Posts Tagged ‘business’

Forget Tech, ‘Cause “YOU CAN START YOUR OWN COIN-OPERATED TELESCOPE BUSINE$$” – It All Depends on Your Point Of View

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

For some reason, I associate coin-operated telescopes with coin-operated telephones.

Anyway, here’s a bidness opportunity for you!

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Some things never change…

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Typical San Francisco Tourist Attractions Look Like a Ghost Town During This Super Bowl Week – SUBSTITUTION in Action?

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

What’s this, the gigantic aquarium at our California Academy of Sciences at 1:58 PM on a Wednesday afternoon? Oh, that’s right, we’ve lost our Regular Visitors due to all the hassles of our money-losing Super Bowl.

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Is it usually like this? IDK, but I ain’t never seen this area totally empty afore.

And let’s look across the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse to the alleged* Fourth Busiest Museum in America, our de Young Museum:

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Similarly, I’ve never seen it look like this during operating hours. I saw one cab waiting for bidness (and another one to camera right – I cropped that one out). Maybe a couple ppl milling about. Mind you, this is more than two hours afore Closing Time.

And let’s head down to the entrance of The Academy on our way out. Camera left had a few people in front of the Cafe on the west side (I think? The ocean side, the makai side, Bruddah) of the building. In mitigation, at one point at least, the small Explorer’s Cove was full up (with the keiki, Bruddah) as evidenced by one baby in a stroller waiting in line to get in.

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Again, never seen it like this.

ASSIGNMENT DESK: Contact our cultural institutions and ask them “How’s bidness during this relatively rain-free Super Week?” And then, contact any old economist to discover why paying million to host a Super Bowl party might not actually be “GOOD FOR EVERYBODY IN SAN FRANCISCO.”



*Certainly, this was the case, say, around the time when we had the King Tut roadshow. As to whether that’s the case now, or in a typical year, I know not…

Signs of Life in the Outer Richmond

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

I hadn’t realized the concentration of businesses on this stretch of Balboa until I saw this giant sign:

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FELL STREET BLUES: Does Your “inner child” Need “HEALING?” Well, Then This Place in the 94117 is for You!

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

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UC Berkeley Prof Lydia Chavez Threatens to Shut Down Mission Local by June 1st Unless Shes Gets Money from Readers, Bidnesses?

Friday, March 27th, 2015

[UPDATE: The graphic you can see below has been replaced, with this:

“Like Mission Local? So do we. But we can’t keep producing it for free. Unless we get 500 new members by June 1, we will have to close. That means you will no longer get original, amazing and timely articles, photographs and videos about your community. So act now!”
So, all that offensive stuff got deleted? Good.]

This here is pretty much all I know about Mission Local which has gotten a lot of funding from UC Berkeley over the years.

And here’s the current threat to shut down, from Founder and Managing Editor Lydia Chavez – it’s called 31 Days of Mission Local:

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So let’s see here, try a Norelco shaver or a delightful bed from (save $100 now!) for just a month and it will, how do we say, transform your life? OK fine! So is Prof Chavez hectoring me here? I need to “care more?” I need to become a “better neighbor?” Whoo boy.

Now the first graf here, who and what is university-degree’d-up LC taking aim at here? I’m thinking it’s directed at SFist and people like college degree-less Eve Batey, who also tried to make a go of things, back in the aughts. What a contrast. (If Lydia could link to examples of what she’s talking about, that could help her readers. Perhaps she could take the time to do that the next time she comes down to visit us from the penthouse in her ivory tower.)

And what’s this, Lydia Chavez thinks I’m naive to not pay money for news? I think she does.

And then this earnest, earnest, ever-so-earnest journalistic crusader is going to talk about her “sense of humor?” What?

And then comes the punchline of her ransom note – it’s give me money or else.


And she offers “business memberships?” IDK, seems that kind of thing might come with a bit of baggage, huh?

And IDK, until I saw all this hectoring, I never had an unfavorable impression of the ML.

An alternative would be to simply announce that you all are shutting down and then wait for the reaction? You’d get attention from the MSM and some thought pieces about you and The Bay Citizen (and the like) and whathaveyou and, through that process, maybe you’d end up with some monetary support as well.

Vanity Business, 94117

Friday, October 10th, 2014

If your store’s hours are designed to be convenient for you, you know, as opposed to being convenient for your customers, you just might be operating a money-losing “vanity” business:

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Nest of “Scoot” Rental Scooters Parked in a Public Space in the Western Addition – Is This Kosher? – Is This SFMTA-Approved?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

I know not, Gentle Reader.

I guess they leave these scooters about and you find them with your cell phone and then drive away?

OK fine. I’ve just never seen a nest like this before.

Maybe next time I come through, there’ll be 30 parked in a row and there’ll be Hertz and Avis rental cars in there as well and the Western A will become a rental car haven.

One supposes SFGov is cool with this…



Thursday, March 20th, 2014

As seen on Market Street:

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SAMBO = SAMozashchita Bez Oruzhiya or Self-Defense Without Weapons.

Mmmm… This could come in useful on the mean streets of San Francisco.

But what these people need is a memorable logo like  the one that Colorado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has.

In any event, they have a five star rating, Gentle Readers.

Official Yelp Map of San Francisco’s “Sketchy” Areas: Now with Annotations! – Bad News for NeMA Building

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Check it, “Reviews that mention ‘SKETCHY’ in San Francisco

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(Now of course there are plenty of other places in town that could similarly be considered “sketchy” by the Yelpers, except the Yelpers would never have a reason to go there.)

Now let’s take a look at these blips on San Francisco’s CT scan:

North Beach – Stay off of Broadway and out of its strip clubs and you should do fine. The epicenter is Kearney and Broadway.

The Tenderloin – This is the big one. AKA the Uptown Tenderloin, per some Berkeley residents. AKA the Twitterloin. AKA the 6th Street Corridor. AKA Downtown. AKA Civic Center. AKA New Market / NeMA. AKA Central Market. AKA Mid-Market. AKA the ‘Loin. The epicenter is Turk and Taylor.

The Fillmore – AKA the Western Addition. The epicenter is the Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits in the Safeway mall.

NoPA – AKA North of Panhandle Area. AKA Northeast of the Panhandle Area. AKA the Divisadero Corridor. AKA DivCo. AKA the Western Addition. The epicenter is the Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits at Hayes, I suppose, but the drug dealers who hang out at McAllister and Divis might disagree.

Lower Haight – AKA Lower Fillmore. The epicenter is Haight and Webster.

16th and Mission – The epicenter is the BART Station.

24th and Mission – The epicenter is the BART Station.

30th and Mission – The epicenter is where they want to build a new BART Station.

The Lower Third – NB: The cross-streets are alphabetized, more or less. The epicenter is Oakdale and Third


The Overwhelmed Dog Walkers of Golden Gate Park – Sometimes Five Pooches are Too Many

Monday, December 9th, 2013

As here:

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