Posts Tagged ‘climb’

Ford Motor Company GoBike Regrets Promoting Rental Bike Racing in Marin, Going Over Bridges, Competing with Locals

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Let’s see if I can pay off on that headline.

Here’s the recent GoBike race on Conzelman in the GGNRA:

Now, who thought this was great, but the corporate employees/contractors @FordGoBike in, who knows, North Carolina, Michigan, New Yawk? Someplace like that. (Someplace where Ford can rightfully call $16.13 per hour “living wages” the way they call that very same hourly rate a living wage in Frisco. But anyway.)

Proof of this is in the ghost of the deleted Tweet, what the Ford People took down. See?

Speaking of which, you can’t race Ford Motor Company rental bikes. It’s against your agreement. (Say hey, did these roadie racers even sign an agreement and pay their money and their overtime fees? Who paid for the expense of this hours-long Ford Motor Company bikeshare promotion on the Golden Gate Bridge? IDK, but it appears to have been organized through FaceBook.)

Speaking of which, Ford Motor Company made a commitment to not compete with legacy Frisco-to-Sausalito bike rental outfits. And yet, compete they do, over and over, every day, over the bridge and back. If you don’t believe me, have your editor assign you to the GoBike beat and ask for the GPS record for these bikes, why not? Oh, what’s that, there’s no GPS on Ford Motor Company rental bikes? Mmmm, so how is Ford tracking all these people? Perhaps through their smartphones? Perhaps 24-7, like how fast you drive your car, how hard you press your brakes, gee, do people realize that they’re signing up for all this? NB: Search for “DO NOT TRACK” to see how the GOBIKE people react to such a command? (Spoiler: Ford has zero respect for any such Do Not Track anything, sry.))

Speaking of which, didn’t Ford agree to get rid of its Gobike On The Bridge marketing, due to its competition with local rental mom and pops? Well, Tweeting about this race kind of goes against that, non?

So for all these reasons, RACING, BRIDGING, COMPETING, Ford Motor Company rethought the matter and then deleted its Tweet(s).

FIN.

Beach Horse, Mountain Horse, Marin County

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Up, up, up – this critter is the SUV of Horses:

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Never seen this…

An Energetic Street Youth Makes It “Snow” in the Western Addition by Climbing Up a Plum Tree and Shaking It

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Thusly:

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And if you think this a cherry tree, I’ll ask you what color the leaves are, and you’ll say plum, and I’ll say BINGO! Even in J-town, the blossoms you see are from plum trees…

Good News, Everybody! That “$3 Million Farmhouse” at 10th and Balboa Sold for LESS Than Asking Price in 2014

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Oh, wait a sec, maybe that’s BAD news – it depends on who you are.

Anyway, here’s proof that it’s possible to buy a place in Frisco for less than asking price in the Year Of Our Lord 2014:

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One of the asking prices was the “lucky” number of $2,888,888.88, IIRC.

Fin.

What It Looks Like When a Passerby Starts Climbing Up Our Chinese Consulate Building

Monday, September 1st, 2014

It looks like this:

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Bro* was like a monkey, a tall, lanky monkey. He made it up to this garage door roof with a quickness. I wouldn’t have thought that this would be so easy:

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I didn’t see where he went after that, but he was standing on the garage roof when I last caught sight of him. People with desks 20 feet above Geary might have been surprised to see him peering in, if they were working, which I don’t think they were, as this was Labor Day Weekend on the visa side of the compound, not the spycraft side of the compound

Speaking of which, here’s the scene last Saturday at the very same time on the Laguna side of the building – eight people were trying to figure out how best to fix the damage from that fire bomb attack perpetrated by a Chinese national earlier this year:

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It seems there’s always something going on at this place – protests, SFFD calls, numerous SFPD Bomb Squad calls, etc.

Oh Chinese authoritarian regime, will you ever win?

