Posts Tagged ‘business’

“Little Mouse” Spotted in Huge Golden Gate Park: Golly, It’s a Genuine Fiat 500 Ghia Jolly

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Fiat 500 Ghia Jolly surrey with a fringe on top:

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As seen on JFK:

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Wicker seats, baby!

Perhaps it’s tropponuova” to be called a Fiat 500 Topolino, but shoegazers are on my side…

Shake, baby, shake, you know I can fit you in my arms
Brake, baby, brake, taking me in with all you’re charms
I’ve never been inside you but you’re so alluring
They call you “little mouse” by name in Rome and Turin

Apparently, Some of Our Tourists Have NO PROBLEM Paying MORE THAN $12 Per Hour to Rent Ford Motor Company GoBikes

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Of course, there are still some tourists who misunderstand that they have to check their rental bike back in every 30 minutes and end up getting billed more than $100, after paying $10 or so for a “Daypass.” So yeah, that still happens.

But what also happens is other tourists do the math and say to themselves, well, I can rent this bike for $16 for the first hour and $12 per hour thereafter and goshdarnit, I’m cool with that.

Like this in Golden Gate Park, heading away from the nearest Ford Motor Company bike rental station:

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Now, if you operate an “exclusive” bike rental operation in, say, IDK, Golden Gate Park, well, this just might drive you crazy, as it’s been doing.

One solution to this bike rental competition issue would be to more clearly state what the FordGoBike rental rate is, and perhaps double the late-turn-in rate, the better to be more like a “last mile” “bikeshare” system and less like a traditional bike rental…

How Your White Panel Van Will Look After Leaving It on the Streets of San Francisco Overnight, Most Likely

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

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And I Suppose Harvard is Probably Ranked #20, Right GGU?

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

You know, Golden Gate University, most at Harvard, Stanford, and whatnot are age 18 and and above, I’m srsly.

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I’ll take Useless, Made-Up Metrics for $400, Alex!

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.”

Aloha.

Bruddah

*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 Costco.com (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 Lydia Chavez talking aim at here? (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.

Mmmm…

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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