Posts Tagged ‘D.C.’

The Tadich Grill, Gene Upshaw, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” the Napa Valley Wine Train, CW Nevius, Yelp, and Willie Brown

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

All right, here’s your background.

And here’s what’s new, via right-of-center columnist CW Nevius. Now you’re up-to-speed.

The new DC location for the Tadich probably won’t make it, sorry, but let’s look at the Frisco joint.

Like literally – can you see the Financh behind a very smoky DC-8 in this shot from 1967, the year the Tadich found its current home? Sure.

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That’s a still from Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, with Sidney Portier. So, this movie was huge back in 1967, back when some(?) of the current(?) owners were what, in their twenties? Wonder what they thought of this flick – they couldn’t have missed all the commotion over it, that’s for sure.

So this is what San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown is saying:

“Every tourist should go there. I have been going there for 20-30 years.”

Oh, OK. That’s funny.

And then there’s this:

“In my opinion, they need to clean up their intra-family relationships,” he said. “And do it quickly. If they don’t they are going to be riding the Wine Train.”

I was wondering how this bit from CWNevius could/would turn into a source greaser/beat sweetener and here it is. Willie Brown wants attorney / underling / minion Joaquin McCoy(sp?) to make $4 million(!) off of an out-of-county business and Willie’s doing his best to help that along. OK. (Of course, if the Tadich were in Napa and the wine train were in Frisco, then his positions would be entirely the opposite, but oh well.)

(And I don’t think you can compare the two situations. IMO, this is a serious blow for the Tadich empire – the Wine Train thing is a nothingburger compared to this.*)

Reading down we get to this, where journalist Nevius lets columnist Nevius chirp up:

“And at 23, she was young. Any parent would be concerned.”

Uh NOPE! Actually, some parents would not be so “concerned” IRL. Oh, maybe Nevius wrote an opinion column after all. (Why wouldn’t the Chron use a reporter to report what the daughter is saying? Mmmm…)

I’ll tell you, our Tadich Grill is fully radioactive now. What the half-life will be, well, we’ll see…

*Would I have kicked them off the train? NOPE. Would I have complained about them in the first place? NOPE. Would I myself would have gotten so loud as to disturb others? NOPE. Would I have driven three hours back and forth to Napa for the privilege of riding any sort of wine-related train? NOPE. Such a killjoy am I.

PEOPLE HATE US ON YELP! – How to Track the Tadich Grill “Racism Scandal” via Yelp – A Downward Spiral

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Well, it didn’t take long, after this got published yesterday:

Style, Lonnae O’Neal: Terri Upshaw says she had to choose between family and love

Now I didn’t read the bit myself, but I can see the headline – and it’s not even promising you the full truth of the story. It’s only saying what the daughter says, and that’s enough, in’nt?

So here you go, falling stars – make a wish:

DC Location, Recommended

DC Location, Not Recommended

SF Location, Recommended

SF Location, Not Recommended

(I don’t think you can easily get to this info on a mobile device, just saying. I couldn’t anyway.)

Scenario: The City of Boston Makes Even More Mistakes and Then the USOC Decides to Bid a California City for the 2024 Olympics

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Well, here’s the news:

Boston’s 2024 Olympics Bid Thrown Into Doubt – Mayor Says He Wouldn’t Oppose a Referendum, Which Could Complicate or Endanger City’s Bid

And here’s your nut graf:

“Kamp and Futterman say, ‘The USOC would likely view even the prospect of a referendum as a major obstacle to the U.S. hosting the Summer Games for the first time since 1996 and could decide to nominate another city.’ The pair add, “USOC officials fear even a nonbinding referendum could signal a lack of public support to the international community.'”

Figure that the USOC has about six months to ponder matters.

So, what about the three Loser Cities?

DC: AHAHAHHAHAHAHA! Get crucial, Dude. That’s never going to happen. The USOC was just being nice to throw DC into the Final Four. DC could bribe 30% of the IOC and still lose the vote for any future Olympic Games.

SF:  Nope. The USOC knows that the opposition here in the bay area is even higher than in Boston. So it wouldn’t make sense to kick Boston to the curb over the unpopularity issue only to get it back three times worse in Frisco.

LA: Ding ding ding!

And I shouldn’t say LA, I should say DTLA, baby! The IOC thinks that LA is old hat, you know, now, but we’ve never had an Olympics in newfangled DTLA, the “urbanist’s” dream, as seen in that Her movie.

Anyway, that’s the scenario.

So, we Californians aren’t out of the woods yet…



Who in SF Will Dare to Propose Renaming a Street for Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo?

