But if this is what houses looked like a hundred years ago, well then that makes everything OK, I guess.
Here it is. It looks a lot like this one, huh?
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And then there’s this:
“There is such a shortage of drivers, we are basically trying to empty the ocean with an eyedropper,” Hayashi said. “So we may have recruited a few, but not nearly enough.”
Hey didn’t the SFMTA recently institute an enormous “tax” on medallions? Hey, was that a good idea? Oh it was, ’cause that’s the money what pays your six-figure salary? Ok fine…
Well here’s something new – it’s “iCars” from that horrible Bauer company.
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That was the wind-up, now here’s the pitch:
” iCars® service is a network of luxury cars, SUV’s and Mercedes Sprinter vans in San Francisco. This network is accessed through a sophisticated mobile application that allows riders to book and pay for on-demand, private and eco-Iuxury transportation service.
iCars® is managed by Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation, leveraging its transportation expertise and quality standards to ensure responsive, safe and superior transportation. iCars® service combines one of the best high-end transportation companies in the USA with the latest mobile technology to improve the ease and experience of on-demand transportation.
What is it? Luxury car service ordered “in the moment” for 1 to 12 passengers—in and around San Francisco, to SFO (San Francisco International Airport)
How to book? Through your smart phone—Apps available for iPhone and Android phones—reserve and pay online”
Hey Gary Bauer! Doesn’t your company(ies) kind of suck?
I think so!
I say that because your Yelp ratings are pretty low even including all those five-star shill reviews. Check it:
What good does social media branding do if your service sucks?
And hey, speaking of Bauer’s social media branding and purported blogger Zennie62 / Zennie Abraham, what’s up with this?
It’s mighty interesting tho.
Hey Gary Bauer! Isn’t a Sprinter van mostly a delivery vehicle? I think so. Do you really consider it a “luxury” vehicle?
Hey Gary Bauer! Why don’t you raise your rates so that you can improve your services so that your customers could be a little happier?
“We are opening a new branch office for our established personal injury firm in the Mission. We need a part time receptionist who is fluent in Spanish and English. This position may grow to full time. Initially, duties will include answering phones, forwarding messages, drafting documents, client intake, helping clients with paper work, setting meetings for attorney, coordinating with our main office, and working with lead attorney. Experience in the legal field is not mandatory, but preferred. We will train the right candidate. You need to be reliable, and willing to learn quickly.
Pay will start at $10 per hour. Excellent oral and written communication skills, attention to detail and punctuality are needed. Proficiency with Word is a must.
The hours will be Monday-Thursday 11:00 am-4:00 pm. Position is available now.
Please submit resume and cover letter to apply. We are conducting in person interviews on Wednesday the 25th at our office in the Mission so please inquire if you are interested. After reviewing your resume we will call for a phone interview so please be prepared to speak to our office manager Heather.”
Oh, good news. This cheesy law firm / partnership / sole proprietorship has taken things up a notch by changing its ad to now offer “minimum wage.”
Let’s just say that long-time Yelper Rosie S is not a fan of Bauer’s Limousine / Bauer’s Transportation / Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation. Why? Well, ’cause they sent a tacky van instead of a proper limo to her wedding a few months back. Check the excerpts:
The 10 passenger limo I ordered did NOT arrive. Instead, they sent us a VAN! The morning of my wedding. Not what I ordered.
I contacted the company when I returned from my honeymoon–note: they NEVER contacted me to explain the situation nor to apologize–and they said:
“I have checked with our operations department as to what happened this day and it appears there had been a mechanical issue with a regular stretch limo so they made the last minute decision to upgrade the vehicle to a limousine van. This was our next best option at the moment. I sincerely apologize that a regular stretch did not appear, but this was viewed as a free upgrade to the original vehicle reserved.”
Horrendous company, terrible service, awful fleet of cars if they have seemingly frequent “mechanical issues.” Do yourself a favor and STAY AWAY FROM BAUER’S unless you want to get ripped off and disappointed! Especially on your wedding day….
