At least that’s where I saw all these people this past weekend.
This was Saturday:
Something about SOS and human organ harvesting in the People’s Republic of China, and other things as well I’m sure. Here’s Sunday on the GGB:
On It Goes…
This is the marble run: Hape Quadrilla Cyclone.
And here’s how much it costs. Which is to say Amazon will sell this set to you for something between $90-something and $190-something.
Here’s one way to set it up:
The Wall Street Journal approves, anyway.
Here’s the Cyclone set in action:
And here’s a mish-mash of two other sets:
Oh, made in China, natch.
IDK, read the comments section in Amazon for a few minutes and then You Make The Call.
I myself paid on the low end of Amazon’s absurdly wide pricing range, so I’m not complaining…
Here we go – mercy sakes alive, looks like we’ve got us a convoy, on Webster Street. Who inside? IDK, prolly a VIP from some authoritarian regime, like the Peoples Republic of somewhere or some other place where they occasionally need to roll the tanks through the capital to maintain power. Here’s the driver, with a giant black Mercedes / Chrysler Sprinter maxi-van with tinted windows:
Well, fair enough, it’s a free country over here, right? But what’s this – no license plates? Is that kosher? Could it be a violation of the California Vehicle Code Section 5200? Mmmm. Or maybe this van was bought just last week, down in the OC*?
And who’s running with flashing red and blue lights in the convoy? An escort of about eight SUVs with illegally tinted front windows and, guess what, more paper license plates:
Oh whoops, here’s an SUV with a regular plate, the only one I could see:
Anyway, I’ve never seen this kind of thing.
A little closer and now it looks out of focus, non? The buildings in front and behind look to be in focus, but not the thing itself.
And here it is. (I swear this is in focus.)
Anyway, just like the real Goddess of Democracy, this thing was made in China, for better or worse.
For one brief shining moment, some thought Taylor Swift would buy this long-empty fixer-upper up in Presidio Heights.
Then there was the art-thieving squatter – he’s imprisoned now, AFAIK.
And now this is how things looked last week:
I count five sk8tr boyz recording their tricks up there.
Look for the results on the YouTube.
Our poor, poor Koshland Mansion…
Well Summit 800 has certainly been getting attention the past week.
So now let’s take a visit Way Down South, even souther and wester than Parkmerced, which everyone would agree is pretty far south and west already, and make the case that these condos / townhomes / whatever are the McMansions of Frisco.
So what’s a McMansion, big housing on a small lot?
Well, you can’t get smaller lots than this, right? I mean, these places are abutting:
And take a look at this wall, below – no windows, right? Are they going to put more condos / townhomes / whatever in later on to cover this up? I mean, nobody else has windows on the side. Anyway, this is your McMansion hallmark – such a small separation betwixt units that there’s no real use for windows on the side:
“No City Limits” is the sign what’s mounted near the city limits, oddly. I mean this is the city limits, right?
All right, take a look. (And I’ll add that I’m not saying these units are McMansions, I’m saying that they’re the McMansions of Frisco.)
“In U.S. suburban communities, McMansion is a pejorative term for a “mass-produced mansion”. An example of a McWord, “McMansion” associates the generic quality of these luxury homes with that of mass-produced fast food by evoking the McDonald’s restaurant chain. The neologism “McMansion” seems to have been coined sometime in the early 1980s. It appeared in the Los Angeles Times in 1990 and the New York Times in 1998. Related terms include “Persian palace”, “garage Mahal”, “starter castle”, and “Hummer house”
The term “McMansion” is generally used to denote a new, or recent, multi-story house of no clear architectural style, which prizes superficial appearance, and sheer size, over quality.
