Posts Tagged ‘costco’

Endlessly Fascinating: People Who Queue Up at Frisco Costco to Buy JUST ONE THING – Why are They So Passionate About ____?

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

I remember a lot of them, mostly from the Costco #144 (nickname: The Gross*) in SoMA.

The ladies’ man with the one bottle of Hpnotiq on a Saturday afternoon.

Those lost souls desperately looking for “grass-fed butter.”

And then there’s this guy, with the small bag of rice:

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What must be a very special bag of rice…

*One dozen dozen, just the way you sometimes can buy things at a Costco. Or twelve to the power of you. “That’s two to the fighting eighth power,” Yossarian pointed out, “if you’re thinking of writing a symbolic poem about our squadron.”

A Brief History of Division Street’s Homeless People in Tents, 2015-2016 – Plus Theories: El Nino v. Super Bowl 50

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Well, let’s go way back for starters, back when the Bicycle Thieves Of San Francisco aimed to steal your entire bike. They’d sometimes get caught with stolen bikes and car jacks.*

But these days, it’s bike parts thieves seem to settle for, so cyclists need to protect not just the frame but also the wheels, the saddle and the headset, and other bits too, if you can.

So that means that today’s bike thief needs room to store stuff and that’s where Division Street comes in. It’s been a good place to park a vehicle or pitch a tent without being bothered too much, plus it’s close to the action – it’s close to 7th and Market and the Main Library.

This is what things looked like under the I-80 before Fall 2015 as I remember things:

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This is how I remember things being for a decade or two.

But then all of a sudden, instead of a few tents here and there, a bunch of tents popped up. They filled up practically every possible space in lines that stretched from Costco #144 all the way to South Van Ness. I’m guessing this occurred  anywhere from mid-to-late November 2015 to early December at the latest.

This is part of the north (aka west) side of Division on Dec. 13th:

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Compare that with this shot of the same place on Dec. 9th

And this is the other side of the street closer to 10th Street at the end of December:

 

 

 

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I’ll tell you, most of these hundreds of people are NOT bike thieves.

So why did they show up here at the end of 2015?

The Holidays? I could see why the SFPD et al might want to ignore things until after Thanksgiving, Christmas and whatnot.

El Nino? This would be a good place to stay out of most of the rain, of course, and the forecast was for lots of it coming soon.

Super Bowl 50? The corporate party part of Super Bowl 50 had lots of knock-on effects for SFGov – it seemed like each and every SF Department was gearing up. At the time I thought, well, this doesn’t look too good either, if this is the alternative to homeless people hanging out near Super Bowl City in the Financial.

Availability of Tents? I remember seeing truck upon truck delivering stuff here, something like an FM radio station with “Chuy in the Morning” written on the side, something like that. So sure, food, but tents too? IDK.

Those are some ideas, anyway.

I don’t know, if SFGov cleans out all these tents in February 2016, will that end shoplifting at Rainbow Grocery?

We’ll find out soon enough.

Anyway, that’s your brief history of the tents on Division from 2015-2016.

*Stolen from the trunks of boxy Volvos. It was a thing.

The Largest Stuffed Animal at Costco #144 in SoMA is Only 93″ Tall? Presenting the $280, 48-Pound “HugFun” Bear

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Or $189? I couldn’t tell if I was looking at the right sign.

Here it is:

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Now let’s talk pros and cons:

“Pros: It’s a giant bear!”

“Cons: Will not fit in a normal size car”

Oh, and be sure to see if this critter will fit into your lifestyle.

Happy Christmas!

Mile Rock and a Freighter Full of Japanese Cars – Roll On, Roll Off

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Somehow, it still makes sense to get our cars from high-cost Japan.

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Cars roll on this ugly Chronus Leader ship in Japan and roll off in the east bay or the north bay.

T’was ever thus.

The New, Reuseable Costco Shopping Bags are Here! – Huge! – $1.50 Each – International Orange – Puts Frisco On the Map

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

A four-pack costs $5.99.

These replace the famous green ones. Two sets of handles, Golden Gate Bridge motif, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA on the side.

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Oh what a day. 

What a lovely day!

Corporate Joke: “ENBRIGHTEN” from GE – Making a Verb a Verb Again

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

[UPDATE: And, oh yes, A Noble Spirit Embiggens The Smallest Man – see Comments.]