Can you believe that? Now, if I were running a crappy limo / transportation / “intelligent” transportation company, I’d feel bad about my fail whale exploding all over a wedding and I’d apologize and then I’d give a full refund, but that’s just me.
Now, speaking of crappy, how about them Bauer limousine van / bus / whatever drivers on the 101?
Speeding? Sure, we’ve got to get you to the church (or wherever) on time! But signaling? Not so much. You see, there’s no money in signaling:
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Rosie says that the Bauer people didn’t respond to her until after she filed suit in San Francisco Superior Court, Small Claims Division. Oh well.
Now, judges might be sympathetic to plaintiffs in a situation like this, but you never know how they’d rule. Sometimes what’s in the contract is what matters and sometimes not so much. Oh well.
But I believe the gist of Rosie’s story – I don’t think that she’s committing Yelp fraud, I don’t think that she owns a rival cheesy “intelligent” transportation company or that she’s sponsored by one.
Speaking of which, there’s somebody on Yelp saying how great Bauer’s is but he neglected to add in or update the little tidbit that Bauer’s is a “sponsor” of his. Oh well. I’ll give you one guess how many Yelp stars he gives to Bauer’s IT.
Did you guess cinco?
You’re right, mi amiga/o. (And actually, it appears that purported “Luminary” and “City Bright” writer at the San Francsico Chronicle’s SFGate.com Zenophon / Zennie62 is incapable of ever giving anything less than five stars on Yelp. How sporting!)
Anyway, good luck Rosie!
[Yeah, mouthpiece, that's the ticket, I'll change it to mouthpiece and keep out of trouble.]
I don’t know, saw some bit about “solar” buses on SFGate and I clicked on it thinking, “oh, so we have solar buses now, to go along with science-project solar cars and NASA-funded solar airplanes?” Well, turns out that it’s San Francisco Chronicle “City Bright” (and also a Seattle Post Intelligencer “City Bright” as well!) Zennie62. And he has a “sponsor.” See?
So that explains why Zennie would prattle on about that cheesy one-star-rated Bauer’s Limousine company. Anyway, here’s the bit that grabbed my attention:
“What Is The Solar Bus?”
But, work with me here, it’s a diesel bus he’s talking about. That’s the big fuss.
Here’s his latest:
“Are you stupid? No one – especially me – has said the buses had Solar Engines! Where the hell did you get your education? A San Francisco Bar? Learn to read — for you own good.”
Well, I don’t know about the nonsensical term “Solar Engines” (oddly capitalized, non?)* but I do know he called a diesel bus a “solar bus” so I called him on it. (Then he started calling it a conversion to an “electric bus”, but of course the rig in question started out life as a big old heavy, smelly diesel bus and it will end its life as a big old heavy, smelly, diesel bus, end of story.)
And he does it again here, in his “original creation” blog post:
“The solar bus has been in operation on our fleet since January 2010 and the results have been outstanding.”
Or maybe the Bauer people wrote that part? But didn’t they write the other part too? So which part is Zennie’s “original creation?”
Now check it, here’s a Google on the phrase he used. Note that a good lot of those hits are his.
And yet, this simpleton is on the SFGate claiming how many millions he’s “driving” to SFGate (but isn’t that the other way ’round?) and boasting of 19 million views on YouTube, or something:
And BTW, is that lot of claimed views on YouTube? I mean, doesn’t a typical 16-year-old girl unpacking her mall purchases have a lot more views?
I mean, even Fighting Trousers has a quarter million views at this point, and that’s about 25 times as much as a typical effort from Z62, it would seem.
Now, speaking of metrics, I could have sworn that this search only got like 900-something results just yesterday, and now it’s over 1000. See?
(Does Gary Bauer pay Zennie for every mention Zennie puts on SFGate? Mmmm.)
Now, poor Zennie is still smarting from not being able to go to the Academy Awards last year. Oh, the oppression. Oh well.
