Posts Tagged ‘bugs’

So-Called World Capital of Innovation Can’t Seem to Solve the Bedbug Problem – Here’s the Letter You Will Get

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

You know, after you been bitten hundreds of times by bedbugs, which, you know, are all over the place in San Francisco. Still.

Like at your hotel, dear Visitor.

Like, I don’t know, did the Hotel Whitcomb,change its name owing to some issue with bedbugs?

The old Ramada is now the new Whitcomb. But it’s still the same place:

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Oh, here we go:

Downtown Bedbug Attack Costs Ramada $71,000

(I don’t know if I’d call this area “downtown,” but anywho, wow.)

Now, let’s hear from Kris Betz, Hotel Whitcomb Director of Operations, to get a (somewhat) canned response to a relatively recent allegation of infestation:

“19 July 2011

Dear Guest,

We are sorry for any discomfort that you may have experienced and we are very concerned about what happened. We want you to know that it is our highest priority to provide our guests with the cleanest rooms possible. We have a dedicated inspection team of trained staff that inspects all our rooms to ensure that these cases do not arise.

As you mentioned that you did not find any evidence, so it is possible you could have encountered them elsewhere. Please note that this incident has nothing to do with the cleanliness of our rooms. Please rest assured that this is not a reflection of our facilities cleanliness, as we take pride in providing excellent service and the cleanest accommodations, for all our guests.

Please feel free to contact me at your convenience so we may discuss any circumstances which may have occurred and please accept our sincerest apologies.

Kris Betz, Director of Operations”

I don’t know, man, I feel sorry for the Euros what stay at this place. They’re pretty much all gorgeous,* in-shape,* natural blond(e)s,* who just want to have fun in the 415, you know, they just want to pose for photos with big American police cars and fire trucks and stuff like that and what’s so wrong with that?

I feel sorry for them when they get shot and killed on Mason in Union Square or run over and killed by drunk drivers on Masonic or bitten 400 times by bedbugs during one stay.

I kind of feel that we’re letting these people down. I feel we’re shirking our obligations to our tourists. 

If I were Director of Operations at Hotel Whitcomb, I would engage in total war with the bedbugs.

And I wouldn’t write “Dear Guest” letters what discuss possibilities and evidence.

Just saying.

*Unlike me.

Brace Yourselves, Gordon Ramsay’s HOTEL HELL Show is Coming – Big Ad on Market Street, How Apropro

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Famed restaurateur Gordon Ramsay is moving on from restaurants to hotels starting today – HOTEL HELL debuts tonight on the Fox.

Check it:

If [hotels] suggest they will upgrade you to the honeymoon suite, don’t take it. I’m trying to be serious because it is somewhat shocking. I just didn’t think it could shoot that far. I’m talking about if you shake a can of Coke and open it.” 

OK fine.

Actually, GR, I was thinking that bed bugs might belong at the top of the list.

Market Street, USA:

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But, hey Gordo, are you going to come to the 415? We need you here.

Speaking of Market Street and bed bugs, here’s what the Hotel Whitcomb (renamed from Ramada Plaza not too long ago because of a massive lawsuit  involving bed bugs and ballyhoo) will send out to you if you report dozens of bites on your porcelain skin:

“19 July 2011

Dear Guest,

We are sorry for any discomfort that you may have experienced and we are very concerned about what happened. We want you to know that it is our highest priority to provide our guests with the cleanest rooms possible. We have a dedicated inspection team of trained staff that inspects all our rooms to ensure that these cases do not arise.

As you mentioned that you did not find any evidence, so it is possible you could have encountered them elsewhere. Please note that this incident has nothing to do with the cleanliness of our rooms. Please rest assured that this is not a reflection of our facilities cleanliness, as we take pride in providing excellent service and the cleanest accommodations, for all our guests.

Please feel free to contact me at your convenience so we may discuss any circumstances which may have occurred and please accept our sincerest apologies.

Kris Betz, Director of Operations”

That’s how we roll in San Francisco’s corrupt Mid Market Twitterloin.

So sure, you’re covered in bites, but:

1. You probably got bitten somewhere else, not at Hotel Whitcomb!

2. Or maybe you’re just making things up, maybe you’re insane! 

3. Or maybe you’re not insane but you’re a criminal who wants to shake us down for, I don’t know, another big fat $71,000 judgment / settlement!

4. Or maybe you did encounter bed bugs in one of our rooms, but probably you didn’t experience any discomfort, right? Kind of a no harm no foul kind of thing!

5. And, in any event, our rooms are clean. Did I mention that before? Our rooms are clean. Can I mention this fact four times in five sentences? YES I CAN!

Save us, Gordon Ramsay.

Those Annoying Hover Flies of San Francisco: They’re Everywhere

Monday, October 10th, 2011

What attracts these annoying critters?

As seen on Fell Street:

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I’ve never seen them outside of the 415…

Does It Still Have Bedbugs? Hotel Whitcomb (or Hotel Whit.Com) nee Ramada Plaza at 8th and Market

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

So there I was out getting exercise by getting those Billy Elliot rush tickets at the Orpheum Theatre* and I noticed the new name for this old hotel.