Here you go, know your en- and your -en

Prefix: en- “…forming verbs”

Suffix: -en “makes the word a verb”

Put them together and you’ve got enbrighten:

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The only similar I can think of is enliven, which, of course, is a synonym of liven.

(Srs. suggestion: Why not Enbright instead? )

All right, GE, keep on enbrightening our world…

“SUPERVISOR MALIA COHEN AND INSTACART PARTNER TO EXPAND GROCERY DELIVERY TO SAN FRANCISCO FOOD DESERTS”

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

The news of the day, for those in the 94124 and 94134:

SUPERVISOR MALIA COHEN AND INSTACART PARTNER TO EXPAND GROCERY DELIVERY TO SAN FRANCISCO FOOD DESERTS

Grocery delivery now available in Bayview Hunters Point and Visitacion Valley Neighborhoods

San Francisco, CA – Supervisor Malia Cohen and Instacart today announced a new partnership that will expand grocery delivery services to the Bayview Hunters Point and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods.

Under this new expansion, residents in the 94124 and 94134 zip codes will now have access to delivery services from all of Instacart’s existing partners including Safeway, Whole Foods Market, Smart and Final and Costco. Bayview Hunters Point and Visitacion Valley have long been considered food deserts by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with residents having to travel at least a mile to access a grocery store where fresh and healthy food is available.

“This is a matter of social justice,” said Supervisor Malia Cohen. “Everyone – no matter what neighborhood or part of the City they live in – should have the ability to access healthy and fresh foods. We need to be creative about the ways we provide this access. This new expansion is a critical part of my ongoing efforts and initiatives to increase healthy food access to the southeast neighborhoods.”

“We’re thrilled to be able to expand our presence to San Francisco food deserts and meet the strong appeals for Instacart from the community,” said Heather Wake, Instacart’s San Francisco General Manager. “We look forward to serving the people of Hunters Point and Visitacion Valley and giving them access to quality groceries on-demand.”

“The Southeast Food Access Coalition has been working to increase access to healthy food for Bayview residents since 2007 and is pleased that all SF residents will now be able to access fresh produce through Instagram. This supports our efforts, and we look forward to further expand healthy food access,” said Jacob Moody, co-chair of the Southeast Food Access Coalition.

Coming to a Frat Party Near You: Costco-Brand Light Beer for $11-Something per Case – Taste? Horrible

Friday, May 29th, 2015

No, it’s not Keystone, it’s Kirkland Signature Light

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But don’t take my word for it, buy a doublecase yourself, why not? That’s how they come, 48 cans at a time…

SFGov’s Semi-Secret Abandoned Mattress Pickup Service, Seen Picking Up Bedding in Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

As seen on Lincoln out west in San Francisco County:

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Somebody might have been using this mattress to sleep on in Golden Gate Park – I can’t tell.

This might be the RPD parks and recreation people – I can’t tell. (The Recology garbage monopoly people use hydraulics for a streetside summary execution of the box springs* they find.)

Another thing I can’t tell is the difference betwixt San Francisco’s legitimate mattress removal scheme vs. the process of simply wrestling your old bed** downstairs and throwing it down on the sidewalk in front of your door. I think you’re supposed to tell them your address and put the letters RMJ (Remove My Junk) on your unwanted booty.

I’ll look it up when and if the time comes…

*If you wanted to sell me** a box spring, I’d ask you what does it do and how am I going to eventually going to get rid of it. Oh, you say its job is to “support the mattress?” Uh, the same way the a hardwood floor might similarly “support” a mattress? And then people put a sheet of plywood in between the box spring and the mattress for “more support?” So I ask how does the mattress even know what’s under the plywood? Box springs are a scam, man!

**This is an option, a foam bed, on sale, from the Costco.com – SPONSORED LINK, SURPRISE! No, no, just kidding, Gentle Reader. I wouldn’t TBI you like that. Anyway, UPS delivers the box and you say, well, that’s a small box, and then you cut it open and the thing expands and unfolds like a US Navy life raft. Now some people say that foam mattresses are too warm at night, you know, for Frisco. YMMV

Cosco Non-Busan Spills Its Cargo Onto Market Street

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Oh China Ocean Shipping Company, will you ever win?

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Not to be confused with Costco…