*Here’s his ninja shirt

SF’s Next Viral Video: “Alex Honnold’s Urban Ascents” – Dude Freeclimbs Palace of Fine Arts and 720 California

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Oh my!

What’s this, we’re selling insurance here – “Stride Health?” OK fine.

What’s this, the Palace of Fine Arts is “solid?” No, it’s not, it’s crumbly, or at least part of it is.* Just ask RPD Chief Phil Ginsburg.

And, circling back, did anybody ask RPD Chief Phil Ginsburg persimmon** to climb*** our Palace? Like did Stride Health get everything signed off on this one, is what I’m asking…

*Oh, perhaps not, perhaps it’s been all fixed up

**Mmmm… persimmon

***That’s a serious question – I don’t know the answer.

Richmond District Photo Quiz: How is This Farmhouse at 10th and Balboa Worth $3 Million? OMG, I’m Gobsmacked

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Here it is, the Inner Richmond farmhouse at 594 10th Avenue what’s worth $2,888,888.88 or whatever, as seen on a dread sunny day:

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And oh yes, this crib is just perfect for “entertaining dignitaries.” (And then when that’s over, just head up two blocks to Geary to the prostitution sector for a “happy endings” massage to, you know, complete the soiree!)

Sometimes I just don’t know…

And I’m not objecting to the price, I’m objecting to the price for this, this monument to real estate obsolescence at this particular location. Now if you want to drag this thing northeast to a few blocks above California, well then you might have something, Climb Realty.

To reiterate, sometimes I just don’t know…

(In closing, Amenities, Not Enemies)

Skyscraperman Dan Goodwin Takes on Our Millennium Tower – Refuses Orders to Stop Climb

Monday, September 6th, 2010

This is the scene today in the SoMA, where Skyscraperman and cancer survivor Dan Goodwin is adding our Millennium Tower at 301 Mission to his list of climbed buildings.

SFist has a nice shot posted.

Looks like he needed something to do after his Extreme Delivery deal with Dominoes Pizzato climb the Campanile Tower at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las got cancelled.

Can you see the fellow on the right trying to talk to Dan from the partially open window? Dan paid no attention to him so the window guy shut his window after about 15 seconds. Click to expand:

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The Welcome Wagon awaits:

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Is this man really 55 years old?

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Apparently.

What do you think it’ll cost the SFPD to manage this falderal when all is said and done?

And what will Kamala Harris charge him with? How about: 

Disorderly conduct;

Public nuisance;

Criminal trespass; and

Criminal damage to property?

You know, for starters. Could this become an issue for Steve Cooley to use in the race for California Attorney General if Kamala goes too easy on Spider Dan?

We’ll see.

Famous Stan Lee will close this one out with the deets on his Dan’s life story:

What a story!

Here’s this young guy, Dan Goodwin, seemingly normal in every respect, who ends up emulating his comicbook hero, The Amazing Spider-Man, in real life!

After witnessing the tragic fire at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on November 21st, 1980, Dan became a man with a mission. A mission made all the more urgent after the horrible event in New York on September 11th, 2001.

We’ve all seen the newspaper and TV accounts of Dan’s incredible feats, his scaling the outside walls of the Sears Tower in Chicago and the World Trade Center in New York. But SpiderDan (as the media dubbed him) is far more than a publicity-seeking opportunist. There has been an unflagging, altruistic purpose to his widely-heralded, attention-getting climbs. This amazing young man has elected to put his new-found fame to a most worthy cause, a cause that should be at the very top of our nation’s priorities today.

Aware of the fact that America’s skyscrapers are, and always will be, vulnerable to future terrorist attacks, Dan Goodwin has devoted his time and his fame to sponsoring the world’s first Skyscraper Defense Act. Its goal is admirable, its purpose clear, its need painfully apparent. The Skyscraper Defense Act would fund the creation and training of super elite rescue teams throughout the United States capable of rescuing victims from burning skyscrapers through the use of specially designed hovering helicopters, cables and highly trained professionals able to scale the exteriors of such buildings.