Friday, May 30th, 2014

The news of the day:

China decries call in U.S. to name street after jailed Tiananmen dissident

Boy, it wouldn’t take too much effort from a few members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to hop on this particular bandwagon.


Now, which street to rename?

Hey, how about Laguna, the location of our Chinese Consulate? My, wouldn’t that be “provocative?”

In related news, here’s what a small stretch of Laguna looks like now, right in front of the consulate – see the brand-new NO STOPPING  ANY TIME signs?

They’re also on Geary, so that means the Western Addition has lost maybe ten parking spaces, in the name of security, one supposes.

Actually, I’m surprised that parking lasted as long as it did, as it was such an obvious security issue.

On It Goes…

Smoky Burnouts on California Street – Gymkhana Motorsport in the Financial – Film Shoot of Ken Block for Ford

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Man, there was a lot of smoke being produced by that little Ford Fiesta today down in the Financial District.


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And here’s the video:

And here’s some more from the other day in Potero Hill.

And here’s another one from Potrero Hill:

The Least Politically-Correct Government Seal in All Christendom

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

That award would have to go to the official seal of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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Sam the Eagle has his talons sunk into the Earth’s northern polar region and he aint letting go.

Is “Household Garbage” the Cause of Overfilled Garbage Cans in Golden Gate Park?

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

This state of this overflowing garbage can is fairly typical in the more urban areas of Golden Gate Park. But what’s it filled with? Some of it looks exactly like the junk mail I get, and there are other pieces from and UPS. The thing is that we’re talking “household garbage,” the stuff that belongs in your own trash.  

So, what’s stopping the City and County of San Francisco from digging through this can like a starving raccoon and issuing citations to the addressees of these items? That’s the way they do it in Washington D.C., anyway. Even throwing away something small, like a used airline ticket, can get you a citation in next week’s mail.

This isn’t an unusual thing in GGP, it’s not during a street festival or the Bay to Breakers, it’s just another day. Click to expand:

If you want to reduce junk mail in the first place, here’s an article from the Chronicle that gives some pointers (but they don’t list their own number) (but actually calling that number and opting out doesn’t seem to have much effect anyway) (but oh well). 

On it goes.

Ungrateful Passengers of Flight 1549 Want More Money, Money, Money

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

The thing you’ve got to realize, is that sometimes things just happen. It’s not your fault, it’s not anyone else’s fault, it’s just, you know, things happen. Kind of like the time spokesmodel and romance novel cover-boy Fabio got hit in the face with a bird when he was on a roller coaster. Whose fault was that?

That’s something to ponder when you consider the whining of some of the passengers of famous Flight 1549, piloted by Bay Area local Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. You see, they gots to get more money than they’ve gotten so far from U.S. Airways

Of course, the airline isn’t done talking with people yet: 

“US Airways Vice President Jim Olson says that an insurance claims specialist is contacting passengers and that they’ll be reimbursed for expenses or losses above $5,000. The airline wants to ensure no passenger is “losing money for the inconvenience or anything lost during the accident,” he says”

But that doesn’t stem the whining. Obviously, this was a traumatic event, but unless passengers want to allege something about defective engines (as Geraldo Rivera seems to be doing) or negligent bird vigilance by somebody, then maybe these passengers should be happy to take the five G’s, file any additional claims and then move on with their lives.

Just saying.

An old story:

A grandmother is sitting at the beach, watching her young grandson play in the water. Suddenly, an enormous wave crashes over the boy’s head, and when it recedes, the boy is gone, washed out to sea. Frantic, the grandmother cries out to God, “Lord, what has my grandson done to deserve this? Please bring him back to me, and I’ll forever be grateful to you!” Moments later, another enormous wave crashes against the shoreline, returning the boy to the beach, soaked but unharmed. He begins happily digging in the sand, oblivious to what just occurred. The grandmother looks at the boy, then raises her head to the sky. She shouts, “He had a hat!”

Today, this tale could be updated by replacing the word “hat” with Blackberry, or cell phone, PSP, whatever.

Oh well.

An Inaugural Photo, with Pilot Sully, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Gavin Newsom

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Well this was the scene at the recent inauguration of Barack Obama in D.C. a few days back. O is in the lower right corner, but who else is in there? Feel free to click on the image once or twice and peek around. It’s 3000 pixels wide so you’ll be sure to get a good look.

via Jurvetson’s photostream

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From left to right: San Francisco First Lady Jennifer Siebel (with hat), Magic Johnson, Mayor Gavin Newsom (avec camera), California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (looking bad-ass, like he just killed a guy), US Airways pilot Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, US Airways pilot Jeff Skiles, and a cast of thousands – just one big cozy family.