Posts Tagged ‘cute’

Postcard from Post Street, Japantown: A Half-Century-Old Nissan / Datsun Fairlady Convertible, AKA “Datsun Sports”

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Japantown has more than its fair share of old Japanese-made cars, it seems, with the rear view mirrors mounted way up front, Japanese-style:

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Ach du Lieber, Raccoons! A Short Video of Masked Bandits Taking Over Haight Street

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

When you’re on Haight Street these days, sure, you expect a parolee to come along to give your noggin a floggin and rip the iPhone from your grasp, you know, something routine like that. 

What you don’t expect is an encounter like this, involving a gaze of brazen raccoons.

Lower Haight Raccoons by Monte Francis:

Cute Convertible vs. Ugly Convertible – MINI Cooper vs. Fiat 500

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

This beauty contest isn’t hard to judge, folks:

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Hey remember when that girl asked you to go with her to San Francisco MINI to kick some tires and they were asking $38.5k for a convertible that had been sitting on a lot unsold for almost a year(!) and how SF MINI had the stones to ask for $3500 in “added dealer markup” on the Monroney?

Good times.

That San Francisco MINI dealership reminds me of an Apple $tore and not in a good way.

Oh well.

The Striped Skunks of the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Here’s a visitor to the popular Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, from back in the day.

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These cute little polecats frolic around like kittens. Sometimes.

But you urban beekeepers should look out, because it’s a little-known fact that:

Skunks are one of the primary predators of the honeybee, relying on their thick fur to protect them from stings. The skunk scratches at the front of the beehive and eats the guard bees that come out to investigate. Mother skunks are known to teach this to their young.

Did not know that.

J-POP Summit Festival 2011 a Huge Success Today – Continues Tomorrow, Sunday August 28th, 11:00 to 6:00 PM

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Well, it’s time for another J-POP Summit Festival in Japantown:

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The whole place looks like one big Gwen Stefani video.

So grab your bunny and get over there:

Say hi to Ross Mirkarimi, District 5 Supervisor and candidate for Sheriff:

But don’t overdo it:

Everybody’s waiting for you:

See you there!

OMG, the Cute New Fiat 500 is Here! Finally! Direct From Toluca Mexico, Just $16K – Is It Cute Enough For You?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

It’s new, it’s you.

It’s the updated version of those old-school Fiat 500 cars you see about town.

Hecho en Mexico, it’s your 2012 Fiat 500:

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(Weren’t the boys from Chrysler using a Porsche Cayenne Turbo minivan film car to film these new Fiats in action on the Embarcadero not too many days ago? Yes, that’s my understanding.)

Anyway, here’s The Review.

All the deets:

United States:

The Fiat 500 had its US production debut at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show, and has been slated for a December 2010 production start: the production start date is December 13 as of now.

Fiat started the first North American preorders for the limited Prima Edizione version on July 10, 2010. As part of the annual convention of club Fiat Lancia Unlimited, Fiat North America head, Laura Soave, opened up the order books to these long time enthusiasts.

The North American version built in Toluca, Mexico, has same the trim levels as European 500: Pop, Lounge and Sport. The American version has some exterior differences compared to European version: a more rounded centre grille and a plastic lip that wraps onto the bottom of the spoiler and a reflector on the wheel arch edge, mostly to meet safety regulations. The American Sport version has a 1.4 litre Multiair engine, which is manufactured at Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance in Dundee, Michigan, United States. The cabriolet version 500C comes for sale a bit later in Spring 2011. The 500 Abarth is also confirmed for North American markets.The US 500 version was rated at 38 mpg-US (6.2 L/100 km; 46 mpg-imp) highway by United States

And Lush wrote a song for this car back in the day. All right, shake, baby, shake:

Shake, baby, shake
You know I can fit you in my arms
Brake, baby, brake
Taking me in with all your charms

I’ve never been inside you but you’re so alluring
They call you “little mouse” by name in Rome and Turin
Looking now at your famous shape
They don’t make them like you anymore

Shake, baby, shake
You know I can fit you in my arms
Brake, baby, brake
Taking me in with all your charms

When things are looking good there’s always complications
I can’t be with you so I’m at the railway station
Let’s run away and be so alive
Escape the drudgery of this nine to five

Shake, baby, shake
You know I can fit you in my arms
Brake, baby, brake
Taking me in with all your charms

Shake, baby, shake
You know I worship from afar
Brake, baby, brake
How I wish you were my car

Shake, baby, shake
You know I can fit you in my arms
Brake, baby, brake
Taking me in with all your charms

Shake, baby, shake
Shake, baby, shake
Shake, baby, shake
Shake, baby, shake
I will

The Baby Red-Tailed Hawks of Golden Gate Park Look Like Little Walking Teddy Bears, Sometimes

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Viscous little teddy bears what crave raw meat 24-7, of course.

Anyway, this one looked like it was about to go for a walk high above Stow Lake:

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The Wild Raccoons of San Francisco’s Western Addition Think They Own the Place – Another Sighting on Scott Street

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Not wholly unlike U.S. Army Rangers, the raccoons of San Francisco own the night.

As seen on Scott Street:

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Know Your Adorable Orphaned Baby Sea Otters – Kit of the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

The aging sea otters of Monterey Bay Aquarium, The Golden Girls -  Maggie, Toola, Rosa and Joy, will soon have three-month old Kit to play with.

Here’s Kit. She lost her mom a couple months back down in Morro Bay but now she’s hanging out with her new BFF Mae in Monterery.

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Here’s video of Kit’s first day on display.

All the deets, after the jump.

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The Energetic Striped Skunks of the Japanese Tea Garden

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Here’s yet another visitor to the popular Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park

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These cute little polecats frolic around like kittens. Sometimes.

But you urban beekeepers should look out, because it’s a little-known fact that:

Skunks are one of the primary predators of the honeybee, relying on their thick fur to protect them from stings. The skunk scratches at the front of the beehive and eats the guard bees that come out to investigate. Mother skunks are known to teach this to their young.

Did not know that.