Posts Tagged ‘elevator’

San Francisco: Land of Car Elevators – 205 13th Street

Friday, November 16th, 2012

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160 Spear Street Does It Wrong – Why On Earth Would You Label Elevator Buttons This Way?

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

See? They’re upside-down.

Or backwards, or something:

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It’s just not right.

I cry foul.

Never Walk the Stairs to the Top of Sutro Tower – Just Take the Elevator

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Like these guys.

It would take forever to make it up the stairs to the top of controversial landmark Sutro Tower, so a swaying elevator car is the preferred method.  

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Take the tour.

This Work Van on Geary Proves that Muzak Still Exists

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Is this the FBI undercover? Probably not, so this must be a genuine Muzak vehicle. Can you believe that they’re still operating after all these years?

There was that BK business (in industry parlance “BK” means bankruptcy, for some odd reason) earlier in the year, but obviously that hasn’t kept the rolling stock from rolling.

They’ve got ladders and everything. As seen recently on San Francisco’s Geary Boulevard:

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Now this is what rocker Ted Nugent had to say about Muzak a while back:

It’s an evil force in today’s society, causing people to lapse into uncontrollable fits of blandness. It’s been responsible for ruining some of the best minds of our generation.”

In fact, the Motor City Madman actually offered to buy the company for the sole purpose of shutting it down. Harsh.

But let’s hear from the Muzakians themselves:

Music is art, but Muzak is science. And when you employ the science of Muzak: in an office, workers tend to get more done, more efficiently, and feel happier. In an industrial plant, people feel better and, with less fatigue and tension, their jobs seem less monotonous. In a store, people seem to shop in a more relaxed and leisurely manner. In a bank, customers are generally more calm, tellers and other personnel are more efficient. In general, people feel better about where they are; whether it’s during work or leisure time. Muzak is all this and more. That’s why we say Muzak is much more than music.”

O.K. fine. This incomprehensible MUZAK STIMULUS PROGRESSION CHART proves something, just not sure what that is:

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Don’t stop believing, Muzak. Never stop believing.

All the Muzak channels, after the jump.

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The Famous Willie Wonka Glass Elevators of the St. Francis Hotel

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

When you’re killing time in San Francisco’s Union Square, nothing beats betting with your friends on which elevator car will make it to the top first. Unless you yourself want to go for a ride in these glass contraptions, that might be better.  

See how many round trips you can go on before the staff starts to admonish you.

Good times.

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Shouldn’t Every Parking Lot in San Francisco Have Car Elevators?

Friday, September 5th, 2008

This private parking lot near off Mission near Duboce has lifts that will carry your car as high as an elephant’s eye in order to let another driver park beneath. Aren’t they beautiful?

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We need these things everywhere. Here’s a place in town that could use a few lifts, right?

But once you start lifting cars, it’s hard to stop. How high can you stack them?