In all my years, Gentle Reader, I ain’t never seen this:
What does it mean?
[UPDATE: So, what we’ve had in this case is remarkably poor judgment, having to do with an obsession over “bomb”-ing down steep hills, penning an ode to bike helmet, insisting that speeding through an intersection is “legal,” and now, inadvertently pinging people about what you’re reading. If you don’t get feedback here, where are you going to get it from?]
Well here’s what popped up on a Google News Alert:
To review, here’s The Trial:
“One of Kafka’s best-known works, it tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed neither to him nor the reader.”
And here’s Kafkaesque:
Of, relating to, or suggestive of Franz Kafka or his writings; especially: having a nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical quality
So Chris B is Josef K?
So the guards at this troubled location have resorted to posting long messages in car windows.
“Attn DPT: Please do not ticket this vehicle…”
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The current SFMTA position is that only security guards and cops can legally park at this location. This is a result, one supposes, of that Chinese citizen firebombing the front door of the place on Laguna not too long ago…
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Well, I know it’s a selfie stick because I seen them using it. In this shot above they are simply reviewing their results.
Actually, I heard about the “selfie stick backlash” afore I ever saw one. We’re moving through Kashmir Hill territory here, from June 2014:
“That is un-f***ing believable,” he said. My Hong Kong friend was surprised by our surprise. “It’s a selfie stick,” she explained. “They’re all over Asia.”
Oh, here’s one, and there are others.
In closing, selfie stick – it’s a thing!
Or, if you’d prefer, Selfie-Stick Fever – Catch It!
Oh let the sun beat down upon my selfie-stick, stars to fill my dream
I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been
To pose for selfies with the gentle race, this world has seldom seen
They talked for days of my new iPhone 6, and all will be revealed
The news of the day:
Boy, it wouldn’t take too much effort from a few members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to hop on this particular bandwagon.
Now, which street to rename?
Hey, how about Laguna, the location of our Chinese Consulate? My, wouldn’t that be “provocative?”
In related news, here’s what a small stretch of Laguna looks like now, right in front of the consulate – see the brand-new NO STOPPING ANY TIME signs?
They’re also on Geary, so that means the Western Addition has lost maybe ten parking spaces, in the name of security, one supposes.
Actually, I’m surprised that parking lasted as long as it did, as it was such an obvious security issue.
On It Goes…
[UPDATE: Well, as of December 2014, 3800 Washington is, once again, off the market, or so they say. See the old webpage, below.]
Well, this was the big rumor of May 2014:
Then the Taylor Swift people said no way, Jose.
But hey, look what’s on the front door now, a weathered posting:
Here’s my stab at it:
MR HU XU AND I MISS XIA XU
OWN OUR PERMANENT RESIDENCE
3800 AND 3810 WASHINGTON STREET
IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
THIS PROPERTY IS NOT FOR SALE
MISS XIA XU
But here’s the For Sale sign that’s still there. (Note the smallish 3810 Washington next door on the left.)
And here’s the web site still offering the place for sale. Check it out – the floor plans make this place look amazing, with levels up and down into the earth
And here’s the current listing.
This certainly is a mystery…
Subterranean by design
I wonder what I would find
If I met you, let my eyes caress you
Until I meet the thought of Miss Princess Xu?