See? I totally read that as Hotel Whit.Com, ’cause, you know, I’m not hooked up right:

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But then I thought, oh, the Hotel Whitcomb, is that the place where they might have changed the name owing to some issue with bedbugs?

Oh, here we go:

Downtown Bedbug Attack Costs Ramada $71,000

(I don’t know if I’d call this area “downtown,” but anywho, wow.)

Now, let’s hear from Kris Betz, Hotel Whitcomb Director of Operations, to get a (somewhat) canned response to quite recent allegations of infestation:

“19 July 2011

Dear Guest,

We are sorry for any discomfort that you may have experienced and we are very concerned about what happened. We want you to know that it is our highest priority to provide our guests with the cleanest rooms possible. We have a dedicated inspection team of trained staff that inspects all our rooms to ensure that these cases do not arise.

As you mentioned that you did not find any evidence, so it is possible you could have encountered them elsewhere. Please note that this incident has nothing to do with the cleanliness of our rooms. Please rest assured that this is not a reflection of our facilities cleanliness, as we take pride in providing excellent service and the cleanest accommodations, for all our guests.

Please feel free to contact me at your convenience so we may discuss any circumstances which may have occurred and please accept our sincerest apologies.

Kris Betz, Director of Operations”

I don’t know, man, I feel sorry for the Euros what stay at this place. They’re pretty much all gorgeous,** in-shape,** natural blonds,** who just want to have fun in the 415, you know, they just want to pose for photos with big American police cars and fire trucks and what’s so wrong with that? I feel sorry for them when they get shot and killed on Mason in Union Square or run over and killed by drunk drivers on Masonic or bitten 400 times by bedbugs during one stay. I kind of feel that we’re letting these people down. I feel we’re shirking our obligations to our tourists. 

If I were Director of Operations at Hotel Whitcomb, I would engage in total war with the bedbugs. And I wouldn’t write “Dear Guest” letters what discuss possibilities and evidence.

Just saying.

*Man, for $40 a pop, that’s the best live entertainment value in town, although I think it’s kind of random how good the rush ticket seats are – down in the Orchestra, up in the Mez, who knows. Now,you gotta show up two hours before the performance (at least two hours, and still there’s no guarantee that they won’t be sold out) so that’s your classical price discrimination in operation right there. Anyway, the fun ends August 21, 2011!

BILLY ELLIOT RUSH SEATS NOW AVAILABLE
30 tickets per performance will be offered at $40 per ticket.

  • Available 2 hours prior to curtain
  • CASH only
  • Orpheum Theatre Box Office ONLY
  • First come, First served
  • 2 per person

**Unlike me. 

Van Ness Avenue Burger King Cockroach Report: It Could Be Worse

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Just saw the one here. Color me sheltered but I’ve never seen a cockroach in a fast food restaurant before.

In mitigation, you would only notice it from outside, that’s how close it was to the main door.

Big old support beam on the right, front door / window on the left, about five feet above the floor.

(You can see the support beam in this shot from Google Street View)

Anyway, Burger King #3684 scores a perfect 100 per the DPH, so it’s allowed to display the Symbol of Exellence ‘n stuff.

“On May 20, 2004, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors amended the San Francisco Health Code with the “symbol of excellence” ordinance, no.80-04,(1999-2000 bill number: sb180, author: sher), that recognizes the food preparation and service food establishments that exemplify high standards of food safety. The ordinance also requires food establishments that prepare and serve foods to post their current food safety inspection report on the premises so as to be clearly visible to patrons of the establishment. We anticipate that both of these changes will create strong incentives for food safety.

The Symbol is issued only to a food preparation and service establishment and will include a food preparation and service establishment operating in conjunction with a food product and marketing establishment. The Symbol will be not issued to a catering facility, a temporary facility, food demonstrations, commissary, and vending machines.

The Symbol is issued only to establishments that receive three successive scores of ninety (90) percent or higher with no major violations as set forth in the food inspection report.

Ordinances for Symbol of Excellence: “Symbol of Excellence” Ordinance, no.80-04,(1999-2000 bill number: sb180, author: sher) 

Bug Dancers Take Over Union Square to Promote OVO from Cirque du Soleil

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

See? This was the warm-up to show folks how to do the hottest(?) dance since the Macarena. If you were able to imitate these critters well enough, you could have won yourself free tickets yesterday, or something.

See?

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The name of the song is “Banquete” and the singing is in Portuguese. The translation is “Feast”

People have been practicing for weeks, as we see, in the Castro:

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Here’s more of the action from yesterday.

Congratulations to all the winners!

OVO from Cirque du Soleil is Fantastic – A Must-See

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Don’t miss your chance to see OVO from Cirque du Soleil down at the Le Grand Chapiteau tent in the parking lot of AT&T Park. Hurry, the whole shebang is heading down to San Hoser next month. 

OVO is fantastic.

Here are a bunch of photos from Adam Lau, but it’s hard to show what the show is like without video. And even then, you still don’t get the sense of how close you are to the action. 