I’m proud to think that a superhero like Spider-Man, with whom I’m so closely connected, might have influenced Dan Goodwin in any way and might bear some share of the credit for the concept of the much needed and much admired Skyscraper Defense Act.

So, here’s to SpiderDan. It’s a kick to be able to welcome a real life superhero into the proud pantheon of American icons!

Excelsior!

Stan Lee

Jerry Brown Throws Down: Proposes At Least Ten Town Hall Meetings with Meg Whitman

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide billionaires who try to buy elections, or something like that.

Anyway, he’s just issued a challenge* to his Republican opponent  in the 2010 gubernatorial race.

via Thomas Hawk

Here it is:

LOS ANGELES – Gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown proposed today that he and Republican nominee Meg Whitman hold 10 joint town hall appearances around the state to discuss job creation, schools and the state’s budget mess and to answer questions from voters.
     “Partisan bickering and attack-dog politics have created an awful mess in Sacramento, and I think Meg and I now have an opportunity to change the tenor of politics in California by conducting a responsible campaign that shows the politicians that there is a better way to do business,” Brown told a news conference.
     “I’m inviting Meg Whitman to join with me to run a campaign that will put the focus on town halls where each of us in an unscripted manner will discuss our positions and answer questions,” Brown said.
     “Let’s tell people how we’ll manage their tax dollars, how we’ll hold down taxes, how we’ll make government work better and more efficiently, how we’ll fix our schools and how we’ll create jobs,” he added.
     Brown suggested that he and Whitman have at least 10 joint town halls and said the first should begin within several weeks.
     “We should hold them throughout the state, perhaps starting in San Diego or San Jose, and then hold sessions in Fresno, Anaheim, Oakland, Sacramento, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Francisco,” he said.  “I think we should have a variety of formats.  Some of the town halls could have a panel of reporters asking questions.  Others might have local teachers.  Some could have regular voters asking Meg and me whatever questions are on their minds.”
     Brown said the series of town halls will give the voters a “full picture” of the two candidates for governor and make TV advertising less important.
     “If I never see another political ad in my life, I’ll be happy,” he added. “And I’ll bet that most people feel the same way. The town halls will show the voters that we can act as adults and actually treat each other with respect. Meg and I may not agree on many issues, but we can at least tell the truth and explain how we would approach the job of governor.”
Brown said that the town hall meetings will allow voters to “see and hear” how the candidates intend to deal with California’s budget deficit and unemployment problem.
“We need to change the way of thinking in Sacramento and get the politicians to stop their constant partisan attacks. The politicians in Sacramento need to find some common ground, and that will be much easier if candidates conduct responsible, issue-oriented campaigns.”

*JB is unafraid to issue challenges to further his chances of becoming Your Governor Once Again. For example, just after a big-city mayor wisely declined to enter a stair-climbing contest(!) with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom last year, Jerry Brown preceded to challenge Gavin to a one-on-one IQ test. I’m seriously. Needless to say, there was no reply to that gambit, no reply at all.

The Golden State’s Silvery Street – Where Cable Cars Go Halfway to the Stars

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Here’s California Street looking west from the Financial District / Chinatown area. When the light’s just right, the cable car rails shimmer all silv’ry in the relative darkness created by high-rise buildings.

Thusly:

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Did you know that Paris is gay? That’s what Tony Bennett (and Frank Sinatra) said:

The loveliness of Paris seems somehow sadly gay,
The glory that was Rome is just another day,
I’ve been terribly alone and forgotten in Manhattan,
I’m going home to my city by the bay.

I left my heart in San Francisco, high on a hill it calls to me
To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars.
The morning fog may chill the air, I don’t care.
My love waits there in San Francisco, above the blue and windy sea,
When I come home to you, San Francisco, your golden sun will shine for me.

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Climbing from Montgomery to Kearny to Grant to Stockton to Powell and finally up to Mason.

Whew.