would explode through the Stanyan Street Gateway of Golden Gate Park.* See?

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Turns out it was Keith Bechtol from “Team Zombie.” He’s an 25-year-old astophysicist(!) from Stanfoo. Have you ever seen a five-digit bib number runner leading after 20 miles worth of marathon? Look at him go down Haight Street:

And here’s the second runner in the full marathon to make it out of the park, Michael Wardian, zipping by the iconic Haight Street McDonalds:

Looks intense:

There’s your separation, about two-and-a-half regular-size San Francisco city blocks:

Look out Zombie Keith! The non-zombies are gaining on you!

Results! Get all the deets after the jump.

Full Marathon:

1 Keith B 30811 02:23:28 2 Michael W 11 02:25:21 3 Zack E 20988 02:36:16 4 Florian S 90 02:37:08 5 Amir Doron K 20179 02:37:09

Half Marathon #1:

1 Michael D 22534 01:15:10 2 Brett D 22866 01:17:07 3 Matthieu B 23432 01:18:58 4 Justin M 23100 01:19:15 5 Steve L 23091 01:19:44

Half Marathon #2:

1 James G 46014 01:39:08 2 Katherine L 45634 01:40:05 3 Gina H 45307 01:40:14 4 Tim E 45963 01:40:27 5 Ha C 45628 01:42:13

5K:

1 Diane W 90478 00:32:50 2 Erica Y 90214 00:34:08 3 Josie N 92341 00:34:11

Progressive [Far Left] 5k

1 Fred L 92743 00:42:39 2 Amy L 92741 00:42:55 3 Kenna B 92780 00:51:47

Congratulations to all the participants and volunteers!

Moving on…

Frankly, this joint could do with a little nudity, booze, costuming and public urination.

Frankly.

I mean if the NIMBYs aren’t complaining about it, what kind of event do you really have? Wouldn’t the organizers be better off giving each “bandit” as many bagels as s/he could consume? Yes. And doesn’t this race start way, way too early? Yep. Giving in to every demand from the leadership elements of every micro-neighborhood homeowners group – that’s the path of least resistance but is this practice good for your event, SFM?

And hey, how about a costume division next year? Just saying… 

*Speaking of which, note the local high point in Golden Gate Park at Mile 16.5 near Prayerbook Cross. See, they have it pegged at almost 300 feet, per this elevation chart. Yet, the Bay to Breakers people and the MSM claim, every year, that the highest point on the B2B civic event course is the top of Hayes Street Hill (at 215 feet), despite the fact that the B2B route also goes right past Prayerbook Cross on JFK Jr, Drive. In the words of paid shill Dr. Henry Lee“Something is wrong here. Something is terribly wrong.” Also, since I used the phrase “Bay to Breakers,” I now feel an obligation to mention the words “race, racing, or racers,” as many times as possible, as is the practice of the B2B flack team. Race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race, race… It’s a subliminal suggestion kind of thing to mess with your mind. See?

The organizer of the Bay to Breakers road race confirmed that the 100th running of the venerable 12k race will take place on May 15, 2011. The race, a unique celebration of San Francisco and its racing culture, will institute new measures this year as part of its centennial celebration of the race.

“We cherish the fun aspects of the race that have made it unique worldwide– racers, runners dressed in costumes, centipedes, group running–that add to the excitement of a professional internationally important 12K footrace,” said Angela Fang, general race manager of the Bay to Breakers race. “In the coming months we will be announcing a number of compelling programs to enhance the race and the racing for the racers.”

Or something like that. B2B’s real press release is almost as bad as this.

Anyway, the San Francisco Marathon has an official release. Read it after the jump.

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“Avoid the 8″ DUI Checkpoint at Pine and Montgomery a Huge Success

Monday, December 21st, 2009

This was the scene over the weekend in the Financh where eight (or four, whatever) local police agencies teamed up for a DUI checkpoint on southbound Montgomery at Pine Street. Never seen one of these before – let’s take a look.

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Not all the traffic coming down from North Beach to SoMA last Friday night had to stop – lots of cars were directed straight on through. But those that weren’t had to pull over to the right for a brief convo with a peace officer of some stripe.

Like the driver of this Mercedes E350, for example. Don’t think she was a drunkie, but she had some sort of registration hassle it appeared (and that’s not all that uncommon in this age of shut-down, furloughed DMVs.) Stop sign holder graciously provided by PG&E:

Oh well. But let’s say you fail your field sobriety test on Montgomery Street.  This is what’s in store for you – a trip into the huge mobile command post  parked on the same block. No waiting:

Meet your breathalyzer, the Intoxilyzer 5000 infrared spectrometry breath alcohol measurement tool. (This is important, cause if your shyster is going to get you off, well, however that ends up being, it will most likely have something to do with attacking the procedures used to record the .15 BAC score you blew. Again.) Speaking of mouthpieces, you’ll get your own 28-cent plastic disposable mouthpiece to blow on. (Always wondered how that worked.)

Most people didn’t seem to mind, and the way that Montgomery is set up with three-way lights (to let the throngs of imagined evening-hour financial district peds scramble across Montgomery any which way they want) being picked to be a part of the checkpoint might not actually have slowed the journeys to the nearest freeway onramp:

Check out Friday’s tally of arrests and tows from CBS5. And here’s the scorecard from a another recent checkpoint at Geary and Steiner, and here’s another from Monterey near San Jose.

So, hurray. There’s not a lot to object to here, unless you’re a mouthpiece for the American Beverage Institute that is.

Look for more checkpoints in the coming weeks…

Santarchy! SFPD Forced to Bust Boozing Santas in Union Square – It’s SantaCon 2009

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Via Steve Rhodes comes a few images of Santarchy. Yes, San Francisco SantaCon 2009 managed to march through Union Square today.

SC09 is bigger and better than 2007 or 2008. Is the Red Tide coming your way?

The temporarily-widened sidewalks of Powell Street are no safe haven for boozing Saint Nicolaseses. Look out Santa, it’s the cops!

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A detention and citation for this fellow:

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Busting for drinking in public – a 12-ounce Tecate was the weapon:

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It really is like a red tide – at 17th and Castro and Market in front of the Twin Peaks bar:

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And the regulars at the Triple Crown had a surprise today:

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How many more Santas will get cited?

When will it end?

Beer Kickball is Now All the Rage in Golden Gate Park

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Look at these boozehounds playing beer kickball in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

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Tecate, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Coors and Miller Genuine Draft are all utilized on the field of play.

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(Stupid men. How juvenile! Is this why our grandfathers fought the Second World War, and spent their weekends on the Jersey shore? I think not.)

All the womenfolk were merely spectators at this point in the bucolic bacchanalia. One was seen holding a can of nonregulation Pepsi.

Here are the rules of Beer Kickball Club:

  • Don’t talk about Beer Kickball Club.
  • Don’t talk about Beer Kickball Club.
  • A beer must be in-hand at all times during gameplay (i.e. while fielding and batting).
  • Dropping your beer while batting or running the bases results in an automatic out. This does not apply if your beer is intentionally knocked out of your hand.
  • If a beer is dropped by a fielder, the base runner may not be called out until the fielder reclaims his/her beer.
  • A beer check may be performed on an individual of the opposing team at any time. If the beer is found empty, game play will stop and the player must chug a full beer. If the player with the empty beer happens to be a batter/base runner, the player will be ruled out.
  • What’s next, Beer Hooverball? Heaven Forfend.

    “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion of never playing beer kickball than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”