This is the tale of Glenn Duffie Shriver, badly told:
You see what happens is that sometimes people who, you know, don’t qualify to live in a federal housing project are tempted to park their rides on federal propertah, you know, within half a click of City Hall.
So what happens is you end up with a sign like this one: “RESIDENTIAL PARKING ONLY – OTHERS WILL BE TOWED”
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Q. Hey, how does with square with TRANSIT FIRST?
A. It doesn’t, not at all.
Mural as seen on Fulton in the Western Addition:
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Which is fair enough.
But I’ll tell you, there are certain people who seem to want only certain people to live in this particular part of San Francisco District 5.
I approve not.
And I’ll tell you, the primary thing preventing this kind of discrimination is our federal government.
Just as things were back in the 1800’s. To wit:
That’s something for the London Breeds of the world to ponder…
Here we go, from the USA Today from a few months back:
“Those suffering from musophobia would be wise to steer clear of the South Farallon Islands. The archipelago, which sits just 27 miles off San Francisco, is the most rodent-dense island in the world, with an average of 500 Eurasian house mice occupying each of its 120 acres (that’s 60,000 total).”
Now I’ll tell you, I have had it with these motherfucking mice on this motherfucking island.
So why don’t we finally get rid of them, like this:
(That’s posted on a either pro-mouse or anti-mouse website – I just can’t tell and don’t really care.)
A few years back, up in Alaska, the Feds killed off all the rats on Rat Island in the Rat Island Group:
See? That was a huge success. Now the chopper pilots were nervous up there ’cause a big storm was coming so they wanted to bug out of there with a quickness so they didn’t follow their marching orders very well so more bald eagles died than was necessary. But they killed all the rats on Rat Island, hurray!
All we need to do is nothing. Then the feds can get off their asses and start killing all the mice.
“More study” is NOT needed.
That’s your update.
A relatively fog-free day in the Sunset District.
From a higher sperspective in the Twin Peaks area, on an exceptionally clear morning.
Can you see the lighthouse on the top of South East Farallon Island?
Noisy Canon 10D at 840mm, from Christmas Tree Point Road, a skosh more than 30 miles away…
[UPDATE: Confession time – I’ve never used a “smart” parking meter, so I don’t know what they look like. I know the SFPark meters have blue stickers on the sides, that’s about it. So the new meters depicted below are not SFPark meters and, ergo, they were not advertised as being “good for all drivers.” Anyway, read the comments to see my error.]
So SFPark is “good for all drivers?”
Perhaps for some, but not for those who used to park here, in the project-y Western Addition.
Turk on a weekday:
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Hey SFPark/SFMTA/DPT/MUNI, why not try market-rate pricing instead?
You know, pricing lower than what you’re charging now.
Oh, and is SFPark good for federal taxpayers?
Oh and is the Central Subway good for federal taxpayers?
Discuss that too, if you want…
As in “The Projects.”
The climate here on McAllister is still a bit “muggy,” but this neighborhood is far from the worst in town.
(And if you hit a couple of green lights on the way to Civic Center, you’ll get there in less than a minute. Hurray!)
LS and RX for those keeping score:
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Remember, “Transit First”
[UPDATE: Upon further review, the Morigeau-Lepine 2800 crib pictured below is a convertible, not a dropside. They also made dropsides that look pretty much the same to me, hence the confusion. See Comments.]
Loophole alert: Are you allowed to throw away a drop side and sell the crib as a daybed, thusly?
“Beautiful, high quality solid wood Morigeau-Lepine crib converted to toddler day bed. Originally purchased for 850.00. Attached picture is of original drop-side crib which is now banned in the U.S. Drop side piece is not included in this sale to avoid possible danger.”
I don’t know. Maybe.
But what I do know is that you can’t sell drop side cribs no mo, even on Craigslist.
What should you buy instead? How about a Sniglar* from IKEA? It costs just $69 (and it certainly looks like it costs just $69.)
And it will not impress any rich ladies in Russian Hill or anywhere else.
But, the Sniglar, she is legal, and that’s the thing.
Sorry for the hassle. Thank you, drive through.
*Wasn’t that Gollum’s name back when he was a Hobbit? Something like that.
“SHARP-AS-A-MARBLE, EX-JOCK, EVERYMAN NEWS COLUMNIST/QUASI SPORTSWRITER” or a
“BROWN-NOSING, OBSEQUIOUS KISS-ASS LICKSPITTLE TOADIE”
That’s what did it, one or the other, I figure.
So now I’m banned, for life, from the Twitterings of the The Neve.
Anyway, here’s what the Nevinator has to say today about the Central Subway boondoggle.
See? It doesn’t seem that the Nevemeister opposes the wasteful Subway to Nowhere.
But he does! Check it:
“There’s really only one question to ask about the proposal to bore a light-rail subway deep under the heart of downtown San Francisco. You’re kidding, right?“
“Just the initial math makes your head hurt. Basically it works out to somewhere between $1.22 billion and $1.4 billion for an underground railway that runs for less than two miles and has only three stops. That’s not a transit system, it’s a model railroad.“
“Throw in a few of the inevitable cost overruns and this could work out to a billion dollars a mile.”
“No matter. This is the kind of big, splashy project that city officials love to put their name on.”
“Basically, the argument seems to boil down to this – we’ve got the money (as if federal tax dollars grow on trees), the Chinatown community is behind it, why not build it? Oh, let me count some of the reasons.”
“But, critics say, a stop on Market beneath which BART and other Muni lines already run might have made this whole thing an easier sell. That would have created an opportunity for a single station where riders could make connections between regional and local trains, almost like Grand Central Terminal in New York. Instead, riders will have to walk all the way up to Union Square.”
“Oh, and did I mention that in order to get under the BART tube, the subway station at Union Square will have to be at least 95 feet below the surface. That’s nine stories.”
“What is it about that image of deep, underground dirt-munching machines in earthquake country that makes me wince?”
Of course that was from a half-decade back, but it shows how he actually felt about this boondoggly boondoggle, about Big Dig West.
I mean, the Central Subway proposal hasn’t gotten better the past five years, has it? Five years ago, the promise was that it would “make money” for MUNI, that it would subsidize other parts of the system by generating a surplus. But now we know that it will burden the SFMTA and the current projections for the number of riders per day is down dramatically from what people were promising back then.
So what’s a matter Neve? Why don’t you write things like this anymore? Cat got your tongue?
Pak got your tongue?
The Old Nevius wasn’t afraid to be labeled a racist who’s against “transit justice.”
The Old Nevius wasn’t so monomaniacally dedicated to write source greasers every chance he got.