OVO’s been going been going for a week or so, but people were calling yesterday’s performance Opening Night – the food was free for some reason and there were a lot of San Francisco Swells and/or People You’d Recognize in the crowd, including Olympic Gold Medal-winning Kristi Yamaguchi - she’s now Twittering about how she was in “constant awe” last night.

Myself, I liked the suspended rope bit from Maxim Kozlov and Inna Mayorova best but the whole show was great.

The kiwi ants were memorable…

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…and the very flexible spider was off the hook:

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All the fun ends January 24th, 2010

See you there!

Cirque du Soleil’s OVO at AT&T Park Wins a Good Review from The Critic

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Well, The Review from Robert Hurwitt is in, and it’s good. O.K. then.

But don’t pay the scalpers to see OVO, just get your ticks at the box office, or discounted at the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy(!?)

Here are the crickets, up to something or other. Click to expand:

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See you there!

Brace Yourselves – OVO From Cirque du Solei is Opening on Black Friday

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Oh no, it’s OVO! The latest production from Cirque du Soleil is buzzing our way down at the Great AT&T Park Parking Lot south of SoMA in the “emerging” Mission Bay part of town.

Looks like the opener at 8:00 PM on November 27th is sold out, but seats are available for shows a few days later. 

An team of athletic insects got the word out around town last Friday:

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It’s going to be mega!

OMG, OVO! Fantastic New Cirque du Soleil Show Opens November 27th at AT&T Park

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Get your tickets now for OVO, the new insect-themed show from Cirque du Soleil. Now I know what you’re thinking about the prices but you don’t need to get  the best seats in the house – they aren’t four times better than the worst, so try to focus on that if you get a little sticker shock during our Great Recession.

Conversely, contact your sugar daddy now if you want to get ticks in the Tapis Rouge Categorie Prestige Premium Level, where even 2-year-olds have to pay $175 per. I mean, why even have a sugar daddy if s/he can’t come through with $500 for the two of you when the Biggest Show Ever to Hit San Francisco hits San Francisco November 27th through January 24th, 2010?

Me, I’ve never seen a CdS show myself but the video previews look fantastic.

Benoit Fontaine © 2009 Cirque du Soleil Inc. Click to expand:

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A bug’s life:

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This looks a little hard:

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So, even if you’re in the cheap seats paying $42+ as a child, student or senior or even $60 as a regular adult, you’ll be getting a good deal, a spectacle of live entertainment.   

I guarantee it!

See you there!

Cirque du Soleil will hold the U.S. premiere of its latest big top touring production Ovo in San Francisco on Friday, November 27, 2009 and on Thursday, February 4, 2010 in San Jose. Presented by iShares®, Ovo will perform for a limited engagement under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at the AT&T Park in San Francisco (corner of Third St. and Terry A. Francois Blvd) and at the Taylor Street Bridge in San Jose (corner of Taylor Street & Highway 87).www.cirquedusoleil.com. Membership is free and registration is quick and simple. Cirque Club members receive advance access to the best seats under the Grand Chapiteau, ticket upgrades, partner promotions and insider information on the world of Cirque du Soleil.Cirque du Soleil.Cirque du Soleil. This act is the most difficult in the world to execute in terms of the distance between stations. It combines many circus disciplines: banquine, Russian swing and swinging chair. The finale features 20 artists running; jumping and leaping straight up an 8m vertical wall.

Cirque du Soleil:
Guy Laliberté / Artistic Guide
Gilles Ste-Croix / Artistic Guide
Deborah Colker / Writer, Director and Choreographer
Chantal Tremblay / Director of Creation
Gringo Cardia / Set and props Designer
Liz Vandal / Costume Designer
Berna Ceppas / Composer and Musical Director
Éric Champoux / Lighting Designer
Jonathan Deans / Sound Designer
Fred Gérard / Acrobatic Equipment & Rigging Designer
Philippe Aubertin / Acrobatic Performance Designer
Julie Bégin / Makeup Designer

American Express are the official sponsors. Cirque du Soleil is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009. From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has more than 4,000 employees from over 40 different countries, including 1,000 performing artists.Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to almost 90 million spectators in over 200 cities on five continents. In 2009, Cirque du Soleilwill present 20 shows simultaneously throughout the world. The company has received such prestigious awards as the Emmy, Drama Desk, Bambi, ACE, Gémeaux, Félix and the Rose d’Or de Montreux. Cirque du Soleil‘s International Headquarters are in Montreal, Canada.Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.
To find out more about the One Drop Foundation, visit
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The name Ovomeans “egg” in Portuguese. This timeless symbol of the life cycle and birth of numerous insects represents the underlying thread of the show. Graphically, Ovo hides an insect in its name: The two letter “Os” represent the eyes while the letter “V” forms the nose.

Ovois a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming withlife, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. The insects’ home is a world of biodiversity and beauty filled with noisy action and moments of quiet emotion.

When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives.

It’s love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.

Ovo is overflowing with contrasts. The hidden, secret world at our feet is revealed as tender and torrid, noisy and quiet, peaceful and chaotic. And as the sun rises on a bright new day the vibrant cycle of insect life begins anew.