But maybe all his yammering will get him an invite for 2011, who knows. And then maybe he won’t be whinging all the time.
So, c’mon Academy, kick somebody out of your show to make room for Zennie. Somehow, that could result in Zennie62 “advancing women in business and politics.” (I mean, the best woman for that job is a man, right girlfriends?)
All right, now I’m begging. Please, Academy, give him his ticket or voucher or whatever he wants. If anyone deserves to yammer his way to the Academy Awards, it’s Zennie62.
*This is called a negative pregnant, a device typically employed by con men, criminals and lawyers. Not sure what a “solar engine” is but Zennie called a diesel bus a solar bus (and then later an electric bus) – that’s the issue at hand.
I don’t know how people get compensated to labor as “City Brights” at SFGate / The San Francisco Chronicle, but it must be a sweet life. Anyway, got a little blowback from this bit about purported “solar buses” from that cheesy one-star-out-of-five-Yelp-Rated Bauer’s Limousine /Bauer’s Transportation Bauer’s Whatever company, the one with the bad drivers on the 101.
You know, this company:
Now, what I did last month was point out that we don’t have solar buses out there on the roads yet, despite what City “Bright” Zennie62 said. In fact, what we have from Bauer are diesel buses with about 100 square feet of photovoltaic panels that don’t do crap,* fundamentally, up on top.
Thus speaketh Zennie62:
“This is silly. You type “here’s an electric bus that gets it’s juice from solar,” and if you bothered to visit the website, you’d find that what Bauer’s is specializing in, is a conversion to exactly that: “an electric bus that gets it’s juice from solar.” What’s the deal? Did you just see that I blogged this and BLINDLY challenged it without thinking? I’m used to that from people in the Bay Area. This was another really stupid example.”
So maybe Zennie62 still thinks it’s still not a diesel bus just after I explained just that to him? (And is Zennie a local, a “City Bright,” or is he the Man from Mars, the auslander, paid to comment about “people from the Bay Area?” I’m unclear on that.)
I don’t know why the vaunted SFGate, an international website with employees that have expense accounts and whatnot, an international website that gets two to three orders of magnitude more traffic than this tiny WordPress joint, would come after said tiny WordPress joint.
And is that only 904 hits for Bauer’s Transportation on SFGate.com’s City Brights for 2010 - that’s all so far? Well, the year is young, Zennie Abraham, so if you make a few more banal posts and/or videos about Bauer’s, you know, that cheesy “transportation” company with the bad drivers, then you could get that number up to an even 1000.
Bon courage, Zennie.
*Could those solar panels power a single hair dryer? It depends. Drive the “solar bus” to Ecuador and then, on a clear “bright” sunny day at noon, I’d say probably they could, but I don’t have the exact specs on the panels and the energy storage system…
No problems here at the front of the rivet. Click to expand:
And the buck-tail here on the other side looks good:
Here’s your problem: the end of your buck-tail looks like an aluminum can because it’s made out of aluminum. It’s one thing to have a defect in your MG18A03C AN 36009 CA 00213 Straight Leg Egyptian cotton (or cotton from Egypt, anyway) jeans, but it’s another thing to look like they’re not even trying.
Construction seems a little cheesy at 20x life size.
How to fix a rivet – that’s the next task…
It’s a little hard to see the writing in the window of this piiiiink 20-passenger Hummer H2 limousine from two-star rated, Santa Clara-based LeGrande Affair, but it says “SWEET SIXTEEN” just so you know.
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But save your pennies and this could be you. Someday.
Shown on California Street in the Financial District is a White Motor Company vehicle from the 1930′s. Feel free to call it what you will.
The license plate says “36 LIMO” and the company that owns it, The Ambassador’s Rolls, refers to it thusly:
Why don’t we compromise and call it a coach? Click to expand:
You can see similar vehicles on Going-To-The-Sun Road in Montana at Glacier National Park. Glacier’s red buses have been modified a bit for the new millenium. Long may they roll.