Posts Tagged ‘cruiser’

Why is This Lady CHP Officer Standing on the Central Freeway? The Better to Stop and/or Tase You

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

I have no idea how anyone could think that it was a good idea to end America’s primary east-west interstate freeway at Market and Octavia, but that’s what we have with the two-lane Central Freeway off-ramp these days.

Anyway right at the end of the off-ramp, the shoulder turns into a right-turn-only lane. And that’s right where this California Highway Patrol officer was standing the other day, with her prowler blocking your path.

Thusly.

“The current standard issue firearm for CHP officers is the Smith & Wesson Model 4006 TSW in .40 S&W. Each CHP patrol car is equipped with a Remington 870 Police 12‑gauge shotgun and a Colt AR‑15A2 in .223. Additionally, some officers are authorized to carry a taser.” If she has a Taser, she would be carrying it like this.

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So I guess she was looking for CVC 21755 Pass on Right Safely violators?

Due to the perpetually congested traffic conditions there’s no place for you to hide after seeing the black and white Crown Vic.

It’s a living.

Anyway, I’ve never seen this kind of law enforcement technique of standing about on a freeway and waiting for the perps…

Russian Navy Invades San Francisco, Cleans Out Liquor Stores. Tour Varyag Thursday

Monday, June 21st, 2010

It was all pomp and circumstance today down at Piers 30-32 when Russian Guided Missile Cruiser Varyag (Viking, mas o menos) made a courtesy call. See for yourself at Japan Security Watch

Here she is after coming through the Golden Gate yesterday:

Russian Federation Navy Missile Cruiser Varyag transits through San Francisco Bay while Coast Guard boat crews provide a security zone around the vessel, Sunday, June 20, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Pamela J. Manns – 100620-G-7265M-047″

All sorts of government officials went aboard today - people like Mayor Gavin Newsom and elements of every alphabet soup federal agency extant.

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There are some of your 16 huge launch tubes right there:

Then it was all over to Pier 7 or someplace for a ceremony with George P. Shultz and the Russian Ambassador:

They were all addressed by this avuncular Russian cowboy:

(This Rear Admiral has a few medals, huh?)

And then it was time to hit the town and do a little alcohol shopping. Thusly:

Employees at John Walker & Co. store (man, that’s a little too close to Johnnie Walker, don’t you think?) were pleased, to say the least.

Now, if you want to get on this aging cruiser to see how the recent refurbishment went, well, get there early at the foot of Bryant Street on Thursday. It should be a very popular tour (from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM or whatever they decide to do.)

You’ve Seen Their Toilets and Map Cars, Now Here are Google’s Campus Bike-Share Bikes

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Next time you’re on Google’s Main Campus down Mountain View way, be sure to use these Google Bikes to get around.

Aren’t they adorable? And best of all, they’re fixies! :) single-speeds with coaster brakes. :(

Click to expand. Says EcoFabulous Caitlin Bristol, My first trip to Google. Forget the free lunch, check out the super cute campus share-bikes!”

I’ll pay top dollar if you manage to boost one. (Must have Google-colored wheel insert.)

First, the Google Toilet:

Then the Google Car:

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What will be the next perk for the employees at Google?

A New Look for SFPD Radio Cars? Aerodynamic Light Bars Make All the Difference

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Check out this SFPD prowler parked in the Funset District – groove on that funky, aerodynamic light bar on top.

Almost thought it was a fake from the filming of NBC’s horrible Trauma action/dramedy at first, but no, if you count the points on the big blue door star it comes up seven (and not eight) every time.  

Fake Michael Schumacher will have even less of a chance of evading Park Station the next time he drives his Ferrari F355 Spyder to Haight Ashbury for a pint or five.

Maybe our City is just trying out something new…

Make a Statement with a Schwinn Roxie for Just $149

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

Whatever you do, don’t strip it down and take off the paint. You look good in pink.

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Get your Schwinn steel cruiser frame with steel springer fork and Shimano 7-speed rear derailleur with SRAM grip shift right here at Target. Some assembly reqd.

Pee-Wee Herman’s Bike Rides Again, Stripped Down on Valencia Street

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Pee-Wee Herman’s rather baroque red bicycle, stripped down to its essence, would look something like this Schwinn beach cruiser avec springer fork seen on Valencia. Click to expand:

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Whitewalls, gratuitous spokes, kickstand and chrome, chrome, chrome.

That’s quite a look.