Posts Tagged ‘california’

How to Tell You’re in a “Good” Neighborhood in Frisco: Are the Stripped Bike Frames You See Chained or Unchained?

Friday, October 20th, 2017

You see, ’cause in good nabes, ppl just donate unused frames to the street, a La Raza, a la gente, you dig? It’s a donation.

Good Frisco, in this case The Richmond:

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Regular Frisco, in this case, The Twitterloin:

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Keep on Truckin’, Gentle Readers…

Ford Motor Gets Five Yards for ENCROACHMENT – Now Marketing GoBike Rentals as “Just $3 for Each Additional 15 Minutes”

Friday, October 20th, 2017

If you see the mom and pop owners of Frisco’s legacy bike rental businesses with their hands on their hips today…

…it’s due to this further ENCROACHMENT on their biz from wealthy Ford Motor Company / non-wealthy Motivate, International.

I’ll tell you, I’ve seen it all summer – tourists on GoBikes far far away from the closest stations headed towards, IDK, Hawk Hill and the ice cream shops of Sausalito. And I says, I says to myself, “Do these Euros know that they’re paying $12 an hour to rent a heavy bicycle?” And the answer is sometimes NO, owing to the way that these bikes are marketed, so the poor tourists just can’t understand why they’re getting charged three figures instead of the $10 or so they thought they were paying for a DayPass.

But on the other hand, some of them DO know what they’re paying. And guess what – they don’t care. It’s worth it to them. Oh, OK fine, that explains that.

And Ford Motivate wanted to offer three-hour passes not that long ago, until that idea got slapped down.

Anyway, check out yesterday’s offer:

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So don’t think of the $12 an hour as some kind of penalty, just think of it as the rental fee when you are price shopping your tourist bike rental.

That’s ENCROACHMENT, brother, so that’s FIVE YARDS.

All right, carry on FoMoCo. Let’s hope you can solve your Chariot issues as well, you know, those issues with the CHP what you’re in denial about…

What Color Would the Water of Our Vaillancourt Fountain be If It Weren’t Dyed Electric Blue? Take a Look

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Ah, August 2017, before the blue, the phathomless blue:

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This shot is from @JKBartleby, who sez:

“What should we do about the Vaillancourt Fountain?”

“Clean it?”

“Nah.”

“Run water through it again?”

Is sewer runoff cheaper than water?”

(Mmmm, wonder what it smelled like.)

And the next day or so things went blue blue blue.

And now the iceman season cometh, so the water’s gone again, until January 2018 at the earliest.

Anyway, we’ll have to wait to see which color RPD chooses to dye this water next year…

BOOM! An Unkempt Eucalyptus Tree vs. a Mercedes Benz and a Volvo in the Panhandle

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Nothing immediately obvious:

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There’s this note from SFGov…

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But you know, looks normal:

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Except for this:

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And this:

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Myself, I don’t know why we have euc trees in the Panhandle.

Maybe one of them will kill me someday.

(Avenge my death. Avenge me, you know, if you feel like it.)

Yet Another Burden for Overwhelmed Divisadero: Work on a One-Way Block of Scott Commences

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Northbound Scott is now Right Turn Only at Fell, FBOW:

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Anyway, if you don’t want Google buses on Scott anymore, Mission Accomplished.

Assembly Line Production of Self Driving Cars is Here: A Brand-New Bolt, One of 130 – Hayes Valley Meets Uncanny Valley

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Look what I saw coming out of Hayes Valley – it’s VEHT2079, a brand-new self-driving Chevy Bolt all the way from Orion Township, MI. It’s different. Notice the white thingamajigs above the front wheels:

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At first I thought it could have been a Project Titan from Apple, but no. It’s just an updated version of what we’ve seen for a while now.

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Of course that’s the human minder in the driver’s seat, but is that the robot in the passenger seat? Let’s ENHANCE:

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I’ll think of him as Frisco’s Star Trek Data, or Johnny Cab 2017, but you make the call, Gentle Reader

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Off they go, a boy and his robot:

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But not without a few Grove Street hassles. I mean, that’s what GM is doing here, a kind of driving torture test, right?

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And all this is just one block away from the Hayes Street block where Anthony Levandowski’s long-forgotten self-driving Pri-Bot used to get parked, right?

The Future is Now…

What Does RPD Think Golden Gate Park Needs? – More Boulders, Apparently – With All Its Problems, We Get This

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

IDK, man

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I said, IDK, man:

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I mean, it’s like RPD has some vision of what GGP should be like, so it spends money on this kind of thing:

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But then operations. Well, it’s anything goes, whatever, a half-assed job is good enough for us, oh, we just put another citizen into the hospital / morgue? Oh whatever, we’ve got giant cranes to hire, and aestheticisms to consult…

JMO.

(Oh, notice more giant rocks in the first photo.

Our SFMTA MUNI Says, “What the Hell, Let’s Bring Back the 28L” – As Seen Yesterday on 19th Ave

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Our SFMTA, operator of America’s Slowest Big-City Transit System™️, wants you to think better of it, so it changed the highly descriptive L for LIMITED nomenclature to the Orwellian R for RAPID. So now you’ll see the word all over, printed multiple times on bus stops, the better for you to associate MUNI with RAPID.

So that was then, but this is now, as seen just yesterday:

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Vox pop recentem:

What is a 28L? Why not reported on predictions app?”

The Worst Case of Close Parking I’ve Ever Seen, In All My Years, on the Streets of San Francisco

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

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There should have been a Seinfeld about close parkers…

MANSPLAINER: Uh No, Conde Nast, Barack H. Obama Was Not the 44th President of the United States – IRL, 44 was 43rd

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

(Mansplaining is telling stuff to ppl who didn’t ask you to tell them the stuff you’re telling them, right?)

So Conde Nast, I’ll just note that my man Stephen Grover Cleveland was both 22 and 24, so that means that 44 was 43rd, non?

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And DJT 45 is 44th.

One Simple Trick, huh?

And I know, you didn’t ask me to tell you. Sry.

But TMYK 🌈

(People ask me where I saw this. I think it was at the Lucky. But it’s gone now, long gone. A collector’s item in this Day and Age, I’m afraid.)