Posts Tagged ‘cabrillo’

Explaining How This Cyclist Got a California Stop Ticket at 6th & Cabrillo While I’ve Gotten Zero Tickets in 25 Years

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

This is the scene from two days back, southbound 6th Ave betwixt Cabrillo and Balboa.

I’m assuming the bike rider got a ticket, ‘specially since he seemed to be ignoring the cop even after siren whooped once, and then again.

And here’s the thing – Bro slowed way down for the stop sign, on a pretty big slope, he showed respect for the stop sign, about as much as the typical car driver would have. Even so, the Richmond Station cop on the dirt bike pulled him over anyway. See?

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I myself, heading north, back to The City, didn’t have a chance to come to a complete stop before I heard the whoop-whoop noise, but I certainly did after.

Anyway, here’s the thing – the cyclist either didn’t see the cop coming west on Cabrillo OR the cyclist ignored the cop ’cause he didn’t think he’d get pulled over.

If I were the cyclist coming downhill, I DEFINITELY would have seen the cop and I certainly would have come to a complete stop once I saw the cop.

Gentle Reader, how many people living today have more time on a bike in SF County the past quarter-century than I? Precious few, I’ll tell you. Junior the Bike Messenger, certainly, and most of your career-level SF messengers, and some of the “founders” of Critical Mass still living in town, certainly. And, due to a couple somewhat-SFMTA/MUNI-related mishaps, this has been a bad year. However, I’m still in the 99th percentile, and I’ll tell you:

You gotta show respect for the po-po, unless you want to spend hundreds and thousands on tickets over your lifetime on a bike in Frisco.

Is this two-faced? I suppose. But what do you want me to do? I California stop on bikes, and in cars. It depends on the circumstances. And one of the big circumstances is if a cop is right there looking at you. Of course one should be looking around all the time anyway, for other bikes, for cars, trucks, peds, everything

Admittedly, bikes were (seemingly) invisible to the SFPD back in the 80’s and 90’s, so I had a bit of an advantage over the riders of today. But my biggest advantage is paying attention – that’s the key.


Anyway, that’s why I have more miles and fewer citations than the average…

“D-Day” Brand California Oranges: Nothing Sells Citrus Like WWII-Era Medium Battle Tanks

Friday, August 31st, 2012

What goes together better than oranges and medium battle tanks? Nothing, that’s what.

Not exactly sure that the Shermam Firefly tank displayed below saw any action on D-Day (and, anyway, lots of these D-Day tanks ended up at the bottom of the Bay of the Seine), but it’s fun to pretend:


Spotted at the “Lifestyle format,” Starbucks-free Inner Richmond Safeway on Cabrillo.

The Curious Architecture of Our Cabrillo Street Safeway – Entryway Looks Like an Air Traffic Control Tower, Non?

Friday, October 15th, 2010

This is the scene at the Safeway on 7th and Cabrillo. Doesn’t the entrance look like an air traffic control tower?

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(Appears as if the windows are cinder blocks, else the place could make a nice in-law apartment, right? A set of stairs or an elevator and you’d be all set.)

I don’t know, maybe the NIMBYs of the Inner Richmond demanded the funky design, or maybe Safeway did it that way thinking it was doing us a favor.

No matter, the NIMBY’s of the East Bay (they’re called Stakeholders* over there, for some reason) seem to consider our Cabrillo Safeway something of a paragon, what with its “state-of-the-art Lifestyle Interior” ‘n stuff.

Now, for some reason, the longest waiting time I’ve ever experienced at a Costco seems to be about the average waiting time at this particular store, don’t know why.

But don’t leave us, Safeway #2646 (the way that Albertsons done.) We still love you no matter how goofy those meddlesome homeowners associations made you look.

If Safeway works on these unannounced inspection violations, it’ll be fine:

019 (CFR) Inadequate/Inaccessible handwashing facilities & supplies 
020 (CFR) Improper hot/cold holding temperatures 
033 (CFR) Foods not separated or protected 
041 (CFR) Foods improperly labeled or misrepresented 
042 (CFR) Non Food Contact Surface Unclean 
054 (CFR) Floors, Walls, Ceilings Improperly constructed, in disrepair, not clean 
056 (CFR) Permit/Inspection Not Posted 
062 (CFR) Other – (Specify in report)

That was from a year ago, tho. I’m sure they’ve righted the ship by now.

We Can Only Hope…

*A taste of what Safeway Inc. has to deal with in the 510, after the jump.


Arrested Decay in the Richmond District – Monty’s Groceries

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Looking like something from the Bodie State Historic Park ghost town, the former Monty’s Grocery store at 701-703 Tenth Avenue (or 839-849 Cabrillo) appears to be in a state of “arrested decay.”


Hollywood couldn’t come up better gone-to-Hell look if it tried. Click to expand – it gets big.


See that old glass tubing above the sidewalk?

Will this neon sign still be here in a hundred years? Maybe.

Nothing Says California Oranges Like an M4 Sherman Tank

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

What goes together better than oranges and medium battle tanks? Nothing, that’s what.

Not exactly sure what the Shermam Firefly tank displayed below saw any action on D-Day (and lots of these tanks ended up at the bottom of the Bay of the Seine anyway), but it’s fun to pretend.


Spotted at the new Lifestyle formatStarbucks-free Inner Richmond Safeway on Cabrillo.