Posts Tagged ‘county’

A Sugar-Free Shocker: San Francisco’s Costco Soda Fountain Now Offers Diet Soda ONLY – A Change for the Famous $1.50 Hot Dog Deal

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Saw this the other day and I thought, oh there must be a new Pepsi.

But then it’s all “zero calories.” So you have a choice of two kinds of diet Pepsi now?

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Or maybe this is how San Francisco’s one and only Costco (Store #144 – that’s twelve to the fighting second power if you’re thinking about writing a symbolic poem) deals with Frisco’s new soda tax?

(I should add that they also have lemonade and ice tea, and that maybe those drinks have sugar, IDK. But no sugary soda is available, nosiree. This is what one might expect to see.)

Anyway, maybe this change occured a while back and I’m only noticing now – that’s very possible.

Still it’s a shocker, to me anyway.

FordGoBike in the Presidio vs. an Electric JUMP! Bike in the Presidio: One Makes Sense, But the Other is a Mystery – Is GoBike Failing?

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Have you seen all the bright neon (orange? red?) JUMP! bikes all over Frisco these days? That’s not surprising since they’re getting used, a lot. A lot more than the clunky, heavy, legacy GoBike “bikeshare” bikes from Ford Motor Company in what’s basically a continuation of Bay Area Bike Share what got started like a half-decade ago and what’s cost us eight figures already.

I’ll tell you, my guess is that most of the FordGoBikes I’ve seen in the Presidio and points north, sometimes way north, like out of the county north, and we’re talking about a lot, like hundreds I myself have seen these past nine months, are being pushed / pedaled by PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW THAT THEIR $10 “DAY PASS” isn’t actually a day-pass and that they’ll soon be met with an unexpected high two-figure or low three-figure bill from the Ford ppl.

How do I know this? Well, I go up and ask them about it.

Of course, some know that they’ll get hit with hours and hours of penalty fees – and they just don’t care. The deal’s worth it for them. Well, that’s fine with me, be my guest.

But this?

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These ppl near the Great San Francisco Bight, let’s call it the Baker Beach area, have a loooooong way to go to get their heavy rides back into even the nearest GoBike rental station.

But look at this, unexpected JUMP bikes up at the Sports Basement. So this makes sense – two ppl pay two dollars to trek from where, SoMA, the Financh, the Twitterloin? All of those places are within range I figure, what with pedal assist and all. Then they’ll pay another two bucks to get home? If so, that makes sense to me as well:

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Now, do I approve of JUMP’s video/photo policy what allows Social Bicycles Inc or whomever to use images of you* and your face, (your pretty face!) however the Hell they feel, with no payment to you? Well Hell no. But that’s the deal our local alphabet soup (SFMTA SFCTA MTC BAAQMD it doesn’t matter) struck. Sorry.

OTOH, people are loving the JUMPs.

And hey, speaking about the alphabet soup, are all those govt ppl pleased with how FordGoBike is doing these days? Oh, Hell no.

And how many stations should have the FoMoCo ppl have had west of Masonic by now? Lots and lots. But how many to they have IRL? Zero. (And the prospects for anything soon look bleak – the more the Ford ppl push on installing rental stations, the more pushback they’ll get from residents. I’ll tell you, I can’t believe how many tens of millions of dollars Ford is going to spend over the next six years compared with what they’ve gotten so far. JMO.)

In conclusion, JUMP good, FORD bad.

We’ll have to wait and see how things shake out when GoBike Goes Electric, you know, a little bit, in April…

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American-Made Storm Grates Put Out of Work by the Foreign Competition: SFGOV Tells You to “Shop And Dine” the 47 Square Miles of Frisco, BUT…

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

…it itself buys stuff from overseas.

See? This one’s from AJAX FOUNDRY of 45 Clementina, SF, CALIF:

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But this one’s from, well, simply, CHINA?

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I’ll tell you, if SFGov really wanted to, it could get these grates from closer to home, but apparently it don’t really want to.

One might think the greater SFGov entity was loaded with Frisco-centric contract steerers and multitudes of buy locallers, but I guess not. Not really.

Hey, remember when a former Mayor, the dude who pleaded with local families to not pick up and move to Neighboring County X, you know, back when he was Mayor, but then after he was no longer Mayor, packed and moved to … the very same Neighboring  County X. Isn’t it ironic?

Dont’cha think?

Anyway, that dude was the one who said that one of the reasons why the Santa Clara 49ers football team should no longer call itself the 49ers is because SF is 49 square miles, so this was like our trademark or something. But IRL, Frisco ain’t 49 sq mi, it’s 46.something. So did / does our dull-witted former Mayor actually believe the 49 square miles bit, like he’s DJT and somebody told him something was true one time, so he believes it?

You know, you can’t really tell.

Anyway, Shop and Dine the 49 should be Shop and Dine the 47, and in any event, SFGov shouldn’t be lecturing ppl on this issue anyway, IMO.

(It’s always Amazon Prime members who are lecturing you about Buying Local, in’nt? Or maybe it just seems that way. All these Shop Dine 49ers should have a ceremony where ppl could burn their Amazon Prime cards, IMO.)

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Giant Pineapple, San Mateo County

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

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The Vanishing White Deer of Point Reyes – “White raises them to mythical status” – Soon They’ll All be Gone

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

As close as I got back in aught-10, as seen from Pierce Point Road:

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And here’s the whole story.

Females only these days, Jurassic Park-style. They should die off by 2021 or so…

Not Dixon Itself, the GATEWAY to Dixon

Friday, November 17th, 2017

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Someday, I’ll try your corn maize, Dixon:

Dixon residents Matt and Mark Cooley, owners of Cool Patch Pumpkins, currently hold the Guinness World Record for “largest maze, temporary corn/crop maze”. The maze measured 163,853.83 m² or 40.489 acres.[18] In 2012, Cool Patch Pumpkins broke its own record with a 53-acre maze.[19] In 2014 Cool Patch Pumpkins again broke its own record by growing a 60-acre maze.[20]

I’m srsly.

 

The Typical Ford GoBike Rental Bike Customer I Encounter

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

FBOW:

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How Los Angeles Does It: Corporate-Sponsored Lifeguard Vehicles – LA has TOYOTA, SF has FORD

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Here’s your LAFD on patrol, complete with a giant Toyota logo:

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Here in Frisco, we now have thousands of smaller-but-still-quite-prominent FORD logos all over the place for Ford Motor Company’s FordGoBike rental bike service. I think I’d rather have a beefed up patrol at Ocean Beach, where sometimes a half dozen people drown in a year.

Anyway, this is How Los Angeles Does It.

Don’t Try Flying Under Our Golden Gate Bridge with an Airplane, But with a Chopper, Well BE MY GUEST

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Because, apparently, all the reasons why airplanes aren’t allowed to horse around with the GGB have ZERO APPLICATION to helicopters. See?

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Apparently…

“Frequent Break-Ins” – Yes, Even In Marin – So Much Broken Glass in the Headlands That It’s Worth Signage

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

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