Posts Tagged ‘Corte Madera’

Look Out Shoppers – The Gap’s Traveling Cheer Squad and Drumline is Now in the Bay Area

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Here’s how it will be until the end of this week – you’ll be out and about on the Streets of San Francisco near Union Square, the Ferry Building or Fishermans Wharf and then you’ll encounter Gap‘s Cheer Squad and Drumline and/or their giant buffalo-plaid bus.

This peppy crew will be giving away stuff as they perform.

Thusly. This is a lot of air without a net, huh. As recently seen in NYC:

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You can’t miss them – they just drove up from L.A. in this monster:

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So, be on the look out. What more can we ask from our corporate overlords than free swag? 

They’ll be hitting Santa Clara County today, San Francisco tomorrow, Marin County Saturday, and San Mateo County Sunday.

The deets:

The Gap Cheer Squad and Drumline are bringing the cheer home to San Francisco this Thursday through Sunday. They’ll be spreading cheer around the Bay Area with performances and giveaways. Show your holiday spirit and you could win cozy Gap accessories or a pair of 1969 jeans.

Thursday, December 17th
Valley Fair Mall

Friday, December 18th
Union Square
The Ferry Building
Market & Powell (The Flood Building)
Chestnut Street
Fisherman’s Wharf

Saturday, December 19th
Corte Madera

Sunday, December 20th
Stanford Shopping Center

 
Cheer Squad & Drumline Dates and Cities:
New York City: Friday, November 27 – Monday, November 30
Chicago: Thursday, December 3 – Sunday, December 6
Los Angeles: Friday, December 11 – Tuesday, December 15
San Francisco Bay Area: Thursday, December 17 – Sunday, December 20

The Only Way to Tour San Francisco is on Top of a Giant Yellow Fire Truck

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Fat Tire Planet wants to drive you around town in their open-top fire truck from the 1960′s. Fair enough.

Will the ride up Anza Hill (did I date an Anza Hill in college? Something close to that.) on bloody Masonic Avenue in the western Western Addition / NOPA area inspire you to stand up and raise your arms in the air like you just don’t care? Possibly.

Yes, this 1968 Howe Defender 90 just might feel like a roller coaster on the hilly streets of San Francisco. As seen near Mervyn’s Heights:

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But Hannah Kenney of  Corte Madera (Marin County), CA has a beef with this four-decade old piece of rolling Maker Faire. Actually, she’s developed a lot of beefs driving around by herself when she ventures south of her wealthy suburban enclave way up in the North Bay. Her concerns:

– The flood of bicycle tourists into Sausalito who tend to create traffic concerns all over the city and Marin.  

– Those little motorized yellow two-seatersthat are difficult to spot in your rearview and side-view mirrors are louder than cars, aggravating to pedestrians and are often driven by people who don’t seem to understand the rules of the road here. How are those even legal?  

– I recently had the displeasure of being stuck on Divisadero next to a lumbering yellow fire enginethat had been repurposed as a tour bus - not the quaint older type, but a modern truck: FatTirePlanet.comIn an eco-friendly town such as San Francisco, how is it possible that we [sic] can provide permits of operation to such an unnecessary mode of transport that certainly damages the environment?  

See? All you tourists are warned – stay off of  bicycles, two-seaters, and “modern” fire trucks when you visit the area.

But if you must ride on a firetruck tour, please, by all means, keep it quaint.

That is all.

HISTORY & FEATURES Prairie Prince, Pete Misthos and Morgan Raimond to lovingly restore Engine#1 to her current glory!

Engine #1 is a 1968 Howe Defender 90, used by the Contra Costa County Fire Department until her pump seized in the mid 1990s. Fat Tire Planet owner Cyrus Forootan bought her at auction in 2000, and spent 4 years working with local artists

Features include:

  • Maximum capacity of 30 people
  • Convertible, open-air 360° view
  • Comfortable padded seats
  • State-of-the-art sound system – Enjoy our music selection or bring your own!
  • Ample locked storage
  • Full catering & DJs available
  • Locally-owned and operated
  • Fully licensed and insured
About Fat Tire Planet Fire Truck Tours

Ready for a magic carpet ride?

Hop on board Engine #1, the Biggest Hot-Rod Convertible in California – Bright yellow, surrounded by red flames, she embodies the creative eccentricity of San Francisco!

Engine #1 breaks the mold of traditional touring – passengers can take in the sounds, smells and spectacular views of the city from her open-air seating deck.  No other tour vehicle can come close to bringing the most beautiful city in the United States to LIFE!

All year long, weather permitting, the fire truck is available for private parties and charters.  We have blankets, you BYOB.  Minimum 15 passengers @ $30/ person for 3 hours for charters.

During the summer season (May-October), we specialize in San Francisco city tours on a customized yellow open air fire truck with an awesome sound systemand an amazing flame job.  We can accommodate up to 25 people.