Such very large, indeed expensive, but “mass produced” homes may sit on large lots: that is to say, an entire division of McMansions may be created (perhaps dozens or more at once), each on a large lot. However, in another usage “McMansion” is used pejoratively to refer to a house which replaced a smaller house, in a neighborhood of smaller houses, which seems far too large for its lot and thus crowds adjacent homes. (Indeed, such a McMansion may lack side windows due to the proximity to the boundaries – another McMansion-related cliché”
It’s the talk of the town these days.
But Google “summit 800 san francisco” and all you see are highly uncharacteristic blue skies. Isn’t that odd? I mean, we’re deep in the Frisco Fog Belt down there in the lower left corner of SF County, right?
Anyway, these shots come up in the above search. Don’t these Honolulu-style cloud look familiar? Aren’t they exactly the same in both images? What are the odds of that?
(Something’s gone wrong here!)
IDK, man. I just feel sorry for the out of towners buying these places.
Enjoy your fog, Newcomers!
This was the view we had of Dogpatch / Pier 80 a few years back:
Basically, that’s an old Marine Corps junior aircraft carrier that would get towed annually to Kauai, Hawaii to launch SCUD-like missiles for testing of Lockheed Martin’s now-famous THAAD missile defense system.
And here’s the news of the day, in early 2016:
Yeah, maybe. Is THAAD a good idea for the Korean Peninsula? I have no idea. But, this is recent Bay Area military history, which there’s not too much of these days.
I’d wondered about this vessel since I first noticed it back in aught-seven. Read all about it:
1. Here’s the news of the day:
2. Those systems are called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).
4. The USS Tripoli was based at Pier 80 in Dogpatch as recently as last year and it’s still there right now, for all I know.
That’s the connection.
That’s San Francisco’s contribution to the war effort.
(And, just saying, THAAD could come in handy when dealing with NK’s big buddy China…)
All the deets:
“She was decommissioned in 1995 and as of 2004, she was on loan to the Army, but remained laid up at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. In December 2006, the ship was towed to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where it now has a high-tech role as a launch platform with the nation’s developing ballistic missile defense program. Three times the ship was towed some 100 miles off shore and used to launch small ballistic missiles, which are then intercepted by Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Missiles, test-fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility. The last test in the series was performed 26 October, when the ship fired a “Scud-like” missile, which was successfully intercepted. The ship will be towed back to the San Francisco Bay Area for the winter. Kaua’i lacks a suitable land-based launch site, and the costs of building one would far exceed the approximately $600,000 per year it costs to use the old warship, so the vessel returned to Pearl Harbor for a second series of tests in late spring 2008. As of 16 June 2012 she berthed at Pier 80 in San Francisco, CA.”
Now I could tell you all about the supr sekrt USS Tripoli (LPH-10 (Landing Platform, Helicopter)) but that would be MUY PRO HI BI DA DO (I say that in Spanish because that’s how not allowed it would be).
Suffice to say the old girl has been chilling in the Dogpatch lately, right next to ridiculously hilly Potrero Hill.
Where, oh where, will it get towed to next?
What, oh what, will it next launch into the Heav’ns Above?
The Trip as seen off of Kauai in the 808 State (or somewhere else in the wide Pacific) during the sum, sum, summertime. Whoosh:
And from 2008:
Well, look what just got towed in from Hawaii. Fresh from testing of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, San Francisco’s favorite former helicopter carrier, the former U.S.S. Tripoli (LPH-10), had its ups and downs in the Aloha State.
Read all about the post-retirement adventures of the USS Tripoli at Telstar Logistics.
Under the Golden Gate Bridge:
Who knows what the future will be for this old ship. Probably more missile launching.
E komo mai. Nou ka hale, USS Tripoli
[UPDATE: Oh, I see, “California State Public Highway One” (in simplified Chinese) SUV Tours, something like that. A mystery solved…]
Photographer James Corrigan is wondering what’s going on here out in the west si-ide:
I aint never seen this. The left side means Californy and the right side means public something or other?
IDK. But I’ll find out, soon ‘nough.
(Maybe it’s a race to see who can buy more houses in the Sunset?)