Posts Tagged ‘busy’
Annual “4-20 Day” Irks SFGov Because It Can’t Make Money Off Of It – But Whole Foods Stanyan Just Looooves ItThursday, March 24th, 2016
It’s funny how some of the white, wizened, wealthy homeowners of the Western Addition (you know, the Nopa, the NOPNA, the Alamo Square) used to try to lobby the corner liquor stores of the 94117 to shut down on their busiest day of the year, Bay to Breakers Sunday.
Needless to say, the lika sto owners told the richers to go to Hell, you know, effectively, by staying open and selling all the booze they could sell.
Now let’s head over to SoPa (South of Panhandle, I’m srsly, that’s the term some realtors use) to see the Haight Stanyan Whole Foods getting ready on the day before its busiest day of the year, April 20th:
So, WF is happy, but Rec and Park is all, “Well, how is this event good for us?”
Sorry RPD, 420 is NOT good for you. (Why not just shut it down? Oh, that’s right, you can’t.)
Here’s how things will go in 2016 – it should be a relatively mellow Hump Day Wednesday:
- 10:30 am – The “unofficial” vendors usually begin to arrive
- 1 pm – The crowds start to get a bit thick as does the haze of smoke over the crowd
- 3 pm – It’s now wall-to-wall stoners
- 4:20 pm – It’s go time: crowd is at their peak, drum beats get more frenzied, and hippie girls twirl faster as 4:20 approaches
A good day to call in sick / play hooky..
It Looks Like Somebody Wants a Wider Golden Gate Park Panhandle Bike Path – Or, is Planning for One, AnywayWednesday, May 6th, 2015
I’ll tell you, in my day the Panhandle Bike Path was a mere eight foot wide. And then it went to twelve foot, the way it is now.
But how about 16 feet – what the heck would be wrong with that? JMO.
Anyway, they just got finished repaving the southwest corner of Fell and Masonic, so the bike path got widened to 14 feet, if only for a short section:
I’ll get my 16 foot bike path, someday. (Prolly with a laundry list of expensive aesthetic “improvements” that I won’t notice, but anyway, someday…
Old-School Eddie’s Cafe Looks to be Surviving the NoPA Invasion – BREAKFAST ALL DAY – Four Yelp StarsWednesday, November 5th, 2014
They’re doing land-office business these days.
Before there was $4 toast, there was Eddie’s…
Wow, the Inner Sunset Farmers’ Market Celebrates Its Fifth Birthday as Busy as It was on Opening DayTuesday, July 8th, 2014
As far as I can tell, but I don’t make it to the outer boroughs all that much these days.
No matter, this place was impressively busy last Sunday
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“Sunday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Year-round
In the Parking Lot between 8th and 9th Avenue, South of Irving Street Get directions…
The Inner Sunset Farmers’ Market brings fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables to you every Sunday, year-round. Join us every week to taste some the best of California’s best”
Wealthy Whiny White People Have Managed to Partially Shut Down Part of Lombard – Mark Farrell’s F-U to Tourists – One Weird TrickTuesday, May 20th, 2014
This trial of shutting down Lombard Street to tourists looks unstoppable now.
Some rich property owners in Russian Hill have had their aesthetic sensibilities offended by those, those people known as tourists. So these richers want to gate off Lombard Street and make part of it a private.
Except they don’t want to pay for making it a private road. Oh. And the purpose of roads in California is so that people can use them – it’s like burned into the vehicle code or someplace.
So the next best thing for these white millionaires is this trial to cut down on tourism. And the way to get that is to turn an aesthetic issue into a safety issue.
For example here’s how this works when rich white property owners decide they don’t want telephone poles and MUNI wires lousing up their enclaves. Here we go, from “Report of Meeting with Supervisors Farrell and Chiu”
“Supervisor Farrell is also looking for ways to pitch it beyond aesthetics.”
So then the people who don’t want to see telephone poles and MUNI poles starting talking up the “safety issue.”
You see, ’cause if you tell the truth about your motives, then you give the rabble, the masses, the Proles a chance to undo your self-described “improvements.”
OTOH, if you say your concerns are about safety, then your biases will be given more deference if and when it comes time for higher authorities to give a stamp of approval. Of course, sometimes this safety argument works, sometimes it doesn’t:
1880: “There are too many Chinese working in San Francisco” – let’s do something about it.
2014: “There are too many Chinese* visiting Hyde and Lombard” – let’s do something about it.
One problem with district Supervisor elections is that a handful of property owners can have an outsized influence over matters that should be decided on a citywide basis. If tourists, all those millions past, present and future, threw house parties for Mark Farrell to raise money in, then maybe he’d consider what they want.
But they don’t, so he doesn’t.
*And Euros and upper-middle-class-and-lower domestic tourists as well, but just look at the worst case scenario photo here.
What It Looks Like When the California Academy of Sciences Has a Free Admission Day – A 500-Yard Line in the RainTuesday, February 11th, 2014
This is the tail of the snake on JFK Drive:
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Or you can Plan a Visit sometime, your choice.
OMG, Fancy Food Show 2012 at Moscone Center a Huge Success – Continues ‘Til Tuesday – Our Great Recession is OverMonday, January 16th, 2012
Like this. Can you see the Canadian Pavilion and the German? This is less than 10% of the exhibit hall space. It would take you hours to check out all the exhibitors:
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Now if you want, you can pay your $60 to check things out for yourself, but expect to find a trade show – it’s not oriented towards consumers at all. But every last food trend you could imagine (and some you could not) is in the house and everybody’s handing out samples and related swag.
And every last nook and cranny of Moscone North and South is filled up. The place is hopping. I expected to see at least a few attendees bummed out over the state of the economy, but I didn’t. The Great Recession is Over, people.
This truly is a world-class* event, as defined.
Bon courage, people of Fancy Food Fest ’12!
*The tedious cliche “world-class” was overused in the 415 already by former Mayor Gavin Newsom and those in his administration and, now, the current Ed Lee holdover administration (which is basically the same people but with rearranged titles) has stepped up its use. IRL, not everything what touches the City and County is “world-class,” capiche? And, IRL, not everything what touches San Francisco needs to be “world-class.”
So, why don’t we save this term for events and organizations where it truly applies, like for outfits like the San Francisco Ballet (oh, the debut of Onegin kicks off the 2012 Season on January 27th, get your tickets here) for instance? All right, carry on.